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Canada Manitoba Winnipeg firefighter's suicide deemed result of workplace injury by compensation board: union [CBC] 15-06-2024

Canada Mushroom farm workers in Fyffes family move to join union [IUF] 14-06-2024

Canada Alberta An Historic Strike Vote at Cargill [UFCW Canada 401] 14-06-2024

Canada Alberta Alberta’s Labour Board, Bad Bosses, and the Battle for Your Rights [Teamsters] 14-06-2024

Canada Ontario Expansion of alcohol to convenience stores is a covert union avoidance strategy [The Conversation] 13-06-2024

Canada Two-year labour dispute taking its toll on Guelph actor [Today] 13-06-2024

Canada Tentative agreement reached for more than 9,000 workers at Canada Border Services Agency, strike action averted [PSAC] 11-06-2024

Canada Ontario TTC strike put on hold [ATU] 07-06-2024

Canada Strike for Canadian border workers on hold until Wednesday: union [Canadian Press] 07-06-2024

Canada Ontario Best Theratronics use of unqualified scab labour raises nuclear safety concerns [Unifor] 04-06-2024


Other news


Pilots at Canada's WestJet Encore ratify agreement with airline 2024-06-15 [Reuters]

Manitoba Winnipeg firefighter's suicide deemed result of workplace injury by compensation board: union 2024-06-15 [CBC]

Ontario City unveils plaque honouring Black Toronto labour leader 2024-06-15 [CBC]

British Columbia Uber unhappy with BC's new policy for gig workers 2024-06-15 [HRD]

Alberta Workers at Shell's Scotford facility in Canada move to set up strike vote 2024-06-15 [Reuters]

Building Trust, Becoming Allies: Practical ways for USW local unions to engage with Indigenous members and Indigenous communities 2024-06-15 [USW]

Quebec Amazon challenging certification of union for workers at its Laval, Que., warehouse 2024-06-15 [The Star]

A look inside the tentative deal for Canada's border workers 2024-06-15 [CBC]

Newfoundland and Labrador Private Homecare Workers Reject Contract Despite NAPE Thumbs-Up 2024-06-15 [VOCM]

New Brunswick Bus Drivers and Mechanics Respond to the Auditor General’s Report on School Bus Safety 2024-06-15 [CUPE]

British Columbia Access to WorkSafeBC compensation extended for workers with job-related psychological injuries 2024-06-15 [HEU]

Ontario Unanimous strike vote at Yorktown Family Services reveals problems in Toronto’s safety net for families and children 2024-06-15 [CUPE]

Ontario York University Campus Safety Workers hold press conference and info picket ahead of strike deadline 2024-06-15 [CUPE]

Saskatchewan Teachers Agree to Binding Arbitration for New Provincial Collective Agreement 2024-06-15 [STF]

WestJet Encore Pilots Ratify Collective Agreement with Improvements to Pay and Working Conditions 2024-06-14 [ALPA]

Alberta Unifor members reject mediator’s recommendations, setting up strike vote at Shell 2024-06-14 [Unifor]

British Columbia UFCW welcomes B.C. Government legislation for app-based workers 2024-06-14 [UFCW]

Tentative agreement reached for more than 9,000 workers at Canada Border Services Agency, summary available 2024-06-14 [PSAC]

Alberta Alberta’s Labour Board, Bad Bosses, and the Battle for Your Rights 2024-06-14 [Teamsters]

British Columbia ‘These companies can suck it up’: B.C. premier stays firm despite Uber pushback 2024-06-14 [The Daily Guardian]

Alberta Sofina Foods workers reignite union efforts at Edmonton plant 2024-06-14 [The Journal]

Ontario Black Ironworkers activist Jack White to be honoured by plaque 2024-06-14 [The Daily Commercial News]

PSAC celebrates equitable pension reform for thousands of frontline workers 2024-06-14 [PSAC]

Alberta An Historic Strike Vote at Cargill 2024-06-14 [UFCW Canada 401]

Alberta Cargill case ready: we have applied for secondary picketing 2024-06-14 [UFCW 401]

Alberta 'A courageous stand': Calgary Cargill workers reach unanimous decision to strike 2024-06-14 [CTV]

Real wage trends by industry 2024-06-14 [CUPE]

Ontario Pearson Airport Screening Officers Vote to Strike 2024-06-14 [Open Jaw]

Total compensation is up, so why aren’t wages? 2024-06-14 [CUPE]

Alberta Cargill workers back strike action at Canada meat plant 2024-06-14 [Just Food]

CBSA workers get roughly 15% raise over 4 years in tentative deal 2024-06-14 [Global]

Amazon workers are forming unions. What happens next? 2024-06-14 [The Independent]

Mushroom farm workers in Fyffes family move to join union 2024-06-14 [IUF]

British Columbia Workers at Icon Creative join IATSE 2024-06-14 [IATSE Canada]

Ontario ‘I don’t think they take us seriously’: Sault paramedics stage rally as contract negotiations remain stalled 2024-06-13 [Spectator]

British Columbia Lynn Bueckert appointed as HEU’s secretary-business manager 2024-06-13 [HEU]

British Columbia BCFED calls for full employment rights for ride-hail and food delivery workers 2024-06-13 [BC Fed]

British Columbia Basic protections for B.C. gig workers are a step forward 2024-06-13 [Unifor]

Flying Under the Radar 2024-06-13 [Canadaland]

British Columbia Gig workers in B.C. to be paid minimum of $20.88 an hour 2024-06-13 [CBC]

Two-year labour dispute taking its toll on Guelph actor 2024-06-13 [Today]

Alberta AFL president responds to Labour Force Survey reported job losses 2024-06-13 [AFL]

Ontario Union claims public safety at risk if Enbridge Gas eliminates emergency response shifts 2024-06-13 [CITY]

Alberta CUPE Local 38 poised to enact work-to-rule as contract negotiations remain at an impasse 2024-06-13 [The Herald]

Federal Government will soon require a policy allowing workers to disconnect. It won’t apply to public servants 2024-06-13 [The Citizen]

Ontario Expansion of alcohol to convenience stores is a covert union avoidance strategy 2024-06-13 [The Conversation]

Prince Edward Island Union raises burnout concerns over Health PEI’s summer incentives 2024-06-13 [HRD]

British Columbia UFCW welcomes B.C. Government legislation for app-based workers 2024-06-13 [UFCW Canada]

Ontario Migrant farm workers at Fyffes’ Highline Mushrooms apply to join United Food and Commercial Workers 2024-06-13 [UFCW]

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This month in labour history


1-06-1987 In British Columbia, 250,000 workers walk off the job in a one-day general strike against restrictive labour laws introduced by the Social Credit government. The legislation is repealed when the New Democratic Party returns to power in 1992. [more]

1-06-1986 In Edmonton, Alberta meatpacking workers go on strike against wage and pension rollbacks. One of their slogans is "Gainers makes wieners with scabs". There are more than 400 arrests before an agreement is reached in December. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men board boxcars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek to protest conditions in the relief camps run by the Department of National Defence. [more]

8-06-2007 The Supreme Court of Canada rules, in a 6 to 1 decision, that collective bargaining rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision describes collective bargaining rights as "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society." [more]

11-06-1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, a memorial day for coal miner William Davis, who was shot and killed by company police in the struggle for control of the Waterford Lake power plant during the historic 1925 strike. [more]

12-06-1934 Immigrant workers go on strike at the Noranda copper and gold mining operations in Québec, led by the Workers' Unity League. Strikebreakers are brought in, and there is no union contract until 1945. [more]

14-06-1912 Union leaders meet at the Lethbridge Labour Temple to establish the Alberta Federation of Labour. This is the beginning of the Federation’s long struggle for workers’ rights in Alberta. [more]

14-06-1872 Royal assent is given the Trade Union Act, legislation promised by the prime minister in April in response to large public protests against the arrest of striking Toronto printers on conspiracy charges. The Act states that unions are legal in Canada. [more]

17-06-1958 In Vancouver, British Columbia the Second Narrows Bridge collapses while under construction, and nineteen lives are lost. It is the city's worst industrial disaster. The bridge is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. [more]

18-06-1935 Longshoremen in Vancouver, many of them war veterans, march to protest the use of scabs to unload cargo on the docks. In a three-hour battle, police chase the strikers down on horseback and use tear gas to disperse the protest. [more]

19-06-1914 A coal mine explosion in the Crowsnest Pass at Hillcrest, Alberta takes the lives of 189 men, mostly immigrants. Canada's worst coal mine disaster leaves 90 widows and more than 250 orphans. [more]

19-06-1938 On Bloody Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, hundreds of unemployed workers are violently evicted from government buildings, including the post office and art gallery, after weeks of sit-ins to protest cutbacks in relief projects. [more]

20-06-1959 A sudden violent storm on Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick sweeps away 35 men and boys. The Escuminac Disaster is commemorated at the local wharf by The Fishermen, a monument created by Acadian artist Claude Roussel [more]

20-06-1984 An earthquake kills four workers at the Falconbridge mine near Sudbury, Ontario. The day is remembered in an annual union memorial service and with calls for renewed attention to health, safety and emergency preparedness. [more]

21-06-1919 A silent parade to protest the arrest of leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike is attacked by the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the city’s special police. Many are wounded on Bloody Saturday, and two men lose their lives. The strike soon ends. [more]

25-06-1999 The Fédération des Infirmières du Québec begins an illegal one-day provincial strike, one of several this summer and one of many across the country during the year over nurses’ workload and wages. [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court of Canada issues its decision in Lavigne v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, affirming the constitutional right of unions to spend money on social and political action to advance the interests of workers. [more]

29-06-1981 The Canadian Union of Postal Workers begins a 42-day strike that succeeds in winning a contract with 17 weeks of maternity leave benefits. This breakthrough agreement sets a standard for other unions. [more]