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Toronto Uber drivers apply for unionization 2020-01-23 [CanIndia]

Guelph, Wellington County public elementary schools to close Tuesday for teachers' strike 2020-01-23 [CBC]

How the hunt for profits has shaped Ontario's home care system 2020-01-23 [rabble]

CUPE Child Care Workers Celebrate Victory in Peterborough 2020-01-22 [CUPE]

Bus Operators in St. Thomas Vote to Join Canada’s Largest Transit Union 2020-01-22 [ATU Canada]

Human Rights Commission head argues for corrections funding in Thunder Bay 2020-01-22 [CBC]

How the dispute between Ontario and teachers’ unions could evolve 2020-01-22 [Global]

Talks resume between region and union representing GRT workers 2020-01-22 [CBC]

Grand River Transit workers hit picket lines as region outlines rejected offer 2020-01-22 [CBC]

Ontario elementary teachers kick off week of rotating strikes as dispute continues 2020-01-20 [WKBW]

Internal union polling shows support for teachers in labour fight with province 2020-01-17 [CP24]

Toronto Uber drivers first to apply for unionization in Canada 2020-01-17 [UFCW]

Ford slams teachers' union leaders, says province will not back off wage cap 2020-01-17 [CBC]

Ontario’s 4 teachers’ unions are engaged in job actions. Here’s what they’re fighting for 2020-01-17 [Global News]

 VIDEO High school teachers in 16 boards including Durham and Hamilton hold one-day strike 2020-01-15 [CP24]

Parents brace for teacher walkouts 2020-01-15 [CBC]

Scope of job action by teachers widens 2020-01-15 [CBC]

Ottawa on strike: Scenes from pickets past Social Sharing 2020-01-15 [CBC]

E-leaning is the new ORNGE 2020-01-15 [NUPGE]

Unifor and GRT reach deal on new collective agreement 2020-01-14 [Unifor]

Toronto Uber drivers first to apply for unionization in Canada 2020-01-14 [Indo-Canadian Voice]

ATU Canada Stands With Thunder Bay Bus Operators Demanding Bus Shields 2020-01-13 [ATU Canada]

ONA Calls on Province to Charge Southlake Regional Health Centre - Deadline approaches to hold employer accountable for critical injuries to a front-line nurse 2020-01-13 [ONA]

OSSTF/FEESO to hold one-day walkout in selected locations on January 15, 2020 2020-01-13 [OSSTF]

Arbitrator awards OPSEU pharm techs big wage increase 2020-01-13 [OPSEU]

Statement on the deaths of two OPSEU members 2020-01-13 [OPSEU]

PSAC mourns members lost in Iran airline crash 2020-01-13 [PSAC]

Uber drivers’ union welcomes new Toronto training program for ride-hailing drivers, calls for further reforms 2020-01-13 [UFCW Canada]

New Agreements Benefit Steelworkers, Ivaco Rolling Mills 2020-01-13 [USW]

Elementary teachers ramp up job action: no field trips, extra-curriculars 2020-01-13 [The National Post]

What you need to know about job action by teachers, education workers this week 2020-01-13 [CBC]

Uber Black drivers file motion to unionize with Ontario labour board 2020-01-13 [The Star]

Toronto Uber drivers first to apply for unionization in Canada 2020-01-13 [UFCW Canada]

Unifor continues talks with GRT 2020-01-11 [Unifor]

Action Centre for auto parts workers set to open in Oshawa 2020-01-11 [Unifor]

CUPE 416 enters conciliation with City of Toronto, seeks contract that protects city services 2020-01-11 [CUPE]

CarePartners imposes rejected contract on homecare workers 2020-01-10 [Rank and File]

ONA Calls on Province to Charge Southlake Regional Health Centre 2020-01-10 [ONA]

Hamilton public school board cancels Grade 9 EQAO math test, citing job action 2020-01-10 [CBC]

Catholic schools work-to-rule campaign could affect Grade 9 EQAO tests, says Windsor-Essex board 2020-01-10 [CBC]

Transit operators demand safety shields, panic buttons 2020-01-10 [TBNewsWatch]

Stakes for future of public education high- ETFO to escalate strike action starting Monday 2020-01-10 [ETFO]

Elementary teachers ramp up job action, plan rotating strikes amid impasse with Ford government 2020-01-10 [The Globe and Mail]

City asks province to appoint conciliator in negotiations with outside workers union 2020-01-10 [CP24]

Bus Driver Union Calls For Shields 2020-01-10 [Country 105]

'It's scary': Union representing Thunder Bay Transit drivers calls for immediate safety upgrades 2020-01-10 [CBC]

CUPE 79 and OCHU sign solidarity pact 2020-01-09 [CUPE]

OSSTF members hold strikes at five sites across Windsor-Essex 2020-01-09 [CBC]

Striking Ontario Teachers Say Standardized Tests Don't Matter Anyway 2020-01-09 [Huffington Post]

Catholic teachers to launch work-to-rule campaign Monday 2020-01-09 [CBC]

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

7-01-1949 Quebec Premier Duplessis' UN government introduces a new labour code that directly attacks the province's labour movement. [more]

8-01-2007 The 21,000 members of ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, begin the first strike in their 64-year history. An agreement is reached after 17 months of bargaining. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

24-01-2009 Le Journal de Montréal declares a lockout in an attempt to “gigify” the workers' collective agreement. The dispute lasts for 764 days. [more]

24-01-1979 The first bank strike in Canadian history begins when workers picket branches of La Banque d'épargne de la cité et du district de Montréal. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1981 An illegal strike by 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, begins. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

26-01-1983 Instructors at Quebec CEGEPs walk out, beginning a Common Front strike against rollbacks in collective agreements introduced by the Parti Québécois. Primary and high school teachers and other public sector workers join the protest. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, is sent to prison for defying a back-to-work law. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]