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City of Richmond prepares for possible Canada Post strike 2018-09-23 [The News]

This labour activist says lives would be saved if workers could tell their bosses about using opioids without fear of getting fired 2018-09-22 [The Star]

Mediator called in to help with northern BC forestry talks 2018-09-21 [My Prince George]

Poster campaign seeks complaints against two VPD officers 2018-09-20 [CBC]

Full-time paramedics should help on-call earning potential, says union president 2018-09-20 [Matters]

Community rallies around Canada Line janitors to demand labour law loophole stop failing BC's most vulnerable workers 2018-09-20 [MENAFN]

Changes to stop patient-on-staff violence announced for Coquitlam's psychiatric hospital 2018-09-20 [CBC]

Coquitlam Forensic Psychiatric Hospital gets upgrades to combat violence against workers 2018-09-20 [Global]

B.C. government cannabis workers could be barred from entering U.S. 2018-09-19 [GrowthOp]

Government pressed to strengthen labour laws at Vancouver rally 2018-09-19 [Global]

Canada Line's unionized janitors lose jobs to new cleaning company 2018-09-19 [The Daily Hive]

Strike continues as Gateway Casinos refuse to release company financials 2018-09-18 [NUPGE]

Unionized Canada Line janitors lose jobs as new company gets cleaning contract 2018-09-18 [The Georgia Straight]

BCGEU demanding investigation into worker safety at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital 2018-09-17 [NUPGE]

MoveUP commends provincial and federal governments on investment in public transit in Surrey and Vancouver 2018-09-17 [MoveUP]

Local union in Surrey takes it to the streets for the food bank 2018-09-14 [Now]

Open the books, says union as strike enters 12th week 2018-09-14 [Castanet]

Strike at casino enters 12th week as company, union trade jabs 2018-09-14 [This Week]

Postal strike could cause delays for proportional representation referendum 2018-09-14 [Global]

BCGEU 'exasperated' by Gateway's take on casino strike 2018-09-13 [CFJC]

UNBC workers in strike position 2018-09-12 [The Citizen]

Okanagan casino workers on their 10th week of strike action 2018-09-12 [The Morning Star]

City of Kamloops could take financial hit due to casino strike 2018-09-12 [This Week]

Don’t bet on Valley casino strike ending soon 2018-09-12 [The Daily Courier]

No progress made in latest labour talks between casino owner, union 2018-09-11 [This Week]

Violence Against Education Assistants and Teachers Underreported, Say Unions 2018-09-09 [The Tyee]

CUPE members donate $2,000 to help local society struck by theft 2018-09-09 [CUPE]

CUPE 1936 applauds new supports and wage boosts for early childhood educators 2018-09-09 [CUPE]

Colony Farm psych hospital staff attacked 21 times since May: union 2018-09-08 [CTV]

Cafeteria Workers at UNBC vote in favour strike due to low wages, job insecurity 2018-09-07 [My Prince George]

Labour Day picnic a hit despite split 2018-09-06 [The Coast Reporter]

Striking casino employees must stay off casino property 2018-09-05 [The Daily Courier]

Unifor donates $150,000 to Canadian Red Cross B.C. fire relief 2018-09-05 [Unifor]

Casino strike: union, Gateway back to the bargaining table after long weekend 2018-09-04 [This Week]

Everything on the table as B.C. reviews labour laws, minister says 2018-09-04 [CBC]

Labour Day celebrated at Canada Games Plaza 2018-09-04 [The Citizen]

On this Labour Day, let's not forget about the importance of addressing employment standards 2018-09-03 [The Georgia Straight]

Labour Day is more than just a day off 2018-09-03 [The Observer]

The evolving role of unions 2018-09-03 [Matters]

Paid sick leave a key B.C. issue this Labour Day 2018-09-02 [The Province]

Labour Day a day for reflection and action 2018-09-02 [MoveUP]

Janitors sweep rat union off BC campuses! 2018-09-01 [Rank and File]

BCGEU to return to bargaining table with Gateway Casinos next week 2018-09-01 [Info]

Court rules picketers at Kelowna, Vernon casinos can't protest on casino property 2018-09-01 [Info]

BC Ferries accident triggers long delays on busy route 2018-09-01 [CBC]

 VIDEO  New campaign video illustrates how CUPE municipal workers make our communities a great place to live 2018-09-01 [CUPE]

Students are heading back to class, but is the B.C. school system ready for them? 2018-08-31 [The Sun]

Union calls for more security at Colony Farm hospital following staff injuries 2018-08-30 [Peace Arch News]

BCGEU community social services members ratify collective agreement 2018-08-30 [NUPGE]

BCGEU community social services employees ratify collective agreement 2018-08-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

This month in labour history

1-09-1879 Coal miners in Springhill, Nova Scotia organize Pioneer Lodge of the Provincial Miners' Association, later known as the Provincial Workmen's Association. Under the leadership of Robert Drummond, the PWA becomes an influential force in the province. [more]

3-09-1894 Labour Day is observed for the first time as a statutory public holiday, under a law introduced that year by the Conservative prime minister Sir John Thompson. [more]

8-09-1886 The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Saskatchewan Division No. 322, is formed in Medicine Hat. It is the first union chartered in what later becomes Alberta. [more]

9-09-1991 More than 100,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada launch a general strike to defend job security for federal public service workers. [more]

11-09-1916 A second disaster strikes the huge cantilever bridge under construction at Quebec City. Another 13 lives are lost in addition to the 75 deaths in the first collapse in 1907. The bridge, completed in 1917, is still standing today. [more]

12-09-1945 In Windsor, Ontario, the United Auto Workers begin their historic strike against the Ford Motor Company. It lasts for 99 days and leads to the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

15-09-1978 Workers at International Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario go on strike against pay cuts and layoffs. With strong community support, in June 1979 the 10,000 miners win a victory that includes improved pension benefits. [more]

15-09-1933 A general strike begins in the factories in Stratford, Ontario and spreads across the city. Troops and armoured cars are called out. [more]

16-09-1913 The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is organized at Saint John, New Brunswick. Today it is the provincial federation in Canada with the second longest continuous history. [more]

16-09-1912 Vancouver Island coal miners begin what becomes a two-year strike for workplace safety and union recognition. To defeat the miners' union, the companies bring in strikebreakers and the province calls out the militia. [more]

23-09-1873 The Canadian Labour Union is founded in Toronto. This first attempt to organize a Canadian labour central finds limited support, mainly from skilled workers in Ontario. [more]

24-09-1963 The Canadian Union of Public Employees, now Canada's largest union, is founded in Winnipeg through a merger of two earlier organizations. The union goes on to break new ground in building the labour movement. [more]

25-09-1995 Unions supporting the Liverpool Dockers Solidarity Campaign participate in national actions using the internet. This is believed to be the first time the net was used to organize an international labour solidarity action. [more]

26-09-1888 Canada's first independent labour Member of Parliament is returned in a by-election in Montréal. A printer by trade, Alphonse-Télésphore Lépine is a leading figure in the Montréal Trades and Labour Council and the Knights of Labor. [more]

29-09-1931 A strike by coal miners from Bienfait, Saskatchewan comes comes to a head when police shoot three strikers dead during a protest on the main street in Estevan. [more]