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Ontario Bitter harvest - The pandemic has created serious risks for the migrant workers who grow and pick our fruit and vegetables [CBC] 2020-11-30

Social Justice and COVID-19: PSAC responds with new aid [PSAC] 2020-11-29

Alberta Frontline workers are losing out on more than $400 million in ‘hero pay’ because the UCP refuses to hold up its end on a cost-shared wage program [AFL] 2020-11-29

 VIDEO  Justice and Dignity for All: Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity [LeftStreamed] 2020-11-29

CUPE sounds alarm on pension fund privatization push [CUPE] 2020-11-28

RadioLabour's Canada Report for the week November 22-27, 2020 - Ontario won't fund the fight to save kids from COVID-19 [RadioLabour] 2020-11-28

Ontario The People’s Point of View -- The Toronto Workers’ History Project [Our Times] 2020-11-27

Universities Are Surveilling Striking Workers with Private Security [VICE] 2020-11-27

Liberals delay on climate change at the worst possible time [CUPE] 2020-11-27

Ontario 'To me, it's dirty and underhanded': Striking Owens Corning Guelph workers met with 'scab bus' [The Mercury] 2020-11-26








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Today's labour news


Manitoba Nurse with COVID-19 believes expired masks put her at risk 2020-11-30 [CBC]

Saskatchewan COVID-19 cases at Saskatoon Correctional Centre climb to 128 2020-11-30 [CBC]

 VIDEO Alberta Over 3,200 COVID-19 claims made to Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta since March 2020-11-30 [Global]

Ontario Pandemic layoffs: United Steelworkers 1998 2020-11-30 [The Varsity]

Ontario A Rebirth of the Auto Industry? 2020-11-30 [Jacobin]

Ontario Bitter harvest - The pandemic has created serious risks for the migrant workers who grow and pick our fruit and vegetables 2020-11-30 [CBC]

Dr. Tam: paid sick leave is “essential to protect worker and community health” 2020-11-29 [Decent Work and Health Network]

British Columbia Varsteel Workers in Kamloops Vote to Join United Steelworkers 2020-11-29 [USW]

117 Food Banks Across Canada Receive $226,750 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund 2020-11-29 [USW]

Alberta AHS swiftly rejects UNA proposal to achieve labour peace and focus on the pandemic 2020-11-29 [UNA]

British Columbia Unifor calls for additional transit security to enforce mask requirement 2020-11-29 [Unifor]

NDP joins UFCW Canada in calling for further action on enhanced safety measures in food processing sector 2020-11-29 [UFCW Canada]

UFCW Canada priorities made loud and clear to MPs 2020-11-29 [UFCW Canada]

Ontario COVID-19 agriculture strategy snubs farm workers 2020-11-29 [UFCW Canada]

Outcry grows over CBC’s branded content that mimics news 2020-11-29 [CWA Canada]

Social Justice and COVID-19: PSAC responds with new aid 2020-11-29 [PSAC]

PSAC members mobilize to Uncover the Costs of contracting out jobs 2020-11-29 [PSAC]

Saskatchewan Province needs to do more than just consider a work-from-home policy 2020-11-29 [NUPGE]

New report: A Canada-wide child care system would pay for itself 2020-11-29 [NUPGE]

Alberta Kenney failing his responsibility to protect and care for Albertans during COVID-19 2020-11-29 [NUPGE]

Overwhelming support for child care: NUPGE poll 2020-11-29 [NUPGE]

Newfoundland and Labrador International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020-11-29 [NLFL]

Driving a hard bargain – How COVID-19 has changed things 2020-11-29 [IAMAW]

“No blank cheques” – Clear message from Jagmeet Singh on Support for Aviation 2020-11-29 [IAMAW]

Quebec The FIQ and FIQP delegates rejected the tentative agreement reached with the government on sectoral matters 2020-11-29 [FIQ]

New Brunswick Statement on the sentencing of NB man who brutally assaulted two nurses. 2020-11-29 [CFNU]

This Black Friday, Think About the Workers, Not the Deals 2020-11-29 [CUPW]

British Columbia Cronk and Skidmore acclaimed to second term as BCFED wraps first-ever online convention 2020-11-29 [BCFed]

Alberta Kenney’s COVID plan is “inaction masquerading as action,” says AFL 2020-11-29 [AFL]

Alberta Leaked recordings show Kenney consistently put business interests ahead of worker interests and public safety 2020-11-29 [AFL]

Alberta Frontline workers are losing out on more than $400 million in ‘hero pay’ because the UCP refuses to hold up its end on a cost-shared wage program 2020-11-29 [AFL]

Olivia Nuamah appointed Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, ACTRA National 2020-11-29 [ACTRA]

 VIDEO  Justice and Dignity for All: Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity 2020-11-29 [LeftStreamed]

Newfoundland and Labrador Staffing Remains Central Issue Facing Nurses says Incoming RNUNL President 2020-11-29 [VOCM]

British Columbia Varsteel Workers in Kamloops Vote to Join United Steelworkers 2020-11-28 [USW]

Newfoundland and Labrador NLTA Elects Trent Langdon as New President 2020-11-28 [VOCM]

CUPE sounds alarm on pension fund privatization push 2020-11-28 [CUPE]

CUPE asks the government to support struggling airline workers 2020-11-28 [CUPE]

New Brunswick Healthcare staff at odds with NB government over surgical masks 2020-11-28 [CUPE]

RadioLabour's Canada Report for the week November 22-27, 2020 - Ontario won't fund the fight to save kids from COVID-19 2020-11-28 [RadioLabour]

Ontario The People’s Point of View -- The Toronto Workers’ History Project 2020-11-27 [Our Times]

Ontario Front-line workers in Ontario feel “sacrificed” and violated through the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-11-27 [Today]

Universities Are Surveilling Striking Workers with Private Security 2020-11-27 [VICE]

Nav Canada warns air traffic controllers that job cuts are coming as pandemic crushes revenue 2020-11-27 [CBC]

Newfoundland and Labrador SJRFD to Discuss Options with Union on Proposed Budget Cuts 2020-11-27 [VOCM]

Newfoundland and Labrador NAPE Reaches Tentative Agreement with Two Retirement Homes 2020-11-27 [VOCM]

Liberals delay on climate change at the worst possible time 2020-11-27 [CUPE]

Ontario Parents “extremely fearful” about potential regional children’s centre closures in Waterloo 2020-11-27 [CUPE]

Saskatchewan Sask Party is shortchanging health care workers, again 2020-11-27 [CUPE]

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This month in labour history


6-12-1921 J. S. Woodsworth, a Methodist minister arrested during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, is elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. Re-elected five times, he is a founder, in 1932, of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. [more]

6-12-1917 Wartime miscalculations and naval mismanagement cause unprecedented devastation for working-class neighborhoods in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When two ships collide in the harbour, one of them loaded with tons of explosives, almost 2,000 people are killed. [more]

7-12-1970 The Royal Commission on the Status of Women releases its report. Many of the 167 recommendations relate to the status of women in the workplace, including pay equity and access to childcare, education and training. [more]

9-12-1895 Annie Buller is born in Ukraine, coming to Canada as a child. She becomes an early woman leader of the Communist Party of Canada and one of its most formidable organizers. [more]

9-12-1910 Methane gas explodes in the Bellevue, Alberta coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass. The union had warned against gas accumulations more than once that year. There are seventeen survivors and thirty-one casualties, including one rescuer. [more]

11-12-1984 The United Auto Workers Canadian Council decides to separate from the international union and form UAW-Canada, later the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). [more]

14-12-1965 A small group of women workers at Tilco Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, go on strike for a union contract, only to face strikebreakers and court injunctions against picketing. The strike is lost but leads to the abolition of ex parte injunctions. [more]

18-12-1916 In Trail, British Columbia, Ginger Goodwin is elected secretary of the Mill and Smeltermen’s Union, the first union office held by the legendary labour organizer. He is soon leading local struggles against the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company. [more]

19-12-1945 The historic 99-day strike at Ford in Windsor, Ontario ends with an agreement to have Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand arbitrate a new collective agreement. His decision leads to adoption of the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

20-12-2001 In a union appeal against an Ontario law, the Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of agricultural workers to trade unionism and collective bargaining. [more]

27-12-1913 Protests by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Edmonton, Alberta, force the city to provide emergency work and housing for 400 unemployed. [more]

29-12-1876 Grand Trunk Railway workers in eastern Ontario go on strike in support of fired co-workers. The four-day strike is broken by the use of scabs and militia. [more]

31-12-1958 In Newfoundland, members of the International Woodworkers of America go on strike against the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company. When Premier Joe Smallwood decertifies the union, the struggle draws international attention. [more]

31-12-2011 In Alma, Quebec, Rio Tinto Alcan locks out members of Local 9490, United Steelworkers, in an attempt to replace all retiring workers with non-union contract employees. This is followed by a successful six-month global solidarity campaign. [more]