September 13, 1993
The governments of Canada, United States and Mexico signed the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), a side-agreement to the wider and more powerful North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While NAALC establishes both national and international structures to promote important labour principles of freedom of association, the right to organize, to bargain collectively and to strike, it has no enforcement structure. It does not provide any effective remedy for workers whose rights are denied.
September 12, 1985
The first-ever Study Mission from the International Labour Organization (ILO) led by Sir John Wood came to Canada for two weeks to investigate ILO complaints submitted by the National Union against three provinces (Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador) for passing labour laws which violated international labour relations standards by unduly restricting the bargaining rights of government employees. The ILO Study Mission issued its report in November of that year which condemned all three governments for their flagrant disregard of labour rights.
September 27, 1933
A contingent of soldiers and tanks arrived in the town of Stratford to intervene in a strike by furniture workers led by a Communist Worker's Unity League. Because of the public outcry, it was the last time the army was deployed to break a strike in Canada.
September 3, 1894
The first Labour Day statutory holiday enacted through federal legislation introduced the government of Sir John Thompson. It was the only recommendation enacted from the 1879 Royal Commission on the Relations of Labour and Capital.
Draft a resolution
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