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N.B. COVID-19 roundup: RCMP officer tests positive, another in isolation 2020-04-04 [CBC]

Bus drivers remind passengers service is for essential travel only 2020-04-03 [CBC]

COVID-19 causes concerns for construction workers 2020-04-02 [CBC]

Protecting the Unsung Heroes in Healthcare 2020-03-31 [CUPE NB]

COVID-19 marks year 40 of CUPE’s fight to improve nursing homes in New Brunswick 2020-03-30 [NB Media Co-op]

Member Update: COVID-19 – March 27 2020-03-27 [CUPE NB]

'There are people who have to get to work': bus drivers working through pandemic 2020-03-27 [CBC]

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Up to 30,000 layoffs so far as confirmed cases climb to 33 2020-03-26 [CBC]

Caribou mine near Bathurst halts production 2020-03-26 [CBC]

Call centres adopt work-from-home policies, even those who claimed it wasn't possible 2020-03-26 [CBC]

Saint John considers legal options to break no-layoff clauses 2020-03-26 [CBC]

Grocery store employees get wage boosts and benefits for their hard work during pandemic 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Governments using COVID-19 crisis to undermine CUPE members in New Brunswick 2020-03-24 [NB Media Co-op]

Saint John mayor cites COVID-19 crisis in attempt to spike labour deal 2020-03-24 [CBC]

Chaleur Region openly hiring scabs after CUPE removes picket to comply with COVID-19 directive 2020-03-22 [NB Media Co-op]

N.B. working to get children of essential services workers in daycare during state of emergency 2020-03-21 [Global]

Locked out Because of Sick Leave 2020-03-20 [CUPE NB]

Unions calling for paid and protected sick leave for all NB workers 2020-03-18 [NBFL]

COVID-19: CUPE Members Ready to be Redeployed and Reassigned 2020-03-17 [CUPE NB]

CUPE’s Sharon Teare: value our elders by respecting the people who care for them 2020-03-13 [NB Media Co-op]

Letter to Minister of Health about COVID-19 2020-03-16 [NBFL]

Letter to Minister of Labour about COVID-19 2020-03-16 [NBFL]

COVID-19 prompts N.B. firefighters to change response to medical calls 2020-03-15 [CBC]

Statement from CUPE NB on COVID-19 and CUPE NB events 2020-03-13 [CUPE NB]

Provincial Budget Surplus achieved on the Backs of Workers 2020-03-13 [NBFL]

Higgs budget improves wages but still far from pay equity 2020-03-12 [NB Media Co-op]

Community sends strong message to end the Allardville CUPE lockout now 2020-03-13 [NB Media Co-op]

NB Budget: A Surplus Made on the Backs of Ottawa and Workers 2020-03-11 [CUPE NB]

Workforce report details City of Saint John's employee costs 2020-03-10 [CBC]

NBFL’s Statement for International Women’s Day 2020-03-08 [NBFL]

Strong community support for CUPE members as lockout continues at landfill 2020-03-06 [NB Media Co-op]

Mayors of the Chaleur Regional Services Commission need to end the lockout or resign For more info 2020-03-04 [CUPE NB]

CUPE on Allardville lockout: 'Never seen anything like this before' 2020-03-03 [NB Media Co-op]

Allardville lockout: 'We were like a big family … and now they’ve destroyed all that' 2020-03-01 [NB Media Co-op]

CUPE national leaders in solidarity with locked-out workers in Allardville 2020-02-25 [NB Media Co-op]

CUPE blocks scabs at landfill, garbage service disrupted in northern New Brunswick 2020-02-24 [NB Media Co-op]

Agriculture minister's executive assistant won't stand trial for road worker assault 2020-02-22 [CBC]

Unions And Community Partners Grant Wishes To Children Struggling With Illnesses 2020-02-20 [Huddle Today]

Saint John Airport workers joining CAAT’s DBplus 2020-02-20 [Benefits Canada]

Casualization of Full-time Work Is Dishonest 2020-02-19 [CUPE]

Fredericton contracts elite “union-busters” after locking out its outside workers 2020-02-19 [The Media Co-op]

Fredericton's outside workers return to work after reaching tentative deal 2020-02-18 [CBC]

Unfinished business: banning replacement workers in New Brunswick 2020-02-18 [The Media Co-op]

Fredericton’s outside workers head back to work after city, union reach tentative agreement 2020-02-18 [Global]

Major pension victory at Saint John Airport 2020-02-18 [PSAC]

Fredericton outside workers ratify agreement 2020-02-18 [The Media Co-op]

 VIDEO Scabs brought in as Fredericton outside workers remain locked out 2020-02-17 [Global]

Fredericton brings in scabs during lockout 2020-02-16 [CBC]

Fredericton outside workers locked out amid wage dispute 2020-02-15 [CBC]

Breaking: Professional and Technical Staff Union rallies in front of Student Union buildings, calls for first contract 2020-02-14 [The Brunswickan]

This month in labour history

3-04-1872 250 garment workers are on strike in 5 factories in Toronto. Other strikes followed until uniform wages were achieved. [more]

4-04-1935 iN the worst of the Great Depression, 3,000 workers in British Columbia's relief camps went on strike and started a march towards Vancouver, starting a series of protests that would last 2 months. [more]

6-04-1980 The Canadian Farmworkers Union holds its Founding Convention at Douglas College and delegates elect FWOC President Raj Chouhan as CFU president. The CFU is Canada's first agricultural workers union. [more]

8-04-1937 In Oshawa, Ontario, 4,000 workers go on strike at the General Motors plant for recognition of the United Auto Workers. They win major concessions, and the strike is often considered the birth of industrial unionism in Canada. [more]

11-04-1972 More than 200,000 public sector workers, organized in the Québec Common Front, begin a ten-day strike. Three leaders are jailed, but the Common Front ultimately succeeds in winning a $100 minimum weekly wage for public employees. [more]

15-04-1903 British Columbia union organizer Frank Rogers, a longshoreman, dies after he is shot while supporting clerical workers on strike against the Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver. [more]

18-04-1872 The first issue of the Ontario Workman appears, with the slogan “The equalization of all elements of society in the social scale should be the true aim of civilization.” It also publishes an excerpt on "the normal working day" from Karl Marx's Capital. [more]

18-04-1872 Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald announces a Trade Union Act stating that unions are legal. This is two days after leaders of the Toronto printers, with strong public support in their strike for a nine-hour day, are arrested for common conspiracy. [more]

19-04-1974 In a targeted campaign for pay equity, postal workers begin a seven-day illegal strike that wins women postal code machine operators the same pay as male postal clerks. [more]

23-04-1956 More than 1600 delegates attend the founding convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress and the Canadian Congress of Labour. They call for a national health plan, full employment and a guaranteed annual wage. [more]

26-04-1918 After years of agitation by reformers and unions, the New Brunswick Workmen’s Compensation Act receives Royal Assent. [more]

27-04-1983 As part of its anti-labour agenda, the Alberta government brings in legislation denying firefighters and healthcare workers the right to strike. [more]

28-04-1984 The Canadian Labour Congress establishes the first National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. The idea of a Workers' Memorial Day is adopted by more than 100 countries around the world. [more]

29-04-1903 After the militia are called out to patrol the docks, thousands of people rally to support striking longshoremen in Montréal. They win wage increases and recognition of the International Longshoremen’s Association. [more]

29-04-1903 A sudden rock slide at Turtle Mountain kills more than 76 men, women and children in and around the town of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass. From inside the mine, 17 coal miners dig their way to safety. [more]