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Tragic death at B.C.’s Long Beach spurs calls for return of lifeguards at national park 2018-05-23 [Global]

Tradeswomen want in on taxpayer-funded jobs 2018-05-22 [The Star]

Community health bargaining underway 2018-05-19 [HEU]

Natural champions of democracy 2018-05-19 [CUPE]

CUPE BC establishes fund to support CUPE members affected by flooding 2018-05-19 [CUPE]

Workload high on the agenda as health care presidents meet 2018-05-17 [CUPE]

Coquitlam casino still behind pickets 2018-05-16 [The Tri-City News]

Hard Rock Casino workers strike for fairness 2018-05-15 [NUPGE]

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Remains Open Despite Workers’ Strike 2018-05-14 [Casino Reports]

Haida Gwaii School District to bring buses in house 2018-05-13 [CUPE]

Hard Rock casino workers in Coquitlam set to walk out 2018-05-12 [The Times]

Farm Work Program Leaves Women Vulnerable to Sexual Violence 2018-05-11 [The Tyee]

Surrey Board of Trade stays away from Sheraton Guildford 2018-05-08 [Unifor]

B.C. is Canada’s capital of labour activism 2018-05-07 [The Times-Colonist]

HSABC collects more than 103,270 products for Tampon Tuesday 2018-05-06 [NUPGE]

New training authority appointments bring workers’ insights and expertise to solve BC’s skills, training and apprenticeship challenges 2018-05-05 [BCFed]

Reconciliation: Vital for B.C. and our union’s future 2018-05-05 [CUPE]

Workload strategy sessions well attended by CUPE health members 2018-05-05 [CUPE]

NDP government makes progress on trucking commitments 2018-05-05 [Unifor]

Nurses cry foul over exclusion from PTSD legislation, some blame sexism 2018-05-04 [The Star]

Workplace bullying is new challenge for labour 2018-05-04 [The Citizen]

Book explores history of B.C. labour movement 2018-05-02 [The Citizen]

Sheraton Guildford Hotel workers in Surrey strike 2018-05-02 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Housing activists blockade Vancouver City Hall and occupy City Housing Permit Office For more info 2018-05-01 [http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/live-social-housing-prot]

Death on the Job: Why We Mourn, and Fight 2018-05-01 [The Tyee]

Day of mourning in Kelowna 2018-04-29 [Global]

Day of Mourning for killed or seriously injured workers observed in Vancouver 2018-04-29 [CBC]

On Day of Mourning, Fernie remembers victims of ammonia leak tragedy 2018-04-29 [The Standard]

Fishing company ordered to pay deckhand $15K despite confiscated catch 2018-04-29 [CBC]

Ceremonies held across B.C. to mourn workers killed on the job 2018-04-29 [The Sun]

Coalition welcomes B.C. legislation banning payment for blood and plasma collection 2018-04-29 [HEU]

CUPE 2254 and Grand Forks Library Board ratify new agreement 2018-04-29 [CUPE]

Fernie remembers fallen workers 2018-04-28 [The Free Press]

Richmond library workers to see wage increase 2018-04-28 [The News]

National Day of Mourning: We must recommit ourselves to safe, healthy, violence-free, workplaces 2018-04-28 [BCFed]

May 1 marks International Workers’ Day 2018-04-28 [MoveUP]

Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job 2018-04-28 [MoveUP]

New conservation officers provide greater protection for B.C. environment 2018-04-28 [NUPGE]

Living wage for north rises to $16.51 2018-04-26 [The Citizen]

BCGEU partners with SumOfUs on improving corporate responsibility 2018-04-26 [NUPGE]

It's simply untrue to claim the NDP government is killing jobs 2018-04-26 [The Province]

Acceptance of Ombud's report a major victory for frontline workers and vulnerable British Columbians 2018-04-25 [NUPGE]

BC Labour History: The Unlearned Lessons of the Past 2018-04-23 [The Tyee]

Good-bye to the discriminatory server wage - BCFED applauds commitment to end lower wages for liquor servers 2018-04-21 [BCFed]

‘Sexist’ Server Wage to Be Abolished Within Three Years 2018-04-21 [The Tyee]

Colombian activist thanks CUPE for help in “keeping us alive” 2018-04-21 [CUPE]

Horgan’s first CUPE BC speech as Premier demonstrates government’s commitment to shared values of fairness, equality and opportunity 2018-04-21 [CUPE]

CUPE BC ready to face the future: Trevor Davies 2018-04-21 [CUPE]

Forestry roundtable calls on Trudeau to act 2018-04-20 [Unifor]

Province phasing out lower minimum wage for bar servers 2018-04-20 [The Province]

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]

9-05-1992 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]

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]

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]

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. [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]