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Nurses’ Union brings health minister a strong message of public support for nurses 2018-10-19 [The Voice]

Irene Lanzinger, BC Federation of Labour president, won't seek third term 2018-10-19 [The Star]

USW strike action concludes after one day in Williams Lake 2018-10-18 [The Courier]

Send a message of support to striking Gateway Casino workers 2018-10-18 [NUPGE]

PG postal workers frustrated with talks, rotating strikes could come Monday 2018-10-18 [My Prince George]

HEU marks Health Care Assistant Day by calling for an end to contracting out and contract-flipping 2018-10-18 [HEU]

Workers at BC Interior mill strike as negotiations resume in Kelowna 2018-10-17 [The Review]

UBCP/ACTRA Announces 2018 Nominees 2018-10-17 [UBCP-ACTRA]

Kamloops District Labour Council joins casino workers on picket lines over weekend 2018-10-16 [CFJC]

Local CUPW president would like to see change of pace to negotiations 2018-10-16 [My Prince George]

USW membership votes 100% in favour of strike 2018-10-16 [USW]

BCTF proposes solutions to the teacher shortage in annual report to BC's finance committee 2018-10-15 [BCTF]

HEU members: Check out labour council endorsements for local elections 2018-10-15 [HEU]

Why I’m voting ‘Yes’ for proportional representation 2018-10-15 [CUPE]

No strike action yet for Northern B.C. forestry workers 2018-10-10 [The Coast Mountain News]

Arbitrator: Worker drug and alcohol testing must be assessed separately 2018-10-09 [The Lawyer's Weekly]

LNG Canada go-ahead decision has practical workforce, apprenticeship and skills training benefits 2018-10-09 [BCFed]

CUPE BC Submission to B.C.'s 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations 2018-10-07 [CUPE]

Court application by company in ongoing Okanagan casino strike denied by judge 2018-10-07 [Global]

Strike notice issued at mills in Prince George and Mackenzie 2018-10-04 [My Prince George]

Steelworkers union issues strike notice affecting 1,500 mill workers 2018-10-04 [The Standard]

A union shop where B.C. workers are owners 2018-10-04 [Matters]

Gateway Casinos sues union over ‘unlawful’ picketing in bitter labour dispute with BCGEU 2018-10-04 [Matters]

Solidarity growing among striking casino workers, says union leader 2018-10-03 [The Daily Courier]

Six employees file human-rights complaints against UBC 2018-10-03 [The Globe and Mail]

“We have workers everyday who are forced to work overtime.”: CUPW 2018-10-03 [My Prince George]

A union shop where workers are owners 2018-10-03 [BiV]

Union wins enhanced severance for Victoria Times Colonist mailers 2018-10-02 [CWA Canada]

Gateway Casinos sues union over ‘unlawful’ picketing in bitter labour dispute with BCGEU 2018-10-02 [Business News]

BCGEU applauds provincial government's decision to lower annual rent increase 2018-10-01 [NUPGE]

K-12 Presidents Council approves provincial framework agreement 2018-10-01 [CUPE]

Municipal workers in Fort St. James join union 2018-09-30 [The Courier]

K-12 union support staff in B.C. agree to three-year framework agreement 2018-09-30 [The Free Press]

Open letter from Gateway Casinos takes aim at ‘unreasonable’ demands from union 2018-09-30 [The Morning Star]

K-12 union support staff in B.C. agree to three-year framework agreement 2018-09-29 [The Times-Colonist]

K-12 union support staff in B.C. agree to three-year framework agreement 2018-09-29 [The National Post]

Improvements to front line services for seniors welcome, and long overdue 2018-09-28 [NUPGE]

CUPE 4951 welcomes municipal and library workers from the District of Fort St. James 2018-09-28 [CUPE]

District of Fort St. James, B.C., municipal workers join CUPE 2018-09-28 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Labour Cares about Fairness, and That’s Why I Support Pro Rep 2018-09-27 [The Tyee]

Undue hardship cited in medical marijuana ruling 2018-09-27 [Occupational Safety]

Unions advance health and safety, workplace representation, diversity and inclusion issues in Facilities subsector negotiations 2018-09-25 [HEU]

City of Richmond prepares for possible Canada Post strike 2018-09-23 [The News]

This labour activist says lives would be saved if workers could tell their bosses about using opioids without fear of getting fired 2018-09-22 [The Star]

Mediator called in to help with northern BC forestry talks 2018-09-21 [My Prince George]

Poster campaign seeks complaints against two VPD officers 2018-09-20 [CBC]

Full-time paramedics should help on-call earning potential, says union president 2018-09-20 [Matters]

Community rallies around Canada Line janitors to demand labour law loophole stop failing BC's most vulnerable workers 2018-09-20 [MENAFN]

Changes to stop patient-on-staff violence announced for Coquitlam's psychiatric hospital 2018-09-20 [CBC]

Coquitlam Forensic Psychiatric Hospital gets upgrades to combat violence against workers 2018-09-20 [Global]

This month in labour history

1-10-1741 Workers at the Royal Shipyard in Québec organize the first recorded strike in Canadian history. [more]

6-10-2011 The first H&M retail outlet in Canada is organized in Mississauga, Ontario, where workers vote to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers. [more]

8-10-1906 At Buckingham, Québec, workers locked out for organizing a union at the MacLaren pulp mill are attacked by company police. Union officers Thomas Bélanger and François Thériault are shot dead. [more]

12-10-1975 Grace Hartman is elected National President of CUPE after six years as Secretary-Treasurer, becoming the first woman to lead a major union in North American history. [more]

12-10-1973 A strike by immigrant workers at the Artistic Woodwork factory in suburban Toronto attracts strong support from political activists. The strike exposes the role of police in protecting strikebreakers. [more]

13-10-1944 The Trades and Labour Congress charters Federal Labour Union 180 at Vancouver General Hospital. This is the beginning of the Hospital Employees' Union of British Columbia, now the province's largest health care union. [more]

14-10-1976 In Canada's first country-wide general strike, one million workers join a Day of Protest against the federal government's wage controls policy. [more]

16-10-1963 More than 200 nurses start an illegal strike at the Hôpital Sainte-Justine in Montréal. They are seeking an end to overwork and recognition of their role in the health system. The thirty-day strike achieves a settlement that encourages unionization. [more]

18-10-1935 Farm labourer Nicholas Schaack, 51, dies in hospital following head injuries received on Market Square in Regina on Dominion Day, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police brought the On to Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers to a violent end. [more]

23-10-1958 At Springhill, Nova Scotia, 75 men are killed in a mine disaster and 81 miners are rescued the next day. A group of twelve miners are rescued on 30 October and a final group of seven are located and brought to the surface on 1 November. [more]

27-10-1997 More than 125,000 Ontario teachers walk out to protest the province's plans to cut school budgets and centralize control over education. The two-week protest affects two million students and is the largest teachers’ strike in North American history. [more]

30-10-1971 A protest against a lockout at the daily La Presse in Montréal ends in a street battle between thousands of workers and police. When tear gas is used, student activist Michèle Gauthier, an expectant mother, dies of suffocation. [more]