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Griesbach seniors home laying off five health-care workers amid COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-29 [The Journal]

Health-care unions, employers come to agreement on use of PPE 2020-03-29 [AUPE]

Health-care groups ramp up protection protocol for COVID-19 testing 2020-03-29 [The Journal]

AHS, Covenant Health, unions agree to joint statement on PPE 2020-03-29 [AUPE]

Chaos looms as continuing-care facilities brace for COVID-19 2020-03-29 [AUPE]

AFL calls for stronger wage subsidy program to ensure jobs and employment for Albertans 2020-03-29 [AFL]

UCP's decision to axe 20,000 education jobs during a crisis will set families adrift and further damage the economy, says AFL 2020-03-29 [AFL]

How Edmonton posties are fighting for health and safety 2020-03-29 [Rank and File]

Health-care workers, AHS agree on standards of protective equipment needed for COVID-19 2020-03-28 [CBC]

Canada Post needs more measures to limit COVID-19 spread, Edmonton union says 2020-03-27 [Global]

Canada Post not providing safe workplaces during pandemic, Edmonton union local says 2020-03-26 [CBC]

Many employers are not following government guidelines on COVID-19. What is the UCP going to do about it? 2020-03-25 [AFL]

University groups call on U of A to maintain pay for laid off workers during pandemic 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Health-care workers will be screened for COVID-19 at the start of each shift 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Canada Post not providing safe workplaces during pandemic, Edmonton union local says 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Edmonton nurses defy order to resume COVID-19 testing without N95 masks 2020-03-24 [CBC]

Critical link in the food chain: Grocery stores take measures to limit coronavirus spread 2020-03-24 [CBC]

Beef workers on the job 2020-03-24 [The News]

Meetings with PHAC and AHS to discuss IPC recommendations for front line health care workers 2020-03-22 [UNA]

Unions demand that the UCP scrap the budget they just passed 2020-03-22 [AFL]

Alberta lacks ‘surge capacity’ in health care system because of past cuts 2020-03-22 [AFL]

Bail out Workers, Not Fossil Fuels, Climate Advocates Tell Trudeau 2020-03-22 [The Tyee]

Nurses in Alberta refuse to perform COVID-19 test without face mask 2020-03-22 [CTV]

Some Alberta daycares will reopen next week for kids of health-care and 'critical' staff 2020-03-21 [CBC]

Edmonton nurses refuse to perform COVID-19 swabs without N95 masks 2020-03-21 [CBC]

COVID-19: Civil servants say Alberta government slow to develop work-from-home policies 2020-03-20 [CBC]

UCP misled Albertans on PAID sick leave, causing more confusion for workers and employers during a crisis 2020-03-18 [AFL]

UNA continues to support its members as staff work remotely during COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-18 [UNA]

UNA and AHS agree to suspend bargaining in response to COVID-19 2020-03-18 [UNA]

Calgary bus, train drivers concerned with COVID-19 exposure: union president 2020-03-18 [Global]

Unions condemn UCP decision to ram through deeply-flawed budget 2020-03-17 [AFL]

Message to CUPE members regarding coronavirus 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

How Alberta’s Bill 1 constrains workers’ right to protest 2020-03-13 [The Law of Work]

UNA proudly awards scholarships to nursing students from across Alberta 2020-03-13 [UNA]

UNA continues to work with employers on COVID-19 preparedness 2020-03-13 [UNA]

Bus Operators in Airdrie, Alberta Vote to Join ATU Local 987 2020-03-13 [ATU Canada]

COVID-19 FAQs 2020-03-13 [ATA]

Unions demand paid sick leave for all Albertans 2020-03-13 [AFL]

UNA marks International Women’s Day 2020-03-08 [UNA]

Albertans are telling us ‘this is not what I voted for’ 2020-03-08 [AFL]

Bill 1 takes unprecedented steps to curtail freedom of expression and dissent under the guise of protecting infrastructure 2020-03-08 [AFL]

UCP government is attacking women’s rights 2020-03-08 [AFL]

Challenging Alberta’s Austerity 2020-03-08 [Rank and File]

What does Kenney’s Bill 1 mean for Indigenous, labour and social movements? 2020-03-08 [Rank and File]

Standing still is going backwards - UNA President Heather Smith responds to Alberta budget 2020-03-01 [UNA]

Budget a disappointment for workers 2020-03-01 [Unifor]

Budget 2020 is death knell for public health care in Alberta 2020-03-01 [NUPGE]

Teachers reignite push for control over pension funds 2020-03-01 [ATA]

Budget 2020 Continues to Underfund Education 2020-03-01 [ATA]

Public sector workers rally at legislature 2020-03-01 [ATA]

This month in labour history

1-03-1903 More than 2,000 longshoremen went on strike for 5 weeks when the Port of Montreal opened to shipping. They are demanding recognition of their union, improved working conditions and increased wages. [more]

3-03-1937 Polish and Italian migrant workers call a sit-down strike at the Holmes Foundry in Sarnia ON. on 3 March a mob 300 "Canadian-born" men attack the strikers and evict them then attack their homes. 50 are seriously injured. [more]

4-03-1910 An avalanche in the Rogers Pass, British Columbia, takes the lives of workers clearing snow from Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. A total of 62 bodies are recovered, including four the following spring. The dead include 32 contract labourers from Japan. [more]

6-03-1925 Nova Scotia coal miners shut down the mines after the British Empire Steel Corporation refuses to continue contract negotiations and cuts off credit at company stores. It is the beginning of an historic five-month strike. [more]

6-03-1843 Workers on the Welland Canal, mostly Irish immigrants, start one of many strikes this year. [more]

7-03-1978 Women workers begin a 23-week strike for a first contract at a small auto parts plant in Centralia, Ontario. The Fleck workers' militancy wins wide support and shows the need for reforms in labour law. [more]

8-03-1980 In Hamilton, Ontario, an International Women's Day rally features the Women Back Into Stelco campaign. A human rights complaint by five women forces a major steel company to change their hiring practices. [more]

9-03-1906 Mineworkers in the Lethbridge, Alberta district go on strike against poverty wages and are met by scabs, police and private detectives. They win a small wage increase with the help of a mediator, but the company refuses to recognize the union. [more]

10-03-1957 Copper miners at Murdochville, Quebec launch a strike for union recognition. The unsuccessful struggle lasts seven months and the courts award Noranda Mines $1.5 million in damages, to be paid by the United Steelworkers. [more]

12-03-2012 Union organizer and feminist Madeleine Parent, born in Montreal in 1918, dies at age 93 after a lifetime of service to the organization of workers and the cause of social justice. [more]

13-03-1919 In Calgary, Alberta, the Western Canadian Labour Conference calls for sweeping political and economic changes, including abolition of production for profit and the organization of workers on industrial lines. They adopt the name One Big Union. [more]

17-03-1960 Five Italian immigrant workers die in an underground tunnel at a watermain construction project in suburban Toronto. The Hoggs Hollow Disaster draws public attention to the unsafe conditions in construction and the exploitation of immigrant workers. [more]

20-03-1972 The Front Commun du Québec organizes a demonstration and march of 75,000 workers that criss-crosses Montreal. [more]

25-03-2006 An accounting instructor dies from injuries received on the picket line at Centennial College in Toronto during a province-wide strike. John Stammers, 62, was a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. [more]

25-03-1872 The Toronto printers union strikes employers who respond to their demand for a 58-hour week with "foolish, absurd and abusive". [more]

25-03-1886 The first workers' compensation legislation was passed in Ontario. [more]

27-03-1912 Thousands of workers start to walk out of railway construction camps on the Fraser River in British Columbia in a strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World. When Joe Hill visits, he writes a song for the Wobbly song book. [more]

31-03-1949 The Canadian Seamen's Union launches a strike to defend union contracts. Shipping companies and Canadian authorities collaborate with the Seafarers' International Union to drive out the CSU. [more]

31-03-2004 Bill C-45 comes into force, amending the Criminal Code to impose penalties on corporations and managers for violations causing workplace injuries or death. It is named the Westray Bill after the 1992 mine disaster. [more]