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Most HEU members to receive additional wage boost in February 2019 linked to economic growth 2018-11-15 [HEU]

Interior Health must suspend operation of substance use disorder policy immediately – arbitrator 2018-11-15 [HEU]

Food service workers at Victoria airport protest for second time in four months 2018-11-15 [The News]

Repeal of legislation will end 16-year attack on delivery of health care and community services 2018-11-14 [NUPGE]

Local postal workers union still caught in stalemate with Canada Post 2018-11-14 [My Prince George]

BCGEU welcomes B.C.'s action plan to mitigate wildfire and flood risks 2018-11-13 [NUPGE]

Repealing BC Liberal’s Bill 29 a positive step 2018-11-13 [BCFed]

Premier lauds health-care workers as discriminatory labour laws repealed 2018-11-13 [rabble]

Workers at 4 B.C. casinos approve of 4-year agreement by slim margin 2018-11-13 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union alleges grocery store worker swiped data in 'spiteful' defamation campaign 2018-11-12 [CBC]

B.C. government introduces legislation to end contract flipping in health care 2018-11-12 [CBC]

Labour Code Review Leaves Precarious Workers Out in the Cold 2018-11-10 [The Tyee]

Salmon Arm postal workers join province-wide rotating strikes 2018-11-10 [The Observer]

NDP to repeal Liberal-era health-sector labour laws 2018-11-10 [Matters]

Workers at four B.C. casinos say Yes to four-year agreement by slim margin 2018-11-10 [The Citizen]

Tentative agreement reached for B.C.’s Health Science Professionals 2018-11-10 [CUPE]

First Canada bus drivers in B.C. ratify collective agreement 2018-11-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CUPE 561 First Canada bus drivers ratify collective agreement 2018-11-08 [CUPE]

Victoria Library Workers reject employer concession demands, endorse strike action 2018-11-08 [CUPE]

Greater Victoria library workers reject contract offer, vote for strike action 2018-11-06 [The Times-Colonist]

Victoria library workers endorse strike action 2018-11-06 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

UFCW welcomes new TFWP regulations in BC, calls for further reforms 2018-11-04 [UFCW]

Recommended changes to provincial labour code a good start – but not enough: BCGEU 2018-11-04 [NUPGE]

CUPE 4500 Transit Supervisor saves life on Knight Street bridge 2018-11-04 [CUPE]

Strike action avoided for now as forestry workers and employer agree to bargain 2018-11-03 [This Week]

Casino workers to vote on tentative contract that could end four-month strike 2018-11-02 [The Star]

Gateway Casinos and union reach deal in Okanagan casino strike 2018-11-02 [The Daily Courier]

No charges laid after car drives through picket line 2018-11-02 [My Comox Valley]

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson Endorses New Campaign Attacking Unions 2018-11-01 [Press Progress]

Casino talks on again 2018-10-31 [Castanet]

Sawmill workers in Northern BC forced to wait on new deal as strike mandates hit further south 2018-10-31 [My Prince George]

Forestry workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action 2018-10-31 [This Week]

Kelowna bus drivers hold moment of silence for slain bus passenger 2018-10-31 [Capital News]

Postal strike comes to West Kootenay 2018-10-31 [The News]

Kamloops business of the year has been under strike for four months 2018-10-30 [Infotel]

CFL Players' Association and player unions meet with BC Premier and Labour Minister 2018-10-30 [CFLPA]

Unionized Canada Post workers walk off the job in parts of B.C. 2018-10-30 [News 1130]

Proposed legislation will lay foundation for improved professional reliance system 2018-10-28 [NUPGE]

HEU welcomes expert panel’s support for stronger successor rights for B.C. workers 2018-10-28 [HEU]

CUPE BC congratulates record number of CUPE members elected in B.C. local elections 2018-10-28 [CUPE]

CUPE BC gears up to support proportional representation 2018-10-28 [CUPE]

New provincial legislation will help protect migrant workers from bad employers 2018-10-27 [BCFed]

Contract flipping protections among “measured” recommendations to change BC’s labour code 2018-10-27 [BCFed]

Labour Code Recommendations a Good First Step 2018-10-27 [USW]

Prince George postal workers still on the job amid rotating strikes 2018-10-27 [My Prince George]

New legislation aims to protect temporary foreign workers 2018-10-27 [CB]

Keep secret ballot votes for union certification, B.C. panel says 2018-10-27 [The Herald]

Vancouver postal workers join rotating strike 2018-10-27 [The Star]

UNBC cafeteria workers ratify new contract 2018-10-26 [The Citizen]

Prince George mill workers on picket line as northern union’s rotating strikes continue 2018-10-26 [The Coast Mountain News]

This month in labour history

1-11-1956 At Springhill, Nova Scotia 39 men are killed and 88 are rescued after an explosion and fire in one of Canada’s deepest coal mines. [more]

3-11-1908 The Fishermen’s Protective Union is formed in Herring Neck, Newfoundland and Labrador. The union attracts strong support and achieves significant political influence. [more]

5-11-1945 Start of a blockade of the Ford plant in Windsor ON by strikers and their supporters. [more]

6-11-1945 Striking Ford workers and supporters use hundreds of motor vehicles to blockade the company plant in Windsor, Ontario. The strike leads to an arbitrated settlement and the protection of union security through the Rand Formula. [more]

10-11-1975 An iron ore carrier sinks in a storm on Lake Superior, with the loss of all 29 hands. Although the freighter and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald are American, the Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot a year later memorializes the disaster. [more]

10-11-1983 In British Columbia three months of protests against attacks on union rights and social services reach a critical turning point as teachers prepare to join the massive mobilization led by Operation Solidarity and the Solidarity Coalition [more]

16-11-1925 Three thousand workers at shoe factories in Quebec City go on strike when the employers announce reduced rates of pay. When the workers agree to submit the dispute to arbitration, they win a favourable result, but employers refuse to accept the decision. [more]

18-11-1929 At Onion Lake, in Northern Ontario, two Finnish-Canadian lumber camp union organizers are seen for the last time. When the bodies of Viljo Rosvall and Janne Voutilainen are found under the ice in the spring, they are buried as martyrs to the labour cause. [more]

19-11-1997 Forty-five thousand postal workers, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, walk off the job across the country over issues of job security, wages and changes to lettercarrier routes. [more]

23-11-1921 A Maternity Protection Act, introduced by a labour member, is enacted in British Columbia. It allows women to apply for six weeks' unpaid leave before giving birth and prohibits the employment of mothers for six weeks after. [more]