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Who’s Caring for BC’s Home Care Workers? 2019-03-20 [The Tyee]

The BCGEU supports Association of Legal Aid Lawyers strike vote 2019-03-20 [NUPGE]

Teachers’ Federation elects new president 2019-03-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Teamsters, Victims’ Families Welcome Call for Inquiry into Ponton Derailment 2019-03-17 [Teamsters]

BC Vehicle Processing Center workers join IAM and ratify new deal! 2019-03-17 [IAM]

BCGEU celebrates announcement to bring home support workers under government employment 2019-03-16 [NUPGE]

'We're going to get through this': Port Alice braces for future that may not include mill 2019-03-12 [CBC]

Why the Person Serving You at YVR May Soon Be Jobless 2019-03-11 [The Tyee]

This International Women’s Day, BCFED challenges men to Be More Than A Bystander in the workplace 2019-03-10 [BCFed]

Community Social Services members key to building a healthier, stronger society 2019-03-09 [HEU]

Prison workers endured record-breaking year of assaults in 2018, union says 2019-03-09 [CBC]

CUPE welcomes 27 new members in Powell River and Nelson 2019-03-08 [CUPE]

Insulator climbs union ranks to become first female vice-president 2019-03-07 [The Journal of Commerce]

New food options at YVR could put service workers’ jobs at risk 2019-03-06 [The News]

Legal aid lawyers say province must boost funding or they’ll strike 2019-03-06 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

BCGEU demands action to improve officer and community safety 2019-03-05 [NUPGE]

Nurses union applauds NDP bill 2019-03-05 [My Coast Now]

Unionized workers demonstrate at Okanagan care home 2019-03-05 [The Western News]

Vernon care facility workers send hour-long message to employer 2019-03-05 [The Morning Star]

Asbestos leading cause of workplace deaths, yet 2 violations a day reported by WorkSafeBC 2019-03-04 [BCFed]

Vernon extended care facility staff hitting the street for demonstration 2019-03-04 [The Observer]

Unions call for licensing standards for asbestos removal firms 2019-03-02 [CBC]

Update on low wage redress for members in community health subsector 2019-03-02 [HEU]

Together We Sing - BC Work-Songs Contest 2019-03-02 [Our Times]

BCGEU praises prudent plan, vows to dig into details of budget 2019-02-27 [NUPGE]

Big Corporations Are Exploiting an Old BC Liberal Labour Law to Drive Down Wages for Food Service Workers 2019-02-25 [PressProgress]

BC’s 2019 budget puts working people ahead of the wealthy and well-connected 2019-02-21 [CUPE]

Powell River library workers vote to strike, plan to file for mediation 2019-02-18 [CUPE]

CUPE 15 members at the Vancouver Art Gallery vote to ratify settlement agreement 2019-02-14 [CUPE]

BC Library Association and CUPE BC partner to support Summer Reading Club 2019-02-14 [CUPE]

Striking workers at Vancouver art gallery vote to return to work 2019-02-13 [Globe and Mail]

Vancouver art gallery workers end strike 2019-02-13 [ArtForum]

Unions mourn the death of three rail workers 2019-02-10 [CLC]

Ramada Hotel employees reach settlement in wage negotiations 2019-02-10 [My Prince George]

Mediator brought in to labour dispute at Vancouver Art Gallery 2019-02-10 [The Sun]

Prince George Ramada workers avoid strike notice with new contract 2019-02-09 [Matters]

CUPE 15 applies for mediation in Vancouver Art Gallery dispute 2019-02-09 [CUPE]

Strike by Vancouver Art Gallery workers overshadow celebration of $40-million donation 2019-02-09 [The Globe and Mail]

Actors in Vancouver given warning by union about cold weather 2019-02-08 [The Daily Hive]

'A major challenge:' Railway in B.C. derailment details harsh weather challenges 2019-02-08 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Vancouver Art Gallery Workers Go on Strike, Claiming Unfair Wage Policies 2019-02-07 [ARTNews]

TSB says derailed train began to move on its own; three crew members killed 2019-02-07 [OHS Canada]

More than 200 Vancouver Art Gallery workers are now on strike 2019-02-06 [The Daily Hive]

Rossdown Farms and Natural Foods employees sign first agreement 2019-02-06 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Vancouver Art Gallery workers strike over concessions and wages 2019-02-06 [CUPE]

Psychiatric Hospital Fined $650K for Failure to Protect Workers 2019-02-05 [Campus Safety]

Major CP Derailment Leaves Three Railroaders Dead 2019-02-05 [Teamsters]

Victims of runaway train near Field, B.C., ID'd 2019-02-05 [CBC]

Never a dull moment in the Burnaby South by-election 2019-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

Poultry members at Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods improve their workplace 2019-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

This month in labour history

4-03-1910 An avalanche in the Rogers Pass, British Columbia, takes the lives of workers clearing snow from Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. A total of 62 bodies are recovered, including four the following spring. The dead include 32 contract labourers from Japan. [more]

6-03-1925 12,000 Nova Scotia coal miners walk off the job after BESCO announced a 20% wage rollback and stopped company store credit for the miners. [more]

7-03-1978 Women workers begin a 23-week strike for a first contract at a small auto parts plant in Centralia, Ontario. The Fleck workers' militancy wins wide support and shows the need for reforms in labour law. [more]

8-03-1980 In Hamilton, Ontario, an International Women's Day rally features the Women Back Into Stelco campaign. A human rights complaint by five women forces a major steel company to change their hiring practices. [more]

9-03-1906 Mineworkers in the Lethbridge, Alberta district go on strike against poverty wages and are met by scabs, police and private detectives. They win a small wage increase with the help of a mediator, but the company refuses to recognize the union. [more]

10-03-1957 Copper miners at Murdochville, Quebec launch a strike for union recognition. The unsuccessful struggle lasts seven months and the courts award Noranda Mines $1.5 million in damages, to be paid by the United Steelworkers. [more]

12-03-2012 Union organizer and feminist Madeleine Parent, born in Montreal in 1918, dies at age 93 after a lifetime of service to the organization of workers and the cause of social justice. [more]

13-03-1919 In Calgary, Alberta, the Western Canadian Labour Conference calls for sweeping political and economic changes, including abolition of production for profit and the organization of workers on industrial lines. They adopt the name One Big Union. [more]

17-03-1960 Five Italian immigrant workers die in an underground tunnel at a watermain construction project in suburban Toronto. The Hoggs Hollow Disaster draws public attention to the unsafe conditions in construction and the exploitation of immigrant workers. [more]

25-03-2006 An accounting instructor dies from injuries received on the picket line at Centennial College in Toronto during a province-wide strike. John Stammers, 62, was a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. [more]

27-03-1912 Thousands of workers start to walk out of railway construction camps on the Fraser River in British Columbia in a strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World. When Joe Hill visits, he writes a song for the Wobbly song book. [more]

31-03-2004 Bill C-45 comes into force, amending the Criminal Code to impose penalties on corporations and managers for violations causing workplace injuries or death. It is named the Westray Bill after the 1992 mine disaster. [more]

31-03-1949 The Canadian Seamen's Union launches a strike to defend union contracts. Shipping companies and Canadian authorities collaborate with the Seafarers' International Union to drive out the CSU. [more]