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Hospital cleaners 'working full tilt' despite COVID-19 threat 2020-03-29 [CBC]

Halifax bus drivers’ union calls for service pause after mechanic gets COVID-19 2020-03-28 [OHS Canada]

Workers need job and income protections 2020-03-25 [NSFL]

Dishonest 911 callers put N.S. paramedics at risk of COVID-19, union says 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Canada Post to reduce hours, install clear barriers in response to COVID-19 2020-03-25 [CBC]

COVID-19 and Precautions for Health Care Workers 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

NSHA Coronavirus Update 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

COVID-19 Update from CUPE 5047 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

Healthcare Unions call for adequate protections for workers as World Health Organization (WHO) declares COVID-19 a pandemic 2020-03-13 [Unifor]

Sister of the Year 2020-03-08 [NSFL]

Labour Federation concerned about amendments to Pension Benefits Regulations 2020-03-01 [NSFL]

Steelworkers Stand Up for Health Care, Endorse NDP in Nova Scotia By-elections 2020-02-28 [USW]

We need a budget that invests in Nova Scotians, not corporations 2020-02-27 [CUPE]

Halifax municipal workers vote in favour of job action 2020-02-25 [CUPE]

Corporate responsibility and tax cuts: It’s time to talk about the race to the bottom 2020-02-24 [NSFL]

Challenges remain for long-term care 2020-02-23 [CUPE]

'I'm getting kind of tired of hearing that word': retired miner is fed up with rockfalls in Nova Scotia 2020-02-18 [CTV]

Nominate the NSFL Sister of the Year by February 19, 2020! 2020-02-18 [NSFL]

Minimum wage to rise to $12.55 in April 2020-02-06 [The Coast]

RCMP move from Truro to Dartmouth will put strain on workers 2020-02-03 [CUPE]

Federation of Labour very pleased with changes to the minimum wage provisions 2020-02-03 [NSFL]

Celebrate African Heritage Month 2020 2020-02-03 [NSFL]

Support Nova Scotia EHS Dispatchers Negotiations 2020-02-03 [CUPW]

NSGEU launches P3 campaign 2020-01-27 [NSFL]

Supporting the Halifax Workers Acton Center 2020-01-27 [NSFL]

Atlantic Director Linda MacNeil urges caution on new NS health professionals registry 2020-01-26 [Unifor]

Unifor supports request for Northern Pulp decision Supreme Court review 2020-01-26 [Unifor]

Doctors walk away from ER that limits care they’re allowed to give 2020-01-23 [CLI]

Federation of Labour continues to support the Treaty Camp against Alton Gas 2020-01-13 [NSFL]

How 235 fishermen won our hearts and minds in 1970 strike 2020-01-05 [CLI]

Year-end message from the NSFL President Danny Cavanagh 2019-12-23 [NSFL]

Premier McNeil throws away 2,700 rural jobs 2019-12-21 [Unifor]

Province to purchase power loaders for 62 ambulances 2019-12-19 [Global]

Unifor blasts Nova Scotia Environment decision as an 'irresponsible' delay 2019-12-18 [Unifor]

Arbitrator again tells Education Department to issue special teaching certificates 2019-12-12 [CBC]

Labour board dismisses complaint of New Glasgow nurse accused of being impaired on jail duty 2019-12-07 [Saltwire]

CUPE Nova Scotia Women's Committee calls on province for prevention strategies and services to combat femicide 2019-12-06 [CUPE]

NSTU says it's going to court to enforce arbitrator's ruling on specialists 2019-12-06 [CBC]

Premier McNeil’s health authority shakeup proof that merging N.S. health authorities not working 2019-12-02 [NSFL]

Government breached Nova Scotia Teachers Union agreement, arbitrator rules 2019-11-29 [CBC]

Government breached Nova Scotia Teachers Union agreement, arbitrator rules 2019-11-28 [CBC]

CN strike could trigger layoffs at Halifax port as rail activity hits the brakes 2019-11-24 [CTV]

Too few staff, too many dangers at Halifax police cells, says union 2019-11-19 [CBC]

Reduce Nova Scotia’s Work Week 2019-11-14 [Rank and File]

CBRM firefighters ratify new contract 2019-11-13 [Saltwire]

Public Private Partnerships are risky 2019-11-12 [NSFL]

14 staff at Dartmouth in-patient psychiatric ward receive layoff notices 2019-11-08 [CBC]

Traditional funding and operation for Cape Breton hospitals in the public’s best interest: CUPE Nova Scotia 2019-11-08 [CUPE]

 VIDEO Union representing shipbuilders upset over potential job cuts at Irving 2019-11-07 [Global]

Shipyard union miffed about plans to 'outsource' prefab pipes for navy ships 2019-11-06 [The Guardian]

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]