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Strike ‘inevitable’ for Alberta nurses

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Aug 27, 2021 1:51 PM By: Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

“Unless the government and the employer starts taking things seriously, I think it’s absolutely inevitable that there’s going to be a strike,” said United Alberta Nurses Union director of labour relations David Harrigan.

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Union workers get higher pay, if they can join

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Written by Hassan Kanu July 12, 20211:52 PM CST Last Updated 3 days ago

Hassen Kanu: https://www.reuters.com/authors/hassan-kanu/

(Reuters) – A Reuters analysis of two decades of wages for retail workers found that the pay advantage union workers have enjoyed over non-union employees in that sector is increasing.

The weekly pay differential between union and nonunion workers widened from $20 in 2013 to more than $50 in 2019, according to the July 9 report.

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Sask. union says Crown-owned marketing firm’s rejection of planned billboard campaign amounts to ‘censorship’

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Published Monday, July 12, 2021 2:37PM CST Last Updated Monday, July 12, 2021 6:52PM  

SASKATOON — The president of a union representing Saskatchewan service workers says Directwest’s refusal to run a marketing campaign critical of the Scott Moe government amounts to “censorship.”

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Government of Canada reaches first collective agreement for RCMP members and reservists

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NEWS PROVIDED BY Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada 

Jun 28, 2021, 14:22 ET

OTTAWA, ON, June 28, 2021 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to establishing a modern labour relations regime for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the National Police Federation (NPF) to establish a first collective agreement for RCMP members and reservists. This agreement follows legislation passed in 2017 allowing RCMP regular members and reservists to unionize and bargain collectively for the first time.

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THE COVID-19 UNION WAVE

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Organizing Retail Workers from Coast to Coast

BY SARAH NAFISA SHAHID AND DAN DARRAH   JUNE 10, 2021  

The story of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada — now over a year in its writing — has also inevitably become a story about work. Overnight, “essential” entered day-to-day vocabulary to describe those workers whose in-person jobs our society couldn’t function without. Many workers temporarily enjoyed fanfare and public appreciation. Others even briefly received hazard pay.

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UNBC faculty signs collective agreement ending lengthy labour dispute with university

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The 4-year contract raises annual salaries by 2 per cent, retroactive to July 2019.

The faculty association of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has reached its first collective agreement with the university administration since 2014, putting an end to unrest that has led to two strikes and closed classrooms.

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Coronavirus Crisis Poses Risks and Opportunities for Unions

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The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout pose serious challenges for Canada’s workers.

Naomi Klein’s 2007 bestseller, The Shock Doctrinedocumented how political and economic elites have exploited crises to advance an agenda of privatization and austerity.

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University of Manitoba Faculty Association’s bargaining unit to hold strike vote

By Shane Gibson  Global NewsPosted October 29, 2020 5:49 pm Updated October 29, 2020 5:52 pm

The union representing faculty at the University of Manitoba is moving one step closer to a strike at the province’s largest post-secondary institution.

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Indigenous Professors Cite Racism, Lack of Reform in University of Saskatchewan Exodus

Jason Warick · CBC News · Posted: Aug 30, 2020 2:00 AM CT | Last Updated: August 30

A group of Indigenous professors and staff say they’ve been forced to leave the University of Saskatchewan because of racism, a hostile work environment and the slow pace of reforms.

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It’s Going to Take More Than The Courts to Stop Kenney’s Bill 32

Written by Cole Rockarts – Rank and File.ca – August 19, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29, Alberta’s United Conservative Party government passed the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, which aims to control how union dues can finance political activities and legislate restrictions on where unions can picket. The bill claims it will save employers $100 million dollars per year by “reducing red tape”, and enhancing worker “choice” and “promote fairness and productivity”.  

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