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Township abandons water privatization scheme 2020-08-09 [NUPGE]

Solidarity with the TForce Logistics Canada Ottawa Negotiations 2020-08-09 [CUPW]

“For an OPP officer to threaten a journalist for doing their job is inappropriate, unacceptable, and likely illegal” 2020-08-09 [CWA Canada]

How Toronto can make life better for gig workers 2020-08-08 [The Standard]

Migrant worker alleges 'kidnapping' off local farm after abuse complaints 2020-08-08 [The Star]

Labour ministry orders eye protection for Rainforest Cafe servers 2020-08-08 [Review]

Kubota workers could strike next week over 'wage disparity' 2020-08-07 [Today]

Government announces flawed, out-of-touch child welfare overhaul 2020-08-07 [CUPE]

Premier Ford and Minister Lecce neglect child care in school reopening plan 2020-08-07 [CUPE]

Mapleton rejects private sector takeover of local water resources 2020-08-07 [CUPE]

Working during a pandemic with no sick days: Janitors at Loyalist College raise concerns about safety as students prepare to return to campus 2020-08-06 [SEIU]

Estate planning company offers Ontario education workers free wills ahead of September 2020-08-06 [Global]

Education unions in Toronto call on TDSB to rethink school restart plan 2020-08-06 [CBC]

‘We need them now’: Advocates call for employer-provided paid sick days 2020-08-05 [TVO]

Health care workers announce 22 political protests against the PC government’s removal of their basic workplace rights 2020-08-05 [CUPE]

Rainforest Cafe worker will be allowed to wear face shield 2020-08-04 [Review]

Fast food workers at Wendy’s Thunder Bay build a better life 2020-08-03 [UFCW Canada]

Restaurants, grocery stores and gyms will have more safety restrictions than public elementary schools in September 2020-08-03 [ETFO]

Ford government jeopardizing safety of all Ontarians with underfunded return to school plan 2020-08-03 [OSSTF]

Staffing Study Gets Much Right on Long-Term Care, ONA Urges Action Backed up by Funding 2020-08-03 [ONA]

Tragic death of OPSEU Member Karen Gottschalk-Millar 2020-08-03 [OFL]

Doug Ford’s Ministry Of Labour is Giving Migrant Worker Employers Advance Notice of COVID-19 Inspections 2020-08-01 [Press Progress]

Rainforest Cafe server sent home for wearing face shield 2020-08-01 [Review]

“Enough talk. We need bold action now.”: a coalition of unions representing frontline health care workers respond to Ontario’s long-term care staffing study 2020-08-01 [CUPE]

Education workers demand more funding for post-COVID schools 2020-08-01 [CUPE]

The Stakes are High for Long-Term Care Residents and Staff as Government Announces Commission 2020-07-30 [ONA]

Teamsters Canada Foundation Gives $10,000 to two Ontario Food Banks 2020-07-30 [Teamsters]

Given Sick Kids report, government must exercise caution on school reopening 2020-07-30 [ETFO]

New collective agreement negotiated with Carpenter Canada amid COVID-19 2020-07-30 [Unifor]

WSIB and Government Must Act Now on Occupational Cancer Claims 2020-07-30 [USW]

 VIDEO Unions, students raise concern over University of Toronto’s Fall 2020 in-person learning 2020-07-30 [Global]

Hundreds of thousands of front-line heroes left behind as more of the province enters Stage 3 2020-07-30 [CUPE]

“It’s time for immediate action in long-term care”: a coalition of unions representing frontline healthcare workers respond to Ontario’s long-term care commission 2020-07-30 [CUPE]

Steelworkers urge WSIB to expand cancer coverage 2020-07-29 [The Daily Commercial News]

Police investigating 'hateful act' after 5th noose found on a Toronto construction site 2020-07-29 [CBC]

Opening Ontario schools safely amid COVID could require up to $3.2 billion funding for staff, cleaning supplies, say Liberals, staff union 2020-07-28 [The Star]

Sarah Harmer Performing Facebook Concert Session in Support Of 'CARE NOT PROFITS' Advocacy Campaign to Reinvest Profits Back Into the Long-term Care System 2020-07-28 [CUPE]

With six weeks to go, Ontario government has still not announced funding to ensure safe reopening of schools 2020-07-26 [ETFO]

‘No Increase? No Work!’ Toronto Health Care Workers Save Pandemic Premium via Job Action 2020-07-25 [Labour Notes]

Child care programs in Ontario on brink of collapse, six weeks out from school opening 2020-07-25 [CUPE]

Nursing homes continue to face critical staffing challenges 2020-07-24 [Rank and File]

Get for-profits out of long-term care, unions say as they launch campaign 2020-07-24 [The National Post]

End profit in long-term care, reinvest in more residents’ supports and staffing across Ontario, urge advocates in new “CARE NOT PROFITS” campaign 2020-07-24 [CUPE]

Most queer people uncomfortable at work: Study 2020-07-23 [The Star]

Migrant worker isolation centre opens at Windsor Holiday Inn 2020-07-23 [CBC]

Ford Conservatives’ all-out attack on Ontarians: CUPE Ontario commits to fighting three new laws 2020-07-23 [CUPE]

The CFNU expresses Canada's nurses' outrage re. Ontario government's Bill 195 and sends a letter to Premier Ford 2020-07-22 [CFNU]

Hospital union holds five-minute protest to fight emergency orders 2020-07-22 [The National Post]

Migrant workers in isolation after testing COVID-19 positive not being fed enough 2020-07-22 [iPolitics]

UFCW Canada advocates for greater protections for migrant workers in Windsor-Essex County 2020-07-22 [UFCW Canada]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-08-2009 At Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, United Steelworkers Local 9508 begins an 18-month strike against Vale Inco. The main issue is pay equity with workers at the multinational's other operations in Canada. [more]

1-08-1981 Almost 13,000 Steelworkers strike Stelco in Hamilton ON over wages, joint safety committees and gender-neutral contract language. [more]

1-08-1928 Ten workers are killed in the collapse of a gate on the Welland Ship Canal. They are among the 137 men who died during the completion of this shipping link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. [more]

2-08-1918 In British Columbia, Vancouver workers go out on strike to protest the shooting of union organizer Ginger Goodwin on 27 July. This is often considered to be the first use of a general strike in Canadian history [more]

3-08-1961 The New Democratic Party is founded with the support of the Canadian Labor Congress. [more]

10-08-1966 Nine workers die and 55 are injured when a span on the Heron Bridge in Ottawa collapses during construction. Fifty years later, the bridge is renamed the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge. [more]

10-08-1970 Nova Scotia fishermen and supporters march across the Canso Causeway, holding up traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. Their seven-month strike wins them the right to a union, but the fish plants refuse to recognize the United Fishermen and Allied Workers. [more]

12-08-1909 Freight handlers at Fort William, Ontario take part in a gun battle with Canadian Pacific Railway police. The seven-day strike is settled, but the CPR later fires most of its Greek and Italian immigrant workers. [more]

19-08-1998 The McDonald's in Squamish, British Columbia is the first outlet of the fast-food giant in North America to be unionized. The union fails to win a contract and in 1999 workers vote to decertify. [more]

20-08-1937 Millworkers and longshoremen on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick strike for better wages and hours and for recognition of the New Brunswick Farmer-Labour Union. Their success helps bring about new labour laws in the province. [more]

22-08-1950 More than 100,000 railway workers go on strike, shutting down the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines. A week later an emergency session of Parliament passes a law to end the strike, the first use of back-to-work legislation in Canada. [more]

29-08-1907 Seventy-five men, many of them First Nations workers from Kahnawake, are killed in the collapse of a huge cantilever bridge under construction across the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. Before the disaster, supervisors ignore flaws in the design. [more]

31-08-2001 A McDonald's restaurant in Montreal closes after the workers there organize and before a first contract is negotiated. This is later documented in the film Maxime, McDuff & McDo. [more]

31-08-2013 A merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers brings 300,000 members together in Unifor, now Canada's largest private sector union. There are high expectations for new organizing work, especially among young people. [more]