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B.C.'s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs 2019-01-22 [The National Post]

Vancouver’s G4S pays thousands for violating collective agreement 2019-01-22 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

G4S pays Big Time for violating IAM Collective Agreement 2019-01-20 [IAMAW]

Women’s March On goes Saturday 2019-01-18 [My Coast Now]

HEU health science professionals to vote on tentative agreement in January 2019-01-18 [HEU]

Additional support category added to 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education 2019-01-14 [CUPE]

BDM Scholarship relieves financial stress of UFCW 247 member 2019-01-13 [UFCW]

BCGEU Statement on RCMP raid at Unist'ot'en Camp and Gidimt’en access point 2019-01-12 [NUPGE]

MoveUP endorses BC NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson in Nanaimo by-election 2019-01-09 [MoveUP]

Union, mill firms back to bargaining table 2019-01-09 [This Week]

What a year it was—and what a year lies ahead! 2019-01-09 [CUPE]

Workers caught in Wet’suwet’en territorial dispute ready to start on gas pipeline 2019-01-09 [The Star]

Food-retail workers at Port McNeill, B.C., IGA ratify deal 2019-01-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

HEU recruiting Enhanced Disability Management Program stewards 2019-01-07 [HEU]

CVRD and United Steel Workers ratify new agreement 2019-01-04 [Now]

Government releases asbestos exposure report 2019-01-04 [The Journal of Commerce]

Unifor ratifies new contract with Salvation Army 2019-01-04 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

ICBC union responds to auto insurance rate announcement 2018-12-25 [MoveUP]

Statement from CUPW in solidarity with Unist’ot’en Camp and the re-occupation of Wet’suwet’en land 2018-12-25 [CUPW]

Protesting Santas picket in front of Canada Post in Victoria  ActNOW!  2018-12-23 [The News-Mirror]

BCTF welcomes more time to consult on education funding model 2018-12-22 [BCTF]

BCFED supports proposed comprehensive asbestos handling rules, urges quick implementation action 2018-12-22 [BCFed]

Debate about BC’s democracy a healthy outcome of PR referendum 2018-12-22 [BCFed]

Seniors care workers secure new agreement with employer 2018-12-22 [Now]

Coast Bastion Hotel union workers OK three-year deal 2018-12-22 [The Bulletin]

USW Local 1-405 executive changes made 2018-12-22 [e-Know]

Union successes set stage for greater fairness, new opportunities 2018-12-22 [Business in Vancouver]

Package backlog cleared, PG postal workers continue busy stretch with Christmas on horizon 2018-12-19 [My Prince George]

Big gains for food processing members at Snowcrest Foods 2018-12-16 [UFCW]

Wage increase for Early Childhood Educators across province including at CapU 2018-12-15 [MoveUP]

Talks with Pacific Region Pre-board Screeners stalled! 2018-12-15 [IAMAW]

BCLI recommended revisions to Employment Standards Act fall short of needs of working people 2018-12-15 [BCFed]

Contracting-out protections restored, health and safety protections strengthened in ‘no concessions’ agreement 2018-12-15 [HEU]

Coast Hotel and workers reach tentative deal 2018-12-15 [The News]

Coast Inn of the North workers seeking higher wages amid dispute with hotel chain 2018-12-14 [Now]

Prince George, B.C., Coast Hotel workers protest lockout threat 2018-12-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CSS wage increases effective February 1, 2019: New wage grids available 2018-12-13 [HEU]

K-12 back on the big screen 2018-12-13 [CUPE]

Keep union certification secret ballot, panel recommends 2018-12-13 [BiV]

Crisis Averted: Gateway Casinos Workers in Burnaby, New Westminster Negotiate 4-Year Contracts, Toss Strike Plans out 2018-12-13 [Casino Reports]

Union, CVRD reach tentative agreement 2018-12-12 [The Record]

New agreement for Sechelt library workers makes important gains for precarious workers 2018-12-12 [CUPE]

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job-security concerns 2018-12-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CUPE postpones job action for Flair flight attendants 2018-12-10 [CUPE]

COPE-SEPB union stands with CUPW workers with $100,000 loan 2018-12-09 [MoveUP]

The Ultimate Volunteer 2018-12-09 [IAMAW]

Union representing Flair Airlines flight attendants issues strike notice 2018-12-09 [CBC]

Clean BC plan takes promising steps to address climate change 2018-12-08 [BCFed]

BCFED Statement on December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women 2018-12-08 [BCFed]

BCGEU picketers resume strike line after “safety incidents” cause disruption 2018-12-08 [Now]

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

6-01-1882 The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women. [more]

9-01-1974 Workers at United Aircraft in Longueiul, Québec begin a bitter confrontation that lasts 20 months. One result is the anti-scab law introduced by the new Parti Québécois government in 1977. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1981 An illegal strike by 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, begins. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, is sent to prison for defying a back-to-work law. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]