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Save-On-Foods employees in B.C. sign new contract 2018-06-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

K-12 sector reaches tentative agreement with BCPSEA 2018-06-20 [CUPE]

USW hosts BC Federation of Labour at Mount Polley picket line 2018-06-19 [The Tribune]

Mount Polley mine workers approach one month on strike 2018-06-19 [The Star]

Union scholarship awarded to local high school student 2018-06-19 [The Townsman]

Cleaners defeat boss union opening door for workers to join SEIU Local 2 2018-06-19 [SEIU]

Employers can’t subcontract away their health and safety responsibilities, top court rules 2018-06-18 [BCFed]

Meagre WCB fine for tragic workplace death involving meat slicer criticized by labour group 2018-06-18 [BCFed]

SFU workers’ pension plan secured following years of effort 2018-06-18 [CUPE]

Strike at Mount Polley Mine enters fourth week 2018-06-18 [CFJC]

Killed ironworkers remembered 60 years later 2018-06-18 [CTV]

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Catalyst Paper 2018-06-17 [Unifor]

Government and public-sector unions strike trio of new deals 2018-06-16 [The Sun]

2% raises: tentative agreement between B.C. government and BCGEU keeps wage increases at inflation 2018-06-15 [CBC]

Union, casino head to mediation 2018-06-14 [The Daily Courier]

First tentative agreement with 26,500 public-sector workers 2018-06-14 [CBC]

Workers Remain behind Picket Lines at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver 2018-06-13 [Casino Reports]

Gateway Casinos calls union demands 'not reasonable' 2018-06-13 [CFJC]

CRD staff could look to job action after mediation fails 2018-06-13 [The News]

Fines continue to pile up for rogue trucking companies 2018-06-13 [Unifor]

Workers vote to strike at Gateway Okanagan Casinos: BCGEU 2018-06-12 [NUPGE]

Casino Workers Rally at BCLC’s Offices to Call for Respect, Fair Wages 2018-06-12 [Casino Reports]

Union calls for government intervention on casino workers strike 2018-06-12 [The Star]

‘Fighting for tomorrow’s generation’: strike action continues at Mount Polley 2018-06-10 [Now]

Casino workers vote in favour of strike action 2018-06-10 [This Week]

CRD workers unable to resolve contract negotiations through mediation 2018-06-09 [CUPE]

Commemorating Ginger Goodwin 100 Years on 2018-06-09 [Our Times]

Limousine drivers at Aerocar Service in Vancouver ratify first collective agreement 2018-06-08 [CLR]

Union files grievance over public school teacher shortage 2018-06-06 [CLR]

CRD workers in Victoria vote in favour of strike action 2018-06-06 [CLR]

CRD workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action 2018-06-02 [CUPE]

Paramedics win gold at international competition 2018-06-01 [CUPE]

BCFED’s Lanzinger available to speak to media about first major increase June 1 on path to $15 minimum wage 2018-06-01 [BCFed]

Building Trades hopeful federal ownership will change Trans Mountain labour practices 2018-06-01 [The Star]

BCGEU applauds provincial investment in 1,500 new housing units for women fleeing violence 2018-05-30 [NUPGE]

Habitat for Humanity reaches settlement with union 2018-05-30 [The Progress]

Four-week strike is history at Surrey’s largest hotel 2018-05-29 [The Now-Leader]

Unifor members ratify new contract with Sheraton Guildford Hotel 2018-05-29 [Unifor]

Traffic gridlock: Heavy lifting to find congestion solutions just starting, says BCFED 2018-05-27 [BCFed]

RDN and CUPE 401 ratify three-year deal 2018-05-27 [The Bulletin]

Picket Lines Set Up at Mount Polley 2018-05-25 [My Prince George]

Tragic death at B.C.’s Long Beach spurs calls for return of lifeguards at national park 2018-05-23 [Global]

Tradeswomen want in on taxpayer-funded jobs 2018-05-22 [The Star]

Community health bargaining underway 2018-05-19 [HEU]

Natural champions of democracy 2018-05-19 [CUPE]

CUPE BC establishes fund to support CUPE members affected by flooding 2018-05-19 [CUPE]

Workload high on the agenda as health care presidents meet 2018-05-17 [CUPE]

Coquitlam casino still behind pickets 2018-05-16 [The Tri-City News]

Hard Rock Casino workers strike for fairness 2018-05-15 [NUPGE]

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Remains Open Despite Workers’ Strike 2018-05-14 [Casino Reports]

This month in labour history

1-06-1986 In Edmonton, Alberta meatpacking workers go on strike against wage and pension rollbacks. One of their slogans is "Gainers makes weiners with scabs". There are more than 400 arrests before an agreement is reached in December. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men board boxcars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek to protest conditions in the relief camps run by the Department of National Defence. [more]

8-06-2007 The Supreme Court of Canada rules, in a 6 to 1 decision, that collective bargaining rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision describes collective bargaining rights as "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society." [more]

11-06-1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, a memorial day for coal miner William Davis, who was shot and killed by company police during the struggle for control of the Waterford Lake power plant during the historic 1925 strike. [more]

12-06-1934 Immigrant workers go on strike at the Noranda copper and gold mining operations in Québec, led by the Workers' Unity League. Strikebreakers are brought in, and there is no union contract until 1945. [more]

14-06-1912 Union leaders meet at the Lethbridge Labour Temple to establish the Alberta Federation of Labour and encourage solidarity among the province's workers. The meeting is chaired by Donald McNabb, the province's first labour member of the legislature. [more]

15-06-1872 The Trade Union Act comes into force. This is the legislation promised by the prime minister in April in response to the campaign for shorter hours and the arrest of striking Toronto printers. The Act states that unions are legal in Canada. [more]

17-06-1958 In Vancouver, British Columbia the Second Narrows Bridge collapses while under construction, and nineteen lives are lost. It is the city's worst industrial disaster. The bridge is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. [more]

18-06-1935 Longshoremen in Vancouver, many of them war veterans, march to protest the use of scabs to unload cargo on the docks. In a three-hour battle, police chase the strikers down on horseback and use tear gas to disperse the protest. [more]

19-06-1938 Relief Project Workers' Union members occupying government buildings in Vancouver are evicted by police. A battle follows. [more]

19-06-1914 A coal mine explosion in the Crowsnest Pass at Hillcrest, Alberta takes the lives of 189 men, mostly immigrants. Canada's worst coal mine disaster leaves 90 widows and more than 250 orphans. [more]

20-06-1959 A sudden violent storm on Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick sweeps away 35 men and boys. The Escuminac Disaster is commemorated at the local wharf by The Fishermen, a monument created by Acadian artist Claude Roussel. [more]

20-06-1984 An earthquake kills four workers at the Falconbridge mine near Sudbury Ontario. [more]

21-06-1919 A silent parade to protest the arrest of leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike is attacked by the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the special police hired by the city. Two men lose their lives on Bloody Saturday, and the strike ends five days later. [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court of Canada issues its decision in Lavigne v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, affirming the constitutional right of unions to spend money on social and political action to advance the interests of workers. [more]