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Workers at Meadow Gardens Golf Club launch strike action 2024-07-12 [SEIU 2]

Why is a former NDP cabinet member planning to cross a Richmond picket line? 2024-07-12 [UniteHere Local 40]

Firefighters, paramedics to wait for police backup before responding to 900 block of Pandora 2024-07-12 [CHEK]

Kelowna crane collapse memorial to proceed, city says 2024-07-11 [City of Kelowna]

More Highline Mushrooms workers unionize 2024-07-11 [UFCW]

Hundreds of migrant farm workers unionize in B.C. 2024-07-11 [CBC]

Farewell letter from PPWC president Kelly Johnson 2024-07-09 [PPWC]

Administrative assistant - Fort St. John office 2024-07-09 [BCGEU]

Unifor Local 2000 donates $428K from defunct trust program to local charities 2024-07-08 [Unifor]

CIRB deems port strike vote illegal 2024-07-08 [CBC]

Strike notice by B.C. ship and dock foremen contravenes the Canada Labour Code: CIRB 2024-07-07 [Vancouver Sun]

B.C. port employer requests 'urgent strike intervention' by CIRB 2024-07-06 [Canadian Press]

B.C. ship and dock foremen issue 72-hour strike notice to employer 2024-07-06 [Canadian Press]

Harrison Hot Springs resort workers on 3-day strike 2024-07-06 [CBC]

Staff strike at B.C.’s Harrison Hot Springs after ‘little progress’ in bargaining 2024-07-06 [The Free Press]

Foremen at B.C. port employer give 72-hour strike notice 2024-07-06 [iPolitics]

Unifor members ratify contract with Coast Coal Harbour Hotel 2024-07-05 [Unifor]

Outgoing labour minister deserves our thanks 2024-07-05 [Unifor 2000]

Financial issues delay construction of Kelowna crane collapse memorial 2024-07-05 [Castanet]

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa Workers Launch 3-Day Strike 2024-07-05 [UniteHere Local 40]

Box company fined $290K for fatal work injury 2024-07-04 [Richmond News]

Talks ‘productive’ as Lower Mainland concrete strike looms 2024-07-04 [CITY]

Striking hotel workers to join tenants rally at Vancouver City Hall 2024-07-03 [UniteHere Local 40]

‘Monumental’: Migrant workers at mushroom farms join union 2024-07-03 [The Star]

New chapter of inclusion and recognition: Workers from WISH Drop-In Centre Society join CUPE 2024-07-03 [CUPE]

‘Time to save our broken HandyDART’: Union votes in favour of job action 2024-06-29 [Global]

Unifor members vote to strike at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel 2024-06-28 [Unifor]

Food workers at Vancouver airport hold strike for higher wages 2024-06-28 [CBC]

YVR Airport Concession Workers Launch Strike for $25 Living Wage 2024-06-27 [UniteHere Local 40]

Report says foreign workers in construction need more rights 2024-06-27 [CBC]

Migrant farm workers unionize for first time in decades 2024-06-27 [The National Observer]

Unionized workers at Harrison Hot Springs Resort vote to strike 2024-06-26 [Today]

Federal government’s fish farm announcement creates uncertainty for workers and B.C. coastal communities 2024-06-26 [USW]

Union slams plan to ban ocean salmon farms in BC 2024-06-25 [SeaWestNews]

Senior Departmental Clerk - Victoria office (temporary) 2024-06-24 [BCGEU]

Card check boosting unionization efforts in B.C. 2024-06-24 [BC Building Trades]

Union says social worker staffing at 'crisis' levels in B.C. 2024-06-22 [CTV]

LifeLabs to move testing to Surrey, union warns of longer wait for results 2024-06-21 [The Times-Colonist]

BCFED welcomes expansion of psychological injury presumption 2024-06-20 [BC Fed]

Richmond hotel strikers injured, narrowly avoiding shuttle van crash 2024-06-20 [UniteHere Local 40]

ILWU Local 514 rejects final offer from BCMEA and votes to strike over automation disputes 2024-06-19 [Container Management]

Immigrant women hit hardest by low wages at YVR, says union 2024-06-19 [The News]

Foremen union rejects ‘final offer,’ sets stage for another strike at the BC ports 2024-06-19 [iPolitics]

Unifor members ratify new contract with Taseko, ending strike at Gibraltar mine 2024-06-18 [Unifor]

In an industry first, 150 migrant farm workers at Highline Mushrooms join UFCW 2024-06-18 [UFCW]

Low-wage women of colour lose out under YVR Airport’s living wage policy, according to new report 2024-06-18 [UniteHere Local 40]

Kelowna construction site death under investigation 2024-06-18 [Global]

WorkSafeBC recommending changes to improve crane safety in B.C. 2024-06-18 [WorkSafeBC]

Patrick Johnson elected president of UFCW 1518 2024-06-17 [UFCW 1518]

B.C.’s longshore foremen overwhelmingly vote to reject ‘final offer’ from employer 2024-06-17 [Global]

This month in labour history

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 a new law to support collective bargaining. [more]

2-07-2008 After 14 months of an bitter labour dispute, the employees of the Journal de Québec accept an agreement in principle concluded between their union and their employer. [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]

13-07-2009 Steelworkers at Vale-Inco in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario, begin a year-long strike against so-called pension reforms and other concessions. [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 is 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]

22-07-1977 In Montréal, private security guards open fire on demonstrators at the Robin Hood flour mill, where strikebreakers are continuing operations. Eight protestors are wounded. The event speeds up the enactment of an anti-scab law in Québec. [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]

23-07-1914 In Saint John, New Brunswick, thousands of people support striking street railway workers, throwing stones at scab drivers and overturning trams when the Royal Canadian Dragoons charge the crowd. Order is restored when the company recognizes the union. [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 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]