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Negotiations to resume in lockout at Canada Bread in Langley 2017-05-21 [The Observer]

Government awards contract for asbestos inventory 2017-05-20 [NUPGE]

Site C union raid fails 2017-05-20 [The News]

Locked out Langley baker workers and company set to sit down 2017-05-20 [The Advance]

Custodian survey: preliminary results show B.C. schools ‘in a mess’ 2017-05-19 [CUPE]

We voted for change—now what will it look like? 2017-05-19 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross – A ‘progressive’ benefits provider? 2017-05-19 [CUPE]

Day of Mourning Schools Project 2017-05-17 [Our Times]

Working people can benefit from BC’s minority government 2017-05-15 [Unifor]

A constructive solution to B.C.’s childcare crisis 2017-05-14 [Rank and File]

Let's put British Columbians first 2017-05-12 [HEU]

Court decision against union 2017-05-11 [The Mirror]

Research touts B.C.’s Local 118 climate change efforts 2017-05-09 [The Journal of Commerce]

Machinists vote gaining momentum in BC election! 2017-05-08 [IAMAW]

BCFED launches finale in Game Over Christy Clark ad campaign 2017-05-07 [BCFed]

The outcome of this election is pivotal 2017-05-07 [HEU]

Liberals fail to protect vulnerable kids in government care 2017-05-07 [HEU]

Don't play politics with our livelihood, workers tell BC Liberal candidate 2017-05-06 [Unifor]

CUPE BC continues strong advocacy for public library services through BCLA participation 2017-05-05 [CUPE]

Clark's comments 'astonishing' to Burnaby teachers union 2017-05-05 [Now]

New contract for members at Hornby Island Co-op 2017-05-03 [UFCW]

Pacific Blue Cross workers file 72-hour strike notice 2017-05-03 [CUPE]

Leo Gerard: Open letter to B.C. Steelworkers 2017-05-02 [The Georgia Straight]

NDP have shaped the ballot box question in B.C. election 2017-05-01 [UFCW]

NDP has double digit poll lead in BC Election Forecast 2017-05-01 [IAMAW]

Orchardists suspended from hiring Mexican workers due to poor living conditions 2017-04-30 [Global]

Steelworkers boss fires back at Christy Clark's 'most corporate government in North America' 2017-04-29 [CBC]

Rally sends WorkSafeBC strong message about prison violence 2017-04-26 [NUPGE]

Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre workers get first contract 2017-04-26 [CUPE]

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]

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, anarchist and labour organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1919 Winnipeg General Strike. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for 40,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he had been refused admission to Canada. [more]