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Unifor welcomes new aerospace innovation zone and calls for a national industrial strategy 2024-05-21 [Unifor]

Union action for the rights of LGBTQI+ people: the experience of the CSQ 2024-05-20 [Education International]

Montreal blue collar workers could go on strike before holidays 2024-05-18 [CBC]

Alarming number of fire safety plans are inadequate 2024-05-15 [CUPE]

Inside and outside workers with Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac to go on strike soon 2024-05-15 [CUPE]

Union officially certified at Amazon’s DXT4 warehouse in Laval 2024-05-15 [Montreal Amazon Workers Union]

Amazon’s first union in Canada gets green light from Quebec labour tribunal 2024-05-14 [Global]

Things may grind to a halt in Sherbrooke 2024-05-14 [CUPE]

Workers can form union at Amazon warehouse in Laval, Que., a first in Canada 2024-05-13 [CBC]

Non-Public Funds: Quebec strikers continue to fight inequalities in the Canadian Forces 2024-05-11 [PSAC]

Unifor members vote overwhelmingly in favor of a strike mandate at SOPFEU 2024-05-11 [Unifor]

As summer wildfire season nears, Quebec forest fire workers vote for strike mandate 2024-05-10 [CP]

Game changer: A labour group in Québec is pushing for a province-wide video game workers’ union 2024-05-10 [The Conversation]

Unifor denounces Rayonier’s abandonment of Témiscaming and lack of response from Quebec government 2024-05-08 [Unifor]

HEC Montréal dismisses employees the day after an application for certification is filed 2024-05-08 [CUPE]

Members at GFL Environmental achieve new collective agreement 2024-05-06 [UFCW]

Thousands of public daycare workers to vote on strike mandate 2024-05-04 [CITY]

An industry-best 5-year agreement for Airbus Canada union members 2024-05-04 [IAMAW]

Workers with the Municipality of Chute-Saint-Philippe sign their collective agreement 2024-05-04 [CUPE]

Canadian Airbus A220 workers approve deal, ending lockout fears 2024-05-02 [Reuters]

Private health care 'top gun' to lead Santé Québec, making unions wary of changes to public system 2024-05-01 [CBC]

Thousands expected at Montreal May 1st march for International Workers' Day 2024-05-01 [CTV]

Air Transat flight dispatchers vote to strike in Montreal 2024-04-30 [CityNews]

The Electric Circuit and Hitachi: Two more steps toward the privatization of Hydro-Québec 2024-04-30 [CUPE]

Trade union federation joins fight to save three endangered woodlands 2024-04-28 [The Gazette]

Airbus says it accepts request by Canadian union for conciliation 2024-04-25 [Reuters]

Striking SAQ workers seek job security, insurance 2024-04-25 [CBC]

Quebec has to stop passing off bills to cities and towns and assume its responsibilities! 2024-04-25 [CUPE]

Law professors at McGill University go on unlimited strike 2024-04-24 [CTV]

Union files application to represent workers at Amazon facility 2024-04-23 [Global]

Union takes step to represent Amazon warehouse workers in Laval, Que. 2024-04-23 [CBC]

Employer’s offer overwhelmingly rejected by Port of Montreal longshore workers 2024-04-23 [CUPE]

Airbus workers at Mirabel plant reject company’s third contract offer 2024-04-22 [The Gazette]

Airbus workers at Quebec plant reject company's third contract offer 2024-04-21 [Times Colonist]

Port of Quebec has refused to negotiate for more than 100 days 2024-04-15 [CUPE]

A majority of 61% of the members in good standing voted against the tentative agreement 2024-04-14 [FIQ]

Biggest nurses' union rejects government deal 2024-04-14 [CBC]

Members of Quebec health care workers union reject tentative deal with province 2024-04-14 [The Star]

Quebec's biggest nurses' union rejects government deal 2024-04-13 [CBC]

Airbus workers reach tentative agreement with company 2024-04-13 [CITY]

Unifor members at Expertech vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike mandate 2024-04-12 [Unifor]

Daycare union files ‘bad faith’ bargaining complaint against Quebec government 2024-04-12 [CITY]

Municipal Defined Benefit Pension Plans: The Supreme Court refuses to go any further 2024-04-12 [CUPE]

Airbus union members in Mirabel reject a second offer from management 2024-04-08 [CTV]

Canadian Airbus workers reject company's second contract offer 2024-04-07 [Daily Courier]

New victory against mining giant Glencore’s anti-union practices 2024-04-04 [USW]

Union demands stricter safety measures for Quebec road signage industry 2024-04-04 [Global]

Longueuil white-collar workers hold four more strike days 2024-04-03 [CTV]

Steelworkers union calls for clean-up of traffic signal industry 2024-04-02 [CTV]

Women of Steel promote hiring and retention of women at Quebec aluminum smelter 2024-03-21 [USW]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

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]

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montreal 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]

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 blames politicians, managers and bureaucrats for creating “a predictable path to disaster.” [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. She is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [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]

15-05-1872 Some 1500 workers in Hamilton, Ontario take to the streets under the banners of the Nine Hours movement, to demonstrate for a reduction in working hours. [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. Later, a new government changes labour laws to support union security and ban the use of strikebreakers. [more]

23-05-1921 The Communist Party of Canada is founded at a three-day meeting in a barn in Guelph, Ontario. The party achieves its greatest influence in the 1930s and 1940s organizing unemployed workers and industrial unions, and in struggles against war and fascism. [more]

24-05-1919 Coal miners in Drumheller, Alberta go on strike for recognition of the One Big Union after they vote overwhelmingly to leave the United Mine Workers of America. [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]