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A Briefing Note to the Canadian Labour Movement, Stand! Movie Release

Written by Danny Schur

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with much gratitude to the labour movement that I announce the Stand! movie musical Canada-wide release at the Cineplex theatres listed below – on Friday, November 29th. The movie, already called the “next Norma Rae”, is the result of a partnership between the labour movement in Canada and the United States, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the movie’s producers.

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Stand – Private Advanced Screening

This year is the 100th anniversary of the largest and most influential strike in Canadian history. The Winnipeg General Strike started on May 15 and lasted six weeks, with approximately 30,000 workers walking off the job, bringing economic activity to a standstill in what was then Canada’s third largest city.

Winnipeg 1919 is the setting for a movie about the lives of people caught up in the struggles of massive unemployment, poor working conditions, poverty wages, immigration and discrimination. This full-length motion picture is both a love story and a musical.


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CUPE 1975 members vote to ratify Collective Agreement

Members of CUPE 1975 have voted to ratify the collective agreement reached with the University of Saskatchewan.

“We want to thank all of our members for staying strong and united through a difficult round of bargaining. The gains we made at the table would not have been possible without the strong strike mandate from our members, their ongoing support, and the positive essential services ruling on our behalf,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE 1975.  READ MORE

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CUPE 1975 reaches tentative deal with University of Saskatchewan

Posted on June 28, 2019

“This deal has been a long time coming but, in the end, we were able to come an agreement that serves our members now and, in their future,” said Craig Hannah, President of CUPE Local 1975. “After seeing very little movement for so long, we were glad the university agreed to our request to come back to the table this week. We were even happier when they agreed to move toward a deal.” READ MORE


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Bargaining rights bill passes after all-night session in Alberta legislature

The Canadian Press ·

Legislation that will strip away some bargaining rights for 180,000 Alberta public-sector workers passed Thursday after an all-night session in the legislature.

Bill 9, the Public Sector Arbitration Deferral Act, was passed around 7 a.m. after the government forced closure on third reading of the bill a few hours earlier.

The legislation will delay wage arbitration for teachers, nurses and other public sector workers until the end of October.   READ MORE

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The wild woman of the Winnipeg strike

Written by Darren Bernhardt, May 30, 2019, CBC News

On a hot summer afternoon in Winnipeg’s Market Square in 1917, a crowd of 2,000 listened to labour activists urge them to resist conscription and burn their military registration cards.

An enraged mob of 1,000 soldiers shoved through the crowd to get to the speakers.

Some of the activists fled. Others — including Helen Armstrong — stayed and fought back.   READ MORE