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Canada Saskatchewan Steelworkers mourn the death of Nutrien potash mine worker in Rocanville, Sask. [USW] 22-05-2024

Canada Ontario Ontario Nursing Homes Ordered to Pay Nurses and Health-Care Professionals 11.5% Salary Increases Over Two Years [ONA] 21-05-2024

Canada CUPW and Canada Post: Two Competing Visions for the Future of Our Public Postal Service [CUPW] 20-05-2024

Canada Drag Academy and UFCW Outreach offer training for UFCW members [UFCW Canada] 20-05-2024

Canada Alberta New report showing collapse of Alberta living standards released by the Alberta Federation of Labour [AFL] 19-05-2024

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

Canada Unions have a long history of fighting for trans rights. And they’re not giving up now [Xtra] 15-05-2024

Canada Canadian Artists Are Rising Up Against Hostile Agencies [The Maple] 14-05-2024

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

Canada Westray Act failing slain workers 20 years after adoption [USW] 12-05-2024


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Ontario New deal for members working at Superior Nissan in The Soo 2024-05-23 [IAM]

Nova Scotia Teachers ratify agreement 2024-05-23 [NSTU]

Newfoundland and Labrador Manufacturing an uber problem for gig workers 2024-05-23 [The Independent]

Alberta U of C workers demand 28% wage increase 2024-05-23 [Alberta Worker]

  JOB   Employment Opportunity – Labour Relations Officer 2024-05-23 [UTE-PSAC]

  JOB   Director, Regional Offices Branch 2024-05-23 [PSAC]

  JOB   Health and Safety Representative 2024-05-23 [CUPE]

British Columbia BCGEU Expands Cariboo Region Strike 2024-05-23 [Now]

Ontario Elementary teachers’ union files labour board complaint over code of conduct changes 2024-05-23 [The Standard]

Ontario Researcher seeks stories from 1960 Falconbridge wildcat strike 2024-05-23 [Sudbury.com]

Nova Scotia Teachers Union ratifies contract that focuses on student outcomes, supporting teachers 2024-05-23 [CTV]

Pay increases, AI provisions included in Writers Guild of Canada labour deal 2024-05-23 [CTV]

Alberta Union says City of Calgary has improved offer following strike vote 2024-05-23 [Global]

Saskatchewan Tragedy temporarily closes Nutrien potash mine 2024-05-23 [The Safety Mag]

Trudeau's speech to union delegates took aim at Conservatives 2024-05-23 [CTV]

Prince Edward Island Health care support workers petition for liveable wage 2024-05-23 [CUPE]

Ontario Elementary Teachers file application against Ford government for unfair labour practice 2024-05-22 [ETFO]

British Columbia HBC, Kamloops workers come to deal, end five-month strike 2024-05-22 [Castanet]

Pay increases, AI provisions included in Writers Guild of Canada labour deal 2024-05-22 [Toronto Star]

Ontario OFL, NDP launch campaign to combat heat stress in Ont. workplaces 2024-05-22 [OFL]

Manitoba Horticulture workers ratify new contract 2024-05-22 [UFCW]

  JOB  British Columbia Administrative Assistant - Lower Mainland Area Office (Regular) 2024-05-22 [BCGEU]

British Columbia BCGEU expands Cariboo Region strike, calls on the Regional District to bargain in good faith 2024-05-22 [BCGEU]

Alberta Calgary shipping & receiving workers try to unionize 2024-05-22 [Alberta Worker]

Alberta CMHA Edmonton workers file to unionize 2024-05-22 [Alberta Worker]

Ontario Striking Nestle workers hold solidarity rally Thursday at Toronto plant 2024-05-22 [Unifor]

Ontario Union wants negotiations on a new contract 2024-05-22 [Quinte News]

Ontario Unifor says company’s use of scab workers raises safety issues 2024-05-22 [HRD]

Ontario Some TTC workers could go on strike as of June 7 2024-05-22 [CBC]

Ontario Thousands of TTC workers could be on strike as of June 7 2024-05-22 [CTV]

Alberta Province 'disastrously unprepared' for wildfire season, says union 2024-05-22 [HRD]

Alberta City of Calgary inside workers vote in favour of strike action 2024-05-22 [CBC]

British Columbia Legal complaint filed against Cascadia Liquor in Victoria 2024-05-22 [SEIU 2]

British Columbia Vancouver public library workers reach tentative agreement, avoid strike action 2024-05-22 [CUPE]

Saskatchewan Steelworkers mourn the death of Nutrien potash mine worker in Rocanville, Sask. 2024-05-22 [USW]

EI broken promises continue in Budget 2024 2024-05-21 [Unifor]

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

Reduce interest rates and offer relief to Canadian families – ball is in your court, Governor Macklem 2024-05-21 [CLC]

Ontario Ontario Nursing Homes Ordered to Pay Nurses and Health-Care Professionals 11.5% Salary Increases Over Two Years 2024-05-21 [ONA]

Manitoba “Health Care Needs Health Care Workers” campaign urges us to support workers so we don’t lose them 2024-05-20 [MGEU]

Alberta UNA expresses concern about mistaken references to original AHS mandate 2024-05-20 [UNA]

Drag Academy and UFCW Outreach offer training for UFCW members 2024-05-20 [UFCW Canada]

Phoenix: PSAC raises concerns about pay system replacement 2024-05-20 [PSAC]

Newfoundland and Labrador ENGO’s Only Serve Up Closures at the Fisheries Management Table 2024-05-20 [FFAW-Unifor]

USA A Generational Challenge: Taming Amazon, Renewing Labour 2024-05-20 [Sam Gindin / The Bullet]

CUPW and Canada Post: Two Competing Visions for the Future of Our Public Postal Service 2024-05-20 [CUPW]

Alberta Commercial divers file for union certification 2024-05-20 [Alberta Worker]

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

Ontario Union warns of Niagara impact as Waste Management Canada strike continues 2024-05-19 [The Standard]

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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]