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

Silver lining in brazen, desperate throne speech is that Clark game over countdown begins 2017-06-25 [BCFed]

Strike votes results will determine next steps for Hospital Employees Union 2017-06-24 [Vicnews]

Nancy McCurrach reçoit le premier prix Jefferson dans la catégorie des services communautaires 2017-06-24 [Metallos]

Steelworker Nancy McCurrach Wins Top Jefferson Award for Community Service 2017-06-24 [USW]

BCGEU response to media statement by executive director of Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission 2017-06-22 [NUPGE]

Bargaining underway with several British Columbia hotels: Unifor 2017-06-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

BCTF releases new teaching resource on the legacy of BC's Indian Residential Schools 2017-06-18 [BCTF]

Time for school boards to speak up for government action and full funding 2017-06-18 [BCTF]

Hospital laundry staff work final shift after jobs were privatized by the Interior Health Authority 2017-06-18 [HEU]

NDP mulls change to end secret ballot in union bids 2017-06-18 [The Times-Colonist]

Vancouver workers mark public service week with Phoenix pay system protest 2017-06-17 [CBC]

Contractor exposed to asbestos blows whistle, says government made his life a 'nightmare' 2017-06-16 [The Sun]

Union wants higher base wage for all at YVR 2017-06-16 [The News]

PHSA fails to protect staff from another assault at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital 2017-06-16 [NUPGE]

Union calls for changes after violent incident in B.C. psychiatric hospital 2017-06-16 [CBC]

15 & Change: Grading retail workplaces 2017-06-15 [Rank and File]

Unions draw battle lines over Site C 2017-06-14 [Alaska Highway News]

Union urges BC NDP and Greens to allow construction of Site C 2017-06-13 [Now]

Workers at Island Pharmacy join the union 2017-06-12 [UFCW]

PSAC welcomes agreement between BC NDP and BC Green Party 2017-06-12 [PSAC]

Why our 2007 Supreme Court victory on Bill 29 still matters 2017-06-11 [HEU]

Swissport Cargo workers in Vancouver ratify first contract 2017-06-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Steelworker unions call for strike vote 2017-06-08 [The Daily Times]

BCGEU commends apology from head of B.C. Public Service 2017-06-07 [NUPGE]

Faoro to Clark—Stop the games and let’s see the new government we voted for 2017-06-07 [CUPE]

Union asks Canada Post to come clean on scope of mail theft from community boxes 2017-06-06 [CBC]

Community mailboxes threatening the privacy of Canadians, Canada Post must come clean 2017-06-06 [CUPW]

Urgent action appeal for release of hunger-striking Iranian teacher leader Esmail Abdi  ActNOW!  2017-06-04 [BCTF]

With cost of living rising, Victoria workers need a living wage 2017-06-04 [Rank and File]

Hospitals must stop treating housekeepers and dietary workers as disposable says HEU 2017-06-04 [HEU]

HEU conference focuses on the struggle for equity and justice 2017-06-04 [HEU]

Seven members share stories from our latest conference 2017-06-04 [HEU]

BCGEU congratulates BC Greens and BC NDP on historic agreement 2017-06-03 [NUPGE]

Unifor, PPWC, and Canfor sign pulp and paper sector tentative agreement 2017-06-02 [Unifor]

Unions reach tentative contract with Canfor Pulp 2017-06-02 [The Citizen]

BCGEU congratulates BC Greens and BC NDP on historic agreement 2017-06-01 [NUPGE]

Canadian Tire workers in Prince George, B.C., sign new collective agreement 2017-06-01 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union workers join BCGEU 2017-05-31 [NUPGE]

Wages up 9% over five years for Coquitlam union workers 2017-05-30 [The Tri-City News]

NDP-Green alliance is a victory for working people 2017-05-30 [Unifor]

Strike vote called for care centre workers in Victoria seeking modest improvements 2017-05-30 [NUPGE]

Dispute over British Columbia Nurses’ Union election to be considered by labour board 2017-05-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Final BC vote outcome an historic opportunity for change 2017-05-28 [BCFed]

'He botched it': how Vander Zalm's labour laws led to one of B.C.'s largest general strikes 2017-05-28 [CBC]

Canada Bread and its Langley workers reach four-year deal, lockout ends 2017-05-27 [The Advance]

Kelowna jail guards vote in favour of strike action 2017-05-26 [CUPE]

CUPE 1091 awarded CALM best website redesign 2017-05-26 [CUPE]

Negotiations to resume in lockout at Canada Bread in Langley 2017-05-21 [The Observer]

Government awards contract for asbestos inventory 2017-05-20 [NUPGE]

This month in labour history

1-06-1986 In Edmonton, Alberta meatpacking workers go on strike against wage and pension rollbacks. One of their slogans is "Gainers makes weiners with scabs". There are more than 400 arrests before an agreement is reached in December. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men board boxcars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek to protest conditions in the relief camps run by the Department of National Defence. [more]

8-06-2007 The Supreme Court of Canada rules, in a 6 to 1 decision, that collective bargaining rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision describes collective bargaining rights as "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society." [more]

11-06-1925 11 June 1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia, a memorial day for coal miner William Davis, who was shot and killed by company police during the struggle for control of the Waterford Lake power plant during the long 1925 strike. [more]

12-06-1934 Immigrant workers go on strike at the Noranda copper and gold mining operations in Québec, led by the Workers' Unity League. Strikebreakers are brought in, and there is no union contract until 1945. [more]

14-06-1912 Union leaders meet at the Lethbridge Labour Temple to establish the Alberta Federation of Labour and encourage solidarity among the province's workers. The meeting is chaired by Donald McNabb, the province's first labour member of the legislature. [more]

15-06-1872 The Trade Union Act, promised by the prime minister in April in response to the campaign for shorter hours and the arrest of striking Toronto printers, comes into force. The Act states that unions are legal in Canada. [more]

17-06-1958 In Vancouver, British Columbia the Second Narrows Bridge collapses while under construction, and nineteen lives are lost. It is the city's worst industrial disaster. The bridge is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. [more]

18-06-1935 Longshoremen in Vancouver, many of them war veterans, march to protest the use of scabs to unload cargo on the docks. In a three-hour battle, police chase the strikers down on horseback and use tear gas to disperse the protest. [more]

19-06-1938 Relief Project Workers' Union members occupying government buildings in Vancouver are evicted by police. A battle follows. [more]

19-06-1914 A coal mine explosion in the Crowsnest Pass at Hillcrest, Alberta takes the lives of 189 men, mostly immigrants. Canada's worst coal mine disaster leaves 90 widows and more than 250 orphans. [more]

20-06-1959 A sudden violent storm on Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick sweeps away 35 men and boys. The Escuminac Disaster is commemorated at the local wharf by The Fishermen, a monument created by Acadian artist Claude Roussel. [more]

21-06-1919 A silent parade to protest the arrest of leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike is attacked by the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the special police hired by the city. Two men lose their lives on Bloody Saturday, and the strike ends five days later. [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court of Canada issues its decision in Lavigne v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, affirming the constitutional right of unions to spend money on social and political action to advance the interests of workers. [more]