Category Archives: Labour

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins

EDMONTON — Two schools in rural Alberta closed their classrooms Monday over the number of students not attending because of COVID-19 infections as Edmonton police introduced tough new vaccine requirements on the first day of the province's new proof-of...

B.C. offers incentives like child care to recruit and retain health-care workers

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is offering nurses and other health-care professionals incentives like child care and support for housing and travel as part of a recruitment drive in the northern region. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the a...

Growing vaccine mandates reveal split in labour movement

TORONTO — The head of Canada's largest private sector labour union has a blunt message for Unifor staff: Get vaccinated or find another job. The union recently advised its 425 staff membersthat they will be placed on an unpaid leave of

Economy added 90,000 jobs in August, Statistics Canada reports

OTTAWA — Canada's economy finished a sizzling summer by adding 90,200 jobs in August, the third consecutive monthly increase that brought the country as close as it has been to recouping historic employment losses last year. The unemployment rate fell ...

Health-care workers face ‘moral injury’ from work stress, protests, says expert

Emergency room nurse Jaime Gallaher recalls the emotional toll of a verbal attack she recently faced from a woman at a grocery store after another gruelling workday.  "I was still red-eyed from crying from the past two hours and she just

Alberta backs off demand for nurse pay cuts in latest round of collective bargaining

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has backed down from demanding salary cuts from nurses. But the nurses' union said the province still wants concessions, including an end to lump-sum payments, which amount to a two per cent reduction in their take-hom...

White House taps populist message as Biden pushes $3.5T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is preparing an urgent and populist message for selling President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion “build back better” agenda, even as House committee leaders begin churning out pieces of the forthcoming measure.

4 vaccinated front-line workers cope with pandemic’s toll

NEW YORK (AP) — The early months of the coronavirus pandemic shined a spotlight on essential workers. As cities shutdown,

Jobless Americans will have few options as benefits expire

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Monday, leaving only a handful of economic support programs for those who are still being hit financially by the year-and-a-half-old coronavirus pandemic.

Labor shortage leaves union workers feeling more emboldened

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When negotiations failed to produce a new contract at a Volvo plant in Virginia this spring, its 2,900 workers went on strike.