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Manitoba government plans to end restriction on labour agreements for big projects

The Manitoba government is planning to lift a ban on project labour agreements — deals that require non-unionized workers on large projects to be governed by the same rules and benefits as their unionized counterparts. Labour Minister Maya Marcelino introduced a bill Wednesday that would, if passed, repeal a ban enacted by the former Progressive Conservative government.

Here’s what needs to change to close the wage gap for B.C. women

Access to child care remains one of the biggest barriers to closing the wage gap between men and women in B.C., says Véronique Sioufi, a race and socioeconomic equity researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Manitoba amending Employment Standards Code to extend long-term leave for injury, illness

The Manitoba government is introducing amendments to its Employment Standards Code that would extend long-term leave for serious injury or illness to 27 weeks, aligning with the federal employment insurance (EI) benefit period, Labour and Immigration Minister Malaya Marcelino announced on March 7.

Economy adds 41,000 jobs in February, unemployment rate rises to 5.8%

The Canadian economy added 41,000 jobs in February as employment gains continue to lag strong population growth in the country. The federal agency’s labour force survey released Friday says the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.8 per cent last month.

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters' forum talks inclusivity to attract more women

Manufacturing companies that emphasize training, flexibility and benefits are better positioned to attract and retain female workers, something that's key as the industry faces a labour shortage. That message is the theme of a three-day forum on women in the workforce by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters that wrapped up on Thursday, the eve of International Women's Day.


With AI, workplace surveillance has ‘skyrocketed’ — leaving Canadian laws behind

Technology that tracks your location at work and the time you're spending in the bathroom. A program that takes random screenshots of your laptop screen. A monitoring system that detects your mood during your shift. These are just some ways employee surveillance technology — now turbocharged, thanks to the explosive growth of artificial intelligence — is being deployed. » Read More...

Not just a glass ceiling: Working moms on the 'maternal wall' that can stall careers

When Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin went into labour with her second child early, she was in the middle of grading her students' work. “My closest friend was telling me to go to the hospital. My partner was like, ‘Let’s go to the hospital,’ but I’m like, ‘No, I have to finish this because once I have this baby, I don’t know how I’m going to do it,’” the Queen's University associate professor recalled. “ » Read More...
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Letter carrier robberies continue as the US Postal Service, union and lawmakers seek solutions

When the U.S. Postal Service launched Project Safe Delivery last year, officials pledged they would be “doubling down" on their efforts to combat growing rates of letter carrier robberies. The crackdown has led to hundreds of arrests, and robberies slowed toward the end of the year. But, overall, the number of postal carriers who were robbed in 2023 rose again. » Read More...

Confidentiality pact deepens mystery of how bakery clause got into California minimum wage law

As California prepares to enforce a new $20-per-hour minimum wage for fast food workers next month, an unusual exemption for eateries that bake their own bread has come under scrutiny due to allegations it was initially intended to benefit a wealthy donor to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's campaign. » Read More...

Federal judge in Texas blocks US labor board rule that would make it easier for workers to unionize

A federal judge in Texas has blocked a new rule by the National Labor Relations Board that would have made it easier for millions of workers to form unions at big companies. The rule, which was due to go into effect Monday, would have set new standards for determining when two companies should be considered “joint employers” in labor negotiations. » Read More...


Working from home can make us healthier and happier. Employers benefit too. Here’s the evidence if you need any convincing

Some of us used to imagine a world where the morning commute was a short stroll from your bedroom, the dress code included comfy slippers, and the closest coffee shop was your kitchen. Then working from home became a reality for many during the COVID pandemic, reshaping our work-life balance. » Read More...

Too much heat in the kitchen: Survey shows toxic work conditions mean many chefs are getting out

Chefs are in hot demand. “Chefs, chefs, chefs! Virtually impossible to find anyone,” lamented one Auckland restaurant owner recently. Australia is seeing a similar gap, with chefs ranked the eighth most in-demand occupation. Given this culinary skills shortage, we might expect such sought-after employees to be highly valued. Apparently not. » Read More...


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