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Embattled Canadian Museum for Human Rights must repair damage: former employees, union 2020-06-29 [CBC]

Union calls for more resignations at Canadian Museum for Human Rights 2020-06-27 [The Globe and Mail]

Canadian Museum for Human Rights employees say sex harassment complaints dismissed by human resources 2020-06-25 [CBC]

Manitoba Hydro says new agreement prevents more temporary layoffs 2020-06-25 [CBC]

After Serving as Essential Workers During COVID-19, Black Cat Wear Parts Cruelly Locks Out Canadian Workers 2020-06-24 [USW]

Partnership to Defend Public Services is Victorious 2020-06-24 [CCU]

Pallister’s public sector cuts continue as Manitoba Hydro layoffs put frontline service at risk 2020-06-23 [Unifor]

Winnipeg Transit union calls on city to restore full bus service as ridership increases 2020-06-17 [CBC]

Court Strikes Down Wage Freeze Law: Here’s the Decision 2020-06-15 [The Law of Work]

Legal victory for workers: judge rules public sector wage freeze legislation unconstitutional 2020-06-13 [NUPGE]

No guarantee of big pay bumps, even after Manitoba loses court fight over wage freezes 2020-06-13 [CBC]

Union representing some Manitoba Hydro staff agrees to 3 unpaid days off over 9 months 2020-06-13 [CBC]

Court ruling finds Manitoba's wage freeze bill unconstitutional 2020-06-13 [CUPE]

 VIDEO 'Complete hypocrisy': Human rights museum employees say they experienced racism at work 2020-06-12 [CTV]

Court strikes down Manitoba's 'draconian' wage freeze bill 2020-06-12 [CBC]

Court strikes down Manitoba's 'draconian' wage freeze bill 2020-06-12 [CBC]

Pallister flip-flops on protecting front-line workers 2020-06-07 [Unifor]

Not everyone happy with Manitoba essential workers’ bonus 2020-06-04 [RCI]

Provincial employees agree to 5 unpaid days off in exchange for no layoffs 2020-06-02 [CBC]

Immigrant health workers speak out against racism 2020-05-29 [The Free Press]

Deadline arrives for union response on unpaid leave for civil servants, but MGEU says it needs more detail 2020-05-27 [CBC]

Province proposes 5 days of unpaid leave for 1,000s of employees to cut costs 2020-05-20 [CBC]

Union criticizes Manitoba worksite inspections since COVID-19 pandemic 2020-05-19 [The Journal of Commerce]

Security guard at Brandon meat plant tests positive for COVID-19 2020-05-18 [CBC]

Union raises red flags over made-in-Manitoba N95 masks 2020-05-16 [The Sun]

FFs Union Declines Extra Pay During Pandemic 2020-05-16 [Firehouse]

Bonus question: Which workers should get a share of Manitoba's $120M 'risk payment' fund? 2020-05-16 [CBC]

MGEU challenges justification of Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation layoffs 2020-05-15 [NUPGE]

Employees' Union Questions MASC Layoffs 2020-05-15 [Pembina Valley]

Front-line Manitoba COVID-19 workers to get one-time 'risk payment' 2020-05-14 [CBC]

Manitoba Hydro plans to temporarily lay off up to 700 workers during COVID-19 pandemic 2020-05-12 [CBC]

Nurses being told to reuse masks at Manitoba hospitals, says union 2020-05-11 [CBC]

Teachers' contract in Louis Riel School Division could be precedent-setting 2020-05-09 [CBC]

Union raises concerns over lack of safety inspections after Manitoba construction worker dies on the job 2020-05-09 [CBC]

Union says more than 50 workers laid off at U of M, including book store, communications staff 2020-05-09 [CBC]

Calls to Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health tripled after start of pandemic 2020-05-07 [CBC]

Physical distancing a challenge in the tight confines of commercial kitchens, workers say 2020-05-07 [CBC]

Unions cry foul over 1-mask-a-day policy for Manitoba home-care workers 2020-05-07 [CBC]

Workers Are Worried About Outbreaks at Big Meat Processing Plants 2020-04-28 [Press Progress]

Health-care employees banned from working at multiple sites 2020-04-28 [CBC]

Pallister’s support for health workers is hollow 2020-04-28 [CUPE]

'All it would take is one person': COVID-19 protective gear zones raise concerns for nurses, doctor, union 2020-04-23 [CBC]

CUPE calls for clarity on 14-day paid leave plan in Manitoba 2020-04-23 [CUPE]

Universities told to cut costs by up to 30% to help province endure pandemic 2020-04-20 [CBC]

MGEU says no reduced work week unless Manitoba government clarifies who would be affected 2020-04-18 [CBC]

CUPE calls for immediate PPE and staffing strategy for Manitoba’s personal care homes 2020-04-17 [CUPE]

Government workers win bid for arbitration in contract talks 2020-04-17 [The National Post]

 VIDEO Coronavirus: Manitoba unions wary of provincial work-reduction proposal 2020-04-16 [Global]

Nearly 700 City of Winnipeg workers receive layoff notices 2020-04-16 [CBC]

Government responds to CUPE's demand for paid leave, more information needed 2020-04-16 [CUPE]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-07-1923 Provincial police charge crowds at the steel plant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where workers are on strike for union recognition. In the 1930s, memories of Bloody Sunday help lead to union recognition. [more]

1-07-1935 In Regina, Saskatchewan, a rally in support of the On-to-Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers is attacked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men are killed and 100 injured. The Dominion Day riot contributes to the defeat of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. [more]

2-07-2008 After 14 months of an acrimonious labor dispute, the employees of Journal de Québec accept an agreement in principle concluded between their union and their employer. [more]

3-07-1979 Longshoremen in Saint John, New Brunswick refuse to load heavy water for the military dictatorship in Argentina. The celebrated No Candu/Hot Cargo protest brings attention to the abuse of human rights and secures the release of several political prisoners. [more]

7-07-1983 British Columbia introduces 26 bills to cut public services and limit union rights. Operation Solidarity launches a province-wide mobilization, supported by a wider Solidarity Coalition. This takes the province to the verge of a general strike. [more]

8-07-1900 First Nations, European and Japanese Canadian fishers on the Fraser River win a strike for a standard seasonal rate for their catch. It is the start of unionism in the British Columbia fishery, but a year later ethnic divisions lead to defeat. [more]

9-07-1793 Black petitioners and abolitionist allies succeed in gaining a law to limit slavery in Upper Canada. The importation of additional slaves is prohibited, and the children of slaves are to be freed at 25 years of age. [more]

11-07-1962 The road to universal health care reaches a turning point when Saskatchewan doctors fail to win public support for their strike against the implementation of medicare. Saskatchewan goes on to set the model for the rest of the country. [more]

14-07-1946 In Hamilton, Ontario, steelworkers take on the country's biggest steel producer in a crucial strike for union recognition. With strong community support, they hold the line for almost three months to win an historic victory. [more]

14-07-1918 Birth of Grace Hartman, the first woman to lead a major national union in North America. She was elected president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1975. [more]

19-07-1983 Kamloops members of the British Columbia Government Employees Union begin a three-week occupation of the Tranquille Institution and take control of the facility, after learning that the provincial government planned to close it. [more]

23-07-1965 Postal workers across the country begin a wildcat strike that leads to full union recognition and collective bargaining rights in the postal service. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers soon emerges as one of the most militant public sector unions. [more]

24-07-1941 Thousands of workers in Arvida, Québec go on an illegal wartime strike and occupy the Alcan aluminium plant. The federal government claims enemy sabotage and sends troops. Work resumes while a settlement is negotiated. [more]

25-07-1917 An early morning explosion at No. 12 colliery in New Waterford, Nova Scotia kills 65 men and boys in the worst single disaster in the Cape Breton coal mines. A grand jury later approves criminal charges against officials, but there are no convictions. [more]

27-07-1918 Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer and socialist, is shot and killed by a special constable in the woods near Cumberland, British Columbia. In Vancouver his shooting leads to the province's first one-day general strike. [more]

28-07-1932 Three young boys die in an abandoned coal mine in Minto, New Brunswick. Two of the coal miners who come to their rescue also perish. The tragic event leads to the province's first mine safety legislation. [more]

31-07-1961 The founding convention of the New Party, soon to be the New Democratic Party, opens in Ottawa. Strongly supported by the Canadian Labour Congress, it replaces the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas is chosen as leader. [more]