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Not all front-line workers to get Ontario's premium pay, setting stage for backlash, observer says 2020-05-30 [The Reformer]

2nd worker at Orléans nursing home dies of COVID-19 2020-05-30 [CBC]

Govt admits to 'staffing crisis' in long-term care homes before COVID-19 pandemic began 2020-05-29 [CTV]

PCs aren’t alone: Exposing Liberal ties with corporate long-term care lobby 2020-05-28 [Rank and File]

COVID-19 outbreak at Ontario farm highlights deep problems in Canada's seasonal agricultural worker program 2020-05-28 [rabble]

Poll shows Thunder Bay, Kenora residents unhappy with Ontario's COVID-19 response 2020-05-28 [CBC]

Ontario must get child care right from reopening to recovery 2020-05-28 [CUPE]

Seniors in LTC homes with COVID-19 should get hospital care and health staff better protection say Sudbury and North Bay residents polled 2020-05-28 [CUPE]

Leader • Trailblazer • Activist • Mentor • Friend 2020-05-27 [CUPW]

Armed forces LTC report reinforces the long-term care systemic crisis and the need for immediate action 2020-05-27 [Unifor]

Give Urgent Attention to Long-Term Care Issues! 2020-05-27 [ONA]

'Members have been saying the same thing': Windsor union reacts to military report on long-term care 2020-05-27 [CTV]

More funding needed for staff in long-term care homes, say advocates 2020-05-27 [CBC]

Disturbing Revelations from Long-Term Care by the Canadian Armed Forces 2020-05-27 [SEIU]

Doug Ford talks a good game, but he’s denying workers the right to refuse unsafe work 2020-05-26 [Ricochet]

Inquiry into coronavirus nursing home deaths needs to include discussion of workers and race 2020-05-26 [The Conversation]

Unifor partners with Hospitality Workers Training Centre to support hotel and food service workers 2020-05-26 [Unifor]

OPSEU applauds Ford government for testing asymptomatic OPS workers 2020-05-25 [OPSEU]

Simple ‘Review’ of Long-Term Care an Injustice to Victims of Deadly Crisis 2020-05-24 [USW]

OPSEU submits brief on supporting post-secondary education in the COVID-19 era 2020-05-24 [OPSEU]

OPSEU negotiates no penalty for former OPS workers who temporarily rejoin fight against COVID-19 2020-05-24 [OPSEU]

Layoffs are ‘last resort,’ Thomas tells colleges 2020-05-24 [OPSEU]

ONA Expects a Full Public Inquiry Into Long-Term Care 2020-05-24 [ONA]

Amazon is Asking Canadian Workers to ‘Stay Home’ If They Feel Sick. Except They Cut Unpaid Leave Last Month. 2020-05-24 [Press Progress]

Union asks premier to take control of Scarborough long-term care home amid pandemic 2020-05-24 [CBC]

Increasing testing and contact tracing will keep us safe and create jobs 2020-05-23 [CUPE]

Union wants masks to be mandatory for OC Transpo riders 2020-05-22 [CTV]

Postal workers dealing with Christmas level parcel rush in May 2020-05-22 [Bay Today]

Cabin Fever: Hope on the Edge of Despair at YYZ 2020-05-22 [The Bullet]

Even in a Global Pandemic, Workers in Ontario Still Don’t Have a Right to Paid Sick Leave 2020-05-21 [Rank and File]

Union leaders mostly happy with autoworkers’ return to Windsor plants 2020-05-21 [CKLW]

Ford's long-term care inquiry long overdue 2020-05-21 [Unifor]

Province and feds have no plans to pay low-wage essential workers a living wage 2020-05-21 [CBC]

CUPE Ontario and AMO make joint appeal for funding of municipal governments 2020-05-21 [CUPE]

Unionized college staff reject COVID-19 furlough deal 2020-05-20 [The Independent]

Statement from SEIU Healthcare President on a Public Inquiry into Long-Term Care 2020-05-20 [SEIU]

What happens to workers’ rights during COVID-19? 2020-05-20 [TVO]

Windsor Assembly Plant workers back in the factory, as auto companies reopen 2020-05-20 [CBC]

The anatomy of a gig-worker union drive 2020-05-20 [rabble]

From Pandemic to Prosperity -- Retooling GM Oshawa 2020-05-18 [Our Times]

Windsorites favour federal transit bailout, says poll 2020-05-18 [Blackburn]

Health-care worker who had COVID-19 returns to job after 3 weeks and still tests positive 2020-05-18 [CBC]

High school teachers' union ratifies new contract with province 2020-05-17 [CBC]

OPSEU continues to push Ford government to protect health and safety inspectors 2020-05-16 [OPSEU]

Long-term care workers rally for end of for-profit homes 2020-05-16 [Today]

 VIDEO Half of hospital workers excluded from Ontario front-line pay subsidy despite facing risks: CUPE 2020-05-16 [The Star]

OPSEU makes urgent recommendations to fix COVID-19-hit long-term care 2020-05-15 [OPSEU]

3 cases of COVID-19 at Guelph beef processing plant, union says 2020-05-15 [CBC]

Half of hospital workers excluded from Ontario front-line pay subsidy despite facing risks: CUPE 2020-05-15 [The Citizen]

Hamilton Health Sciences workers protest for co-workers left out of COVID-19 pay bump 2020-05-15 [CBC]

This month in labour history

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

4-05-1937 Strike at the Chantiers Maritimes de Sorel, where workers affiliated to the CTCC, demand recognition of their union, better wages and the reinstatement of dismissed union leaders. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

12-05-1975 United Aircraft in Longueuil: Striking UAW members occupy the factory, 34 strikers are clubbed and seriously injured by the police. Indignant, the FTQ calls a general strike for May 21 to which 100,000 members will respond. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labour Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1946 A 6-week strike by loggers in British Columbia begins, the first after the lifting of collective bargaining restrictions at the end of the war. [more]

15-05-1872 Workers in the city of Hamilton, organized by the Nine Hour Movement, strike and demonstrate to demand a reduction in working hours. [more]

17-05-1957 7,000 workers of the Aluminum Co. in Arvida, affiliated to the CTCC, go on strike to improve working conditions in the tank rooms. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for more than 25,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he was prevented from crossing the border. [more]

21-05-1975 100,000 FTQ members on general strike following the violent bludgeoning of 34 strikers at United Aircraft in Longueuil on the 12th. They eventually win the compulsory dues payment (Rand formula) and anti-strikebreaking measures. [more]

24-05-1919 A miners' strike begins in Drumheller, Alberta, when the workers leave UMWA to join the One Big Union. [more]

26-05-1919 Thousands of workers in Calgary and Edmonton go on strike in solidarity with their Winnipeg counterparts. [more]

28-05-1927 The House of Commons approves a limited old age pension plan. To qualify, Canadians must be 70 years of age and pass a means test. Also, they must live in a participating province. [more]

29-05-2006 A wildcat strike by ATU members on Toronto's public transportation system paralyzes the city. [more]