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Regional Municipality of Waterloo inside workers vote to authorize strike action 2021-05-08 [CUPE]

Skilled Trades Ontario to streamline training and support for workers 2021-05-08 [Unifor]

Arbitrator upholds Unifor’s position in Nemak dispute 2021-05-08 [Unifor]

Systemic racism at the root of OPSEU's inclusivity problem, insiders say 2021-05-07 [CBC]

TTC union calls on transit agency to take steps to protect operators from assaults 2021-05-07 [CBC]

Skilled Trades Ontario to streamline training and support for workers 2021-05-07 [Unifor]

Educators, advocacy groups raise alarm about online learning plan 2021-05-06 [CBC]

Inadequate housing for migrants cited in coroner report 2021-05-06 [The Catholic Register]

Outside workers in Wellesley township authorize strike action 2021-05-06 [CBC]

Township of Wellesley outside workers vote to authorize strike action 2021-05-06 [CUPE]

“Historic investment”? Funding for Ontario schools still shortchanges students, workers 2021-05-06 [CUPE]

The Ford government’s racist scapegoating must be resisted 2021-05-06 [CUPE]

Open letter calls on Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford to protect jobs at Alstom Thunder Bay 2021-05-06 [Unifor]

Subjects of the New Corporate University: The Sabotage of Laurentian University 2021-05-05 [The Bullet / Reuben Roth]

New resource centre opens for migrant farm worker 2021-05-05 [The Reformer]

Faculty union execs at Algonquin College accused of sexism, racism 2021-05-05 [CBC]

Using a private company for vaccine rollout will mean fewer paramedics to answer 911 calls 2021-05-05 [CUPE]

Shelter Workers Achieve Fairness in New Agreement 2021-05-05 [USW]

TTC Union Says A Driver Was Assaulted By 4 People After Asking Them To Wear Masks 2021-05-04 [Narcity]

Ornge paramedics vote in favour of strike if necessary 2021-05-04 [Canada.com]

Ornge says service will continue despite labour issues with paramedics 2021-05-04 [CBC]

WSIB workers, management close to ratification of new deal 2021-05-04 [The Daily Commercial News]

Almost 500 Nestle Canada workers strike after contract talks fall through 2021-05-04 [Daily Hive]

Workers relieved after Georgetown food processing plants hold vaccine clinics 2021-05-04 [Unifor]

Government Found 15,000 COVID-19 Workplace Violations. They Stopped Work Only 24 Times 2021-05-03 [Press Progress]

Hospital Union says Ontario Heading towards Healthcare 'Disaster' 2021-05-03 [CKLW]

Union representing Ontario’s Ornge paramedics in favour of strike if necessary 2021-05-03 [The Star]

Ontario air ambulance paramedics vote in favour of strike over wage cap law 2021-05-02 [CP24]

Unifor takes to the skies with a bold message for Premier Ford 2021-05-02 [Unifor]

Nestlé workers on strike in Toronto 2021-05-02 [Unifor]

Union leader shares hardships facing workers during pandemic on Day of Mourning 2021-05-02 [Consider This]

Nestlé workers on strike in Toronto 2021-05-01 [Unifor]

Unifor takes to the skies with a message for Premier Ford 2021-05-01 [Unifor]

New paid sick days plan too little, too late 2021-05-01 [Decent Work and Health Network]

Hoshizaki House secures a new 2 year contract 2021-04-30 [DrydenNow]

Some Hamilton workplaces are shutting down to stop COVID-19 outbreaks from spreading 2021-04-30 [CBC]

Toyotetsu employees question protocols after outbreak 2021-04-30 [The Reformer]

New resource centre for migrant farm workers opens in Simcoe 2021-04-30 [The Spectator]

Reinstate isolation pay so workers don't 'bear burden,' union tells Cambridge Memorial Hospital 2021-04-30 [CBC]

Workers need permanent paid sick leave, not the bare minimum 2021-04-29 [OFL]

May 1st: Join the Justice for Workers Rally 2021-04-29 [WAC]

No surprises in Ontario auditor general special report on long term care 2021-04-29 [Unifor]

Conservatives put profits ahead of workers with just three paid sick days 2021-04-29 [Unifor]

Canada Post employees told to self-isolate 2021-04-29 [Region]

Mourning and Anxiety for Workers in Peel Region 2021-04-29 [CUPE]

Ontario Conservatives put profits ahead of workers with just three paid sick days 2021-04-29 [Unifor]

Ontario details plan for 3 paid sick days after a year of mounting pressure 2021-04-28 [CBC]

Employees at Dryden's Hoshizaki House shelter sign 2-year agreement Social Sharing 2021-04-28 [CBC]

ONA to Mark a Sombre National Day of Mourning 2021-04-28 [ONA]

This is not Paid Sick Days 2021-04-28 [CUPE]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

4-05-1937 In one of a wave of strikes in Québec this year, workers at the shipyards in Sorel demand union recognition, better wages, and reinstatement of dismissed union leaders. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labour Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

15-05-1872 Workers in the city of Hamilton, organized by the Nine Hour Movement, strike and demonstrate to demand a reduction in working hours. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1946 A six-week strike by loggers in British Columbia begins, the first after the achievement of collective bargaining rights during the war. The strike helps set postwar standards by achieving higher wages, shorter hours, and an industry-wide contract. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for more than 25,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he was prevented from crossing the border. [more]

21-05-1975 After police bludgeon striking workers at United Aircraft in Longueuil, Québec, a general strike brings out 100,000 protesters. A new government changes labour laws to provide for union security and prohibit the use of strikebreakers. [more]

24-05-1919 A miners' strike begins in Drumheller, Alberta, when the workers leave UMWA to join the One Big Union. [more]

26-05-1919 Thousands of workers in Calgary and Edmonton go on strike in solidarity with their Winnipeg counterparts. [more]

28-05-1927 The House of Commons approves a limited old age pension plan. To qualify, Canadians must be 70 years of age and pass a means test. Also, they must live in a participating province. [more]