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Unifor Hope in High Heels team support domestic violence victims 2020-09-18 [Unifor]

Arbitrator Finds Employer's Blanket Policy Requiring All Employees Who Cross Us Border To Self-Isolate Unreasonable 2020-09-18 [MONDAQ]

School bus system crisis continues due to government inaction 2020-09-18 [Unifor]

YCDSB aggravating fallout from COVID by closing school libraries and laying off workers 2020-09-18 [CUPE]

Hawkesbury Steelworkers Make Big Gains at Montebello Packaging 2020-09-17 [USW]

Toronto adult day school teachers didn't know if they were returning to work until one business day before school started 2020-09-17 [rabble]

Do Ontario’s Collective Bargaining Laws Protect Migrant Worker Dismissed for Raising Collective Workplace Concerns? 2020-09-17 [The Law of Work]

IBEW in Thunder Bay certified to train cabling trade 2020-09-17 [The Daily Commercial News]

Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals 2020-09-17 [The Narwhal]

Ford Conservatives’ attack on democracy: CUPE Ontario opposes motion that silences public debate 2020-09-16 [CUPE]

Toronto Rehab RN Lay-offs Are “Reckless and Foolish” as Second Wave of COVID-19 Looms 2020-09-13 [ONA]

Pandemic ‘Heroes’ Pay the Price as Hospitals Cut Registered Nurses to Balance Budgets 2020-09-13 [ONAQ]

Province only paying three per cent of COVID-19 support costs, Ottawa covering remainder: fiscal watchdog 2020-09-11 [Durham Radio News]

Schitt's Creek and Workin' Moms cast members add their voice in support of the “CARE NOT PROFITS” long-term care campaign 2020-09-11 [CUPE]

Ford Conservatives sitting on billions meant for schools, health care, and jobs 2020-09-11 [CUPE]

Canadian Auto Workers Fight for Contract Transparency 2020-09-11 [Labour Notes]

Group of Mississauga high school staff briefly walk off job; demand better masks 2020-09-10 [CP24]

Mississauga workers brace for Ford contract talks in Oakville 2020-09-10 [InSauga]

Workers at Youthdale Treatment Centres join CUPE 2020-09-10 [CUPE]

Termination of WeedMD union organizer had 'chill' effect, complaint alleges 2020-09-09 [The Free Press]

Unifor announces Ford as target Big 3 automaker to move forward on labour negotiations 2020-09-09 [CBC]

Unifor selects Ford Motor Company to set pattern in auto talks 2020-09-09 [Unifor]

Fast food workers at Tim Hortons Innovation Café join the union – UFCW 102 2020-09-06 [UFCW Canada]

Thank You to our LCBO workers 2020-09-06 [OPSEU]

Labour Day 2020: COVID-19 has strengthened the labour movement, ONA says 2020-09-06 [ONA]

Strengthening solidarity by reconnecting – in person! 2020-09-06 [IAMAW]

Filamat members ratify agreement, new and improved 2020-09-06 [IAMAW]

Unifor Set To Announce Pattern Agreement Target On Tuesday 2020-09-05 [Ford Authority]

Labour Day 2020 – Toronto Unions calling for “A Just Recovery for All” on over 130 TTC & York Region Buses as annual Labour Day Parade goes virtual 2020-09-05 [Street Insider]

'We'll never be able to keep up': School custodians fear burnout, fatigue due to understaffing 2020-09-04 [rabble]

U of T reopening plans not safe enough, say education worker unions 2020-09-04 [CanIndiaNews]

Premier unleashes war of words with education union leader 2020-09-03 [CTV]

‘There’s no consistency’: Parents and drivers give Ontario’s busing plan a failing grade 2020-09-02 [TVO]

School unions blast plan to live stream classrooms 2020-09-02 [The Recorder]

Unifor members give strong strike mandate as Big 3 auto contract talks ramp up 2020-09-01 [CBC]

4 major teachers’ unions to file labour board complaint over school reopening plan 2020-09-01 [Global]

Teachers' unions to file labour board complaint over Ontario's school reopening plan 2020-09-01 [CBC]

Teachers' unions filing labour board complaint over Ontario's back-to-school plan 2020-09-01 [CTV]

Janitors get sick days, raise, pension in new deal 2020-08-31 [The Star]

Honouring Everyday Workers – Labour is More Important than Ever 2020-08-31 [The Star]

UFCW calls for premium pay, more workplace protections on economic recovery panel 2020-08-30 [UFCW Canada]

Victory: Food security workers at Toronto’s The Stop join PSAC 2020-08-30 [PSAC]

The ongoing fight against anti-Black racism: OPSEU’s pledge 2020-08-30 [OPSEU]

I help them stay in their homes; I want to stay in mine 2020-08-30 [Rank and File]

Former Foodora workers receive closure with $3.46-million settlement 2020-08-30 [rabble]

Windsor Assembly Plant Workers to Hold Virtual Strike Vote at Midnight 2020-08-30 [AM 800]

Ford government attempting to use pandemic to privatize and cut public transit services 2020-08-29 [Unifor]

Transit union welcomes recall of 150 laid off operators but says all TTC workers need to return 2020-08-29 [CBC]

Foodora parent company to pay $3.46-million to Canadian couriers 2020-08-29 [Benefits Canada]

LiUNA-backed review puts Hamilton LRT cost at $3.5B, offers funding options 2020-08-28 [CBC]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-09-1879 Coal miners in Springhill, Nova Scotia organize Pioneer Lodge of the Provincial Miners' Association, later known as the Provincial Workmen's Association. Under the leadership of Robert Drummond, the PWA becomes an influential force in the province. [more]

3-09-1894 Labour Day is observed for the first time as a statutory public holiday, under a law introduced that year by the Conservative prime minister Sir John Thompson. [more]

8-09-1886 The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Saskatchewan Division No. 322, is formed in Medicine Hat. It is the first union chartered in what later becomes Alberta. [more]

9-09-1991 More than 100,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada launch a general strike to defend job security for federal public service workers. [more]

11-09-1916 A second disaster strikes the huge cantilever bridge under construction at Quebec City. Another 13 lives are lost in addition to the 75 deaths in the first collapse in 1907. The bridge, completed in 1917, is still standing today. [more]

12-09-1945 In Windsor, Ontario, the United Auto Workers begin their historic strike against the Ford Motor Company. It lasts for 99 days and leads to the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

15-09-1978 Workers at International Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario go on strike against pay cuts and layoffs. With strong community support, in June 1979 the 10,000 miners win a victory that includes improved pension benefits. [more]

15-09-1933 A general strike begins in the factories in Stratford, Ontario and spreads across the city. Troops and armoured cars are called out. [more]

16-09-1912 Vancouver Island coal miners begin what becomes a two-year strike for workplace safety and union recognition. To defeat the miners' union, the companies bring in strikebreakers and the province calls out the militia. [more]

16-09-1913 The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is organized at Saint John, New Brunswick, with James L. Sugrue as president. Today it is the provincial federation in Canada with the second longest continuous history. [more]

23-09-1873 The Canadian Labour Union is founded in Toronto. This first attempt to organize a Canadian labour central finds limited support, mainly from skilled workers in Ontario. [more]

24-09-1963 The Canadian Union of Public Employees, now Canada's largest union, is founded in Winnipeg through a merger of two earlier organizations. The union goes on to break new ground in building the labour movement. [more]

25-09-1995 Unions supporting the Liverpool Dockers Solidarity Campaign participate in national actions using the internet. This is believed to be the first time the net was used to organize an international labour solidarity action. [more]

26-09-1888 Canada's first independent labour Member of Parliament is returned in a by-election in Montréal. A printer by trade, Alphonse-Télesphore Lépine is a leading figure in the Montréal Trades and Labour Council and the Knights of Labor. [more]

29-09-1931 A strike by coal miners from Bienfait, Saskatchewan comes comes to a head when police shoot three strikers dead during a protest on the main street in Estevan. [more]