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Popular solution to the province's housing crisis proposed by union report 2017-11-22 [The Georgia Straight]

Using union construction means benefits of building our province are shared with everyone 2017-11-22 [The Province]

Local 480 celebrates 50 years 2017-11-21 [The Times]

Future union leaders gather for HEU Young Workers’ conference in Burnaby 2017-11-19 [HEU]

Fernie honours victims of fatal arena ammonia leak 2017-11-19 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross CEO’s exit ‘highlights need for change’ 2017-11-19 [CUPE]

Comox SAR maintenance workers heading to binding arbitration 2017-11-14 [The Record]

Employer efforts backfire in organizing victory for IAM 2017-11-13 [IAMAW]

Much accomplished, still more to do one year after the BCTF's historic Supreme Court win 2017-11-13 [BCTF]

HEU calls for urgent action to address toxic working conditions at Nanaimo hospital 2017-11-13 [HEU]

Many health and community social service workers to see modest additional wage adjustments linked to economic growth 2017-11-13 [HEU]

'Crisis' underway for many students with special needs: teachers' federation 2017-11-09 [CTV]

Workers ratify contract with Brink's Canada Ltd. 2017-11-09 [Unifor]

Labour Relations Board rules on secondary picketing at non-striking facility 2017-11-08 [ILO]

What’s the extent of insecure, precarious work in the Community Social Services sector? 2017-11-08 [HEU]

CUPE 561 stands up for post-retirement health benefits 2017-11-08 [CUPE]

Community Social Services unions, employers to launch precarious work survey 2017-11-08 [CUPE]

Cowichan Valley civic workers vote in favour of strike action 2017-11-08 [CUPE]

CUPE launches campaign to reverse B.C. school district decision to cut retiree benefits 2017-11-07 [Benefits Canada]

Kitimat Smelter Workers used as ‘Guinea Pigs’ for Air Pollution Monitoring 2017-11-07 [Desmog Canada]

Consider workplace safety in legalized marijuana rules, groups urge 2017-11-04 [The Chronicle-Herald]

What HEU members need to know about the annual flu shot 2017-11-03 [HEU]

CUPE BC and CUPE Local 1816 launch campaign for new progressive Board of Directors at Pacific Blue Cross 2017-11-03 [CUPE]

CUPE 401 welcomes Port McNeill outside workers 2017-11-03 [CUPE]

President meets with Labour Minister 2017-11-01 [MoveUp]

ICBC Wasted Millions on Faulty Express Repair System 2017-11-01 [MoveUp]

Court awards B.C. miners $13 million in overdue severance 2017-11-01 [The Standard]

Report affirms need for B.C. government to increase supports to children and youth in care for better education outcomes 2017-10-31 [NUPGE]

Teacher shortage hitting francophone schools hard 2017-10-30 [BCTF]

K-12 Presidents’ Council accomplishes much 2017-10-29 [CUPE]

Health Minister Adrian Dix announces new bargaining unit for paramedics and dispatchers to improve patient care 2017-10-29 [CUPE]

A Bath a Week: One Look at Privately Run Seniors Care 2017-10-27 [The Tyee]

PPWC donates $12,000 to fire departments 2017-10-27 [The Free Press]

BC workers rally against Phoenix pay system mess 2017-10-25 [Rank and File]

Ambulance paramedics to have standalone bargaining rights restored 2017-10-25 [HEU]

Vancouver condo council develops anti-Airbnb strategy 2017-10-23 [The Globe and Mail]

CUPE BC statement on Fernie workplace tragedy 2017-10-21 [CUPE]

6,000 teachers to gather in Vancouver for professional development “Super Conference” 2017-10-20 [BCTF]

Federal workers rally across B.C. over Phoenix pay system 2017-10-20 [CBC]

Frustrated federal workers rally at Chilliwack MP Strahl’s office 2017-10-19 [The Observer]

What's the job with the highest number of injuries in B.C.? The answer may surprise you 2017-10-10 [CBC]

Teacher shortage still a problem one full month into new school year 2017-10-08 [BCTF]

Federation of Labour welcomes the establishment of the Fair Wages Commission 2017-10-08 [BCFed]

City of Kelowna Commissionaires renew strike mandate 2017-10-08 [CUPE]

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women at roundtable on gender-based violence 2017-10-08 [NUPGE]

Kelowna unionized jail guards vote to strike 2017-10-05 [The Capital News]

The Temp Work Trap: No Security, Low Pay and Lax Employment Law Enforcement 2017-10-04 [The Tyee]

Premier eager to work together with UBCM members to build strong communities 2017-10-04 [CUPE]

Legal slap-down of BC Nurses raiding a ‘big win’ for labour 2017-10-04 [CUPE]

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women at roundtable on gender-based violence 2017-10-04 [NUPGE]

This month in labour history

1-11-1956 At Springhill, Nova Scotia 39 men are killed and 88 are rescued after an explosion and fire in one of Canada’s deepest coal mines. [more]

3-11-1908 The Fishermen’s Protective Union is formed in Herring Neck, Newfoundland and Labrador. The union attracts strong support and achieves significant political influence. [more]

6-11-1945 Striking Ford workers and supporters use hundreds of motor vehicles to begin a blockade of the company plant in Windsor, Ontario. The strike leads to an arbitrated settlement and the protection of union security through the Rand Formula. [more]

10-11-1983 In British Columbia three months of protests against legislative attacks on union rights and social services reach a critical turning point as teachers prepare to join the massive mobilization led by Operation Solidarity and the Solidarity Coalition. [more]

10-11-1975 An iron ore carrier sinks in a storm on Lake Superior, with the loss of all 29 hands. Although the freighter and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald are American, the Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot a year later memorializes the disaster. [more]

16-11-1925 Three thousand workers at shoe factories in Quebec City go on strike when the employers announce reduced rates of pay. When the workers agree to submit the dispute to arbitration, they win a favourable result, but employers refuse to accept the decision. [more]

18-11-1929 At Onion Lake, in Northern Ontario, two Finnish-Canadian lumber camp union organizers are seen for the last time. When the bodies of Viljo Rosvall and Janne Voutilainen are found under the ice in the spring, they are buried as martyrs to the labour cause. [more]

19-11-1997 45,000 postal workers, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, walk off the job across the country over issues of job security, wages and changes to lettercarriers' routes. [more]

23-11-1921 A Maternity Protection Act, introduced by a labour member, is passed in British Columbia. It allows women to apply for six weeks' leave before giving birth and prohibits the employment of mothers for six weeks after. The leaves are unpaid. [more]