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Longshore workers issues strike notice for Monday at two Vancouver terminals 2019-05-25 [Global]

Two thousand waterfront workers set to strike at Vancouver’s key container terminals 2019-05-25 [The Times-Colonist]

Port workers plan to strike at Metro Vancouver container terminals 2019-05-24 [News 1130]

BCGEU members approve job action at Telus Employer Solutions 2019-05-22 [NUPGE]

Aquilini family ordered to pay temporary foreign workers $130k in wages after BCFED complaint with partner organizations 2019-05-19 [BCFed]

Billionaire Aquilini family shortchanged migrant workers, B.C. government rules 2019-05-18 [CBC]

A busy year for BC health care presidents 2019-05-18 [CUPE]

CUPE signs agreement to make K-12 schools safe and inclusive for all students 2019-05-18 [CUPE]

Employees at River’s Reach Pub in New Westminster, B.C., unionize 2019-05-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Library workers a critical force for progressive change: BCLA conference 2019-05-15 [CUPE]

Port workers vote overwhelmingly to strike 2019-05-15 [The Times-Colonist]

Business resigned to union-friendly labour code changes 2019-05-14 [BiV]

ILWU members vote to authorize walk-outs 'if necessary,' threatening to disrupt operations at Canada's largest port, Vancouver 2019-05-12 [Freight Waves]

ILWU Canada urges members to vote for strike authorization 2019-05-08 [JOC]

BCGEU disappointed to see campaign opposing reform to improve seniors’ care 2019-05-07 [NUPGE]

Longshoremen told to vote for strike 2019-05-07 [BiV]

Unions expect membership gains from labour code changes 2019-05-07 [The Standard]

Steelworkers Welcome Progress on Rights of B.C. Workers 2019-05-06 [USW]

Seniors, patients and health care workers to benefit from labour law changes 2019-05-05 [HEU]

Hancock brings greetings, urges member engagement and stronger commitment to mental health 2019-05-05 [CUPE]

BC Fed leader calls for more solidarity with Indigenous peoples 2019-05-05 [CUPE]

CUPE BC Convention 2019 positions province’s biggest union to take on upcoming challenges 2019-05-05 [CUPE]

BCGEU Defends Two-Tier Wages in Community Services Sector 2019-05-05 [The Tyee]

Employment Standards Update Protects Servers’ Tips and Young Workers, Increases Enforcement 2019-05-05 [The Tyee]

Employee advocates call for greater protections for overnight workers after Saanich hotel robbery 2019-05-04 [CHEK]

Fallen East Kootenay workers remembered 2019-05-04 [The Bulletin]

Premier says second NDP term in sight if unions, supporters stick together 2019-05-04 [The National Post]

So Long to ‘Outdated’ BC Labour Laws: NDP 2019-05-01 [The Tyee]

New review of worker safety underway, 7 years after deadly B.C. mill explosions 2019-05-01 [CBC]

NDP backs off pledge to get rid of secret ballots for employees looking to unionize 2019-05-01 [Global]

Labour code changes to provide greater protection for workers 2019-04-30 [CBC]

Labour code changes to promote ‘harmonious’ union, employer relations: Minister 2019-04-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Ceremonies across BC honour lost workers on April 28 2019-04-30 [BCFed]

BCFED welcomes rebalancing of Employment Standards Act 2019-04-30 [BCFed]

Changes to labour law introduced by B.C. government 2019-04-30 [The Times-Colonist]

Port Alberni workers remember those who have died on the job 2019-04-30 [Valley News]

Changes to B.C.'s Employment Standards provide basic rights for working people 2019-04-30 [Unifor]

Union group holds Day of Mourning celebration in Chilliwack 2019-04-30 [The Progress]

New review of worker safety underway seven years after B.C. mill explosions 2019-04-30 [The Post]

Kelowna bus driver shares story of assault on Day of Mourning 2019-04-29 [Global]

Day of mourning held for 131 workers in B.C. killed on job in 2018 2019-04-29 [The Sun]

New inquiry into 2012 forestry mill explosions 2019-04-29 [The Globe and Mail]

Day of Mourning in honour of workers killed on the job 2019-04-29 [Global]

HEU marks National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or disabled on the job 2019-04-28 [HEU]

Canfor temporarily shutting down lumber mills across B.C. 2019-04-26 [The Bulletin]

Union, Labour Council mark Day of Mourning at Camosun College 2019-04-26 [The News]

May Day observances return to Powell River 2019-04-26 [The Peak]

HSABC welcomes 31 new members from CMHA BC 2019-04-26 [NUPGE]

Mountain Equipment Co-op workers in Vancouver join UFCW 2019-04-25 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

New bargaining dates set as mill owners, union try to reach a deal 2019-04-24 [This Week]

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, anarchist and labour organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue. She is later buried in Chicago with the Haymarket martyrs. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1919 Winnipeg General Strike. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for 40,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he had been refused admission to Canada. [more]

28-05-1927 The House of Commons approves a limited old age pension plan. To qualify, Canadians must be 70 years of age and pass a means test. Also, they must live in a participating province. [more]