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Diverting bodies from Niagara down the QEW for autopsies in Toronto, “makes no sense” 2020-02-19 [CUPE]

Stop cuts to autism supports – invest in services families need 2020-02-19 [CUPE]

Skilled trades workers also hit by Ford drive to favour the rich 2020-02-19 [CLI]

LCBO vice-chair still needs to be removed, even after he resigned from shadowy group 2020-02-19 [OPSEU]

Catholic teachers to resume bargaining, but more strikes planned 2020-02-19 [CBC]

'It's not just teachers': The forgotten workers in Ontario's school strikes 2020-02-18 [The Citizen]

Health care workers plan job actions at Schlegal Villages 2020-02-18 [Unifor]

Bombardier union rep hopes Alstom sale means more work in Thunder Bay 2020-02-18 [CBC]

On February 21, Elementary and Secondary Educators across Ontario Will Stand Up Against Cuts to Public Education 2020-02-18 [ETFO]

Social Mapping Census is complete! 2020-02-18 [OPSEU]

Registered Nurses Head to Conciliation: Nurses from Oakville’s Central West Specialized Developmental Services trying to avert a strike 2020-02-18 [ONA]

More than 150 organizations call for Pharmacare Now 2020-02-18 [OFL]

Justice Denied in Olivier Bruneau's Death 2020-02-15 [USW]

Thunder Bay Bombardier union local president not concerned about company's fortunes 2020-02-15 [CBC]

No criminal charges in 2016 death of construction worker 2020-02-15 [CBC]

Human rights body, prison union urge ‘appropriate investment’ in corrections funding 2020-02-15 [The Lawyer's Daily]

Corrections workers to give back to communities 2020-02-15 [OPSEU]

Transparency, trust help CAMH curb violence 2020-02-15 [OHS Canada]

Ford government losing support in ongoing war with teachers, poll suggests 2020-02-14 [CTV]

'No more cuts': Nurses rally across Alberta in support of public health care 2020-02-14 [CBC]

Union fears Canadore will 'sweep it under the rug' 2020-02-14 [Bay Today]

OPSEU demands complete copy of investigator’s report on Canadore’s “poisonous” workplace culture 2020-02-13 [NUPGE]

How fighting fatigue could make Ontario railways safer 2020-02-13 [TVO]

All Ontario schools to close Feb. 21 in first joint, provincewide strike 2020-02-13 [The Globe and Mail]

4 major teachers unions to hold joint 1-day provincewide strike on Feb. 21 2020-02-13 [CBC]

City of Toronto’s outside workers could strike or be locked out by Feb. 27 2020-02-12 [Global]

OPSEU demands LCBO vice-chair’s removal until Integrity Commissioner investigates attack ads 2020-02-12 [NUPGE]

New IBEW boss Barry will draw one line in the sand 2020-02-12 [The Daily Commercial News]

Teacher strike strategy makes back-to-work bill hard to justify, expert says 2020-02-12 [CBC]

Bargaining breaks down between Trent and CUPE 3908; part-time instructors request No-Board report 2020-02-12 [CUPE]

Elementary schools closed as teachers hit the picket line in 2nd Ontario-wide strike 2020-02-11 [Global News]

Personal support workers hold demonstration outside Schlegel Villages 2020-02-11 [CTV]

Local health advocacy group calls PSW shortage a crisis 2020-02-11 [CBC]

Schlegel long-term care workers plan job action after talks break down 2020-02-11 [Unifor]

Several rounds of strikes for Ontario schools this week 2020-02-11 [CP24]

Union Urges the City to Stop Misleading the Public and to Get Back to the Negotiating Table 2020-02-11 [CUPE]

City's outside workers could be on strike or locked out as of Feb. 27 2020-02-11 [CBC]

From flu to coronavirus: bring back paid sick days 2020-02-10 [Decent Work and Health Network]

ETFO continues strike action - 83,000 educators waiting for government to engage in talks that support public education 2020-02-10 [ETFO]

Workers at yet another legal clinic – West Scarborough Community Legal Services – join OPSEU 2020-02-10 [OPSEU]

OPSEU demands LCBO vice-chair’s removal until Integrity Commissioner investigates attack ads 2020-02-10 [OPSEU]

OSSTF/FEESO to hold one-day walkout in selected locations on February 13, 2020 2020-02-10 [OSSTF]

Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit Cuts Nurses - Ford government budget cuts cited as community loses care 2020-02-10 [ONA]

ONA to Attend First Court Appearance for Southlake Regional Health Centre 2020-02-10 [ONA]

OPSEU members boost rally at Kenora Co-op Gas Bar 2020-02-10 [NUPGE]

What to expect this week when it comes to strikes at local schools 2020-02-10 [CBC]

BUC completes raid, adds tile and terrazzo workers 2020-02-10 [The Daily Commercial News]

Here's what you need to know about this week's teacher strikes 2020-02-09 [CBC]

4th-largest teachers' union announces weekly strikes 2020-02-08 [CBC]

AEFO Announces Phase 3 of Strike Action by Franco-Ontarian Teachers 2020-02-08 [AEFO]

This month in labour history

3-02-2005 Ontario's Liberal Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy describes 'strike' as 'a bit of a five-letter word' in the education sector. [more]

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the almost 1,700 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

6-02-2012 Eleven farmworkers, including nine migrant workers from Peru, are killed in a highway crash at Hampstead, Ontario. The tragedy highlights unsafe conditions in the sector and the exploitation of seasonal workers. [more]

9-02-1869 Birth of James Bryson McLachlan, at Ecclefechan, Scotland. As a union leader in Canada he becomes the champion of the Nova Scotia coal miners and a leading spokesman for the cause of labour radicalism. [more]

10-02-1928 At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine at Timmins, Ontario, the largest in North America, 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. There is no rescue plan in place and it takes five days to put out the fire. [more]

11-02-1963 At Reesor Siding, near Kapuskasing, Ontario, eleven union members are shot, three fatally, in a confrontation over pulpwood supplies for a strikebound mill. Three of the attackers are later fined for possessing dangerous firearms. [more]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [more]

13-02-1988 14,000 Alberta nurses return to work after 19 days of a diificult but successful strike against concessions. [more]

14-02-1949 In defiance of provincial laws, asbestos workers in Québec begin a four-month strike for better wages and workplace safety. With strong public support for the miners' cause, the strike becomes a forerunner of the province's Quiet Revolution. [more]

15-02-1982 All 84 crew on board are lost when an oil-drilling rig capsizes and sinks in a storm on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ocean Ranger disaster is attributed to failures in structural design and inadequate safety measures. [more]

15-02-1912 Jewish tailors go on strike at Eaton’s in Toronto. The community unites and causes a boycott of the company. [more]

17-02-1944 Wartime unrest convinces the federal government to bring in an emergency order, P.C. 1003. It requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This sets a standard for postwar labour relations law. [more]

19-02-2017 Labour leader Bob White dies at 81 years of age. He is remembered as a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers and a popular president of the Canadian Labour Congress. [more]

19-02-1901 The Calgary Trades and Labour Council is founded. [more]

21-02-1891 At Springhill, Nova Scotia an explosion takes the lives of 125 men and boys in the province's largest coal mine disaster. They leave more than 200 widows and children. [more]

25-02-1931 In Toronto more than 500 women dressmakers protest sweatshop conditions in the needle trades and begin a strike for better wages and union recognition. Large numbers of scabs and police are deployed. [more]

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]