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Union calls for snow crab fishery delay until at least April 20 2020-03-27 [Undercurrent News]

Stock Assessment for Capelin Fails to Capture Important Data on Seal Predation 2020-03-25 [FFAW/Unifor]

Facing union pressure, Husky agrees to demobilize workers in Marystown 2020-03-24 [CBC]

13 Canada Post employees in self-isolation after one tested positive for COVID-19 2020-03-24 [CBC]

OH&S Inspectors Visiting Work Sites to Ensure COVID-19 Regulation Compliance 2020-03-24 [VOCM]

COVID-19 Update: FFAW President Speaks with Federal Fisheries Minister 2020-03-22 [FFAW/Unifor]

Skilled Trade Work Declining Due to Pandemic 2020-03-21 [VOCM]

Unions call for better safeguards for health care workers 2020-03-19 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Nurses worried about daycare, COVID-19 protection 2020-03-19 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Important Update for FFAW Members on COVID-19 2020-03-18 [FFAW/Unifor]

Inadequate Worker Protection Systems for COVID-19, Says NLFL 2020-03-18 [NLFL]

Harvesters union seeks benefits, marketing strategy in response to COVID-19 2020-03-18 [Undercurrent News]

Clinics, Doctors’ Offices Remaining Open for Time Being: NLMA 2020-03-18 [VOCM]

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON COVID-19 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

Federation of Labour Calls for Provincial Action to Protect Workers 2020-03-17 [VOCM]

Survey results raise significant concerns about impact of workloads, stress, and strain on NAPE social work members 2020-03-13 [NUPGE]

NAPE, medical association call for end of doctor's notes amid flu season, COVID-19 concerns 2020-03-12 [CBC]

Asking Employees for Sick Notes Could Help Spread Illnesses, Warns Medical Association 2020-03-12 [VOCM]

Shrimp Advisory Meeting Update 2020-03-12 [FFAW/Unifor]

New College seats for LPNs and PCAs in Newfoundland and Labrador promise an end to mandated overtime 2020-03-07 [CUPE]

NLMA says Med Student Vacancies ‘Disappointing ‘ 2020-03-06 [VOCM]

NAPE says Recruitment Challenges Adding to Social Worker Difficulties 2020-03-06 [VOCM]

As N.L. prepares for COVID-19, concerns rise among nurses about protection 2020-03-05 [CBC]

FFAW Hopeful but Cautious in Light of Snow Crab Stock Assessment 2020-03-04 [VOCM]

Government Meeting with NLMA to Discuss Cataract Surgery 2020-03-02 [VOCM]

Review of Workers Compensation System Underway 2020-03-01 [VOCM]

Fish harvesters, processors keeping an eye on China as coronavirus crisis continues 2020-02-29 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Union Leader, Philanthropist Patrick McCormick Passes Away at 72 2020-02-29 [VOCM]

Metrobus, union head for conciliation 2020-02-25 [The Telegram]

Northern shrimp stocks a mixed bag, suggest DFO's latest numbers 2020-02-25 [CBC]

Talks Reportedly Break Down Between St. John’s and Metrobus Workers 2020-02-25 [VOCM]

NAPE Ratifies Collective Agreements with 24 Home and Youth Care Agencies 2020-02-25 [VOCM]

MATES in Construction leader brings message of mental health, suicide risk to St. John’s 2020-02-22 [The Telegram]

NLFL Fights Back on Minimum Wage Misinformation 2020-02-22 [NLFL]

Labour Federation Slams Business Community for Short-Sightedness on NL Minimum Wage 2020-02-22 [NLFL]

NLFL Co-Signs “Pharmacare Now!” Letter 2020-02-22 [NLFL]

Province Approves Minimum Wage Increase, Coming in Four-Step Process 2020-02-22 [VOCM]

Board of Trade, Employee Advocates Look to Province for Minimum Wage Solutions 2020-02-19 [VOCM]

Health Care Workers Raise Concerns About COVID-19 Preparations in Province 2020-02-19 [VOCM]

Taking Part in Ocean Ranger Service Teaches Students Important Safety Lessons, says Organizer 2020-02-16 [VOCM]

Ocean Ranger, 38 Years Later 2020-02-14 [VOCM]

Canada Post workers protest lack of full-time positions 2020-02-14 [CBC]

St. John's Canada Post temporary workers fed up 2020-02-14 [The Telegram]

Holyrood and its unionized employees reach new collective agreement 2020-02-14 [CBC]

CUPW Demonstration Sends Warning About Erosion of Permanent Jobs 2020-02-13 [VOCM]

Canada Post workers to demonstrate Thursday 2020-02-12 [The Journal-Pioneer]

Holyrood Postpones Crystal Carnival Amid Conflict with Unionized Workers 2020-02-12 [VOCM]

Canada Post Workers to Hold Demonstration Over Employment Concerns 2020-02-12 [VOCM]

Canada Post Dropping Permanent Positions for Temporary Jobs, Warns CUPW 2020-02-12 [VOCM]

Union criticizes Black Cove shrimp plant closure 2020-02-11 [Undercurrent News]

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]