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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


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What the Winnipeg General Strike teaches every working person

Written by Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Winnipeg Free Press and in the Toronto Star, May 15, 2019

The year 1919 was fraught with discontent.

Workers in Canada were struggling to make ends meet and inflation had risen by 65% over a six-year span. Men who had just returned from a horrific war in Europe could not find employment; factories were shutting down and bankruptcies were a common occurrence. Tens of thousands of people in Winnipeg alone lived in substandard housing where disease was a deadly reality. Working-class immigrants faced deep divisions along ethnic, linguistic, and religious linesREAD MORE

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State of the Unions: Century after Winnipeg General Strike, labour movement ‘trying to stay afloat’

Written by Scott Billeck – Winnipeg SUN, April 30, 2019

While it’s the season to celebrate labour and the far-reaching impact the Winnipeg General Strike had on labour movements, those bullish on the current state of unions 100 years on seam to be few and far between.

Unionized workers across the country represent just 30% of the workforce, and while polls suggest people are in favour of having the benefits union bring, governments appear to be pushing back against organizations vested in trying to protect the legal rights of employees. READ MORE

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Power to the People

Reviewed by: Matt Henderson
Posted: 04/20/2019 3:00 AM

A century ago, 35,000 Winnipeggers walked off the job in demand for a living wage, an eight-hour work day and the right to organize.

In May and June 1919, with deplorable living and working conditions, hyperinflation and an intense concentration of wealth south of the Canadian Pacific Railway line, union and non-union workers collectively used their voices to advocate for a more equitable and democratic society. READ MORE

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National Day of Mourning – April 28, 2019

Please consider attending an event in your area on April 28th:

Prince Albert – no information at this time

Regina – Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 28th at 1:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth II Court, Regina City Hall 2476 Victoria Ave. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments at the Unions Centre 2709 – 12th Ave. For more information contact Shobna Radons at 306-5630-7826 or email at

Saskatoon – Ceremony will take place Sunday, April 28th at 2:00pm at the Masonic Temple, 1021 Saskatchewan Crescent West.