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$170M aid package for private long-term care illustrates failure of privatization, need for transparency 2020-05-24 [UNA]

Teamsters Canada Foundation Donates $8,000 to Food Banks Alberta 2020-05-24 [Teamsters]

Continuing Care Workers Haven’t Received Pandemic Pay Increases Yet 2020-05-23 [Huffington Post]

Long Term Care Report 2020-05-23 [CUPE]

CUPE calls on Minister Shandro to deliver promised wages to staff at seniors’ homes 2020-05-23 [CUPE]

As Albertans return to work, AFL publishes list of 100 jobs where COVID-19 risk is highest 2020-05-22 [AFL]

Calgary closed because Kenney won't listen to workers 2020-05-20 [CUPE]

Meat Packers Say Cargill Ignored Their Concerns About Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak at Alberta Slaughterhouse 2020-05-18 [Press Progress]

Calgary Closed Because Kenney Won't Listen to Workers: CUPE 2020-05-16 [The Financial Post]

Temporary Foreign Workers exploited in many cases, SACPA told 2020-05-16 [The Herald]

COVID-19 outbreak at Harmony Beef 2020-05-15 [Today]

AHS finally provides partial clarity on Chief Medical Officer of Health’s April 10 order 2020-05-14 [UNA]

Calgary COVID Outbreak Inquiry 2020-05-14 [CUPW]

Use of emergency powers to side-step workplace safety standards is deeply troubling 2020-05-14 [AFL]

Union says 21 Alberta meat-plant inspectors have tested positive for COVID-19 2020-05-14 [The Herald]

As Alberta oilsands site fights infections, some want fewer fly-in workers 2020-05-13 [CBC]

“A quiet, gentle, and humble man:” UFCW Local 401 grieves the loss of union leader amid Cargill High River COVID-19 outbreak 2020-05-13 [UFCW Canada]

Second Cargill worker in High River, Alta. who died of COVID-19 identified by union 2020-05-13 [CTV]

Union remembers Cargill worker who died as a 'quiet, gentle and humble man' 2020-05-13 [The National Post]

Unifor donates $30,000 to Fort McMurray flood relief 2020-05-12 [Unifor]

3rd death linked to Canada's largest COVID-19 outbreak at Alberta slaughterhouse 2020-05-12 [CBC]

'Disturbing' review shows Cargill failed to engage workers during COVID-19 investigation 2020-05-11 [The Herald]

Unions applaud Trudeau’s minimum-wage top-up, but demand transparent process with role for labour from Kenney 2020-05-10 [AFL]

Safety investigation of COVID-19 in Cargill slaughterhouse didn't include worker representation, OHS finds 2020-05-10 [CBC]

Cold Cuts - Cargill workers called back to work despite high rate of infection 2020-05-09 [CLI]

Tensions ease just a bit in the Alberta Cargill confrontation 2020-05-09 [RCI]

COVID-19 outbreak linked to Canada Post main plant in Calgary, health officials say 2020-05-09 [CBC]

 VIDEO Cargill, union to have hearing with Alberta Labour Relations Board next week 2020-05-08 [Global]

Cargill workers, many of them new to Canada, face isolation over COVID-19 2020-05-08 [CTV]

Maybe it's time for Ottawa to use its power to close those meatpacking plants until their owners fix their COVID-19 mess 2020-05-07 [rabble]

Cargill employee's father dies; moment of silence at plant for worker who died 2020-05-07 [Castanet]

Workers at Cargill’s Alberta Meat Plant Were Offered Special ‘Bonus’ Pay For Perfect Attendance During Pandemic 2020-05-07 [Press Progress]

Father of Cargill worker becomes 2nd person to die in massive outbreak linked to slaughterhouse 2020-05-07 [CBC]

Help line is no help - Students deserve Educational Assistants, not hold times 2020-05-07 [CUPE]

Cargill Workers Protest Plant's Re-Opening 2020-05-06 [Swift Current Online]

'Precautions are not enough': Petition calls for closure of Brooks, Alta. facility 2020-05-06 [CTV]

Inside the slaughterhouse 2020-05-06 [CBC]

Inspectors union calls for closure of 3rd Alberta meat plant with COVID-19 outbreak 2020-05-06 [CBC]

Cargill plant reopens with fears from workers, fight from union 2020-05-05 [660News]

The Alberta Government Versus its Physicians: Is Freedom of Association at Risk? 2020-05-05 [The Law of Work]

'Numb and very lost': Meat plant reopens as memorial held for Cargill worker 2020-05-05 [The Times-Colonist]

Workers, inspectors ask government to shut Cargill plant amid safety concerns 2020-05-05 [The Globe and Mail]

‘Every Canadian is now watching Cargill’ 2020-05-05 [The Financial Post]

Cargill on Probation - Union forcing Cargill to pay attention to worker safety 2020-05-05 [UFCW Canada]

These meat plant workers came to Canada for a better life. Their kids worry they’ll be infected with COVID-19 at work 2020-05-05 [The Times]

Union questions worker safety as Cargill reopens plant at centre of COVID-19 outbreak 2020-05-05 [The Globe and Mail]

AFL calls it 'morally repugnant' to reopen meat-packing plant as COVID-19 cases among workers top 900 2020-05-05 [CBC]

Workers return to Alberta meat plant despite union's effort to block reopening amid COVID-19 2020-05-05 [CBC]

Union tries to protect workers at Alberta meat plant with COVID-19 outbreak 2020-05-04 [The National Observer]

 VIDEO Meat plant should slow production to avoid more COVID-19 outbreaks: union head 2020-05-04 [Global]

This month in labour history

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

4-05-1937 Strike at the Chantiers Maritimes de Sorel, where workers affiliated to the CTCC, demand recognition of their union, better wages and the reinstatement of dismissed union leaders. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

12-05-1975 United Aircraft in Longueuil: Striking UAW members occupy the factory, 34 strikers are clubbed and seriously injured by the police. Indignant, the FTQ calls a general strike for May 21 to which 100,000 members will respond. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labour Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

15-05-1946 A 6-week strike by loggers in British Columbia begins, the first after the lifting of collective bargaining restrictions at the end of the war. [more]

15-05-1872 Workers in the city of Hamilton, organized by the Nine Hour Movement, strike and demonstrate to demand a reduction in working hours. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

17-05-1957 7,000 workers of the Aluminum Co. in Arvida, affiliated to the CTCC, go on strike to improve working conditions in the tank rooms. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for more than 25,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he was prevented from crossing the border. [more]

21-05-1975 100,000 FTQ members on general strike following the violent bludgeoning of 34 strikers at United Aircraft in Longueuil on the 12th. They eventually win the compulsory dues payment (Rand formula) and anti-strikebreaking measures. [more]

24-05-1919 A miners' strike begins in Drumheller, Alberta, when the workers leave UMWA to join the One Big Union. [more]

28-05-1927 The House of Commons approves a limited old age pension plan. To qualify, Canadians must be 70 years of age and pass a means test. Also, they must live in a participating province. [more]