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Coronavirus crisis poses risks and opportunities for unions [The Conversation] 2020-04-06

Why the 'invisible workers' cleaning up COVID-19 need better labour protection [CBC] 2020-04-06

Pandemic highlights pay gap for frontline, mostly women, workers [Unifor] 2020-04-05

Teamsters Demand Truck Stops, Gas Stations Re-Open Bathrooms and Other Critical Services [Teamsters] 2020-04-05

COVID-19: Nine thousand public service employees step forward to help deliver benefits package [PSAC] 2020-04-05

Every day heroes. Heroes Every Day [NUPGE] 2020-04-05

Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Processors Put Profits Over People in Push to Open Fishery [FFAW/Unifor] 2020-04-05

Credit card relief now [CLC] 2020-04-05

Essential workers: Sorry, but memes are not enough [The Advocate] 2020-04-05

Level Up - Video Game Workers Organizing to Build Power [Our Times] 2020-04-04








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Actress-activist Shirley Douglas, daughter of medicare’s Tommy Douglas, dies 2020-04-06 [Todayville]

Alberta CUPE Calls for More COVID Protections at Nursing Homes 2020-04-06 [Street Insider]

Manitoba Protective equipment 'needed today -- not a week from now' 2020-04-06 [The Free Press]

Manitoba Nurses' union calls for paid sick leave during self-isolation 2020-04-06 [CTV]

Coronavirus crisis poses risks and opportunities for unions 2020-04-06 [The Conversation]

Essential workers talk about how COVID-19 affects them 2020-04-06 [CTV]

Unifor calls on long-term care employers to recognize front-line workers during this pandemic 2020-04-06 [Unifor]

British Columbia Union looking to grieve B.C. Ferries layoffs 2020-04-06 [Pique]

Why the 'invisible workers' cleaning up COVID-19 need better labour protection 2020-04-06 [CBC]

Pandemic highlights pay gap for frontline, mostly women, workers 2020-04-05 [Unifor]

Nova Scotia Health Care Workers Need Assurances on Safety Equipment 2020-04-05 [Unifor]

Gaps in emergency income measures must be closed before applications open on Monday 2020-04-05 [Unifor]

CN Not Doing Enough to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks for Workers 2020-04-05 [Teamsters]

Teamsters Demand Truck Stops, Gas Stations Re-Open Bathrooms and Other Critical Services 2020-04-05 [Teamsters]

'Stress is not knowing what’s coming': COVID-19 fight can take toll on healthcare workers 2020-04-05 [SUN]

Saskatchewan Moe calls U.S. respirator move a 'betrayal' as nurses press for PPE 2020-04-05 [SUN]

COVID-19: Nine thousand public service employees step forward to help deliver benefits package 2020-04-05 [PSAC]

Every day heroes. Heroes Every Day 2020-04-05 [NUPGE]

Quebec Premiums: the government is once again completely out of touch with reality! 2020-04-05 [FIQ]

Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Processors Put Profits Over People in Push to Open Fishery 2020-04-05 [FFAW/Unifor]

Credit card relief now 2020-04-05 [CLC]

Nurses with conditions that make them susceptible to COVID-19 2020-04-05 [CFNU]

CUPW Urges Removal of CERB Access Barriers for Gig-Economy Workers 2020-04-05 [CUPW]

Provincial Legislation and Premiers Can Protect Transit Workers 2020-04-05 [ATU Canada]

Ontario Ontario strikes deal with educational workers; urges two others to talk 2020-04-05 [The Province]

Uproar among workers supplying the world’s meat is spreading 2020-04-05 [The Mirror]

Essential workers: Sorry, but memes are not enough 2020-04-05 [The Advocate]

Ontario OPSEU education members have a new tentative deal 2020-04-05 [OPSEU]

Healthcare workers worry about COVID-19 equipment restrictions 2020-04-05 [CTV]

Saskatchewan Nurses union says SHA examining possibility of reusing N95 masks 2020-04-05 [CBC]

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE 2020-04-05 [Now-Leader]

Manitoba How many health-care workers are self-isolating due to COVID-19? Unions have no reliable count 2020-04-05 [CBC]

Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Union Working with Government and School Board to Engage Students 2020-04-05 [VOCM]

New Brunswick N.B. COVID-19 roundup: RCMP officer tests positive, another in isolation 2020-04-04 [CBC]

Will Migrant Workers Be Covered by the Canada Emergency Response Benefit? 2020-04-04 [The Law of Work]

Ontario Construction Labour Law and COVID-19 2020-04-04 [The Law of Work]

What Recent Strikes in U.S. at Whole Foods, Amazon Disclose About Canadian Labour Law 2020-04-04 [The Law of Work]

Safe jobs, fair pay and income recovery more important than ever amid COVID-19 2020-04-04 [Canadian Dimension]

There’s Something in the Water 2020-04-04 [Our Times]

Level Up - Video Game Workers Organizing to Build Power 2020-04-04 [Our Times]

RadioLabour's Canada Report for the week March 30 to April 3, 2020 2020-04-04 [RadioLabour]

Newfoundland and Labrador IOC Workers Seek Action to Patch COVID-19 Vulnerable Areas: Union 2020-04-04 [VOCM]

“We haven’t been treated the same”: CUPE airline workers call for immediate financial support and access to benefits 2020-04-04 [CUPE]

Manitoba CUPE sends letters to over 150 Manitoba School Trustees, calling for support to school staff 2020-04-04 [CUPE]

Manitoba CUPE Manitoba, Inclusion Winnipeg, Inclusion Westman, Children’s Coalition: Keep Education Assistants and Support Staff working for our children 2020-04-04 [CUPE]

Ontario University workers and students need more than ‘window dressing’ from Ford Government to get through COVID-19 crisis 2020-04-04 [CUPE]

Manitoba WCB staff calling for presumptive coverage for workers who contract COVID-19 Share this page in your online social circles Share this 2020-04-04 [CUPE]

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open 2020-04-03 [The News]

Quebec Jeffery Hale staff say more should have been done to contain COVID-19 outbreak in palliative care unit 2020-04-03 [CBC]

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This month in labour history

3-04-1872 250 garment workers are on strike in 5 factories in Toronto. Other strikes followed until uniform wages were achieved. [more]

4-04-1935 iN the worst of the Great Depression, 3,000 workers in British Columbia's relief camps went on strike and started a march towards Vancouver, starting a series of protests that would last 2 months. [more]

6-04-1980 The Canadian Farmworkers Union holds its Founding Convention at Douglas College and delegates elect FWOC President Raj Chouhan as CFU president. The CFU is Canada's first agricultural workers union. [more]

8-04-1937 In Oshawa, Ontario, 4,000 workers go on strike at the General Motors plant for recognition of the United Auto Workers. They win major concessions, and the strike is often considered the birth of industrial unionism in Canada. [more]

11-04-1972 More than 200,000 public sector workers, organized in the Québec Common Front, begin a ten-day strike. Three leaders are jailed, but the Common Front ultimately succeeds in winning a $100 minimum weekly wage for public employees. [more]

15-04-1903 British Columbia union organizer Frank Rogers, a longshoreman, dies after he is shot while supporting clerical workers on strike against the Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver. [more]

18-04-1872 The first issue of the Ontario Workman appears, with the slogan “The equalization of all elements of society in the social scale should be the true aim of civilization.” It also publishes an excerpt on "the normal working day" from Karl Marx's Capital. [more]

18-04-1872 Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald announces a Trade Union Act stating that unions are legal. This is two days after leaders of the Toronto printers, with strong public support in their strike for a nine-hour day, are arrested for common conspiracy. [more]

19-04-1974 In a targeted campaign for pay equity, postal workers begin a seven-day illegal strike that wins women postal code machine operators the same pay as male postal clerks. [more]

23-04-1956 More than 1600 delegates attend the founding convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress and the Canadian Congress of Labour. They call for a national health plan, full employment and a guaranteed annual wage. [more]

26-04-1918 After years of agitation by reformers and unions, the New Brunswick Workmen’s Compensation Act receives Royal Assent. [more]

27-04-1983 As part of its anti-labour agenda, the Alberta government brings in legislation denying firefighters and healthcare workers the right to strike. [more]

28-04-1984 The Canadian Labour Congress establishes the first National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. The idea of a Workers' Memorial Day is adopted by more than 100 countries around the world. [more]

29-04-1903 After the militia are called out to patrol the docks, thousands of people rally to support striking longshoremen in Montréal. They win wage increases and recognition of the International Longshoremen’s Association. [more]

29-04-1903 A sudden rock slide at Turtle Mountain kills more than 76 men, women and children in and around the town of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass. From inside the mine, 17 coal miners dig their way to safety. [more]