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UNA and AHS agree to continue pause on bargaining until October 15 2020-08-09 [UNA]

Albertans urged to send message as Kenney muzzles health professionals 2020-08-09 [NUPGE]

The UCP is Coming After the Health and Safety Rights of Albertans with Rushed Summer Consultations 2020-08-09 [AFL]

Time for Kenney to face reality and commit to safe school reopening 2020-08-06 [CUPE]

Jason Kenney Is Trying To Kill Alberta’s Labour Movement 2020-08-05 [Passage]

Opponents of Alberta's rapid-fire legislation turn increasingly to the courts 2020-08-05 [CBC]

Jason Kenney may think he has vanquished unions, but he is about to “reap the whirlwind,” 2020-08-03 [AFL]

Unifor vows to continue fighting Kenney's anti-worker law 2020-07-30 [Unifor]

UNA calls on Alberta government to guarantee compensation benefits for health workers who contract COVID-19 2020-07-30 [UNA]

Legislature finishes spring sitting with all-night standoff over health and labour bills 2020-07-30 [CBC]

Restricting a Union’s Political Activities: The Constitutionality of Alberta Bill 32 2020-07-28 [The Law of Work]

Safeway workers to vote on new deal 2020-07-25 [The News]

Teachers Remain Concerned About Return to School 2020-07-24 [ATA]

Bill-32 Changes Reduce Workers’ Overtime Choice and Pay 2020-07-24 [The Law of Work]

AUPE preparing members for strike action in wake of Alberta's Bill 32 2020-07-24 [rabble]

AFL responds to UCP lies on union advocacy campaigning 2020-07-22 [AFL]

The UCP has a BIG double standard when it comes to third-party political action spending 2020-07-22 [AFL]

UCP is attacking worker’s rights 2020-07-19 [CUPW]

Division officials must ensure safe conditions for workers 2020-07-19 [ATA]

New UCP Labour Bill Aims to Diminish Teacher Voices 2020-07-19 [ATA]

The UCP bungled key COVID-19 policies at long-term care facilities and the Auditor General needs to investigate 2020-07-19 [AFL]

Internal government documents suggest the UCP knows its anti-union Bill 32 is unconstitutional 2020-07-19 [AFL]

 VIDEO 42% of Alberta physicians considering leaving the province for work: AMA survey 2020-07-16 [Global]

 VIDEO 'Minister Shandro, take Yes': AMA publishes latest proposal to government 2020-07-16 [CTV]

Doctors take out newspaper ads in hopes of reaching agreement with UCP 2020-07-16 [Global]

Shandro moves to prohibit doctors from leaving en masse, fires back at AMA over contract offer 2020-07-16 [The Journal]

UNA urges province, Chief Medical Officer of Health, to adopt mandatory masking policy 2020-07-16 [UNA]

Safeway workers vote in favour of strike action over benefits, pandemic pay 2020-07-15 [Benefits Canada]

The United Conservative Party is attacking Alberta workers 2020-07-15 [PIPSC]

Law will tilt things even more against unions, workers 2020-07-15 [CLI]

Bill 32 Is a Seismic Break in Labour and Employment Law 2020-07-15 [The Law of Work]

Doctors accuse government of searching for scab workers as 200 job applications go online 2020-07-13 [The National Post]

Demonstration condemning Bill 1 as anti-democratic attracts variety of dissenters 2020-07-12 [The Journal]

UCP Bill 32 aimed at undermining unions’ ability to advocate for members 2020-07-11 [UNA]

Premier of Alberta abandons any pretense he’s “protecting” health care 2020-07-11 [NUPGE]

Union says safety must come first as civil servants ordered back to offices amid pandemic 2020-07-11 [CBC]

CUPE condemns Alberta government's assault on workers' rights 2020-07-11 [CUPE]

UCP Tests Right-Wing Republican Inspired Labour Laws 2020-07-10 [The Law of Work]

Kenney's attack on unions makes corporate bosses even more powerful 2020-07-08 [Unifor]

Making Child Labour Great Again! Alberta’s new labour law breaks old ground while undermining unions 2020-07-08 [Alberta Politics]

Kenney’s Economic Recovery Plan Fails Working Families on Child Care, Despite Strong Support for Action From Albertans 2020-07-08 [AFL]

'This is a dark day in Alberta history' 2020-07-08 [AFL]

Union picketing and political campaigning curbed under proposed Alberta bill 2020-07-08 [CBC]

Frontline Grocery Workers Vote to Strike After Safeway Cancels ‘Hero Pay’ and Pays Out Shareholders 2020-07-06 [Press Progress]

The UCP is about to introduce legislation aimed at importing dangerous U.S.-style anti-worker laws 2020-07-05 [AFL]

Kenney’s economic recovery plan will be meaningless if he pairs it with US-style wage suppression tactics 2020-07-05 [AFL]

Alberta Safeway union votes to strike as contract talks stall, hero pay removed 2020-07-01 [Global]

Unifor disappointed as Kenney presents support for corporations and slim pickings for workers 2020-06-30 [Unifor]

Safeway workers vote in favour of strike after company ends COVID-19 'hero pay' 2020-06-30 [CBC]

Health Services plans to privatize community lab services 2020-06-29 [CBC]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-08-2009 At Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, United Steelworkers Local 9508 begins an 18-month strike against Vale Inco. The main issue is pay equity with workers at the multinational's other operations in Canada. [more]

1-08-1981 Almost 13,000 Steelworkers strike Stelco in Hamilton ON over wages, joint safety committees and gender-neutral contract language. [more]

1-08-1928 Ten workers are killed in the collapse of a gate on the Welland Ship Canal. They are among the 137 men who died during the completion of this shipping link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. [more]

2-08-1918 In British Columbia, Vancouver workers go out on strike to protest the shooting of union organizer Ginger Goodwin on 27 July. This is often considered to be the first use of a general strike in Canadian history [more]

3-08-1961 The New Democratic Party is founded with the support of the Canadian Labor Congress. [more]

9-08-1909 The Fort William longshoreman's strike begins. [more]

10-08-1966 Nine workers die and 55 are injured when a span on the Heron Bridge in Ottawa collapses during construction. Fifty years later, the bridge is renamed the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge. [more]

10-08-1970 Nova Scotia fishermen and supporters march across the Canso Causeway, holding up traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. Their seven-month strike wins them the right to a union, but the fish plants refuse to recognize the United Fishermen and Allied Workers. [more]

12-08-1909 Freight handlers at Fort William, Ontario take part in a gun battle with Canadian Pacific Railway police. The seven-day strike is settled, but the CPR later fires most of its Greek and Italian immigrant workers. [more]

19-08-1998 The McDonald's in Squamish, British Columbia is the first outlet of the fast-food giant in North America to be unionized. The union fails to win a contract and in 1999 workers vote to decertify. [more]

20-08-1937 Millworkers and longshoremen on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick strike for better wages and hours and for recognition of the New Brunswick Farmer-Labour Union. Their success helps bring about new labour laws in the province. [more]

22-08-1950 More than 100,000 railway workers go on strike, shutting down the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines. A week later an emergency session of Parliament passes a law to end the strike, the first use of back-to-work legislation in Canada. [more]

29-08-1907 Seventy-five men, many of them First Nations workers from Kahnawake, are killed in the collapse of a huge cantilever bridge under construction across the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. Before the disaster, supervisors ignore flaws in the design. [more]

31-08-2001 A McDonald's restaurant in Montreal closes after the workers there organize and before a first contract is negotiated. This is later documented in the film Maxime, McDuff & McDo. [more]

31-08-2013 A merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers brings 300,000 members together in Unifor, now Canada's largest private sector union. There are high expectations for new organizing work, especially among young people. [more]