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RN says Co-op Refinery scab camp “a disaster waiting to happen” 2020-03-29 [Rank and File]

Child care centres facing COVID-19 crunch: CUPE Saskatchewan calls for immediate action 2020-03-29 [CUPE]

Two Saskatoon corrections officers test positive for COVID-19: union 2020-03-28 [CTV]

Coronavirus: 7 Saskatoon Transit operators refuse to drive, citing safety concerns 2020-03-27 [Global]

Province not intervening in Regina refinery labour dispute 2020-03-27 [CBC]

Union Goes to War against Casinos Regina & Moose Jaw Layoffs Plans 2020-03-27 [Casino Reports]

After snubbing Moe's mediators, Co-op demands more concessions 2020-03-26 [Unifor]

Unifor Refinery workers vote 98% to accept mediator recommendations: union 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Unifor wants province to end lockout at Regina refinery after mediation ends with no deal 2020-03-25 [CBC]

Refinery workers overwhelmingly endorse independent mediators' recommendations 2020-03-24 [Unifor]

Unifor shocked by Co-op rejection of independent mediator's recommendations 2020-03-23 [Unifor]

SUN Seeks Clarification on Self-Isolation Exemption 2020-03-22 [SUN]

City of Regina motion asks for review of scab camp conditions at Co-op refinery 2020-03-22 [CBC]

Unifor donates $30,000 to foodbank and women's shelter in Regina 2020-03-22 [Yahoo]

Unifor accepts recommendations from independent mediator in Co-op lockout 2020-03-21 [Unifor]

NDP wants all non-essential Crown employees working from home 2020-03-21 [CBC]

Nurses running out of swabs to test for COVID-19 2020-03-20 [Global]

Union representing SGI employees wants locations closed to public during pandemic 2020-03-20 [CBC]

Union representing Legal Aid calls for immediate measures to reduce COVID-19 risks in correctional centres 2020-03-20 [CUPE]

SUN's Commitment to Members During COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-03-18 [SUN]

Paid sick days for Saskatchewan workers needed to fight COVID19 pandemic 2020-03-18 [SFL]

Health care workers will not self-isolate upon return from travel 2020-03-18 [The Star-Phoenix]

CUPE members in Saskatchewan on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic have the support of their union 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

Coronavirus: Saskatchewan nurses union says it’s not getting proper protective gear 2020-03-14 [Global]

SaskMusic starts fund for artists, industry workers losing income due to COVID-19 2020-03-14 [The Star-Phoenix]

Nurses' union demands respirators for members, calls Sask. COVID-19 planning 'disorganized' 2020-03-14 [The Leader-Post]

The strife between Unifor members and FCL’s executive has continued into March 2020-03-14 [The Times]

Is there a Meaningful Right to Picket in Saskatchewan? 2020-03-13 [The Law of Work]

Political action, worker power focus of Saskatchewan Women's Conference 2020-03-13 [UFCW Canada]

Preparing for COVID-19 2020-03-13 [SUN]

We need better protection to face COVID-19 2020-03-13 [SUN]

Special mediation window now over in Co-op Refinery lockout 2020-03-11 [CBC]

“We have come too damn far”: CUPE National officers pledge to fight conservative attacks on workers in Saskatchewan and across Canada 2020-03-07 [CUPE]

CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham announces retirement after 22 years at helm of Saskatchewan’s largest union 2020-03-07 [CUPE]

Judy Henley elected President of CUPE Saskatchewan; vows to keep up the fight for public services 2020-03-07 [CUPE]

Co-op CEO rebukes Unifor protests as special mediation resumes 2020-03-03 [The Star-Phoenix]

Security members at GardaWorld achieve better wages, benefits 2020-03-01 [UFCW Canada]

Unifor members protest Co-op AGM in Saskatoon 2020-03-01 [CBC]

Saskatoon blood service workers without contract for nearly three years 2020-03-01 [The Star-Phoenix]

Regina councillor wants to call on province for binding arbitration to end refinery labour dispute 2020-02-25 [Global]

'It's rural, it's urban, it's north, it's south': Sask. teachers vote 90% in favour of sanctions 2020-02-25 [The Star-Phoenix]

Pensions are a promise - Respect the Locked-Out Refinery Workers 2020-02-24 [Our Times]

U of S graduate tuition hike could factor into bargaining, union says 2020-02-24 [The Star-Phoenix]

Labour dispute calms as special mediator spends first week in Regina 2020-02-22 [The Leader-Post]

Vince Ready: The man in the middle of Co-op and Unifor 2020-02-20 [The Leader-Post]

Unifor lays out bargaining position ahead of mediation 2020-02-18 [CKOM]

Mediated discussions between Unifor, Co-op Refinery to start Tuesday 2020-02-18 [CTV]

Public supporters target Co-op gas station as union 'cautiously optimistic' for mediator meetings 2020-02-18 [CBC]

Nurses prepare for major governance change 2020-02-18 [The Sun]

FCL installs new scab trailers at refinery, days before special mediation 2020-02-15 [Unifor]

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]