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Disease and Direct Action: Organizing the Winnipeg General Strike and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic 2020-03-29 [Canadian Dimension]

'Please pay attention': unions issue public plea to protect front-line workers 2020-03-28 [The Free Press]

Workers to stay 'bunkered in' at water treatment plant in Brandon, Man., to ensure service during pandemic 2020-03-27 [CBC]

CUPE Manitoba calls for Hazard Pay for Manitoba front-line workers during COVID-19 2020-03-25 [CUPE]

EI top-up plan needed for Manitoba workers 2020-03-25 [CUPE]

Home care workers worry about shortage of protective equipment during pandemic: union 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Province pairs nearly 230 health-care workers with child-care supports amid COVID-19 closures 2020-03-24 [CBC]

Manitoba Government putting workers and patients at risk with changes to post-travel self-quarantine 2020-03-21 [CUPE]

Child care in Manitoba must remain public after COVID-19 2020-03-21 [CUPE]

Health-care workers want action on child-care promise 2020-03-20 [CBC]

 VIDEO Winnipeg Transit takes buses out of service after driver has flu-like symptoms 2020-03-20 [Global]

COVID-19 Harms Winnipeg Casino Workers, Layoffs Projected 2020-03-20 [Casino Reports]

Declare grocery store staff essential, provide access to protective gear, Manitoba union says 2020-03-20 [CBC]

Union for Manitoba casino staff says COVID-19 will leave workers without pay 2020-03-19 [CBC]

Respiratory care at HSC overburdened, understaffed even before COVID-19, unions say 2020-03-18 [CBC]

Home-care workers only given two-thirds pay for sick days, self-isolation 2020-03-18 [CBC]

Civic unions call on Mayor Bowman to postpone budget due to COVID-19 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

CUPE calls on School Divisions to cancel school bus routes 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

Supreme Court to decide whether rights commission had jurisdiction in case of worker fired for alcohol abuse 2020-03-05 [CBC]

Transit supporters rally as city ponders service cuts 2020-03-04 [The Free Press]

Mounting evidence that Manitoba govt. plans to privatize highway snow clearing 2020-03-04 [NUPGE]

Unions, activist groups rally at City Hall to protest Transit cuts 2020-03-03 [The Sun]

A century ago, Winnipeg railways became 'birthplace' of fight for black Canadian workers' rights 2020-03-01 [CBC]

Unionized trash-collection pilot project goes back to the bargaining table 2020-02-28 [CBC]

Social service members at Life’s Journey win major gains 2020-02-24 [UFCW Canada]

Picket at Legislature sends clear message: Build Dauphin’s Correctional and Healing Centre! 2020-02-24 [NUPGE]

CUPE 500 launches campaign against City budget cuts 2020-02-19 [CUPE]

Closing arguments begin in wage-freeze lawsuit as province touts 'substantial' changes to bill 2020-02-19 [CBC]

Is Millennium Library's security working or making things worse? 2020-02-14 [CBC]

Winnipeg Transit surpluses should be used to improve service, head off potential cuts: union 2020-02-14 [CBC]

Brandon Co-op gas pumps feel pinch of refinery dispute 2020-02-09 [The Sun]

Residents rally to reverse govt. decision on Dauphin jail 2020-02-08 [NUPGE]

Co-op running out of gas as locked out Saskatchewan refinery workers block Winnipeg terminals 2020-02-07 [CHVN]

Newly released Manitoba Department of Families 2020 strategy a cause for concern 2020-01-27 [NUPGE]

Winnipeg reporter wins International journalism award 2020-01-26 [Unifor]

Maple Leaf reaches deal with plant workers 2020-01-25 [MC]

Food processing members at Maple Leaf Foods build a better life – UFCW 832 2020-01-17 [UFCW]

Lockout lifted at Winnipeg Tim Hortons location 2020-01-11 [CBC]

Winnipeg Tim Horton’s workers locked out over 10 cent pay dispute 2020-01-10 [Rank and File]

 VIDEO Tim Hortons Tweet To Harry And Meghan Backfires Spectacularly 2020-01-10 [Huffington Post]

Locked-out Tim Hortons workers picket; union, owner meet with conciliator 2020-01-10 [The Free Press]

Winnipeg police investigating after Boston Pizza manager allegedly recorded employee in washroom 2020-01-08 [CBC]

Tim Hortons employees strike over 10 cent raise 2020-01-07 [The Post Millenial]

Tim Hortons staff locked out, replaced over dime hourly raise 2020-01-04 [The Free Press]

Nurses Union considers advising members not to take jobs at Health Sciences Centre 2020-01-04 [Global]

Safety concerns, staff shortages could prompt nurses to boycott Health Sciences Centre 2020-01-04 [CBC]

'We have to fight': Workers at Winnipeg Tim Hortons location locked out after wage dispute, union says 2020-01-04 [CBC]

Tim Hortons staff locked out, replaced over dime hourly raise 2020-01-04 [The Free Press]

Social services, training needed to stop violence against first responders: unions 2020-01-03 [CBC]

Supreme Steel workers left in the cold following pre-Christmas plant closure 2019-12-24 [Rank and File]

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]