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Canada Line workers’ contract expires in three weeks 2019-12-13 [The Courier]

CUPE 7000, SkyTrain reach tentative agreement 2019-12-11 [CUPE]

Health employers drop punitive measures of vaccinate or mask policy 2019-12-10 [NUPGE]

Family left with questions in workplace death of CP Rail engineer 2019-12-10 [The Sun]

Vancouver’s SkyTrains have no drivers. Here’s why a strike could still shut down the world’s oldest automated transit system 2019-12-10 [The Star]

Transit strike: Talks drag into early morning as SkyTrain shutdown looms 2019-12-10 [The Sun]

Canada Line's union workers contract set to expire at the end of the month 2019-12-10 [The Daily Hive]

SkyTrain strike to begin with full shutdown on Tuesday 2019-12-10 [CUPE]

B.C. aims for better patient care by increasing safety of healthcare workers 2019-12-09 [CBC]

SkyTrain Will Shut Down For 3 Days As Workers Strike 2019-12-08 [Huffington Post]

Full SkyTrain service shutdown planned for Tuesday, union says 2019-12-08 [CBC]

SkyTrain strike to begin with full shutdown on Tuesday 2019-12-08 [CUPE]

Community stepping up to help striking Cowichan workers through Christmas 2019-12-07 [The Citizen]

Tribunal finds reduced benefits for older workers not age discrimination 2019-12-07 [Benefits Canada]

SkyTrain union issues 72-hour strike notice 2019-12-07 [The Daily Hive]

Flu policy update: No discipline for health workers who choose not to vaccinate or wear masks 2019-12-06 [HEU]

'It took a tragedy to create this': But union supports recommendations in report on deadly sawmill explosions 2019-12-06 [CBC]

Steelworkers Urge Government To Implement Recommendations From Sawmill Explosions Review 2019-12-06 [USW]

Union for parole officers at B.C. halfway house says public safety at risk 2019-12-05 [The News]

Hotel workers' union president Zailda Chan forges solidarity by connecting viscerally with the membership 2019-12-05 [The Georgia Straight]

Coldstream, municipal workers shake hands on 5-year agreement 2019-12-04 [The Morning Star]

Health authorities intervene in three China-owned senior care facilities after reports of neglect 2019-12-04 [CBC]

Businesses, communities feeling pinch as Western Forest Products strike drags on 2019-12-04 [CBC]

Fatal Canadian Pacific Rail Accident in Port Coquitlam 2019-12-04 [Teamsters]

Sawmill explosions report calls for more investigative independence 2019-12-03 [The National Post]

Workers to unionize at large LNG housing project in Kitimat 2019-12-03 [The Sun]

Union asks B.C. labour board to designate Uber, Lyft drivers as employees 2019-12-03 [Benefits Canada]

CUPE solidarity inspires in Northern BC 2019-12-03 [CUPE]

Labour Board asked to declare Uber & Lyft as employers 2019-12-02 [UFCW Canada]

UNBC Profs Return to Classroom, File Labour Board Complaint 2019-12-02 [The Tyee]

For 3 months, the Kootenay Lake ferry strike made a tough commute worse. Now it's over 2019-12-02 [CBC]

SkyTrain workers union, TransLink staying silent amid mediated contract talks 2019-11-30 [Global]

Sigurdson ‘honoured’ to have represented B.C.’s building trade unions 2019-11-29 [The Journal of Commerce]

'The system works': Why the province has no plans to make transit an essential service 2019-11-29 [CBC]

Ride-hailing drivers in B.C. should be entitled to benefits, union says 2019-11-29 [CBC]

Decision awaited on Tilray employees’ vote to unionize 2019-11-29 [The Bulletin]

Advocates call for B.C. to regulate asbestos removal industry 2019-11-29 [The Journal of Commerce]

CUPE 951 President calls for donations to United Way 2019-11-29 [CUPE]

UFCW challenges Lyft, Uber at Labour Relations Board of BC 2019-11-28 [Yahoo]

‘The uncertainty is the hardest part’ says striking Western Forest Products union worker 2019-11-28 [The Chronicle]

K-12 support staff bargaining wraps up province-wide 2019-11-28 [CUPE]

Negotiations between SkyTrain employer and union continue 2019-11-28 [The Daily Hive]

Unifor and Coast Mountain Bus Company reach tentative agreement 2019-11-27 [Unifor]

Metro Vancouver bus service shutdown averted, tentative deal reached 2019-11-27 [CBC]

Solidarity on the line in Prince George 2019-11-27 [CUPE]

KSA Publicly Supports Transit Worker Job Action 2019-11-26 [The Runner]

1500 SFU Research Assistants successfully unionize after three month campaign 2019-11-26 [The Peak]

Strike-struck B.C.: A roundup of job action affecting the province 2019-11-26 [CBC]

Transit strike: Union, company return to bargaining table Tuesday 2019-11-26 [The Sun]

Retail workers at Mountain Equipment Co-op join the union 2019-11-25 [UFCW Canada]

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]

9-12-1895 Annie Buller is born in Ukraine, coming to Canada as a child. She becomes an early woman leader of the Communist Party of Canada and one of its most formidable organizers. [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]

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]

29-12-1876 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]