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MoveUP applauds B.C. government announcement on minimum wage increase 2018-02-10 [MoveUP]

Minimum Wage to Top $15 by 2021 2018-02-10 [The Tyee]

Lowered expectations: BC NDP’s path to $15 2018-02-10 [Rank and File]

Working families to get better access to prescription medication 2018-02-10 [HEU]

Province takes action to raise minimum wage, review Labour Code 2018-02-10 [HEU]

CUPE 411 files Human Rights Complaint against Trustee and SD33 2018-02-10 [CUPE]

Conference prepares CUPE health workers for bargaining 2018-02-10 [CUPE]

Capilano University workers react to disappointing government minimum wage increase as they gear up for strike votes this week 2018-02-10 [MENA]

Unifor welcomes B.C. $15 minimum wage timeline 2018-02-09 [Unifor]

Labour code review a step towards balance and fairness for workers 2018-02-08 [BCFed]

Community Social Services members to receive 2.5% Classification Anomaly and Compensation Comparability 2018-02-08 [HEU]

De Aguayo appointed chair of the Labour Relations Board 2018-02-08 [HEU]

Letter from President David Black to new BC Liberals leader Andrew Wilkinson 2018-02-07 [MoveUP]

MoveUP responds to government measures to address ICBC losses 2018-02-07 [MoveUP]

River Rock Casino Workers Plan to Embark on a Strike 2018-02-07 [Casino Reports]

Hard Rock Casino workers vote in favour of strike 2018-02-07 [The Sun]

Whitecaps say new jersey is a tribute to iron workers 2018-02-06 [The Province]

Federation of Labour welcomes appointment of Jacquie de Aguayo as permanent chair of Labour Relations Board 2018-02-06 [CBC]

Team effort produces organizing win for Machinists 2018-02-05 [IAMAW]

The Life and Death Fight Against Asbestos on the Job 2018-02-05 [The Tyee]

Dave Barrett: A bold premier for a bold era 2018-02-04 [BCFed]

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Struck Down at Teck Coal 2018-02-04 [The Law of Work]

Overseas ferry construction: Does it make financial sense? 2018-02-04 [The Times-Colonist]

HEU launches public sector bargaining tour on February 1 2018-02-04 [HEU]

HEU calls for urgent action on staffing crisis in B.C. seniors’ care homes 2018-02-04 [HEU]

Workers claim lack of northern representation from UNITE HERE union 2018-02-03 [The Citizen]

Sobeys locks out hundreds of workers 2018-02-03 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Sobeys begins illegal lockout of hundreds of workers 2018-02-02 [UFCW]

Construction Union Says Program Abused for Cheap Labour 2018-01-31 [The Tyee]

CUPE 561 members ratify pension plan transfer 2018-01-31 [CUPE]

Arbitration ruling ends random drug, alcohol testing at Teck Resources' B.C. mines 2018-01-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Injured workers will benefit from enhanced WCB funding for advocacy and support 2018-01-28 [BCFed]

Hospital Employees' Union relaunches campaign to address understaffed care homes 2018-01-27 [CFJC]

Teck Resources ordered to stop random drug testing at B.C. coal mines 2018-01-27 [CBC]

Cafeteria workers stage UNBC protest 2018-01-25 [The Citizen]

Strike averted as handyDART drivers, employer reach tentative agreement 2018-01-25 [The Times-Colonist]

Kamloops CUPW rep 'disappointed' door-to-door delivery won't be restored 2018-01-25 [CFJC]

Union representing HandyDART workers in Victoria reach tentative agreement, avoid strike 2018-01-25 [CHEK]

Closure of 10 Safeway stores in B.C. denounced as 'scare tactic' by union 2018-01-25 [The Province]

CUPE 358 ratifies mediator’s report 2018-01-24 [CUPE]

Sobeys picks fight with Western Canada workers: Seeks poverty concessions & walks away 2018-01-24 [UFCW]

Explosions and accidents have workers at B.C. mine demanding action 2018-01-24 [CBC]

10 Safeway stores to be shuttered in B.C. as labour negotiations begin 2018-01-24 [The National Post]

CapU will consider including a living wage for workers in 2030 Master Plan 2018-01-22 [The Courier]

BC Transit’s handyDart service strike delayed 2018-01-21 [The Westerly News]

HandyDART workers in Victoria threaten possible strike action Monday 2018-01-20 [CTV]

Nanaimo, union prepare to talk turkey 2018-01-19 [The Times-Colonist]

Chilliwack teachers call for school board to speak out against controversial trustee 2018-01-19 [CBC]

Restore the Ginger Goodwin Way 2018-01-19 [CUPW]

Minimum wage rally at Tim Hortons in Vancouver Friday 2018-01-19 [BCFed]

This month in labour history

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]

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

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]