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Lynn Valley care aides vote to join union 2020-07-05 [CTV]

Province announces plans to resume visits to long-term care and assisted living 2020-07-01 [HEU]

LNG janitors join UNITE HERE Local 40 Union 2020-06-30 [The Northern Sentinel]

Fort St. James municipal workers ratify first collective agreement 2020-06-30 [CUPE]

Workers hit with temporary layoff extension need guarantee they’ll go back to work 2020-06-28 [BCFed]

Pride 2020: A statement from the BCFED 2020-06-28 [BCFed]

Prince Rupert Labour Council votes in new members with vision for the future 2020-06-28 [The Northern View]

B.C. extends layoff provisions until end of August, but some workers say further protections needed 2020-06-26 [CBC]

Vancouver Hotel Cites Pandemic to Deny Workers Severance Pay 2020-06-25 [The Tyee]

Restaurant workers at Cartems Donuts join the union 2020-06-21 [UFCW Canada]

Bold thinking, investment in health care workers needed as BC looks ahead 2020-06-21 [NUPGE]

Five worker deaths in 15 days an intolerable loss 2020-06-21 [BCFed]

Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 2020-06-21 [BCFed]

Anti-Indigenous racism in hospital ERs: HEU statement 2020-06-20 [HEU]

Under-regulated, under-researched and largely privatized: Assisted living seniors’ care in BC 2020-06-18 [HEU]

Last survivor of 1958 disaster won't let COVID-19 stop him from honouring dead 2020-06-17 [The Province]

Fatal Accident at CN in British Columbia 2020-06-17 [Teamsters]

2nd Canadian National Railway worker dies in B.C. 2020-06-17 [CBC]

BC Ferries Workplace Fatality 2020-06-16 [BCFMWU]

Investigation launched into death of BC Ferries worker in Richmond 2020-06-16 [CBC]

Employers coalition seeks to dodge responsibilities to infected workers 2020-06-14 [Unifor]

Steelworkers Locals at Teck Committed to Building Solidarity and Delivering for our Members 2020-06-13 [USW]

Closure of Mackenzie mill threatens entire community 2020-06-13 [Unifor]

Communications workers at Point Blank Creative join the union 2020-06-13 [UFCW Canada]

Township of Langley recreation workers join CUPE 2020-06-12 [CUPE]

CUPE workers at North Island College win improvements for temporary and part-time members and embrace online platforms to increase engagement 2020-06-12 [CUPE]

Unionization likely at Vancouver care home with deadly COVID-19 outbreak 2020-06-09 [The National Observer]

June 8 is Collective Bargaining Rights Day – a proud legacy for HEU members 2020-06-09 [HEU]

Anderson Charles on anti-Black racism 2020-06-07 [MoveUP]

BC teachers stand together against racism and police brutality 2020-06-07 [BCTF]

Unionization at Deadly Care Home Signals Change, Says Expert 2020-06-05 [The Tyee]

Laid-off hospitality workers call for government support to ensure they're rehired 2020-06-05 [CTV]

Laid-off hospitality workers hold car caravan in downtown Vancouver calling for job security 2020-06-04 [CBC]

Transit security employees need more protective equipment during pandemic 2020-06-03 [CTV]

Employers, Workers Agree: BC Labour Laws Don’t Work Right Now 2020-06-02 [The Tyee]

HEU calls for systemic change to end racism and white supremacy 2020-06-02 [HEU]

Care aides at Lynn Valley Care Centre seek union representation from HEU 2020-06-02 [HEU]

How Filipino-Canadian care aides are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-06-01 [CBC]

COVID-19 and the Anti-Asian Pandemic - BC Teachers Speak Out 2020-05-31 [Our Times]

Statement by the BCFED on recent police violence against Black community members 2020-05-31 [BCFed]

CUPE 723 supports community during COVID 2020-05-30 [CUPE]

How essential do you have to be? B.C. union speaks out as workers lose pandemic pay 2020-05-29 [CITY]

Long term care workers still waiting for promised raise 2020-05-29 [CUPE]

Union blasts Save-On-Food's decision to rescind workers' hazard pay 2020-05-28 [Newstalk]

Who should qualify for extra pay during the pandemic? Union says more workers should be eligible 2020-05-27 [CTV]

Municipal workers donate $5,000 to Shuswap area charities coping with COVID-19 2020-05-27 [CUPE]

Paramedic Services Week: Honouring CUPE 873’s front-line work during the pandemic 2020-05-27 [CUPE]

Excavating Narratives of Resistance -- Early Chinese Worker Militancy in BC 2020-05-26 [Our Times]

B.C. won’t include grocery store workers in pandemic top-up 2020-05-26 [Global]

MoveUP named co-recipient of Labour Partnership Spirit Award 2020-05-24 [MoveUP]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

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]

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]

2-07-2008 After 14 months of an acrimonious labor dispute, the employees of 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]

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]