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BC’s 2019 budget puts working people ahead of the wealthy and well-connected 2019-02-21 [CUPE]

Powell River library workers vote to strike, plan to file for mediation 2019-02-18 [CUPE]

CUPE 15 members at the Vancouver Art Gallery vote to ratify settlement agreement 2019-02-14 [CUPE]

BC Library Association and CUPE BC partner to support Summer Reading Club 2019-02-14 [CUPE]

Striking workers at Vancouver art gallery vote to return to work 2019-02-13 [Globe and Mail]

Vancouver art gallery workers end strike 2019-02-13 [ArtForum]

Unions mourn the death of three rail workers 2019-02-10 [CLC]

Ramada Hotel employees reach settlement in wage negotiations 2019-02-10 [My Prince George]

Mediator brought in to labour dispute at Vancouver Art Gallery 2019-02-10 [The Sun]

Prince George Ramada workers avoid strike notice with new contract 2019-02-09 [Matters]

CUPE 15 applies for mediation in Vancouver Art Gallery dispute 2019-02-09 [CUPE]

Strike by Vancouver Art Gallery workers overshadow celebration of $40-million donation 2019-02-09 [The Globe and Mail]

Actors in Vancouver given warning by union about cold weather 2019-02-08 [The Daily Hive]

'A major challenge:' Railway in B.C. derailment details harsh weather challenges 2019-02-08 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Vancouver Art Gallery Workers Go on Strike, Claiming Unfair Wage Policies 2019-02-07 [ARTNews]

TSB says derailed train began to move on its own; three crew members killed 2019-02-07 [OHS Canada]

More than 200 Vancouver Art Gallery workers are now on strike 2019-02-06 [The Daily Hive]

Rossdown Farms and Natural Foods employees sign first agreement 2019-02-06 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Vancouver Art Gallery workers strike over concessions and wages 2019-02-06 [CUPE]

Psychiatric Hospital Fined $650K for Failure to Protect Workers 2019-02-05 [Campus Safety]

Major CP Derailment Leaves Three Railroaders Dead 2019-02-05 [Teamsters]

Victims of runaway train near Field, B.C., ID'd 2019-02-05 [CBC]

Never a dull moment in the Burnaby South by-election 2019-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

Poultry members at Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods improve their workplace 2019-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

MoveUP members sacrificing today for tomorrow’s workers 2019-02-03 [MoveUP]

Andrews acclaimed again to New Westminster Labour Council 2019-02-03 [IAMAW]

BC NDP maintain power with by-election win in Nanaimo! 2019-02-03 [IAMAW]

Vernon arena workers newest group to join CUPE 2019-02-01 [CUPE]

BC Transit to install barriers to protect drivers 2019-02-01 [The News-Mirror]

Psychiatric hospital fined $650,000 for failing to protect its workers 2019-02-01 [The Herald]

USW union reaches impasse with Canfor operations, back to the table with Conifer 2019-01-31 [My Prince George]

Labour stalemate between the union and Ramada Hotel reaching a critical point 2019-01-30 [My Prince George]

Vancouver Art Gallery employees' union issues 72-hour strike notice 2019-01-30 [The Sun]

Vernon arena workers newest group to join CUPE 2019-01-30 [CUPE]

City of Surrey fitness professionals join CUPE 2019-01-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union issues strike notice to Vancouver Art Gallery 2019-01-29 [The Courier]

CUPE 402 welcomes City of Surrey fitness professionals 2019-01-29 [CUPE]

CUPE 15 issues 72-hour strike notice to Vancouver Art Gallery 2019-01-29 [CUPE]

Vancouver Art Gallery union workers poised to strike next Monday, demand higher wages 2019-01-29 [The Globe and Mail]

Nurses approve new collective agreement 2019-01-29 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

WSCU workers fight to preserve retirement security 2019-01-28 [MoveUP]

Farmworkers Vigil honours three women killed in horrific work accident 2019-01-28 [BCFed]

Liberals and the Plecas report 2019-01-28 [BCFed]

Hey Nanaimo voters, let’s keep a good thing going by electing the BC NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson 2019-01-28 [BCFed]

New membership numbers from CUPE National confirm CUPE BC as largest union in British Columbia 2019-01-28 [CUPE]

CUPE 917 ramps up clothing drive for homeless, wins Golden Bean award 2019-01-28 [CUPE]

CUPE supports reconciliation in Wet’suwet’en Territory and across Canada 2019-01-25 [CUPE]

B.C.'s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs 2019-01-22 [The National Post]

Vancouver’s G4S pays thousands for violating collective agreement 2019-01-22 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

G4S pays Big Time for violating IAM Collective Agreement 2019-01-20 [IAMAW]

This month in labour history

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the more than 1,300 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

3-02-2005 Ontario's Liberal minister Gerard Kennedy describes 'strike' as 'a bit of a five-letter word' in the education sector [more]

6-02-2012 Eleven farmworkers, including nine migrant workers from Peru, are killed in a highway crash at Hampstead, Ontario. The tragedy highlights unsafe conditions in the sector and the exploitation of seasonal workers. [more]

9-02-1869 Birth of James Bryson McLachlan, at Ecclefechan, Scotland. As a union leader in Canada he becomes the champion of the Nova Scotia coal miners and a leading spokesman for the cause of labour radicalism. [more]

10-02-1928 At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine at Timmins, Ontario, the largest in North America, 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. There is no rescue plan in place and it takes five days to put out the fire. [more]

11-02-1963 At Reesor Siding, near Kapuskasing, Ontario, eleven union members are shot, three fatally, in a confrontation over pulpwood supplies for a strikebound mill. Three of the attackers are later fined for possessing dangerous firearms. [more]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [more]

14-02-1949 In defiance of provincial laws, asbestos workers in Québec begin a four-month strike for better wages and workplace safety. With strong public support for the miners' cause, the strike becomes a forerunner of the province's Quiet Revolution. [more]

15-02-1982 All 84 crew on board are lost when an oil-drilling rig capsizes and sinks in a storm on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ocean Ranger disaster is attributed to failures in structural design and inadequate safety measures. [more]

17-02-1944 Wartime unrest convinces the federal government to bring in an emergency order, P.C. 1003. It requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This sets a standard for postwar labour relations law. [more]

19-02-2017 Labour leader Bob White dies at 81 years of age. He is remembered as a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers and a popular president of the Canadian Labour Congress. [more]

21-02-1891 At Springhill, Nova Scotia an explosion takes the lives of 125 men and boys in the province's largest coal mine disaster. They leave more than 200 widows and children. [more]

25-02-1931 In Toronto more than 500 women dressmakers protest sweatshop conditions in the needle trades and begin a strike for better wages and union recognition. Large numbers of scabs and police are deployed. [more]

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]