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Unifor set to bargain for more than 2,800 workers at Loblaw owned stores

Unifor is set to bargain on behalf of more than 2,800 grocery store workers at Loblaw-owned stores in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, testing whether the union can bring the gains it made for Toronto Metro workers to other grocery chains.

Company bosses and workers grapple with the fallout of speaking up about the Israel-Hamas war

The fallout from the Israel-Hamas war has spilled into workplaces everywhere, as top leaders of prominent companies weigh in with their views while workers complain their voices are not being heard.

B.C. to remove barriers for internationally trained professionals: premier

The British Columbia government introduced legislation Monday that's expected to add skilled workers into the labour force more quickly by reducing barriers for internationally trained workers from more than two dozen professions.

Edmonton Public Schools teachers reject mediator's proposal, authorize strike vote

Teachers employed by Edmonton Public Schools voted 97 per cent in favour of authorizing the Alberta Teachers' Association to ask for a government-supervised strike vote. This comes after teachers attending a meeting on Sunday voted 91 per cent against the mediator's recommendations.

Business groups call on Ottawa to intervene as St. Lawrence Seaway strike begins

The St. Lawrence Seaway shut down after hundreds of workers walked off the job over failed contract negotiations. Unifor, the union representing the roughly 360 striking workers, said last week that it remained miles apart from management on the key issue of wages.

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In Her Shoes: Conversations on women’s health in the workplace

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Ending the ‘vicious cycle’: NSC tackles substance abuse disorders, opioid epidemic in the workplace

The initiative is grounded in alarming statistics: 17% of the U.S. population, or about 46 million people, meet the criteria for a substance use disorder. In 2022 alone, 110,000 people died from overdoses in the United States, according to a presentation at the National Safety Council's 2023 Safety Congress &; Expo. » Read More...

'A little more tempered': Benefit costs in Canada expected to rise 5% next year, below global average

"A little more tempered." That's how Nabil Merali, the Toronto-based senior vice-president, health Canada co-lead at Aon, described the forecast for the rising costs of group benefits for plan sponsors in 2024. The average medical trend rate in Canada for 2024 is expected to be 5%, a significant drop from the 7.5% recorded this year, according Aon's Global Medical Trend Rates Report 2024. » Read More...

Nova Scotia to spend $100 million to recruit more skilled tradespeople

Premier Tim Houston announced the program last week, saying the goal is to add up to 5,000 new apprentices to the provincial system. » Read More...

Former NSA worker pleads guilty to trying to sell U.S. secrets to Russia

Federal prosecutors agreed to not ask for more than about 22 years in prison for Jareh Sebastian Dalke when he is sentenced in April, but the judge will ultimately decide the punishment. » Read More...

Georgia agrees to pay for gender affirming care for public employees, settling a lawsuit

The state of Georgia will start paying for gender-affirming health care for state employees, public school teachers and former employees covered by a state health insurance plan, settling another in a string of lawsuits against Georgia agencies aiming to force them to pay for gender-confirmation surgery and other procedures. » Read More...

FBI: Thousands of remote IT workers sent wages to North Korea to help fund weapons program

Thousands of information technology workers contracting with U.S. companies have for years secretly sent millions of dollars of their wages to North Korea for use in its ballistic missile program, FBI and Department of Justice officials said. » Read More...


Beyond the paycheque: The key to building a thriving workplace goes beyond salaries

Today’s news is filled with stories highlighting salary figures, from sky-high CEO compensation packages to boards trying to hide CEO pay increases during periods of austerity, to governments interfering with collective bargaining over wage increases and unions securing pay hikes. Some provinces, including Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia, are also mandated to release annual sunshine lists of public sector workers who earn above $100,000 — all of which might suggest that higher pay equates to more productive, healthy and safe workplaces. But is this a correct assumption? » Read More...

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Workforce Forward: Virtual Conference 

November 2, 2023 | Online Virtual Event »

Partners in Prevention H&S Conference (Forum North) – Thunder Bay 

November 7, 2023 | Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 555 Arthur St. W. Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5R5 » Read More...