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CUPE 391 library workers ratify tentative agreement with City of Vancouver 2021-07-27 [CUPE]

IAM Local 692 turns grievance award into community benefit 2021-07-26 [IAMAW]

Rio Tinto smelter workers go on strike in Kitimat, B.C. 2021-07-26 [CBC]

Rio Tinto smelter workers in Kitimat on strike 2021-07-25 [Unifor]

900 Rio Tinto smelter workers in Kitimat on strike 2021-07-25 [Unifor]

Strike notice issued by union representing workers at B.C. power-generating, smelting facilities 2021-07-23 [CTV]

HEU members make their voices heard on Day of Action to reunite the health care team 2021-07-23 [HEU]

Information picket sets out union issues at Crofton mill 2021-07-22 [The Citizen]

Unifor Serves Rio Tinto with 72 Hour Strike Notice 2021-07-22 [Unifor]

BC puts rules on child labour 2021-07-21 [Ministry of Labour]

Site C dam in B.C. pays tribute to victims of Kelowna crane collapse 2021-07-19 [Global]

Canadian country star Aaron Pritchett remembers family member killed in Kelowna crane collapse 2021-07-19 [Global]

Almost $300K raised for victim of Kelowna crane collapse 2021-07-19 [Kelowna Courier]

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $50,000 to Support Victims of Wildfires in B.C. 2021-07-17 [USW]

Wildfires and natural disasters: Workers' rights and union support 2021-07-17 [NUPGE]

BCFED statement on the Kelowna crane tragedy 2021-07-17 [BCFed]

Residents display high-visibility safety gear to mourn victims of B.C. crane collapse 2021-07-15 [Kelowna Courier/CP]

Union locals develop housing for Vancouver teachers 2021-07-15 [The Sun]

Canadian Western Bank Questioned Over Offshore Hotel Borrower's History of Embezzlement, Illegal Transactions, Long-Term Impact of Hotel Boycott 2021-07-15 [UNITE-HERE]

Construction union calls for mandatory training in wake of Kelowna crane tragedy 2021-07-15 [Global]

Union calls for strong crane regulations 2021-07-14 [Kelowna Courier]

Unifor calls for more time to transition container trucks 2021-07-14 [Unifor]

Unifor calls for more time to transition container trucks 2021-07-13 [Unifor]

Death toll climbs to 5 in crane collapse 2021-07-13 [Kelowna Courier]

Multiple people dead following Kelowna, B.C., crane collapse 2021-07-13 [CBC]

President Laporte’s Statement on Lytton 2021-07-12 [Teamsters]

Health researchers dig into B.C. injury claims 2021-07-12 [The Journal of Commerce]

More visitors, fewer restrictions in seniors’ care as COVID-19 transmission declines 2021-07-10 [HEU]

Agreement reached for workers facing lay off at Capilano Care Centre 2021-07-10 [HEU]

Unifor welcomes federal child care announcement as a first step 2021-07-08 [Unifor]

CUPE 1004 campaigns to save the PNE 2021-07-08 [CUPE]

Unifor to participate in B.C. trucking review 2021-07-07 [Unifor]

Workers in NDP MLAs’ Offices Vote to Strike 2021-07-07 [The Tyee]

B.C. NDP constituency assistants vote to strike 2021-07-05 [CHEK]

Canada Day: Reflect, listen, learn, commit to action 2021-07-01 [BCGEU]

A message on Canada Day from MoveUP 2021-07-01 [MoveUP]

UFAWU-Unifor Response to DFO Announcement of 79 Salmon Fishery Closures 2021-06-30 [UFAWU-Unifor]

Victoria Starbucks Workers Brew Up First Contract 2021-06-30 [The Financial Post]

911 operators “stretched to the limit” during heat wave 2021-06-30 [CUPE]

Unionized Starbucks workers ratify collective agreement 2021-06-30 [CHEK]

Chances Casino Abbotsford Staff Agree to New Terms 2021-06-29 [Casino Reports]

Shaw says B.C. employees can't have paid leave for COVID-19 shots 2021-06-29 [CBC]

Steelworkers Ratify Renewed Contract with Chances Casino in Abbotsford 2021-06-28 [USW]

NUPGE mourns the passing of BCGEU/NUPGE member 2021-06-28 [NUPGE]

UNITE HERE Local 40 holds ‘wakeup rally’ outside Harrison Resort 2021-06-26 [Agassiz-Harrison Observer]

Justice for Westmont Hotel Workers 2021-06-26 [IUF]

Labour board shoots down Summerland appeal 2021-06-25 [Kelowna Courier]

DP World suspends 94 Prince Rupert longshore workers who refused to cross pro-Palestinian picket line. 2021-06-25 [CFTK]

Prince Rupert ILWU workers suspended without pay after refusing to cross pro-Palestinian protest 2021-06-24 [The Northern View]

HEU president releases video to encourage health care workers to get the jab! 2021-06-24 [HEU]

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 new legislation to support collective bargaining. [more]

2-07-2008 After 14 months of an acrimonious labour 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]

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

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]

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]