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The Sugar War Gets Stickier 2023-12-04 [The Tyee]

CUPE 1622 workers ratify new contract with BC SPCA 2023-12-02 [CUPE]

Rogers Sugar profits soar as strike continues 2023-12-01 [BiV]

Victoria private liquor store workers ready for improvements 2023-12-01 [SEIU 2]

21st annual shoe memorial in Vancouver on Dec. 6 2023-12-01 [UFCW 247]

Long-term care workers at seven B.C. care homes ratify five-year agreement with employer 2023-11-29 [HEU]

PWTransit workers overwhelmingly reject employer’s latest offer 2023-11-28 [Unifor]

Long-term care workers at seven B.C. care homes endorse new collective agreement 2023-11-28 [Castanet]

How Western Canada's sugar shortage is affecting bakeries, chocolatiers 2023-11-28 [CTV]

City of North Vancouver library workers ratify new contract 2023-11-28 [CUPE]

70 Crofton paper workers face at least another three-month closure 2023-11-25 [Vancouver Sun]

Rogers Sugar asks for mediation to help bring end to Vancouver strike 2023-11-25 [CBC]

$19M in government funding for Crofton mill and nothing to show for it 2023-11-24 [Unifor]

Rogers Sugar asks for mediation to help bring end to refinery strike 2023-11-24 [Canadian Press]

New VPD contract would make officers the highest paid in Canada 2023-11-24 [Global]

Staff Representative (SR2) - Kelowna Area Office 2023-11-23 [BCGEU]

Vancouver’s Pay Boost for Unionized Staff Increases Budget Pressures 2023-11-23 [The Tyee]

Sugar shortage hits Greater Victoria grocery stores, bakers amid labour dispute at refinery 2023-11-22 [Times Colonist]

Vancouver Starbucks employee says she was fired after helping workers unionize 2023-11-22 [Global]

Metro Vancouver Rogers workers vote to ratify contract ending lockout 2023-11-22 [USW]

Unifor and PWTransit reach tentative agreement in Comox Valley 2023-11-21 [Unifor]

Deal reached in Metro wastewater workers strike 2023-11-21 [The Advance Times]

We Want to See More Trans Elders 2023-11-21 [BCGEU]

Sugar refinery strike adding a dash of concern to holiday baking season 2023-11-21 [CTV]

DNEG Vancouver forms a union with IATSE 2023-11-21 [Kidscreen]

Staff at A&W in Kamloops, B.C., unionize in what organizers say is a first in Canada 2023-11-21 [CBC]

Legislative changes will bring fairness to app-based gig workers 2023-11-20 [Ministry of Labour]

Kamloops A&W believed to be first in Canada to unionize 2023-11-20 [IBEW 993]

Bus drivers’ union ready to strike Sunday morning 2023-11-19 [My Comox Valley Now]

Rogers Communications reaches tentative agreement with Metro Vancouver technicians 2023-11-19 [CBC]

Strike at Vancouver sugar refinery taking the sweetness out of the holiday season for businesses 2023-11-19 [CBC]

Regional district employees union ratifies new agreement with Metro Vancouver 2023-11-19 [CTV]

Fired Starbucks employee alleges her dismissal was in retaliation for union organizing work 2023-11-19 [The Sun]

Memorial honouring those killed in 2021 crane collapse expected to be completed by next summer 2023-11-19 [Castanet]

Vancouver Starbucks employee who organized for union now out of a job 2023-11-18 [Vancouver Sun]

‘Trying to hold tight’: Rogers Sugar strike affecting businesses, bakeries 2023-11-18 [Global]

Hollywood North Hits Tough Times 2023-11-18 [Tyee]

‘Shameful’: Mariners’ union slams loss of search technology on B.C. coast 2023-11-18 [Global]

Will the Rogers Sugar strike affect holiday baking plans? Here’s what to know 2023-11-18 [Global]

Tentative deal reached between Metro Vancouver and union 2023-11-18 [O Canada]

It’s Official, DNEG Vancouver Has Unionized After Labour Board Confirmation 2023-11-18 [Cartoon Brew]

Pearson Centre honours IAFF leader Katrina Davison 2023-11-18 [IAFF]

Transfer agreement reached to bring Protection Services back in-house 2023-11-18 [HEU]

Tentative deal reached between Metro Vancouver and union 2023-11-17 [Vancouver Sun]

Workers at Vancouver-based VFX studio Double Negative join IATSE 2023-11-17 [IATSE]

BC Unveils New Job Protections for Gig Drivers 2023-11-17 [Tyee]

BC makes progress, but key protections still missing for gig workers 2023-11-17 [BC Fed]

Proposed B.C. regulations stop short of best protections for gig workers 2023-11-17 [Unifor]

B.C. Government takes the first significant step in legislating rights for app-based workers in Canada 2023-11-17 [UFCW Canada]

PWTransit workers file 72-hour strike notice 2023-11-16 [Unifor]

This month in labour history

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 arrested during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, is elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. Re-elected five times, he is a founder, in 1932, of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. [more]

7-12-1970 The Royal Commission on the Status of Women releases its report. Many of the 167 recommendations relate to the status of women in the workplace, including pay equity and access to childcare, education and training. [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]

11-12-1995 Workers in London, Ontario mount the first of a series of Days of Action held across the province in response to attacks on labour and social programs initiated by the Progressive Conservative government. [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]

23-12-1964 Unionized printers at the daily La Presse in Montreal reach a settlement after a 214-day lockout caused by their concerns over the introduction of new printing technology. [more]

27-12-1913 Protests by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Edmonton, Alberta, force the city to provide emergency work and housing for 400 unemployed. [more]

29-12-1958 Television screens on the French-language network go blank in Québec with the start of a strike by producers at Radio-Canada that lasts 70 days. With wide public support in the province, the producers win union recognition. [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]

31-12-2011 In Alma, Quebec, Rio Tinto Alcan locks out members of Local 9490, United Steelworkers, in an attempt to replace all retiring workers with non-union contract employees. This is followed by a successful six-month global solidarity campaign. [more]