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Imperial Metals resumes talks with Mount Polley union this week 2018-07-18 [CIM]

Complaint reveals allegation of harassment against female park board employee 2018-07-18 [CBC]

Kamloops MLA blasts 'union friendly' Community Benefits Agreement 2018-07-18 [CFJC]

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say 2018-07-18 [The Now-Leader]

Talks scheduled as Mount Polley Mine strike enters seventh week 2018-07-17 [The Tribune]

Further mediated talks scheduled in casino strike 2018-07-17 [The Observer]

Harrison workers back on the job 2018-07-17 [The Observer]

UBC-Okanagan cleaners overwhelmingly vote yes to join SEIU Local 2 after defeat of boss ‘union’ 2018-07-17 [SEIU]

Government to prioritize First Nations, women, unions in public construction projects 2018-07-17 [Global]

Locals agree to wage cut 2018-07-17 [The Peak]

Public infrastructure projects to be union-only 2018-07-17 [Business Live]

Union labour to build billions in B.C. projects under new NDP policy 2018-07-17 [The Sun]

Tentative agreement reached in Harrison Hot Springs 2018-07-15 [CUPE]

Gateway Casinos may seek court injunction after incidents between picketers, drivers 2018-07-14 [This Week]

Union at Mariposa Gardens gets 97 per cent support on strike vote 2018-07-14 [The Times]

K-12 PBC and BCPSEA reach tentative agreement 2018-07-14 [CUPE]

Optimism on picket lines 2018-07-13 [Castanet]

K-12 PBC and BCPSEA reach tentative agreement 2018-07-13 [CUPE]

Tensions mount in Gateway Casinos labour dispute 2018-07-13 [The Star]

Gateway Casinos Says Further Delays of Negotiations with Workers’ Union Could Disrupt Operations 2018-07-13 [Casino Reports]

Mediation fails to reach deal in casino dispute 2018-07-13 [CFJC]

Ultimate Car Show cancelled due to Coquitlam casino strike 2018-07-13 [The Tri-City News]

Stop layoffs at Coquitlam care homes, says HEU 2018-07-12 [HEU]

CUPE 626 welcomes new members 2018-07-12 [CUPE]

Village workers still without a contract 2018-07-12 [CUPE]

CUPE, school and community: growing together 2018-07-12 [CUPE]

BCGEU new members help keep child care centre open 2018-07-12 [NUPGE]

Funding for Downtown Eastside daycare comes after union complaint 2018-07-12 [The Star]

Village workers still without a contract 2018-07-12 [CUPE]

Workers at Flair Air in Kelowna, B.C., ratify first contract 2018-07-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Cascades’ workers tell of tense moments on picket line 2018-07-11 [This Week]

Casino strike enters its second week 2018-07-11 [This Week]

Teachers alarmed as survey shows 90 per cent face violence on the job 2018-07-11 [The Star]

Gateway's Okanagan casino workers on strike 2018-07-10 [NUPGE]

Union calls on B.C. government to stop layoffs at care homes 2018-07-10 [CBC]

Glacier Media shutting down press room at Victoria Times Colonist as of Sept. 30 2018-07-10 [The Globe and Mail]

BCTF welcomes education ministers' focus on Indigenous education 2018-07-09 [BCTF]

Weekend Video: BC’s Solidarity movement, 35 years later 2018-07-09 [Rank and File]

Workers rally against layoffs at two Coquitlam seniors care homes 2018-07-09 [Global]

Hospital staff’s union calls on B.C. to stop care-home layoffs 2018-07-09 [The Globe and Mail]

Hospital employees' union calls on B.C. to stop care home staff layoffs 2018-07-09 [The National Post]

Hospital Employees’ Union rallies to stop care home staff layoffs 2018-07-09 [The Star]

Casino workers in Coquitlam vote against contract ratification 2018-07-07 [The Tri-City News]

Village of Harrison workers to walk off the job Monday morning 2018-07-07 [The Observer]

Union for Mariposa Gardens workers plans strike vote on Wednesday 2018-07-07 [The Times]

Village workers serve 72-hour strike notice 2018-07-07 [CUPE]

Trades workers brought into spotlight at Victoria’s Inner Harbour 2018-07-07 [The News]

Laid-off Care Home Workers Remain in Limbo 2018-07-06 [The Tyee]

Crossing a picket line? 2018-07-06 [Castanet]

Hard Rock strike continues as union members reject tentative agreement 2018-07-06 [The Star]

This month in labour history

1-07-1935 In Regina, Saskatchewan, a rally in support of the On-to-Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers is attacked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men are killed and 100 injured. The Dominion Day riot contributes to the defeat of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. [more]

1-07-1923 Provincial police charge crowds at the steel plant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where workers are on strike for union recognition. In the 1930s, memories of Bloody Sunday help lead to union recognition. [more]

3-07-1979 Longshoremen in Saint John, New Brunswick refuse to load heavy water for the military dictatorship in Argentina. The celebrated No Candu/Hot Cargo protest brings attention to the abuse of human rights and secures the release of several political prisoners. [more]

7-07-1983 British Columbia introduces 26 bills to cut public services and limit union rights. Operation Solidarity launches a province-wide mobilization, supported by a wider Solidarity Coalition. This takes the province to the verge of a general strike. [more]

8-07-1900 First Nations, European and Japanese Canadian fishers on the Fraser River win a strike for a standard seasonal rate for their catch. It is the start of unionism in the British Columbia fishery, but a year later ethnic divisions lead to defeat. [more]

9-07-1793 Black petitioners and abolitionist allies succeed in gaining a law to limit slavery in Upper Canada. The importation of additional slaves is prohibited, and the children of slaves are to be freed at 25 years of age. [more]

11-07-1962 The road to universal health care reaches a turning point when Saskatchewan doctors fail to win public support for their strike against the implementation of medicare. Saskatchewan goes on to set the model for the rest of the country. [more]

14-07-1918 Birth of Grace Hartman, who became the first woman to lead a national union in North America when she was elected President of CUPE in 1975. [more]

14-07-1946 In Hamilton, Ontario, steelworkers take on the country's biggest steel producer in a crucial strike for union recognition. With strong community support, the steelworkers hold the line for almost three months to win an historic victory. [more]

15-07-1946 Steelworkers Local 1005 members walked off the job at Stelco, pressing for higher wages, a 40-hour work week and regular dues deduction. The bitter strike lasted for 81 days. [more]

23-07-1965 Postal workers across the country begin a wildcat strike that leads to full union recognition and collective bargaining rights in the postal service. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers soon emerges as one of the most militant public sector unions. [more]

24-07-1941 Thousands of workers in Arvida, Québec go on an illegal wartime strike and occupy the Alcan aluminium plant. The federal government claims enemy sabotage and sends troops. Work resumes while a settlement is negotiated. [more]

25-07-1917 An early morning explosion at No. 12 colliery in New Waterford, Nova Scotia kills 65 men and boys in the worst single disaster in the Cape Breton coal mines. A grand jury later approves criminal charges against officials, but there are no convictions. [more]

27-07-1918 Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer and socialist, is shot and killed by a special constable in the woods near Cumberland, British Columbia. In Vancouver his shooting leads to the province's first one-day general strike. [more]

28-07-1932 Three young boys die in an abandoned coal mine in Minto, New Brunswick. Two of the coal miners who come to their rescue also perish. The tragic event leads to the province's first mine safety legislation. [more]

31-07-1961 The founding convention of the New Party, soon to be the New Democratic Party, opens in Ottawa. Strongly supported by the Canadian Labour Congress, it replaces the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas is chosen as leader. [more]