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NSGEU calls for mandatory masking policy at hospitals 2020-06-28 [NUPGE]

Nurses’ Union calls for staffing increase at province’s long-term care facilities 2020-06-27 [MSN]

Nurses say pandemic in care homes a 'tragic reminder' of staffing shortages 2020-06-27 [CBC]

Child care sector in Nova Scotia on brink of collapse 2020-06-20 [CUPE]

“Now it is a disaster”: Nova Scotia long-term care worker speaks out 2020-06-18 [Rank and File]

 VIDEO Unions lobbying to make masks mandatory for hospital visitors and transit passengers 2020-06-18 [CTV]

CUPE to pursue 12% wage increase awarded to LPNs who worked at former Capital Health locations 2020-06-17 [CUPE]

Cape Breton postal workers overwhelmed by high volumes of parcels during COVID-19 pandemic 2020-06-15 [The Post]

Early childhood educator says Nova Scotia’s reopening plan lacks clarity, consistency 2020-06-10 [CUPE]

P3 highways: Further along the road to ruin 2020-06-10 [CUPE]

Half of Staff Infected in Massive COVID-19 Outbreak Are People of Colour: Union 2020-06-09 [VICE]

Louise Riley: Proper staffing ratios in long-term care make a world of difference 2020-06-09 [CUPE]

NSFL President Danny Cavanagh wants paid sick time for all workers 2020-06-03 [NSFL]

Workers need whistle blower protection 2020-06-03 [NSFL]

Mill workers allowed into province without self-isolating 2020-06-02 [CBC]

If you want paid sick days you better join a union, says Premier McNeil 2020-05-29 [The Advocate]

Presumptive Workers’ Compensation coverage for workers who get COVID-19 2020-05-24 [NSFL]

NSFL urging provincial government to extend health care coverage for residents in Nova Scotia who are uninsured 2020-05-24 [NSFL]

How Nova Scotia’s Long-Term Care Sector is Failing to Protect Employees During Covid-19 2020-05-18 [The Law of Work]

Nurses appear to be getting PPE they need, for now, says union president 2020-05-12 [Today]

Care aides calling for national strategy under Health Act 2020-05-11 [Today]

NSFL Westray Memorial Education Fund now includes children of NS union members who die as a result of an injury at work 2020-05-10 [NSFL]

Authorities ignored early warnings from long-term care workers and unions 2020-05-10 [Rank and File]

Covid-19 turns long-term care home into worst place to be 2020-05-09 [CLI]

We Remember Those Lost 28 Years Ago in the Westray Mine Explosion Like It Was Yesterday 2020-05-09 [USW]

Westray must not be forgotten, union says 2020-05-09 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Nurses' union wants debate about PPE use settled once and for all 2020-05-09 [CBC]

Community Services workers left out in the cold 2020-05-09 [CUPE]

Unifor frontline health care workers in Nova Scotia welcome federal top-up program 2020-05-08 [Unifor]

Cape Breton local restocks community pantry 2020-05-07 [Unifor]

Celebrate International Workers’ Day - all month! 2020-05-03 [Our Times]

Federation of Labour vows to continue the fight to make every workplace a safe workplace 2020-04-25 [NSFL]

Education community mourns death of teacher during a deadly mass shooting 2020-04-21 [Education International]

NUPGE statement on mass killings in Nova Scotia 2020-04-21 [NUPGE]

CUPE mourns tragedy in Nova Scotia 2020-04-21 [CUPE]

Right to refuse results in safer working conditions at Autoport 2020-04-19 [Unifor]

Union asked to find more workers to help at Northwood 2020-04-19 [CBC]

Local unions call for control over their personal protective equipment 2020-04-18 [Today]

Campaign Launched to Protect Frontline Healthcare Workers 2020-04-17 [PNSF]

Federation President pleased with expansion of Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB) 2020-04-16 [NSFL]

Staffing concerns raised after spike in COVID-19 infections at large Halifax nursing home 2020-04-15 [Global]

Staffing concerns raised after spike in COVID-19 infections at large Halifax nursing home 2020-04-14 [The Globe and Mail]

Union calls North Preston COVID-19 assessment clinic 'subpar' 2020-04-14 [CBC]

Second Halifax Transit bus driver tests positive for COVID-19 2020-04-12 [The Star]

NSGEU president says Cape Breton home-care workers not getting respect 2020-04-11 [The Journal-Pioneer]

Halifax Transit driver tests positive, union says operators are scared 2020-04-10 [The Guardian]

Prison staff say lack of COVID-19 preparations leave them feeling 'disposable' 2020-04-10 [CBC]

Halifax Transit driver tests positive, union says operators are scared 2020-04-09 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Will we remember them after COVID-19? 2020-04-09 [The Advocate]

COVID-19 creates new hardships for some cargo crews stuck aboard ships 2020-04-08 [CBC]

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]