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BC Needs $15 Minimum Wage ASAP 2017-09-18 [MoveUp]

Strike threat produces deal at Three Point Motors! 2017-09-18 [IAMAW]

BCTF applauds new funding for students, schools, and vulnerable children 2017-09-17 [BCTF]

$15 an Hour Minimum Wage Might Come Faster Than Expected 2017-09-17 [The Tyee]

Care home survey reinforces need for improved staffing levels 2017-09-17 [HEU]

CUPE mourns passing of longtime activist and staff representative Jeff Lawson 2017-09-17 [CUPE]

UBC operating and maintenance engineers serve strike notice 2017-09-16 [The Sun]

Budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians 2017-09-16 [NUPGE]

Overheated kitchens on new BC Ferries ships a concern for union 2017-09-16 [CBC]

Forestry unions call for end to raw log exports 2017-09-14 [CHEK]

Local mill workers rally in hopes of regulation change 2017-09-14 [The Chronicle]

Workers feel ill during reported “incident” at B.C. shipping terminal 2017-09-12 [OHS Canada]

CUPE 411 reminds motorists to keep kids safe 2017-09-12 [CUPE]

CUPE 1816 ratifies agreement with Pacific Blue Cross 2017-09-12 [CUPE]

Budget 2017 Update shows new government taking quick action to make life more affordable, restore fairness 2017-09-12 [CUPE]

NDP government makes good on election promises 2017-09-12 [Unifor]

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price hikes 2017-09-12 [NUPGE]

Warnings to ICBC Executives Were Ignored For Years 2017-09-11 [MoveUp]

Students and schools finally get the Throne Speech they need 2017-09-11 [BCTF]

Throne Speech highlights new approach that puts people first 2017-09-11 [BCFed]

CUPE 1816, Pacific Blue Cross reach tentative agreement 2017-09-10 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross workers, company reaches tentative agreement 2017-09-10 [CBC]

Federal employees affected by faulty Phoenix payroll system protest outside Kelowna MP’s office. 2017-09-09 [The Observer]

UBC's maintenance worker union votes to strike 2017-09-09 [CBC]

Union at University of B.C.'s Vancouver campus votes strongly for job action 2017-09-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Some UBC workers at the main campus vote to take strike action 2017-09-08 [News 1130]

Some UBC workers to hold strike vote at the university on Thursday 2017-09-07 [News 1130]

Labour Day Celebration and March takes over City Hall 2017-09-05 [Now]

A Labour Day Wish List for the NDP 2017-09-04 [The Tyee]

A deadly fight for labour rights 2017-09-04 [The Sun]

Prince Rupert container terminal closed following 'incident' 2017-09-04 [CBC]

‘We Have Work to Do’: BC’s New Labour Minister 2017-09-04 [The Tyee]

Professionals are turning to unions 2017-09-02 [The Optimist]

Union looks to beef up picket line 2017-09-02 [Now]

Much to celebrate this year 2017-09-02 [The Optimist]

BCGEU initiates improvements 2017-09-02 [The Optimist]

NDP abandons 2021 deadline to reach $15 minimum wage 2017-09-01 [The Sun]

Question and answer with B.C. Minister of Labour Harry Bains 2017-09-01 [The Sun]

New report points to rising distress among family caregivers 2017-08-31 [HEU]

Stronger together: Members pledge to back their demands for a fair deal 2017-08-31 [HEU]

Labour Day 2017 finally an opportunity for working people to celebrate 2017-08-31 [CUPE]

CUPE files application to picket Pacific Blue Cross allies 2017-08-31 [CUPE]

A time to recognize all workers’ achievements 2017-08-31 [The News]

Employees ink new deal with Richmond Honda 2017-08-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Since 1981, B.C. has had the highest drop in unionization in Canada; will an NDP government change that? 2017-08-29 [BiV]

‘They don’t treat workers like people here; they treat them like tractors or like animals' 2017-08-29 [CBC]

MoveUP Ensuring Members' Voices Heard By New NDP Government 2017-08-28 [MoveUp]

'Combination of drill sergeant and den mother': First woman president of BCGEU dies at 93 2017-08-27 [rabble]

There's hope in the air as kids head back to Vancouver public schools 2017-08-26 [The Observer]

Lockout blamed on ‘cultural shift’ 2017-08-26 [Now]

This month in labour history

3-09-1894 Labour Day is observed for the first time as a statutory public holiday, under a law introduced that year by the Conservative prime minister Sir John Thompson. [more]

8-09-1886 The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Saskatchewan Division No. 322, is formed in Medicine Hat. It is the first union chartered in what later becomes Alberta. [more]

11-09-1916 A second disaster strikes the huge cantilever bridge under construction at Quebec City. Another 13 lives are lost in addition to the 75 deaths in the first collapse in 1907. The bridge, completed in 1917, is still standing today. [more]

12-09-1945 In Windsor, Ontario, the United Auto Workers launch a strike against the Ford Motor Company that lasts for 99 days and leads to the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

15-09-1933 A general strike begins in the factories in Stratford, Ontario and spreads across the city. Troops and armoured cars are called out. [more]

16-09-1912 Vancouver Island coal miners begin what becomes a two-year strike for workplace safety and union recognition. To defeat the miners' union, the companies bring in strikebreakers and the province calls out the militia. [more]

16-09-1913 The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is organized at Saint John, New Brunswick. Today it is the provincial federation in Canada with the second longest continuous history. [more]

23-09-1873 The Canadian Labour Union is founded in Toronto. This first attempt to organize a Canadian labour central finds limited support, mainly from skilled workers in Ontario. [more]

24-09-1963 The Canadian Union of Public Employees, now Canada's largest union, is founded in Winnipeg through a merger of two earlier organizations and soon becomes a major force in the union movement. [more]

25-09-1995 Unions supporting the Liverpool Dockers Solidarity Campaign participate in national actions using the internet. This is believed to be the first time the net was used to organize an international labour solidarity action. [more]

26-09-1888 Canada's first independent labour Member of Parliament is returned in a by-election in Montreal East. A printer by trade, Alphonse-Télésphore Lépine is a leading figure in the Montreal Trades and Labour Council and the Knights of Labour. [more]

29-09-1931 A strike by coal miners from Bienfait, Saskatchewan comes comes to a head with the fatal shooting by police of three strikers during a protest on the main street in Estevan. [more]