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CUPE BC statement on Fernie workplace tragedy 2017-10-21 [CUPE]

6,000 teachers to gather in Vancouver for professional development “Super Conference” 2017-10-20 [BCTF]

Federal workers rally across B.C. over Phoenix pay system 2017-10-20 [CBC]

Frustrated federal workers rally at Chilliwack MP Strahl’s office 2017-10-19 [The Observer]

What's the job with the highest number of injuries in B.C.? The answer may surprise you 2017-10-10 [CBC]

Teacher shortage still a problem one full month into new school year 2017-10-08 [BCTF]

Federation of Labour welcomes the establishment of the Fair Wages Commission 2017-10-08 [BCFed]

City of Kelowna Commissionaires renew strike mandate 2017-10-08 [CUPE]

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women at roundtable on gender-based violence 2017-10-08 [NUPGE]

Kelowna unionized jail guards vote to strike 2017-10-05 [The Capital News]

The Temp Work Trap: No Security, Low Pay and Lax Employment Law Enforcement 2017-10-04 [The Tyee]

Premier eager to work together with UBCM members to build strong communities 2017-10-04 [CUPE]

Legal slap-down of BC Nurses raiding a ‘big win’ for labour 2017-10-04 [CUPE]

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women at roundtable on gender-based violence 2017-10-04 [NUPGE]

River Rock Casino workers negotiate strong first collective agreement after year of bargaining 2017-09-30 [NUPGE]

BC Federation of Labour supports efforts to close tax loopholes 2017-09-29 [BCFed]

CUPE BC will always stand up against hate 2017-09-29 [CUPE]

CUPE BC welcomes UBCM resolution urging new provincial government to restore public library funding 2017-09-29 [CUPE]

Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour 2017-09-29 [The Georgia Straight]

Call Centre Workers Want to Feel Safe on the Job 2017-09-29 [The Tyee]

Support Workers' Mental Health And Mandate Paid Sick Leave 2017-09-29 [Huffington Post]

River Rock Casino workers in Richmond negotiate first collective agreement 2017-09-29 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Proud to promote public library services: CUPE 391 2017-09-27 [CUPE]

More care workers needed to help B.C. seniors feel at home 2017-09-26 [NUPGE]

Domtar workers in Kamloops, B.C., approve new collective agreement 2017-09-26 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Caught on camera: prison guard sexually assaulted by colleague says Corrections Canada 'did not protect me' 2017-09-26 [CBC]

Labour for Swanson 2017-09-25 [Rank and File]

Foreign workers allege 'life savings' paid for Mac's jobs that didn't exist 2017-09-25 [CBC]

Union workers in talks about essential services before strike can start 2017-09-20 [The Ubyssey]

The story of HEU 2017-09-19 [HEU]

BC Needs $15 Minimum Wage ASAP 2017-09-18 [MoveUp]

Strike threat produces deal at Three Point Motors! 2017-09-18 [IAMAW]

BCTF applauds new funding for students, schools, and vulnerable children 2017-09-17 [BCTF]

$15 an Hour Minimum Wage Might Come Faster Than Expected 2017-09-17 [The Tyee]

Care home survey reinforces need for improved staffing levels 2017-09-17 [HEU]

CUPE mourns passing of longtime activist and staff representative Jeff Lawson 2017-09-17 [CUPE]

UBC operating and maintenance engineers serve strike notice 2017-09-16 [The Sun]

Budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians 2017-09-16 [NUPGE]

Overheated kitchens on new BC Ferries ships a concern for union 2017-09-16 [CBC]

Forestry unions call for end to raw log exports 2017-09-14 [CHEK]

Local mill workers rally in hopes of regulation change 2017-09-14 [The Chronicle]

Workers feel ill during reported “incident” at B.C. shipping terminal 2017-09-12 [OHS Canada]

CUPE 411 reminds motorists to keep kids safe 2017-09-12 [CUPE]

CUPE 1816 ratifies agreement with Pacific Blue Cross 2017-09-12 [CUPE]

Budget 2017 Update shows new government taking quick action to make life more affordable, restore fairness 2017-09-12 [CUPE]

NDP government makes good on election promises 2017-09-12 [Unifor]

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price hikes 2017-09-12 [NUPGE]

Warnings to ICBC Executives Were Ignored For Years 2017-09-11 [MoveUp]

Students and schools finally get the Throne Speech they need 2017-09-11 [BCTF]

Throne Speech highlights new approach that puts people first 2017-09-11 [BCFed]

This month in labour history

1-10-1741 Workers at the Royal Shipyard in Québec organize the first recorded strike in Canadian history. [more]

6-10-2011 The first H&M retail outlet in Canada is organized in Mississauga, Ontario, where workers vote to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers. [more]

8-10-1906 At Buckingham, Québec, workers locked out for organizing a union at the MacLaren pulp mill are attacked by company police. Union officers Thomas Bélanger and François Thériault are shot dead. [more]

12-10-1973 A strike by immigrant workers at the Artistic Woodwork factory in suburban Toronto attracts strong support from political activists. The strike exposes the role of police in protecting strikebreakers. [more]

13-10-1944 The Trades and Labour Congress charters Federal Union Local 180 at Vancouver General Hospital. This is the beginning of the Hospital Employees' Union of British Columbia, the province's largest health care union. [more]

14-10-1976 In Canada's first country-wide general strike, one million workers join a Day of Protest against the federal government's wage controls policy. [more]

16-10-1963 More than 200 nurses start an illegal strike at the Hôpital Sainte-Justine in Montréal. They are seeking an end to overwork and recognition of their role in the health system. The thirty-day strike achieves a settlement that encourages unionization. [more]

18-10-1935 Farm labourer Nicholas Schaack, 51, dies in hospital following head injuries received on Market Square in Regina on Dominion Day, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police brought the On to Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers to a violent end. [more]

23-10-1958 At Springhill, Nova Scotia, 75 men are killed in a mine disaster and 81 miners are rescued the next day. A group of twelve miners are rescued on 30 October and a final group of seven are located and brought to the surface on 1 November. [more]

30-10-1971 A protest against a lockout at the daily La Presse in Montréal ends in a street battle between thousands of workers and police. When tear gas is used, student activist Michèle Gauthier, an expectant mother, dies of suffocation. [more]