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Contract that ended B.C. port lockout wards off robots taking human jobs, union and employers say 2019-07-18 [The Star]

United Steelworkers Welcomes ‘Hot Edict’ of Western Forest Products 2019-07-16 [USW]

Boycott notice issued for Westminster Savings Credit Union 2019-07-16 [MoveUP]

Van Island forestry workers strike against concessions 2019-07-16 [Rank and File]

First Nations, environmentalists, mill workers push province to overhaul forestry rules 2019-07-16 [CBC]

As B.C. forestry strike enters 3rd week, concern grows over effect on community 2019-07-16 [CBC]

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on 2019-07-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

BC Ferries workers face verbal and physical abuse by disgruntled passengers, union says 2019-07-15 [The Daily Hive]

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on 2019-07-15 [CBC]

Company and union locked in for a battle 2019-07-13 [The Courier]

Federation of Labour supports striking WFP workers with ‘hot edict’ 2019-07-13 [The Citizen]

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on 2019-07-13 [The National Post]

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program 2019-07-12 [CITY]

Federation of Labour steps up pressure on Western Forest Products, issues “hot edict” 2019-07-12 [BCFed]

Federation of Labour supports striking forestry workers 2019-07-12 [The Gazette]

United Steelworkers Welcomes 'Hot Edict' of Western Forest Products 2019-07-11 [USW]

Big Business Lawyer Warns Anti-Union Conference that the BC Liberals Are Losing the War on Workers 2019-07-11 [Press Progress]

Government implements labour-friendly changes to the Labour Relations Code 2019-07-09 [The Lawyer's Daily]

Unifor wins wage theft case against Whistler Domino's franchise 2019-07-09 [Unifor]

Five CUPE K-12 members nominated for Premier’s Awards 2019-07-07 [CUPE]

Credit union closes PoCo branch, insists move isn't to bust strikers at only unionized branch 2019-07-06 [The News]

Members working at Swissport Canada have a new collective agreement 2019-07-05 [AFPC]

Westminster Savings to close unionized branch amid six-month strike 2019-07-04 [The Star]

 VIDEO 3,000 B.C. workers at Western Forest Products go on strike 2019-07-04 [The Sun]

3,000 workers at Western Forest Products go on strike 2019-07-03 [The Times-Colonist]

Thousands strike at Western Forest Products 2019-07-03 [CBC]

Rampant abuse of BC Ferries employees by passengers must stop, says union 2019-07-03 [CBC]

UFCW 1518 leads on “Future of the Labour Movement” panel 2019-07-02 [UFCW Canada]

City of Burnaby to pay all staff at least $19.50/hour living wage 2019-07-02 [Now]

 VIDEO Tired of dealing with abuse, BC Ferries workers call on company for change 2019-07-02 [Global]

Multi-tasking at Moduline makes things happen! 2019-07-01 [IAMAW]

IAM breaks new ground – organizes car salespeople in B.C. 2019-07-01 [IAMAW]

Forestry workers set to strike against Western Forest Products Monday 2019-07-01 [CHEK]

20 years ago, employees in Squamish, B.C., voted to disband the first McDonald's union in North America 2019-07-01 [CBC]

HEU’s Summer School builds solidarity, friendships and leadership skills 2019-06-30 [HEU]

CUPE 2098 kicks off summer with free public swim 2019-06-30 [CUPE]

BC Ferries union wants zero-tolerance policy to stop harassment 2019-06-29 [CITY]

What is the state of B.C.’s women in construction? 2019-06-28 [The Journal of Commerce]

Car sales staff in Richmond, B.C. join union 2019-06-28 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Port workers, employers ratify new contract 2019-06-26 [BiV]

Port workers vote to accept new contract 2019-06-23 [BiV]

Hospitality staff protest working conditions at Vancouver's Rosewood Hotel Georgia 2019-06-22 [The Daily Hive]

UBC employees in Vancouver ratify collective agreement 2019-06-22 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Hospitality workers demand safer working conditions 2019-06-21 [CTV]

CUPE 801 K-12 support workers on the Sunshine Coast reach tentative agreement 2019-06-20 [CUPE]

RAMA and Migrants Rights Network supporters protest for enhanced labour rights amongst migrant workers 2019-06-18 [Capital News]

Aerospace Career off to a good start! 2019-06-17 [IAMAW]

Injured workers encouraged to speak up during Workers’ Compensation review 2019-06-17 [BCFed]

The system is broken: mill union boss 2019-06-15 [Rocky Mountain Goat]

Update on Low Wage Redress for HEU community health workers 2019-06-15 [HEU]

This month in labour history

1-07-1935 In Regina, Saskatchewan, a rally in support of the On-to-Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers is attacked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men are killed and 100 injured. The Dominion Day riot contributes to the defeat of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. [more]

1-07-1923 Provincial police charge crowds at the steel plant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where workers are on strike for union recognition. In the 1930s, memories of Bloody Sunday help lead to union recognition. [more]

3-07-1979 Longshoremen in Saint John, New Brunswick refuse to load heavy water for the military dictatorship in Argentina. The celebrated No Candu/Hot Cargo protest brings attention to the abuse of human rights and secures the release of several political prisoners. [more]

7-07-1983 British Columbia introduces 26 bills to cut public services and limit union rights. Operation Solidarity launches a province-wide mobilization, supported by a wider Solidarity Coalition. This takes the province to the verge of a general strike. [more]

8-07-1900 First Nations, European and Japanese Canadian fishers on the Fraser River win a strike for a standard seasonal rate for their catch. It is the start of unionism in the British Columbia fishery, but a year later ethnic divisions lead to defeat. [more]

9-07-1793 Black petitioners and abolitionist allies succeed in gaining a law to limit slavery in Upper Canada. The importation of additional slaves is prohibited, and the children of slaves are to be freed at 25 years of age. [more]

11-07-1962 The road to universal health care reaches a turning point when Saskatchewan doctors fail to win public support for their strike against the implementation of medicare. Saskatchewan goes on to set the model for the rest of the country. [more]

14-07-1946 In Hamilton, Ontario, steelworkers take on the country's biggest steel producer in a crucial strike for union recognition. With strong community support, they hold the line for almost three months to win an historic victory. [more]

14-07-1918 Birth of Grace Hartman, the first woman to lead a major national union in North America. She was elected president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1975. [more]

19-07-1983 Kamloops members of the British Columbia Government Employees Union begin a three-week occupation of the Tranquille Institution and take control of the facility, after learning that the provincial government planned to close it. [more]

23-07-1965 Postal workers across the country begin a wildcat strike that leads to full union recognition and collective bargaining rights in the postal service. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers soon emerges as one of the most militant public sector unions. [more]

24-07-1941 Thousands of workers in Arvida, Québec go on an illegal wartime strike and occupy the Alcan aluminium plant. The federal government claims enemy sabotage and sends troops. Work resumes while a settlement is negotiated. [more]

25-07-1917 An early morning explosion at No. 12 colliery in New Waterford, Nova Scotia kills 65 men and boys in the worst single disaster in the Cape Breton coal mines. A grand jury later approves criminal charges against officials, but there are no convictions. [more]

27-07-1918 Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer and socialist, is shot and killed by a special constable in the woods near Cumberland, British Columbia. In Vancouver his shooting leads to the province's first one-day general strike. [more]

28-07-1932 Three young boys die in an abandoned coal mine in Minto, New Brunswick. Two of the coal miners who come to their rescue also perish. The tragic event leads to the province's first mine safety legislation. [more]

31-07-1961 The founding convention of the New Party, soon to be the New Democratic Party, opens in Ottawa. Strongly supported by the Canadian Labour Congress, it replaces the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas is chosen as leader. [more]