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Striking casino workers call for probe of employer 2018-08-21 [The Daily Courier]

Strike ante raised by union 2018-08-21 [Castanet]

Strikers head to lottery corp offices 2018-08-20 [The Star]

State of emergency shows dangers wildland firefighters face 2018-08-20 [NUPGE]

MoveUP wins certification to represent surveillance workers at Cascades Casino in Langley 2018-08-20 [MoveUP]

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations 2018-08-18 [Peace Arch News]

Impact of union-friendly work plan unknown in northwest 2018-08-18 [The Standard]

Skip the Dishes Lawsuit Signals Need for New Employment Laws 2018-08-15 [The Tyee]

Surveillance Operators at Langley’s Cascades Casino Get Union Certification with MoveUP 2018-08-15 [Casino Reports]

Why B.C.’s troubled gambling industry has seen a massive spike in union memberships — even as coverage falls across the country 2018-08-15 [The Star]

More than 1,500 forestry workers vote to strike if needed in Northern B.C. 2018-08-14 [The Journal]

IAM shows the way forward to CLAC members 2018-08-12 [IAMAW]

At last, B.C. government to move on a poverty reduction plan 2018-08-12 [HEU]

What can our democracy look like? 2018-08-12 [HEU]

Community Health workers ratify new deal 2018-08-12 [CUPE]

CUPE BC recognizes International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples and asks you to think about what Reconciliation means to you 2018-08-12 [CUPE]

Three-year agreement for thousands of B.C. government workers 2018-08-11 [The National Post]

70% of British Columbians support Community Benefits Agreements on publicly funded projects: Poll 2018-08-10 [The Voice]

Majority of B.C. supports NDP-union construction deal 2018-08-10 [Global]

'Blue collar culture' no excuse for verbal abuse and harassment, arbitrator rules 2018-08-07 [CBC]

Ongoing Phoenix pay nightmare continues for Parks Canada staff 2018-08-04 [Westerly News]

NDP government moving toward more labour-friendly policies 2018-08-04 [The Globe and Mail]

Paperworker union boss says B.C.’s pledge to protect pensions isn’t enough in light of U.S. tariffs 2018-08-04 [The Star]

Mount Polley workers accept new contract, strike ends 2018-08-03 [Mining Weekly]

Striking Mount Polley workers vote to go back to work 2018-08-03 [My Prince George]

Seventy-one-day strike at Mount Polley comes to an end 2018-08-03 [The Star]

Community Benefit Agreements Lead to Better Jobs, More Opportunities 2018-08-02 [Teamsters]

Postal worker suffers dog attack 2018-08-01 [The Mirror]

Can Union-Brokered Deal Prevent Vote-Splitting in Vancouver Election? 2018-07-31 [The Tyee]

Ginger Goodwin Day honours a champion of workers’ rights 2018-07-30 [Govt of BC]

MoveUP statement on B.C. government initiatives to modernize taxi industry 2018-07-29 [MoveUP]

Vancouver labour council has the wrong vision for the fall election 2018-07-29 [Rank and File]

Victoria councillors opinions mixed as living wage policy approved 2018-07-29 [The News]

Province's project agreement pays into rehab, safety and other funds 2018-07-28 [The Sun]

BCGEU celebrates 99 years in union movement 2018-07-27 [NUPGE]

Workers at Mount Polley mine in B.C. to vote on tentative deal 2018-07-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Northern Forestry workers to take part in strike vote 2018-07-26 [My Prince George]

Imperial Metals, United Steelworkers reach tentative deal to end Mount Polley strike 2018-07-26 [CIM]

Ousted president of B.C. Nurses’ Union sues for damages and to get job back 2018-07-26 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Casino and striking workers still at odds 2018-07-25 [The Observer]

Sawmill workers' union seeking strike mandate 2018-07-25 [The Citizen]

Talks break down during casino strike 2018-07-24 [Global]

Talks break off as casino strike enters its fourth week 2018-07-24 [This Week]

New contract in Hard Rock Casino strike, walk out continues at Gateway casinos 2018-07-24 [The Times-Colonist]

Hard Rock strike ends after more than two months 2018-07-24 [The Star]

Deal ends 10-week strike at Hard Rock Casino 2018-07-24 [CBC]

Gateway Casinos and BCGEU Cease Mediation Talks 2018-07-23 [Casino Reports]

Seniors’ care protected as layoffs averted at Coquitlam care homes 2018-07-22 [HEU]

The BC labour movement staged a show of support Saturday for striking BCGEU members 2018-07-22 [The Review]

Worker killed at Fraser Surrey Docks 2018-07-22 [CBC]

This month in labour history

1-08-1928 Ten workers are killed in the collapse of a gate on the Welland Ship Canal. They are among the 137 men who died during the completion of this shipping link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. [more]

1-08-2009 At Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, United Steelworkers Local 9508 begins an 18-month strike against Vale Inco. The main issue is pay equity with workers at the multinational's other operations in Canada. [more]

2-08-1918 In British Columbia, Vancouver workers go out on strike to protest the shooting of union organizer Ginger Goodwin on 27 July. This is often considered to be the first use of a general strike in Canadian history [more]

10-08-1966 Nine workers die and 55 are injured when a span on the Heron Bridge in Ottawa collapses during construction. Fifty years later, the bridge is renamed the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge. [more]

10-08-1970 Nova Scotia fishermen and supporters march across the Canso Causeway, holding up traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. Their seven-month strike wins them the right to a union, but the fish plants refuse to recognize the United Fishermen and Allied Workers. [more]

12-08-1909 Freight handlers at Fort William, Ontario take part in a gun battle with Canadian Pacific Railway police. The seven-day strike is settled, but the CPR later fires most of its Greek and Italian immigrant workers. [more]

19-08-1998 The McDonald's in Squamish, British Columbia is the first outlet of the fast-food giant in North America to be unionized. The union fails to win a contract and in 1999 workers vote to decertify. [more]

20-08-1937 Millworkers and longshoremen on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick strike for better wages and hours and for recognition of the New Brunswick Farmer-Labour Union. Their success helps bring about new labour laws in the province. [more]

22-08-1950 More than 100,000 railway workers go on strike, shutting down the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines. A week later an emergency session of Parliament passes a law to end the strike, the first use of back-to-work legislation in Canada. [more]

29-08-1907 Seventy-five men, many of them First Nations workers from Kahnawake, are killed in the collapse of a huge cantilever bridge under construction across the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. Before the disaster, supervisors ignore flaws in the design. [more]

31-08-2001 A McDonald's restaurant in Montreal closes after the workers there organize and before a first contract is negotiated. This is later documented in the film Maxime, McDuff & McDo. [more]

31-08-2013 A merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers brings 300,000 members together in Unifor, now Canada's largest private sector union. There are high expectations for new organizing work, especially among young people. [more]