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Worker wins more than $100,000 from McDonald’s over unfair firing

Esther Brake, a longtime McDonalds manager in Ottawa

Esther Brake, a longtime McDonalds manager in Ottawa, won a $100k judgement in her wrongful dismissal case against the fast food giant.  Julie Oliver / Postmedia 

ESTHER BRAKE IS LOVIN’ IT. McDonald’s not so much.

The fast food giant will have to pay Esther $100,000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Ontario made on May 23, 2017. 


RCMP on trial for exposing  officers to death on the job

Constable Douglas James Larche, 40, Constable Dave Joseph Ross, 32, and Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, were shot and killed on the job in Moncton, N.B., on June 4, 2014

Constable Douglas James Larche, 40, Constable Dave Joseph Ross, 32, and Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, were shot and killed on the job in Moncton, N.B., on June 4, 2014


Activist races to prove prescribed treatment often hurt workers' health

YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF McKINTYRE POWDER. The fact you’re hearing about it now, it’s probably because of Janice Martell.

Janice is a past President of Local 604 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and a community activist with a particular interest in occupational health and safety. And that’s where McIntyre Powder comes in.


One lone worker beats the burger bullies


USHA RAM FOUGHT THE BURGER BULLIES IN COURT AND WON. She said they had no reason to fire her.  A British Colombia judge agreed. Now Burger King has to pay her $46,000 in damages.

Fired over a $1 fry

In the end, it turned out the Burger King case against Usha came down to a $1 order of fries. Burger King said they fired her for stealing them. Usha said her shift boss told her she could have them.

Conservatives' regressive anti-labour legislation repealed

"Repealing these bills shows that this government understands that strong unions matter. It understands that giving workers the freedom to join together and speak our minds freely is vital to the health and prosperity of our communities and our country." Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Ottawa (20 Oct. 2016) — "This is a major victory for working people in Canada," says Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Parliament recognizes value and rights of unions

OPSEU seeks remedy following landmark legal victory for education workers

This ruling helps to solidify the charter right to a meaningful process of collective bargaining.

Toronto (07 Oct. 2016) — In April 2016, a Superior Court decision found the Ontario government violated the charter rights of education workers. So what’s the remedy when a government violates your rights?

Unions begin negotiations to undo damage of Putting Student First legislation

Manitoba's labour movement supports open letter for increased minimum wage

“We are proud to support the MFL on this initiative, calling on the government to do the right thing and lift the freeze on minimum wage.” — Michelle Gawronsky, President Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union 
Winnipeg (3 Oct. 2016) —The minimum wage will increase in every province but two this year – Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba. That means that for the first time in nearly two decades the minimum wage in Manitoba will stay the same – despite steady cost of living increases.

Changing Workplaces Interim Report a sign of hope for precarious workers

"I’m glad to see that the government has heard the cries for change, and am hopeful that they will follow through with concrete actions to address the circumstances of precarious workers.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (02 August 2016) — The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) joined the larger labour movement in welcoming the release of the Interim Report from the Government of Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review yesterday.


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