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Hidden camera reveals 'appalling' conditions in overseas PPE factory supplying Canadian hospitals, expert says [CBC] 2021-01-15

Manitoba Canada Goose Workers Allege Unsafe Working Conditions and Anti-union Tactics [VICE] 2021-01-15

Ontario ‘Union safety effect’ continues on Ontario’s ICI construction sites: IWH study finds [The Daily Commercial News] 2021-01-14

Ontario $1 million payout for vacationing hospital boss but no paid sick days for staff facing COVID “profoundly unfair and disrespectful” [CUPE] 2021-01-14

Manitoba Winnipeg guilty of unfair labour practice against transit operators, Manitoba Labour Board says [CBC] 2021-01-13

Ontario Essential workers from across the country talk about the unique challenges of these strange times [Canadaland] 2021-01-11

Ontario Furious health-care unions eye trip-taking London hospital boss's ouster [The Free Press] 2021-01-11

End-of-year unemployment data shows need for continued support for workers [CLC] 2021-01-10

Alberta In-Person Schooling Resumes Without Adequate Supports [ATA] 2021-01-10

RadioLabour's Canada Report for the week of January 3-8, 2021: Fighting the rise of the radical right wing [RadioLabour] 2021-01-09








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Today's labour news


Labour College of Canada announces partnership with Brock University 2021-01-15 [CLC]

Federal sickness benefit falls short of paid sick leave protections, Ontario Federation of Labour and advocates say 2021-01-15 [CBC]

2021: The year ahead. President’s New Year message 2021-01-15 [PIPSC]

Hidden camera reveals 'appalling' conditions in overseas PPE factory supplying Canadian hospitals, expert says 2021-01-15 [CBC]

Head of Radio-Canada apologizes for spending month of December in Miami, but won't face disciplinary action 2021-01-15 [The National Post]

Saskatchewan Province to seek independent investigation of outbreak at Regina nursing home where 43 died 2021-01-15 [CBC]

Ontario Mohamad Fakih and SEIU Healthcare Launch 'Food for the LTC Frontline' Campaign to Support Healthcare Workers 2021-01-15 [SEIU]

Ontario Consult front-line workers before reopening schools 2021-01-15 [NUPGE]

Nova Scotia Long-term care staff in Nova Scotia still overworked and underpaid, MLAs told 2021-01-15 [Signal]

PSAC contesting CRA determination that payments of Phoenix damages are taxable 2021-01-15 [This Week]

Manitoba Union alleges 'a climate of fear' 2021-01-15 [The Free Press]

Newfoundland and Labrador Postal Workers Dismayed Over Far-Right Leaning US Publication Appearing in Mailboxes in NL 2021-01-15 [VOCM]

Manitoba Canada Goose Workers Allege Unsafe Working Conditions and Anti-union Tactics 2021-01-15 [VICE]

Teachers Are COVID Heroes. It’s Time We Listened to Them 2021-01-14 [The Tyee]

Alberta RCMP Launches Criminal Investigation into COVID-19 Death at Cargill 2021-01-14 [USW]

Alberta Teen files complaint against Alberta meat plant after dad dies of COVID-19 2021-01-14 [CBC]

British Columbia COVID-19: B.C. care workers struggle with grief after outbreaks 2021-01-14 [The Province]

Manitoba Transit union wants Winnipeg bus drivers prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines 2021-01-14 [CBC]

Calls mount for provincial paid sick leave while federal sickness-benefit applications fall 2021-01-14 [iPolitics]

Ontario ‘Union safety effect’ continues on Ontario’s ICI construction sites: IWH study finds 2021-01-14 [The Daily Commercial News]

Quebec Despite union pleas, 'confinement bonuses' will not be paid to Olymel workers 2021-01-14 [The Gazette]

Alberta Edmonton union, Alberta labour association criticize Cessco's use of COVID-19 relief funding 2021-01-14 [The Journal]

Newfoundland and Labrador Service Improvements Key for Supporting Rural NL: FFAW 2021-01-14 [VOCM]

Newfoundland and Labrador Province Reaches Tentative Deal with Health Professionals 2021-01-14 [VOCM]

Ontario “No paid sick leave means many more preventable deaths – and an ongoing failure to keep people safe” 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

Ontario COVID-19 outbreak at Essex-Windsor EMS facility could lead to an ambulance shortage in the region 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

Ontario $1 million payout for vacationing hospital boss but no paid sick days for staff facing COVID “profoundly unfair and disrespectful” 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

Saskatchewan Pandemic surge shows urgent need to extend and expand wage top-up 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

Ontario Health-care workers battled burnout before COVID-19 — now it's even worse, experts warn 2021-01-13 [CBC]

Manitoba Winnipeg guilty of unfair labour practice against transit operators, Manitoba Labour Board says 2021-01-13 [CBC]

Nova Scotia Union leaders, advocates urge N.S. government to require minimum care hours in nursing homes 2021-01-13 [Global]

Airline workers continue to be devastated by lack of direct financial aid to sector 2021-01-13 [ACPA]

New Brunswick Saint John transit workers sign contract, agree to no wage increase in 2021 2021-01-13 [CBC]

Newfoundland and Labrador Salary increases part of tentative deal between province, CUPE 2021-01-13 [CBC]

Newfoundland and Labrador Tentative deal reached between CUPE and Newfoundland and Labrador government to extend collective agreements 2021-01-13 [CUPE]

New Brunswick LPNs vow to keep fighting to leave CUPE for another union 2021-01-12 [CBC]

New Brunswick Transit Commission, Union Reach Deal 2021-01-12 [94.1]

Ontario Unifor removes blockade at FCA's Windsor plant after drivers return to job 2021-01-12 [The News]

Health-care workers battled burnout before COVID-19 — now it's even worse, experts warn 2021-01-12 [CBC]

Nova Scotia Union hopes Northern Pulp 'will do the right thing' and make pension payment 2021-01-12 [CBC]

Ontario With COVID outbreaks in Hamilton surging, hospital unions urge Ford government to immediately vaccinate at local care homes 2021-01-12 [CUPE]

Ontario Essential workers from across the country talk about the unique challenges of these strange times 2021-01-11 [Canadaland]

Ontario Teacher’s union doesn’t accept public health rejection of school air purifiers 2021-01-11 [The Star]

Quebec Safety concerns remain as Quebec elementary students return to class 2021-01-11 [CBC]

Quebec Doctors describe the emotional battle of treating the province's COVID-19 patients 2021-01-11 [CTV]

Ontario Union representatives for personal support workers say more needs to be done to educate people about the vaccines 2021-01-11 [FM96]

Quebec Union supports schools reopening but would like air purifiers reconsidered 2021-01-11 [CTV]

Alberta RCMP launch criminal probe into COVID-19 death tied to massive Alberta meat plant outbreak 2021-01-11 [CBC]

Ontario Furious health-care unions eye trip-taking London hospital boss's ouster 2021-01-11 [The Free Press]

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This month in labour history


1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

8-01-2007 The 21,000 members of ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, begin the first strike in their 64-year history. An agreement is reached after 17 months of bargaining. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

18-01-1893 In the harbour at Nanaimo, British Columbia, Coast Seamen's Union organizers board the SS Bawnmore, whose crew had not been paid in months. A high-profile kidnapping trial follows, with the provincial premier acting as Crown Prosecutor. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

24-01-1979 The first bank strike in Canadian history begins when workers picket branches of La Banque d'épargne de la cité et du district de Montréal. [more]

24-01-2009 Le Journal de Montréal declares a lockout in an attempt to “gigify” the workers' collective agreement. The dispute lasts for 764 days. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1983 Instructors at Quebec CEGEPs walk out, beginning a Common Front strike against rollbacks in collective agreements introduced by the Parti Québécois. Primary and high school teachers and other public sector workers join the protest. [more]

26-01-1981 Some 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, take part in an illegal strike. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, begins a three-month jail sentence for defying a back-to-work law that ended a legal strike by postal workers in 1978. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]