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Trades NL Applauds Local-Priority Bidding, Highlights Areas of Concern in Local Trades 2020-06-30 [VOCM]

 VIDEO Statement of Solidarity with People Fighting Against Systemic Anti-Black Racism 2020-06-28 [NLFL]

How Sex Workers Take Care of Each Other 2020-06-28 [The Independent]

Delivery Delays Driven by Number of Factors Including Immense Volume of Parcels, says Union Rep 2020-06-26 [VOCM]

Changes to CERB and E.I. Thresholds Could Help Address Substitute Teacher Shortage, says NLTA 2020-06-26 [VOCM]

Governments and offshore operators must collaborate on urgent plan to save NL jobs 2020-06-25 [Unifor]

IBEW Training College Declares Bankruptcy 2020-06-25 [VOCM]

Sheen Spotted Near Terra Nova Oil Field 2020-06-24 [FFAW/Unifor]

FFAW Calls on Federal Government to Follow Through on Commitments to Fish Harvesters 2020-06-21 [FFAW/Unifor]

FFAW Calls for More Information on Federal Fish Harvester Supports 2020-06-19 [VOCM]

Strike Potentially on Horizon for Dominion Workers 2020-06-19 [VOCM]

Faces of the Grocery Frontlines 2020-06-18 [The Independent]

Steve Kent's lawyer slams union over 'repugnant' call for job termination 2020-06-18 [CBC]

Strike vote ahead for Dominion workers, says union president 2020-06-18 [CBC]

 VIDEO Mount Pearl union asks why investigation into Steve Kent is taking so long 2020-06-17 [NTV]

Essential Worker Support Program a ‘Disappointment’ to Union Members: NAPE 2020-06-17 [VOCM]

In-Class Instruction Means More Resources, Reduced Class Sizes Needed: NLTA 2020-06-17 [VOCM]

Union Sounds Alarm Over Elimination of Dedicated Firefighting Force at Wabush Airport 2020-06-17 [VOCM]

NLFL Launches “Shop Local” Campaign 2020-06-16 [NLFL]

Unions critical of $66M compensation program for COVID-19 essential workers 2020-06-16 [CBC]

Home Care Workers Overlooked by System for PPE Supply: NAPE 2020-06-14 [VOCM]

Four Per Cent Raise Included in Contract Extension Ratified by Nurses Union 2020-06-12 [VOCM]

NLTA Comes Out in Support of Anti-Racism Courses in Schools 2020-06-09 [VOCM]

New oil regulation means step backwards for fishermen, FFAW president says 2020-06-08 [CBC]

NLFL Statement in Solidarity with People Fighting Systemic Racism 2020-06-07 [NLFL]

Fast Forward Initiative Eliminates Fishery Considerations from Oil and Gas Expansion Process 2020-06-07 [FFAW/Unifor]

Tribute to Support Workers: Hats Off 2020-06-03 [NLFL]

Hibernia layoffs about to begin 'with heavy hearts,' drilling company says 2020-06-03 [CBC]

Plant Workers Should See Compensation for Dangerous Work, says FFAW 2020-06-01 [VOCM]

COVID-19 has spared workers at N.L.'s largest poultry producer — but not demand for chicken 2020-05-26 [CBC]

Mr. Jones, the Public Service has Served Us Extremely Well Throughout This Pandemic 2020-05-24 [NLFL]

DFO Ignores Stakeholders, Institutes Rollover in Mackerel Quota for 2020 2020-05-24 [FFAW/Unifor]

Why NL Fishers are Protesting in a Pandemic: An Explainer 2020-05-24 [The Independent]

New Contract with Government All About the Pandemic, says Nurses’ Union 2020-05-20 [VOCM]

ALPA Files Unfair Labour Practice Against PAL Aerospace 2020-05-18 [VOCM]

Shift to Online Learning Brings Challenges, but Some May Also Benefit: MUNFA 2020-05-16 [VOCM]

Snow crab price sees a bump to $3.50 after arbitration decision 2020-05-15 [CBC]

Union welcomes $470M federal COVID-19 relief package 2020-05-15 [CBC]

Price of Snow Crab Set at $3.50 2020-05-15 [VOCM]

As Suncor ponders Terra Nova's future, N.L. offshore workers worry about their own 2020-05-14 [CBC]

FFAW President says Update Coming After Frustrated Harvesters Protest at Union Office 2020-05-12 [VOCM]

Response to “Fish union’s delay tactics appalling” 2020-05-10 [NLFL]

Statement on Harvester Demonstration at FFAW Offices 2020-05-10 [FFAW/Unifor]

Hundreds of fish harvesters gather to protest industry concerns amid COVID-19 pandemic 2020-05-10 [CBC]

Pandemic Highlights Low Wages Earned by Frontline Workers: Federation of Labour 2020-05-10 [VOCM]

Hundreds of Fish Harvesters Protest Outside FFAW Building 2020-05-10 [VOCM]

Put yourself in their shoes: Let's thank the women on the front line of the pandemic 2020-05-09 [CBC]

Canadian union plans its ‘one shot’ appeal against snow crab price 2020-05-08 [Undercurrent News]

Nurses angry over possible exposure to COVID-19 after warning Eastern Health of risk 2020-05-06 [CBC]

Local Tradespeople Concerned About Out-of-Province Workers, says Executive Director of TradesNL 2020-05-05 [VOCM]

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]