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Hotel Grand Pacific workers reach tentative agreement 2017-08-23 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Hotel Grand Pacific union threatens strike 2017-08-22 [The Times-Colonist]

Young Workers ‘Left Behind’ in Growing Economy 2017-08-21 [The Tyee]

Victoria hotel staff vote to strike if new deal not reached by Sept. 1 2017-08-21 [The News]

Hotel Grand Pacific workers vote to strike if necessary 2017-08-21 [Unifor]

Former CUPE leader being mourned 2017-08-19 [The Citizen]

HEU condemns white supremacist violence and racist hate mongering 2017-08-19 [HEU]

NDP’s crawl to $15 2017-08-17 [Rank and File]

Province Will Have a $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 2017-08-16 [The Tyee]

Workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos 2017-08-16 [NUPGE]

No time to waste in giving BC's lowest paid an overdue raise 2017-08-16 [Unifor]

Steelworkers Contributes $100,000 to BC Fire Relief 2017-08-16 [USW]

Members at Sunrise Poultry achieve historic new contract 2017-08-14 [UFCW]

Community health workers launch strike for fair wages and fair scheduling 2017-08-14 [NUPGE]

BCTF welcomes restoration of adult education funding 2017-08-14 [BCTF]

Coca-Cola to start flowing as striking workers reach agreement 2017-08-12 [The Observer]

Workers at River Rock Casino vote to strike 2017-08-12 [CBC]

Teamsters union in B.C. ratify collective agreement with Coca-Cola, end strike 2017-08-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Labour Relations Board sanctions Pacific Blue Cross 2017-08-11 [CUPE]

Contract includes full-time safety rep 2017-08-11 [The Reporter]

Strike by B.C.'s Lower Mainland Coca-Cola workers comes to end 2017-08-11 [CBC]

New information on BC P3 privatization schemes reveals real cost 2017-08-09 [NUPGE]

BCFED welcomes the re-establishment of a BC Human Rights Commission 2017-08-09 [BCFed]

Union health workers threaten strike after several months of negotiations 2017-08-09 [News 1130]

Teck and union reach agreement at Highland Valley 2017-08-07 [Mining]

Members urged to stay safe as wildfire crisis continues, air quality plummets 2017-08-05 [HEU]

Whistler RCMP support workers join CUPE 2010 2017-08-05 [CUPE]

CUPE BC launches video on appropriate gender pronoun use 2017-08-05 [CUPE]

Members urged to support striking Pacific Blue Cross workers 2017-08-03 [HEU]

HEU welcomes new members from Corrections Services 2017-08-03 [HEU]

Pacific Blue Cross labour dispute enters fourth week 2017-08-03 [Global]

Fighter for Corporate Criminal Accountability Will Be Missed, Say Steelworkers 2017-08-03 [USW]

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver workers vote to strike if necessary 2017-08-03 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Stop Log Exports; Invest in B.C. 2017-08-02 [USW]

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver workers vote to strike if necessary 2017-08-02 [Business Insider]

Edgewater Casino relocation means job loss for food service workers 2017-08-02 [Unifor]

UFCW 1518 pledges $100,000 to help B.C. wildfire relief 2017-07-31 [UFCW]

Postponement of AGM a ‘Pacific Double Cross’ 2017-07-30 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross job action causing claim backlog, frustration 2017-07-29 [CBC]

Increase in Foreign Workers Through Federal Program Still a Problem, Says Union 2017-07-27 [The Tyee]

Strike by Lower Mainland Coca-Cola workers affecting some supplies 2017-07-27 [CBC]

Highland Valley workers will make a last-ditch effort to avoid strike action 2017-07-25 [CFJC]

How Vancouver’s Housing Crisis Is Harming Employers 2017-07-25 [The Tyee]

Township gets another chance to argue for terminating workers on LTD 2017-07-25 [Benefits Canada]

Late night deal heads off strike at Rio Tinto's Kitimat, B.C., smelter 2017-07-25 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Late-night deal heads off strike at Rio Tinto's Kitimat, B.C., smelter 2017-07-25 [National Post]

Machinists on hand as Horgan sworn in as new BC Premier 2017-07-23 [IAMAW]

BCTF welcomes new Minister of Education 2017-07-22 [BCTF]

New government will work for working people in BC 2017-07-22 [BCFed]

HEU welcomes new premier’s picks to lead critical health files 2017-07-22 [HEU]

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]

10-08-1966 9 workers died and 55 were injured in Ontario's largest industrial accident when the Heron Bridge collapses in Ottawa. [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]

31-08-2013 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]

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]