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Big gains for food processing members at Snowcrest Foods 2018-12-16 [UFCW]

Wage increase for Early Childhood Educators across province including at CapU 2018-12-15 [MoveUP]

Talks with Pacific Region Pre-board Screeners stalled! 2018-12-15 [IAMAW]

BCLI recommended revisions to Employment Standards Act fall short of needs of working people 2018-12-15 [BCFed]

Contracting-out protections restored, health and safety protections strengthened in ‘no concessions’ agreement 2018-12-15 [HEU]

Coast Hotel and workers reach tentative deal 2018-12-15 [The News]

Coast Inn of the North workers seeking higher wages amid dispute with hotel chain 2018-12-14 [Now]

Prince George, B.C., Coast Hotel workers protest lockout threat 2018-12-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CSS wage increases effective February 1, 2019: New wage grids available 2018-12-13 [HEU]

K-12 back on the big screen 2018-12-13 [CUPE]

Keep union certification secret ballot, panel recommends 2018-12-13 [BiV]

Crisis Averted: Gateway Casinos Workers in Burnaby, New Westminster Negotiate 4-Year Contracts, Toss Strike Plans out 2018-12-13 [Casino Reports]

Union, CVRD reach tentative agreement 2018-12-12 [The Record]

New agreement for Sechelt library workers makes important gains for precarious workers 2018-12-12 [CUPE]

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job-security concerns 2018-12-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CUPE postpones job action for Flair flight attendants 2018-12-10 [CUPE]

COPE-SEPB union stands with CUPW workers with $100,000 loan 2018-12-09 [MoveUP]

The Ultimate Volunteer 2018-12-09 [IAMAW]

Union representing Flair Airlines flight attendants issues strike notice 2018-12-09 [CBC]

Clean BC plan takes promising steps to address climate change 2018-12-08 [BCFed]

BCFED Statement on December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women 2018-12-08 [BCFed]

BCGEU picketers resume strike line after “safety incidents” cause disruption 2018-12-08 [Now]

IGA’s union workers may go on strike if negotiations don’t pan out 2018-12-08 [The Gazette]

Workers at Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo poised to strike 2018-12-08 [The Bulletin]

Rifts Healed, BC Fed Aims for More Private Sector Members 2018-12-08 [The Tyee]

CUPE issues 72-hour strike notice to Flair Airlines 2018-12-08 [CUPE]

Parcel delivery in PG not hitting a snag with Christmas in the rear-view mirror 2018-12-07 [My Prince George]

Vancouver Art Gallery shoe memorial recognizes lives of murdered women in B.C. 2018-12-06 [Awesome]

Strike 'imminent' at Nanaimo's Coast Bastion after union issues 72-hour notice 2018-12-06 [Now]

Union boss says Conservatives are ‘out of touch’ in denying risks to women posed by work camps 2018-12-06 [The Star]

Unifor supports introduction of CleanBC plan 2018-12-06 [Unifor]

Strike a possibility at Port McNeill’s only grocery store 2018-12-06 [UFCW]

Proposed bargaining agreement to tackle health-care worker injuries 2018-12-05 [The Star]

Irene Lanzinger provides advice as she leaves BC Fed helm 2018-12-05 [BiV]

CUPW: Back-to-work bill protests hit Sechelt 2018-12-05 [The Coast Reporter]

Rotating strikes hit Lumby 2018-12-04 [Castanet]

Heffley Creek Tolko workers on strike 2018-12-04 [CFJC]

Food workers at Victoria airport get pay raises, first pension plan 2018-12-04 [The Times-Colonist]

South Country forestry workers could strike any day: union 2018-12-02 [The Free Press]

Protesters gather at Hope post office in support of ‘posties’ mandated back to work 2018-12-02 [The Standard]

Unions rally to support Kelowna postal workers legislated back to work 2018-12-02 [Global]

It’s unanimous: Labour movement unites behind Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore as new leaders 2018-12-01 [BCFed]

BC Ferries workers want the right to strike and are going to court to get it 2018-12-01 [The Star]

SEIU welcomes Ministry of Labour recommendations as positive step forward 2018-12-01 [SEIU]

Okanagan unions join angry postal workers in demonstration 2018-12-01 [Global]

Prince George, B.C., child-care workers ratify contract 2018-12-01 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Unions block trucks at Canada Post depot in B.C. to protest back-to-work bill 2018-11-30 [Progress]

Creston, B.C., library workers ratify new agreement 2018-11-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Cross picket at Canada Post processing plant in Vancouver 2018-11-30 [Organizing Work]

Workers’ union weighing options to fight back-to-work legislation 2018-11-30 [My Prince George]

This month in labour history

6-12-1917 Wartime miscalculations and naval mismanagement cause unprecedented devastation for working-class neighborhoods in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When two ships collide in the harbour, one of them loaded with tons of explosives, almost 2,000 people are killed. [more]

6-12-1921 J. S. Woodsworth, a Methodist minister arrested during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, is elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. Re-elected five times, he is a founder, in 1932, of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. [more]

7-12-1970 The Royal Commission on the Status of Women releases its report. Many of the 167 recommendations relate to the status of women in the workplace, including pay equity and access to childcare, education and training. [more]

9-12-1910 Methane gas explodes in the Bellevue, Alberta coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass. The union had warned against gas accumulations more than once that year. There are seventeen survivors and thirty-one casualties, including one rescuer. [more]

9-12-1895 Annie Buller is born in Ukraine, coming to Canada as a child. She becomes an early woman leader of the Communist Party of Canada and one of its most formidable organizers. [more]

11-12-1984 The United Auto Workers Canadian Council decides to separate from the international union and form UAW-Canada, later the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). [more]

14-12-1965 A small group of women workers at Tilco Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, go on strike for a union contract, only to face strikebreakers and court injunctions against picketing. The strike is lost but leads to the abolition of ex parte injunctions. [more]

19-12-1945 The historic 99-day strike at Ford in Windsor, Ontario ends with an agreement to have Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand arbitrate a new collective agreement. His decision leads to adoption of the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

20-12-2001 In a union appeal against an Ontario law, the Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of agricultural workers to trade unionism and collective bargaining. [more]

27-12-1913 Protests by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Edmonton, Alberta, force the city to provide emergency work and housing for 400 unemployed. [more]

29-12-1876 Grand Trunk Railway workers in eastern Ontario go on strike in support of fired co-workers. The four-day strike is broken by the use of scabs and militia. [more]

31-12-1958 In Newfoundland, members of the International Woodworkers of America go on strike against the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company. When Premier Joe Smallwood decertifies the union, the struggle draws international attention. [more]