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Life Was Already Tough for Migrant Farm Workers. The Pandemic Made It Worse 2021-05-16 [The Tyee]

Labour movement issues boycott of Hilton Metrotown and Pacific Gateway Hotels in support of workers 2021-05-15 [BC Fed]

Unifor welcomes new report on Metro Vancouver container trucking sector 2021-05-14 [Unifor]

Province commits to permanent, paid sick leave, provides limited COVID-19-related coverage 2021-05-12 [BCFed]

B.C. legend Tom Berger’s first fight against injustice as a young Vancouver labor lawyer 2021-05-11 [BC Labour Heritage Centre]

Unifor welcomes paid sick leave in B.C. 2021-05-11 [Unifor]

B.C. to give workers 3 paid days off for absences related to COVID-19 2021-05-11 [CBC]

May is Asian Heritage Month 2021-05-11 [HEU]

Health care voices call for permanent paid sick leave program in BC 2021-05-09 [BCFed]

Union urges cities to grant free short-term parking permit for food app delivery drivers 2021-05-09 [CBC]

Ocean Concrete workers locked out after talks stall over concessions 2021-05-08 [Times Colonist]

WorkSafeBC Data Shows an ‘Alarming’ Spike in COVID-19 Claims 2021-05-07 [The Tyee]

Ocean Concrete locks out workers to force concessions 2021-05-05 [Unifor]

Diversity, equity and inclusion project hosts meetings for HEU members from equity-seeking groups 2021-05-05 [HEU]

Ocean Concrete locks out workers to force concessions 2021-05-04 [Unifor]

Staff at quarantine hotel strike for laid off co-workers 2021-05-04 [CITY]

Richmond quarantine hotel workers walk out on strike 2021-05-04 [The News]

Minimum Wage Is Rising, but Farm Worker Pay Is Still Unresolved 2021-05-03 [The Tyee]

It shouldn’t have taken this long for the BC NDP to legislate paid sick leave 2021-05-03 [Canadian Dimension]

HEU announces Meena Brisard’s appointment as the union’s secretary-business manager 2021-05-01 [HEU]

There is May Day and there’s the “First of May” 2021-05-01 [BC Labour Heritage Centre]

Hospitality employers threaten to lock out 1,200 workers in province 2021-04-30 [Energetic City]

B.C. is developing its own sick pay program, says premier 2021-04-29 [CHEK]

Hospitality employers threaten to lock out 1,200 workers across B.C. 2021-04-29 [UniteHere local 40]

Legislation for paid COVID-19 vaccination leave now in force 2021-04-28 [Ministry of Labour]

Horgan Says Action on Paid Sick Leave Coming ‘in Days Ahead’ 2021-04-28 [The Tyee]

Kelowna flags at half mast for Day of Mourning 2021-04-27 [City of Kelowna]

Time for minister of labour to act on worker exclusions from Minimum Employment Standards 2021-04-24 [Vancouver Sun]

Richmond animal charity appeals for protection against potential workers' strike 2021-04-23 [The News]

Grocery store workers left out of COVID-19 vaccine rollout for frontline workers 2021-04-23 [CTV]

Chetwynd gas plant workers on strike for better contract 2021-04-22 [Energetic City]

PPWC and Unifor stand united in upcoming pulp and paper talks 2021-04-22 [Unifor]

BC's Budget 2021 addresses pandemic and provides road map for more equitable econom 2021-04-22 [CUPE]

Kelowna Cabs’ attempt to union bust fails 2021-04-21 [MoveUP]

BCFED welcomes new investments in health care, caring services, and infrastructure; undaunted in fight for paid sick leave 2021-04-21 [BC Fed]

Advocates continue to call for universal paid sick leave policy 2021-04-21 [CBC]

Aggressive tactics from CNRL won't resolve Chetwynd dispute 2021-04-21 [Unifor]

Key investments to fix seniors’ care reflected in B.C. budget 2021-04-21 [HEU]

Workers Locked Out at Hilton Metrotown 2021-04-20 [UniteHere local 40]

BCGEU applauds investments in sectors like childcare and seniors care; urges more support for workers’ mental and physical well-being 2021-04-21 [BCGEU]

B.C. government must do more to stop COVID-19 says Unifor 2021-04-21 [Unifor]

Aggressive tactics from CNRL won’t resolve Chetwynd dispute, says Unifor 2021-04-20 [Unifor]

Paid leave for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine 2021-04-21 [Energetic City]

Here’s Why Labour Groups and Health Experts Want British Columbia to Legislate Paid Sick Days 2021-04-20 [Press Progress]

Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job 2021-04-20 [MoveUP]

Paid leave to get vaccinated a victory for workers and public health 2021-04-20 [BCFed]

Parking Problems Eat into Food Delivery Drivers’ Earnings 2021-04-20 [The Tyee]

Unifor welcomes paid vaccination leave for B.C. workers 2021-04-20 [Unifor]

Historic Bargaining Finally Begins for SFU Research Assistants 2021-04-20 [The Tyee]

CUPE 458 welcomes fitness and recreation instructors 2021-04-20 [CUPE]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

4-05-1937 In one of a wave of strikes in Québec this year, workers at the shipyards in Sorel demand union recognition, better wages, and reinstatement of dismissed union leaders. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labour Lyceum on Spadina Avenue. She is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

15-05-1946 A six-week strike by loggers in British Columbia begins, the first after the achievement of collective bargaining rights during the war. The strike helps set postwar standards by achieving higher wages, shorter hours, and an industry-wide contract. [more]

15-05-1872 Workers in the city of Hamilton, organized by the Nine Hour Movement, strike and demonstrate to demand a reduction in working hours. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for more than 25,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he was prevented from crossing the border. [more]

21-05-1975 After police bludgeon striking workers at United Aircraft in Longueuil, Québec, a general strike brings out 100,000 protesters. A new government changes labour laws to provide for union security and prohibit the use of strikebreakers. [more]

23-05-1921 The Communist Party of Canada is founded at a three-day meeting in a barn in Guelph, Ontario. The party achieves its greatest influence in the 1930s and 1940s organizing unemployed workers and industrial unions, and in struggles against war and fascism. [more]

24-05-1919 Coal miners in Drumheller, Alberta go on strike for recognition of the One Big Union after they vote overwhelmingly to leave the United Mine Workers of America. [more]

26-05-1919 Thousands of workers in Calgary and Edmonton go on strike in solidarity with their Winnipeg counterparts. [more]

28-05-1927 The House of Commons approves a limited old age pension plan. To qualify, Canadians must be 70 years of age and pass a means test. Also, they must live in a participating province. [more]