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Border officers to rally at Peace Arch crossing 2017-12-14 [The News]

Frustrated federal workers rally against Phoenix again at Chilliwack MP’s office 2017-12-14 [The Observer]

Jail guards at RCMP detachment in B.C. in legal strike position Thursday 2017-12-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Kelowna jail guards serve 72-hour strike notice 2017-12-13 [CUPE]

Carbon monoxide at Delta farm highlights importance of safety training: union 2017-12-12 [CTV]

Kamloops carriers take extra security measures during holidays 2017-12-11 [CFJC]

City of Nanaimo’s union workers boycott Christmas party 2017-12-08 [The News Bulletin]

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria staff vote to join union 2017-12-08 [The Times-Colonist]

Employers Clash on Timeline for $15 Minimum Wage 2017-12-07 [The Tyee]

$15 and the B.C. Fair Wages Commission: An interview with Irene Lanzinger 2017-12-07 [Rank and File]

Fight for $15 can’t wait 2017-12-07 [Rank and File]

Workers at Rossdown Farms in Abbotsford, B.C., join UFCW 2017-12-07 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Capilano University President Paul Dangerfield says will not consider Living Wage until 2030 2017-12-06 [MENA]

Province provides new Overdose Emergency Response Centre, more staff to step up crisis response 2017-12-06 [NUPGE]

Thorkelson elected president of United Fishermen and Workers Union 2017-12-05 [Northern View]

Unifor recommends fast-tracking $15 minimum wage 2017-12-05 [Unifor]

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Parkland Refinery 2017-12-05 [Unifor]

BC actors' union revamping sexual harassment policies 2017-12-04 [News 1130]

Alberni workers plead for shuttered mill to be sold 2017-12-03 [CHEK]

Unionized city workers get 4% pay raise 2017-12-03 [AK Hway News]

Port Alberni, union blast Western Forest Products on shuttered Somass mill 2017-12-01 [The Times-Colonist]

Tolko sawmill employees updated on EI and training 2017-11-30 [The Tribune]

Producer for Vancouver-shot TV shows fired amid harassment allegations 2017-11-30 [OHS Canada]

Janitors' union drive at Capilano University gives rise to campus-wide Living Wage Campaign 2017-11-30 [SEIU]

Workers can talk about raising minimum wage at a hearing in Victoria today 2017-11-30 [The Times-Colonist]

Pacific Blue Cross board candidates aim to take PBC back to its progressive roots 2017-11-30 [CUPE]

Community rallies in support of CUPE jail guards 2017-11-30 [CUPE]

CUPE 561 rally calls on District to restore post-retirement health benefits 2017-11-30 [CUPE]

If your Benefit Plan is with Pacific Blue Cross, mark Dec.13 on your Calendar 2017-11-30 [MoveUP]

Recognition of skills key to Richmond Chrysler deal 2017-11-30 [IAMAW]

Union hosting meeting for Tolko sawmill employees 2017-11-29 [The Tribune]

BCFED urges Fair Wages Commission to reach $15/hour by January 2019 and eliminate exemptions 2017-11-28 [BCFed]

Code of conduct coming for union actors and workers 2017-11-27 [24 Hours]

CUPE 358 reaches tentative agreement with District of North Cowichan 2017-11-26 [CUPE]

CUPE 2450 members reject last offer deal 2017-11-26 [CUPE]

Construction Unions Pressing for Completion of Site C 2017-11-25 [The Tyee]

Code of conduct coming for union actors and workers 2017-11-25 [The Sun]

Popular solution to the province's housing crisis proposed by union report 2017-11-22 [The Georgia Straight]

Using union construction means benefits of building our province are shared with everyone 2017-11-22 [The Province]

Local 480 celebrates 50 years 2017-11-21 [The Times]

Future union leaders gather for HEU Young Workers’ conference in Burnaby 2017-11-19 [HEU]

Fernie honours victims of fatal arena ammonia leak 2017-11-19 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross CEO’s exit ‘highlights need for change’ 2017-11-19 [CUPE]

Comox SAR maintenance workers heading to binding arbitration 2017-11-14 [The Record]

Employer efforts backfire in organizing victory for IAM 2017-11-13 [IAMAW]

Much accomplished, still more to do one year after the BCTF's historic Supreme Court win 2017-11-13 [BCTF]

HEU calls for urgent action to address toxic working conditions at Nanaimo hospital 2017-11-13 [HEU]

Many health and community social service workers to see modest additional wage adjustments linked to economic growth 2017-11-13 [HEU]

'Crisis' underway for many students with special needs: teachers' federation 2017-11-09 [CTV]

Workers ratify contract with Brink's Canada Ltd. 2017-11-09 [Unifor]

This month in labour history

6-12-1917 Wartime miscalculations and naval mismanagement cause unprecedented devastation for working-class neighborhoods in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When two ships collide in the harbour, one of them loaded with tons of explosives, almost 2,000 people are killed. [more]

6-12-1921 J. S. Woodsworth, a Methodist minister who was charged with seditious libel during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, is elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. An advocate for the rights of labour, he is re-elected five times. [more]

9-12-1910 Methane gas explodes in the Bellevue, Alberta coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass. The union had warned against gas accumulations more than once that year. There are seventeen survivors and thirty-one casualties, including one rescuer. [more]

11-12-1984 The United Auto Workers Canadian Council decides to separate from the international union and form UAW-Canada, later the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). [more]

14-12-1965 A small group of women workers at Tilco Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, go on strike for a union contract, only to face strikebreakers and court injunctions against picketing. The strike is lost but leads to the abolition of ex parte injunctions. [more]

19-12-1945 The historic 99-day strike at Ford in Windsor, Ontario ends with an agreement to have Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand arbitrate a new collective agreement. His decision leads to adoption of the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

20-12-2001 In a union appeal against an Ontario law, the Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of agricultural workers to trade unionism and collective bargaining. [more]

29-12-1876 Grand Trunk Railway workers in eastern Ontario go on strike in support of fired co-workers. The four-day strike is broken by the use of scabs and militia. [more]

31-12-1958 In Newfoundland, members of the International Woodworkers of America go on strike against the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company. When Premier Joe Smallwood decertifies the union, the struggle draws international attention. [more]