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Stranger Than Fiction: Unifor Local 594 and Consumer’s Co-op Refineries Limited 2020-06-28 [The Law of Work]

About 100 workers at Regina Co-op refinery to receive temporary layoff notices 2020-06-27 [CBC]

Le SCFP 5430 réclame une option publique pour les soins de longue durée à Grenfell 2020-06-26 [SCFP]

CUPE 5430 calls for public long-term care option for Grenfell 2020-06-26 [CUPE]

Unifor, Co-op end months-long pension dispute with new collective agreement 2020-06-25 [Benefits Canada]

CUPE 3766 ratifies new collective agreement with Regina Public School Division 2020-06-25 [CUPE]

Union president stepping down after leading Regina Co-op refinery workers during bitter 6-month lockout 2020-06-24 [CBC]

Refinery workers ratify tentative agreement with Co-op 2020-06-23 [Unifor]

Co-op Refinery Complex, union sign deal to end labour dispute 2020-06-23 [CBC]

Proposed Settlement Reached after 6+ Month Lockout by Co-op Refinery 2020-06-21 [The Law of Work]

SUN Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting 2020-06-21 [SUN]

Unifor Local 594 president calls process 'disheartening' after tentative deal reached with Regina refinery 2020-06-19 [CBC]

Refinery workers reach tentative agreement with Co-op 2020-06-19 [Unifor]

Public services and workers short-changed by provincial budget in Saskatchewan, forestalling recovery from COVID 2020-06-17 [CUPE]

Unifor workers rally, ask Sask. government to legislate them back to work 2020-06-16 [CBC]

CUPE calls for increased supports for municipalities, PPE, and low paid workers ahead of Saskatchewan budget 2020-06-13 [CUPE]

Police union regrets tweet, maintains defunding could hurt community programming 2020-06-12 [The Leader-Post]

Regina police union defends budget, controversial tweet as calls to defund service grow 2020-06-11 [Global]

Co-op Says It’s Against Racism. They Didn’t Mention They Teamed Up With a Far-Right Group to Attack Workers 2020-06-11 [Press Progress]

Report to be released into death of CN Rail worker near Melville 2020-06-09 [The Star-Phoenix]

Frontline heroes are worth more than 13 cents 2020-06-07 [SFL]

Behind the outbreaks: Health care staff moved around province to cover gaps 2020-06-07 [SUN]

3 unions call on Sask. government to increase pandemic wages 2020-06-06 [CBC]

Health-care workers union threatens job action in letter to Sask. premier 2020-06-06 [CBC]

As FCL refinery lockout turns six months old, union takes pickets to company headquarters 2020-06-05 [The Star-Phoenix]

Prairie South School Division announces plans to reduce custodial services for the 2020-21 school year 2020-06-04 [CUPE]

Health Provider Unions launch petition calling for wage top-up for ALL health care workers  ActNOW!  2020-06-04 [CUPE]

RCMP Tramples on Right to Picket on Behalf of Consumers Co-op Refinery 2020-06-03 [The Law of Work]

'What do we do now?' Labour dispute at Regina refinery nears 6 months 2020-06-02 [CBC]

Co-op Refinery spill highlights dangers of relying on scab workers 2020-05-31 [Unifor]

Co-op Refinery Complex leaks sludge into City of Regina wastewater system 2020-05-31 [CBC]

‘What do we do now?’ Labour dispute at Regina refinery nears 6 months 2020-05-31 [RD News Now]

NDP calling for binding mediation to end Unifor, Co-op pension dispute 2020-05-27 [Benefits Canada]

Locked out oil and gas workers picket five Co-op properties in rural Saskatchewan 2020-05-27 [Unifor]

SGEU says workers should not be penalized for self-isolation 2020-05-21 [NUPGE]

Unifor considers escalating complaint against Regina Police 2020-05-21 [Unifor]

CUPE 5430 challenges claims by Deputy Labour Minister regarding workers’ rights and workplace safety 2020-05-21 [CUPE]

Regina police say bomb threat against refinery workers not credible 2020-05-20 [The Leader-Post]

Secondary picket line goes up at Foam Lake cardlock 2020-05-20 [Unifor]

CUPE Saskatchewan challenges misleading claim by deputy minister that COVID-19 doesn’t count as unusual danger 2020-05-20 [CUPE]

Regina Public Library lays off 100 workers amid pandemic 2020-05-18 [CBC]

Farmers caught in the middle of Co-op, Unifor labour dispute 2020-05-17 [Global]

Union renews call for COVID-19 outbreak declaration at Pasqua Hospital, says staff member shows symptoms 2020-05-16 [CBC]

COVID-19 live updates: 'It's very serious': Nurses union blasts response to COVID-19 case in Regina 2020-05-15 [The Star-Phoenix]

COVID-19 in Sask.: Nurses' union calls on province to declare outbreak at Regina hospital 2020-05-15 [CBC]

Unions say workers using sick days to self-isolate are being 'penalized' 2020-05-15 [CBC]

COVID-19: Relief workers shouldn’t pay the price for under staffing in health care 2020-05-15 [CUPE]

Executive committee votes not to pursue EI top-up plan for unionized employees 2020-05-14 [The Leader-Post]

Transit union leaders backing call for $5 billion federal bailout 2020-05-13 [The Leader-Post]

Regina police directing traffic at Co-op Refinery Monday morning 2020-05-12 [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]