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White Rock residents concerned about potential change to for profit waste services 2017-04-23 [CUPE]

Forestry firm halts operations after train derailment kills 3 workers 2017-04-22 [CBC]

Union: majority of staff at two B.C. newspapers approve deal to save some jobs 2017-04-20 [The Free Press]

Rising Up Against Unjust Recruitment delivers a petition to BC minister 2017-04-19 [Rank and File]

Pacific Blue Cross workers vote in favour of job action 2017-04-19 [CUPE]

On May 9, here’s something to vote for 2017-04-19 [CUPE]

Postmedia jobs saved? 2017-04-18 [Castanet]

Newspaper jobs to be saved through deal with Postmedia, union says 2017-04-17 [CBC]

Safety Before Profits 2017-04-16 [Teamsters]

CNC Machine Operators join IAM 2017-04-16 [IAMAW]

Fisherman Homer Stevens became fearless fighter for working British Columbians 2017-04-15 [The Sun]

TEL Group applies with LRB to start union raid of Site C workers 2017-04-14 [Energetic City]

Workers at Vancouver’s First United Church ratify first contract 2017-04-13 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Building strong communities with Vaisakhi 2017-04-12 [CUPE]

Labour agreement provides up to 15 years of job security for highway sector workers 2017-04-12 [NUPGE]

Seniors shortchanged by B.C. home and residential care policies 2017-04-10 [NUPGE]

Make a Mark that Means More in the Vancity Board of Directors Election 2017-04-10 [MoveUP]

BCFED demands answers from Clark government over small fine for safety violations that caused worker’s death 2017-04-09 [BCFed]

Unemployment in BC rises, province leads country in precarious part-time work 2017-04-09 [BCFed]

Supreme Court decision will impact BC workers facing discrimination and harassment 2017-04-09 [Rank and File]

Province ends high heel dress code requirements 2017-04-08 [BBC]

Bronze statue stands in memory of lost miners 2017-04-07 [The Free Press]

Custodians kick off campaign 2017-04-06 [CUPE]

Kids in care suffering due to low wages and lack of support for social workers, says BCGEU 2017-04-06 [CBC]

Construction Firm, Also a Liberal Donor, Not Adequately Punished for Worker’s Death, Says BC Fed 2017-04-05 [The Tyee]

MCFD staff rally in Downtown Vancouver to demand change 2017-04-05 [Global]

Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protection; workers bargain for solutions 2017-04-04 [NUPGE]

Container truck drivers support BC NDP in unprecedented move 2017-04-04 [Unifor]

Another worker’s death sparks renewed calls for Clark government to do more to make workplaces safer 2017-04-03 [BCFed]

Food contract controversy ends with happy resolution 2017-04-03 [The Peak]

Plan to raid funds intended for injured workers a betrayal 2017-04-02 [HEU]

Access denied: New CCPA report documents impact of 15 years of privatization and underfunding on seniors’ care 2017-04-02 [HEU]

Ambulance Paramedics of BC launch new campaign 2017-04-02 [CUPE]

The Reading Tree: Family-focused literacy 2017-04-02 [CUPE]

Just Film Festival: seeking higher moral ground 2017-04-02 [CUPE]

Canada Bread's Langley bakers on picket line but not over dough 2017-04-02 [The News]

Canada Bread's Langley bakers on picket line but not over dough 2017-04-02 [The Advance]

Steelworkers Launch B.C. Election Campaign 2017-03-29 [USW]

The BCGEU applauds government building asbestos inventory 2017-03-28 [BCGEU]

NUPGE remembers John Shields 2017-03-28 [NUPGE]

Low-wage jobs keep many living paycheque to paycheque 2017-03-27 [The Sun]

Lessons from the life and death of the phenomenal John T. Shields 2017-03-26 [The National Observer]

Labour leader John Shields mourned as pillar of social justice 2017-03-26 [The Times-Colonist]

USW Workers receiving a portion of monies owed 2017-03-24 [The News]

Kamloops union leader in Ottawa for softwood lumber talks 2017-03-24 [This Week]

BCTF leadership team re-elected at 101st Annual General Meeting 2017-03-22 [BCTF]

New BCTF ad campaign calls on teachers and parents to vote for a government that can be trusted to put kids first 2017-03-22 [BCTF]

Petition for $15 per hour minimum wage delivered to B.C. Legislature 2017-03-22 [CBC]

Faculty Union Calls for More Money, Attention for Post-secondary Education 2017-03-20 [The Tyee]

Precarious Work Plagues Higher Ed, Affecting Students Too, Say Workers 2017-03-20 [The Tyee]

This month in labour history

8-04-1937 In Oshawa, Ontario, 4,000 workers go on strike at the General Motors plant for recognition of the United Auto Workers. They win major concessions, and the strike is often considered the birth of industrial unionism in Canada. [more]

11-04-1972 More than 200,000 public sector workers, organized in the Quebec Common Front, begin a 10-day strike. Three leaders are arrested and jailed, but the Common Front ultimately succeeds in winning a $100 minimum weekly wage for public employees. [more]

14-04-1872 1 in 10 Torontonians join a solidarity demonstration in support of the city's printers, on strike for a 9-hour work day. [more]

15-04-1903 British Columbia union organizer Frank Rogers, a longshoreman, dies after he is shot while supporting clerical workers on strike against the Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver. [more]

18-04-1872 Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald announces a Trade Union Act stating that unions are legal. This is two days after leaders of the Toronto printers, with strong public support in their strike for a nine-hour day, are arrested for common conspiracy. [more]

18-04-1872 The first issue of the Ontario Workman appears, with the slogan “The equalization of all elements of society in the social scale should be the true aim of civilization.” It also publishes an excerpt on "the normal working day" from Karl Marx's Capital. [more]

19-04-1974 Postal workers begin a seven-day illegal strike that wins women postal code machine operators the same pay as male postal clerks. [more]

23-04-1956 More than 1600 delegates attend the founding convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress and the Canadian Congress of Labour. They call for a national health plan, full employment and a guaranteed annual wage. [more]

27-04-1983 As part of its anti-labour agenda, the Alberta government brings in legislation denying firefighters and healthcare workers the right to strike. [more]

28-04-1984 The Canadian Labour Congress marks the first National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. The idea of a Workers' Memorial Day is adopted by more than 100 countries around the world. [more]

29-04-1903 A sudden rock slide at Turtle Mountain kills more than 76 men, women and children in and around the town of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass. From inside the mine, 17 coal miners dig their way to safety. [more]