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BCGEU calls on government to guarantee protections for vulnerable seniors 2018-03-17 [NUPGE]

Justice for Janitors on Breakfast Television 2018-03-16 [CITY]

Best Service Pros cleaners deliver petition to Labour Board demanding workers’ voices be heard 2018-03-17 [SEIU]

Summerland, B.C., civic workers ratify new agreement 2018-03-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Child advocate report underlines need for transformative change to Indigenous children and youth services 2018-03-13 [NUPGE]

IWD: New BC government committed to making life safer for women at work and at home 2018-03-11 [BCFed]

Special Minimum Wage for Liquor Servers Worsens BC’s Wage Gap 2018-03-11 [The Tyee]

Remembering women farm workers killed in 2007 tragedy 2018-03-08 [BCFed]

CUPE members at Langara Students’ Union reach tentative agreement 2018-03-08 [CUPE]

March 8 is International Women’s Day—Statement from CUPE BC 2018-03-08 [CUPE]

Unifor members gather to lobby B.C. government 2018-03-07 [Unifor]

First contract signed for workers at Island Pharmacy 2018-03-07 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Province urged to adopt action plan to protect care as Chinese government regulator takes control of Retirement Concepts 2018-03-06 [HEU]

Delay in payout to miners causing hardship, USW says 2018-03-06 [The Citizen]

Women trade unionists to lobby in Victoria Monday for greater protections from violence, assaults and harassment 2018-03-04 [BCFed]

'Our family has been devastated:' Phoenix payroll horror stories told at Nanaimo rally 2018-03-01 [News Now]

Federal employees in B.C. rally against Phoenix pay system 2018-03-01 [CBC]

BCFED joins MMIWG Coalition partners to weep for Tina Fontaine 2018-02-28 [BCFed]

More help for care homes with lowest staffing levels 2018-02-28 [HEU]

SASC workers at UBC join CUPE 2018-02-28 [CUPE]

Snow school instructors lead push to unionize at Whistler 2018-02-28 [CBC]

MoveUP applauds B.C. government announcement on minimum wage increase 2018-02-10 [MoveUP]

Minimum Wage to Top $15 by 2021 2018-02-10 [The Tyee]

Lowered expectations: BC NDP’s path to $15 2018-02-10 [Rank and File]

Working families to get better access to prescription medication 2018-02-10 [HEU]

Province takes action to raise minimum wage, review Labour Code 2018-02-10 [HEU]

CUPE 411 files Human Rights Complaint against Trustee and SD33 2018-02-10 [CUPE]

Conference prepares CUPE health workers for bargaining 2018-02-10 [CUPE]

Capilano University workers react to disappointing government minimum wage increase as they gear up for strike votes this week 2018-02-10 [MENA]

Unifor welcomes B.C. $15 minimum wage timeline 2018-02-09 [Unifor]

Labour code review a step towards balance and fairness for workers 2018-02-08 [BCFed]

Community Social Services members to receive 2.5% Classification Anomaly and Compensation Comparability 2018-02-08 [HEU]

De Aguayo appointed chair of the Labour Relations Board 2018-02-08 [HEU]

Letter from President David Black to new BC Liberals leader Andrew Wilkinson 2018-02-07 [MoveUP]

MoveUP responds to government measures to address ICBC losses 2018-02-07 [MoveUP]

River Rock Casino Workers Plan to Embark on a Strike 2018-02-07 [Casino Reports]

Hard Rock Casino workers vote in favour of strike 2018-02-07 [The Sun]

Whitecaps say new jersey is a tribute to iron workers 2018-02-06 [The Province]

Federation of Labour welcomes appointment of Jacquie de Aguayo as permanent chair of Labour Relations Board 2018-02-06 [CBC]

Team effort produces organizing win for Machinists 2018-02-05 [IAMAW]

The Life and Death Fight Against Asbestos on the Job 2018-02-05 [The Tyee]

Dave Barrett: A bold premier for a bold era 2018-02-04 [BCFed]

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Struck Down at Teck Coal 2018-02-04 [The Law of Work]

Overseas ferry construction: Does it make financial sense? 2018-02-04 [The Times-Colonist]

HEU launches public sector bargaining tour on February 1 2018-02-04 [HEU]

HEU calls for urgent action on staffing crisis in B.C. seniors’ care homes 2018-02-04 [HEU]

Workers claim lack of northern representation from UNITE HERE union 2018-02-03 [The Citizen]

Sobeys locks out hundreds of workers 2018-02-03 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Sobeys begins illegal lockout of hundreds of workers 2018-02-02 [UFCW]

Construction Union Says Program Abused for Cheap Labour 2018-01-31 [The Tyee]

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]

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 Mine workers in Lethbridge went on strike against poverty wages. They were met with scabs, private detectives, and the police. Although they won a small wage increase the company refused 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, delegates to a Western Labour Conference support abolition of the system of production for profit and endorse plans to organize workers on industrial lines. The next day 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]

31-03-1949 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]

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]