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Historic Vote in Canadian Parliament on Ban of Replacement Workers During Strikes

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Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Despite arbitrator's ruling that FFAW strike was illegal, president says he'd do it again [CBC] 28-02-2024

Canada Historic Vote in Canadian Parliament on Ban of Replacement Workers During Strikes [BNN Breaking] 28-02-2024

Canada Alberta Pharmacare would save thousands for Alberta families [CUPE] 27-02-2024

Canada Ontario 3,000 York University academic workers go on strike [CBC] 26-02-2024

Canada AFL calls on feds to end employers’ harmful addiction to guest worker programs [AFL] 26-02-2024

Canada Alberta AB govt workers ask for 26% wage increase [Alberta Worker] 26-02-2024

Canada Quebec Common Front unionized workers vote to accept deal with province [CITY] 24-02-2024

Canada CLC president on Pharmacare deal: 'This is a big deal' [CLC] 23-02-2024

Canada British Columbia Kelowna crane collapse: family of victim calls for urgent change - 60 minutes of training not enough, says father [IUOE] 22-02-2024

Canada Ontario Violence on the picket line shows need for provincial anti-scab legislation [rabble] 21-02-2024


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Historic Vote in Canadian Parliament on Ban of Replacement Workers During Strikes 2024-02-28 [BNN Breaking]

Union says Ottawa should close immigration 'streams that are used by low-wage employers to suppress wages' 2024-02-28 [HRD]

Ontario Central Elgin outside workers poised to strike March 11 2024-02-28 [The Free Press]

Largest federal public sector unions call for ongoing Phoenix damages on 8th anniversary 2024-02-28 [PSAC]

Newfoundland and Labrador Despite arbitrator's ruling that FFAW strike was illegal, president says he'd do it again 2024-02-28 [CBC]

PSAC Strikes Highlight Worker Struggles Across Canada: Demands for Fair Wages Unmet 2024-02-28 [BNN Breaking]

Nova Scotia Autoport workers go on strike in Halifax 2024-02-28 [Radio-Canada]

Alberta Bridges of Canada prison chaplains in Alberta join United Steelworkers union 2024-02-28 [USW]

Palestine IAM Canada Statement on the crisis in Gaza 2024-02-28 [IAMAW]

Unions call on government to extend compensation for public servants over Phoenix pay system 2024-02-28 [CTV]

Manitoba Custodians at Seine River School Division accept new 4-year contract, ending strike: union 2024-02-28 [CBC]

Newfoundland and Labrador NAPE Joins Call for Auditor General to Review Health Contracts 2024-02-28 [VOCM]

Alberta Poll suggests UCP could pay a heavy political price if they persist with plan to pull Alberta out of CPP 2024-02-28 [AFL]

Ontario Two years into bargaining, Board of Directors puts Gilbert Centre workers and Barrie’s most vulnerable at risk 2024-02-28 [CUPE]

Canada Workers and communities fight for justice and peace 2024-02-28 [CUPE]

Shawn Haggerty elected UFCW Canada National President 2024-02-27 [UFCW]

Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurses Bring Calls to End Privatization to Confederation Building 2024-02-27 [VOCM]

Unanimous support for anti-scab bill 2024-02-27 [Canadian Press]

Ontario Members at Sarnia Public Library and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery vote 100% for robust agreement 2024-02-27 [Unifor]

Nova Scotia Autoport attempts to strike bust with use of scab labour 2024-02-27 [Unifor]

Banning scab labour is about protecting workers’ rights 2024-02-27 [CLC]

Palestine Unions condemn decision to cut funding to UNRWA as Gaza burns and innocents die 2024-02-27 [rabble]

Peace Restored In Canada’s Film Industry As Directors Guild Branch Ratifies Contract 2024-02-27 [The Hollywood Reporter]

Groups bring allegations of racism at Canadian Human Rights Commission to global body 2024-02-27 [Western Wheel]

Quebec DNEG Montreal Officially Receives Union Recognition 2024-02-27 [IATSE]

Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurses’ Union to Rally Against Privatization of Health Care 2024-02-27 [VOCM]

Alberta Pharmacare would save thousands for Alberta families 2024-02-27 [CUPE]

Ontario Workers and parents push back against closure to keep Francophone child care centre open 2024-02-27 [CUPE]

Air Transat flight attendants now the highest paid in the industry 2024-02-27 [CUPE]

Ontario Massive workers strike hits York University 2024-02-27 [City News]

British Columbia BC minimum wage increases to $17.40 an hour on June 1 2024-02-26 [Ministry of Labour]

Alberta LPNs to rally for better representation 2024-02-26 [Alberta Worker]

Alberta Calgary airport workers file for unionization 2024-02-26 [Alberta Worker]

Alberta AB govt workers ask for 26% wage increase 2024-02-26 [Alberta Worker]

British Columbia Budget Funding for Education Not Keeping Pace With BC’s Growing Population, Teachers Federation Says 2024-02-26 [Press Progress]

Saskatchewan Teachers Announce Rotating Withdrawal of Noon-Hour Supervision 2024-02-26 [STF]

Improvements needed to protect workers as Parliament resumes debate on anti-scab legislation 2024-02-26 [USW]

Alberta Pink Shirt Day will be marked on February 28 2024-02-26 [UNA]

Ontario In memoriam: Paul Barry 2024-02-26 [CUPE]

Ontario Solidarity with striking CUPE Local 1490 municipal workers in Black River-Matheson! 2024-02-26 [OPSEU]

Ontario Forest firefighters call out Ford government’s disregard for their health and safety 2024-02-26 [OPSEU]

Ontario Ford government to blame for teacher recruitment and retention crisis in Ontario 2024-02-26 [OSSTF]

Ontario Ford government’s university funding announcement continues to fail struggling universities 2024-02-26 [OSSTF]

Ontario The Regional Municipality of Halton Public Health Unit Nurses Heading to Conciliation 2024-02-26 [ONA]

Turning public health care professionals into for-profit temps harms us all 2024-02-26 [NUPGE]

Nova Scotia Federation of Labour calls for relief for workers in upcoming provincial budget 2024-02-26 [NSFL]

Women in Science (WiS) Café Series 2024-02-26 [PIPSC]

  JOB   Temporary Senior Officer, Union Education Branch, CUPE National Office 2024-02-26 [CUPE]

CCU President Gregory Ball’s Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Banning Transfer of Union Dues Outside of Canada 2024-02-26 [CCU]

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This month in labour history


3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the almost 1,700 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

6-02-2012 Eleven farmworkers, including nine migrant workers from Peru, are killed in a highway crash at Hampstead, Ontario. The tragedy highlights unsafe conditions in the sector and the exploitation of seasonal workers. [more]

9-02-1869 Birth of James Bryson McLachlan, at Ecclefechan, Scotland. As a union leader in Canada he becomes the champion of the Nova Scotia coal miners and a leading spokesman for the cause of labour radicalism. [more]

10-02-1928 At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine at Timmins, Ontario, the largest in North America, 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. There is no rescue plan in place and it takes five days to put out the fire. [more]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [more]

11-02-1963 At Reesor Siding, near Kapuskasing, Ontario, eleven union members are shot, three fatally, in a confrontation over pulpwood supplies for a strikebound mill. Three of the attackers are later fined for possessing dangerous firearms. [more]

14-02-1949 In defiance of provincial laws, asbestos workers in Québec begin a four-month strike for better wages and workplace safety. With strong public support for the miners' cause, the strike becomes a forerunner of the province's Quiet Revolution. [more]

15-02-1912 Male garment workers at the Eaton’s factory in Toronto are locked out when they protest changes that deprive women workers of jobs. More than a thousand employees join the protest. Solidarity marches and public boycotts continue for several months. [more]

15-02-1982 All 84 crew on board are lost when an oil-drilling rig capsizes and sinks in a storm on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ocean Ranger disaster is attributed to failures in structural design and inadequate safety measures. [more]

17-02-1944 Wartime unrest convinces the federal government to bring in an emergency order, P.C. 1003, which requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This breakthrough sets a standard for postwar labour relations. [more]

19-02-2017 Labour leader Bob White dies at 81 years of age. He is remembered as a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers and a popular president of the Canadian Labour Congress. [more]

21-02-1891 At Springhill, Nova Scotia an explosion takes the lives of 125 men and boys in the province's largest coal mine disaster. They leave more than 200 widows and children. [more]

22-02-1932 On an international day of protest against unemployment, thousands of men, women and children march in Vancouver, British Columbia to support immediate relief measures and radical social reforms. [more]

24-02-1996 The Days of Action mounted by Ontario unions in response to the anti-worker agenda of the provincial Conservative government end in Hamilton, Ontario. This is the largest of the mass actions across the province. [more]

25-02-1931 In Toronto more than 500 women dressmakers protest sweatshop conditions in the needle trades and begin a strike for better wages and union recognition. Large numbers of scabs and police are deployed. [more]

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]

29-02-1956 In Sudbury, Ontario, the great African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs at the Mine Mill union hall. It is his last concert in Canada, as the Canadian government soon afterwards blocks his return for an extensive concert tour. [more]