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UNA bargaining opens with AHS demand for four-year wage freeze, massive rollbacks 2020-01-22 [UNA]

While Canada reports a decent jobs rebound, Alberta’s unemployment rises 2020-01-13 [AFL]

UFCW 401 activists help the homeless over the holidays 2020-01-13 [UFCW Canada]

Arbitrator awards no salary increase in third-year of 2017-2020 UNA Provincial Contract 2020-01-11 [UNA]

ATA President Jason Schilling Responds to Arbitration Decision 2020-01-11 [ATA]

'Extremely frustrated and angry:' Zero wage increases for teachers, nurses in arbitration rulings 2020-01-11 [The Herald]

Arbitration board rules no raises for teachers, registered nurses 2020-01-11 [The National Post]

Teachers should decide who oversees their pensions 2020-01-10 [ATA]

Health minister agrees to meet unions if ongoing labour talks off the table 2020-01-09 [CBC]

 VIDEO Health minister to plan meeting with HSAA after union criticizes lack of contact 2020-01-08 [Global]

CUPE blasts January closure of Marshall House shelter 2020-01-04 [Today]

Unions raise safety concerns after AHS memo imposes new limits on overtime 2019-12-31 [The Herald]

Unions raise safety concerns after AHS memo imposes new limits on overtime 2019-12-30 [The Journal]

Farmers speak out against UCP farm rules 2019-12-26 [Today]

AUPE Holds 'Fightback' Protest in Okotoks 2019-12-24 [Okotoks Online]

UNA responds to Alberta Government’s Labour Relations Code review 2019-12-23 [UNA]

LRB says change in mandate was enough for AHS to amend bargaining proposal, but rules Board went public too soon 2019-12-23 [UNA]

CBE finds funds to prevent teacher layoffs 2019-12-22 [ATA]

Off Script - Your voices carry a long way 2019-12-21 [ATA]

Calgary Coalition Unites Faith & Labour Against Austerity 2019-12-20 [Rank and File]

CUPE Local 38 President Responds to Farkas' Vampire Comments 2019-12-20 [CUPE]

Firefighter struggled with PTSD for 8 years, came out 'on the other side' 2019-12-19 [CBC]

Wage Reopener hearing concludes after two days of witness testimony 2019-12-15 [UNA]

An Open Letter to Albertans on Public Education 2019-12-13 [ATA]

Frequently Asked Questions about Bill 22 and ATRF Changes 2019-12-13 [ATA]

Leader of Alberta’s labour movement urges federal government to say 'no' to Jason Kenney’s plea for cash 2019-12-11 [AFL]

Unions meet attacks head on; even talk of general strike 2019-12-11 [CLI]

Public Education in Alberta Remains One of the Best Systems in the World 2019-12-09 [ATA]

What's behind the United Conservative Party's emerging fury at nurses? 2019-12-06 [rabble]

UCP is using a report that government experts characterized as “poor quality” and “highly inaccurate” to justify deep cuts to health care 2019-12-06 [AFL]

'Wall to wall' mail: post workers hustling to get holiday deliveries out, but customers should be patient 2019-12-06 [CITY]

Hundreds voice concerns over Alberta public sector cuts during town hall 2019-12-04 [CBC]

Premier accused of 'arrogance' over possible health-care job cuts 2019-12-03 [CBC]

Thieves targeting community mailboxes, postal workers warn 2019-12-03 [CBC]

Calgary public teachers hit hard by layoffs 2019-12-02 [ATA]

Teachers incensed by pension grab 2019-12-02 [ATA]

Teachers should decide who oversees their pensions 2019-12-02 [ATA]

Public education under attack: Interview with Alberta Teachers' Association president Jason Schilling 2019-12-02 [rabble]

Jason Kenney’s UCP Under Fire For Accusing High School Teachers of Being Disloyal to Oil Industry 2019-12-02 [Press Progress]

Bill 26 strips farm workers' basic employment rights 2019-12-02 [The Parkland Institute]

'My biggest fear is people falling through the cracks': Doctors sound alarm about proposed billing changes 2019-12-01 [CBC]

Hundreds protest public service cuts at UCP meeting in Calgary 2019-12-01 [CBC]

Unifor will not attend Alberta government's sham 'consultation' 2019-11-30 [Unifor]

At least 750 front line RNs and RPNs to be laid off, Alberta Health Services tells UNA 2019-11-30 [UNA]

AFL says UCP will soon add a “worker gag law” to its growing list of anti-democratic actions 2019-11-30 [AFL]

Unions told thousands more job cuts coming to Alberta public service 2019-11-30 [CBC]

Thousands of public jobs to be eliminated by 2023, Alberta government tells unions 2019-11-30 [CTV]

Kenney privatizing front-line public health-care professionals, putting profit above patient care 2019-11-30 [HSAA]

Calgary police union leader Les Kaminski set to retire 2019-11-27 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Nurses Rally for Alberta! 2019-11-25 [UNA]

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]

7-01-1949 Quebec Premier Duplessis' UN government introduces a new labour code that directly attacks the province's labour movement. [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]

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]

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

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]

26-01-1981 An illegal strike by 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, begins. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [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]

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, is sent to prison for defying a back-to-work law. [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]