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Unions say minimum wage and workers' rights should be NDP Premier Horgan's priority 2017-07-21 [rabble]

Former NUPGE Component President George Heyman, labour leaders, in NDP cabinet 2017-07-20 [NUPGE]

Unifor wildfire relief donations top $220k 2017-07-19 [Unifor]

Highland Valley Copper workers vote in favour of strike action 2017-07-18 [CFJC]

Rio Tinto workers vote to strike if necessary - 500 grievances outstanding for 900 workers 2017-07-18 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

BCGEU extends support to communities affected by wildfires and thanks Emergency Response Units 2017-07-16 [NUPGE]

BC Wildfires: Our Thoughts Are With Those Affected 2017-07-16 [MoveUp]

Contract negotiations underway for Playland and Pacific National Exhibition employees 2017-07-16 [CUPE]

BCFED eager to work with new NDP government to improve worker safety after recent succession of tragic accidents 2017-07-15 [BCFed]

Forest Fires and Air Quality 2017-07-15 [CUPW]

Imminent Labour Dispute Threatens Teck's Profits 2017-07-15 [USW]

Rio Tinto workers vote to strike if necessary 2017-07-15 [Unifor]

Nanaimo Child Development Centre workers choose HSA BC 2017-07-15 [NUPGE]

Myra Falls mine one step closer to re-opening 2017-07-14 [Unifor]

Hospital support service workers ready to fight back 2017-07-13 [Rank and File]

Urgent call out to health care workers in the Interior during wildfire evacuations 2017-07-13 [HEU]

Weaver is wrong about the secret ballot and union certification, says SFU professor 2017-07-12 [The Georgia Straight]

Port Moody union workers to get 7% wage boost over four years 2017-07-12 [The Tri-City News]

Pacific Blue Cross locks out employees 2017-07-12 [CUPE]

CUPE, Village of Montrose ratify collective agreement 2017-07-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Shoppers Drug Mart workers ratify contract 2017-07-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

More violence at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital as BCGEU calls on PHSA board to take action 2017-07-11 [NUPGE]

Benefits provider locks out workers who don’t want their own benefits taken back 2017-07-11 [Rank and File]

HEU commends members for supporting patients and residents during Interior wildfire crisis 2017-07-11 [HEU]

CUPE 2087 and the Village of Montrose ratify new collective agreement 2017-07-10 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross locks out employees 2017-07-10 [CUPE]

CUPE 2087 and the Village of Montrose ratify new collective agreement 2017-07-10 [CUPE]

Jobs numbers grow, but part-time work, concentration in Lower Mainland pose challenges 2017-07-09 [BCFed]

“Your Rights at Work 101” aims to educate service sector workers 2017-07-08 [Rank and File]

Court ruling on wages major victory for BC truckers 2017-07-07 [Unifor]

Powell River General Hospital support workers take strike vote 2017-07-06 [The Peak]

Unifor mourns member killed on the job 2017-07-06 [Unifor]

Non-Confidence vote brings NDP to power 2017-07-05 [IAMAW]

Unifor gearing up for bargaining at BC hotels 2017-07-05 [Rank and File]

Unifor mourns loss of life at Kamloops pulp mill 2017-07-03 [Unifor]

Federation of Labour offers free English classes in Richmond, Vancouver to promote safer workplaces 2017-07-02 [MoveUp]

CUPE 1004 stands in solidarity with injured traffic control worker 2017-07-01 [CUPE]

New Horgan government good news for all British Columbians—CUPE BC 2017-07-01 [CUPE]

Labour to Pacific Blue Cross: Lose the double standard 2017-07-01 [CUPE]

BCGEU congratulates NDP and Greens on forming government 2017-07-01 [NUPGE]

Nanaimo, Cowichan hospitals support service worker given strike mandate 2017-06-29 [The Chronicle]

Port Coquitlam woman honoured for refugee work 2017-06-29 [The Tri-City News]

How Technology Puts Pressure on BC’s Migrant Farm Workers 2017-06-29 [The Tyee]

Cleaners at Capilano University win their union and join SEIU’s Justice for Janitors movement 2017-06-28 [SEIU]

B.C. judge sets aside dismissal of Air Canada employee fired for stealing nuts and lotion 2017-06-28 [The Sun]

New report gives workers a voice in highlighting abuse and exploitation at their jobs 2017-06-27 [Rank and File]

Hospital support service workers deliver 96 per cent strike mandate to back demands for fair deal 2017-06-27 [HEU]

Liberal “Throne Speech” a master class in hypocrisy 2017-06-27 [CUPE]

CUPE 1816 members “stronger than ever” in fight for fairness 2017-06-27 [CUPE]

What does the B.C. election mean for Health Sciences Association of B.C.? 2017-06-25 [NUPGE]

This month in labour history

1-07-1935 In Regina, Saskatchewan, a rally in support of the On-to-Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers is attacked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men are killed and 100 injured. The Dominion Day riot contributes to the defeat of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. [more]

1-07-1923 Provincial police charge crowds at the Sydney steel plant in Nova Scotia, where workers are on strike for union recognition. When the mineworkers come out in support, their leaders are arrested. Memories of Bloody Sunday help lead to union recognition. [more]

3-07-1979 Longshoremen in Saint John, New Brunswick refuse to load heavy water for the military dictatorship in Argentina. The celebrated No Candu/Hot Cargo protest brings attention to the abuse of human rights and secures the release of several political prisoners. [more]

7-07-1983 British Columbia introduces 26 bills to cut public services and limit union rights. Operation Solidarity launches a province-wide mobilization, supported by a wider Solidarity Coalition. This takes the province to the verge of a general strike. [more]

8-07-1900 First Nations, European and Japanese Canadian fishers on the Fraser River win a strike for a standard seasonal rate for their catch. It is the start of unionism in the British Columbia fishery, but a year later ethnic divisions lead to defeat. [more]

9-07-1793 Black petitioners and abolitionist allies succeed in gaining a law to limit slavery in Upper Canada. The importation of additional slaves is prohibited, and the children of slaves are to be freed at 25 years of age. [more]

11-07-1962 The road to universal health care reaches a turning point when Saskatchewan doctors fail to win public support for their strike against the implementation of medicare. Saskatchewan goes on to set the model for the rest of the country. [more]

14-07-1946 In Hamilton, Ontario steelworkers take on the country's biggest steel producer in a crucial strike for union recognition. With strong community support, the steelworkers hold the line for almost three months to win an historic victory. [more]

23-07-1965 Postal workers across the country begin a wildcat strike that leads to full union recognition and collective bargaining rights in the postal service. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers soon emerges as one of the most militant public sector unions. [more]

24-07-1941 Thousands of workers in Arvida, Québec go on an illegal wartime strike and occupy the Alcan aluminium plant. The federal government claims enemy sabotage and sends troops. Work resumes while a settlement is negotiated. [more]

27-07-1918 Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer and socialist, is shot and killed by a special constable in the woods near Cumberland, British Columbia. In Vancouver his shooting leads to the province's first one-day general strike. [more]

28-07-1932 Three young boys die in an abandoned coal mine in Minto, New Brunswick. Two of the coal miners who come to their rescue also perish. The tragic event leads to the province's first mine safety legislation. [more]

31-07-1961 The founding convention of the New Party, soon to be the New Democratic Party, opens in Ottawa. Strongly supported by the Canadian Labour Congress, it replaces the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas is chosen as leader. [more]