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Union says Western Forest Products refuses to budge from ‘unreasonable concessions’ 2019-10-22 [The News]

No strike yet, as negotiations continue between TransLink and union 2019-10-22 [The Daily Hive]

B.C.’s largest health care union turns 75 with celebrations across province 2019-10-22 [HEU]

Hotel Georgia workers still on strike despite deal at four Vancouver hotels 2019-10-20 [The Sun]

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries worker injured aboard vessel at Horseshoe Bay 2019-10-20 [Global]

WFP and USW are back at the table for mediation 2019-10-18 [The Citizen]

New contract ends strike at 3 Vancouver hotels, but workers still off the job at Hotel Georgia 2019-10-18 [CBC]

Workers at four Vancouver hotels agree to higher wages, job security 2019-10-18 [The Sun]

Tentative agreement reached in Vancouver hotel strike 2019-10-17 [Vancouver is Awesome]

MoveUP supports BCFED recommendations to the Passenger Transportation Board 2019-10-17 [MoveUP]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh only federal leader to visit picket line in Vancouver 2019-10-17 [CUPE]

Jagmeet Singh Showed Support For BC Hotel Workers By Rallying With Them On The Streets 2019-10-16 [Narcity]

Vancouver Hotel Workers Strike Almost Over After Agreement Between Union And Hotels 2019-10-16 [Narcity]

Court bans striking hotel workers in Vancouver from using sirens to make noise 2019-10-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

4 Vancouver hotels win court fight over striking workers' noise at picket line 2019-10-15 [CBC]

Ramping it up at Envoy Air – 40 new members join IAM to gain respect! 2019-10-15 [IAMAW]

Thousands of Delta jobs in jeopardy, union warns 2019-10-15 [The Optimist]

Jagmeet Singh joins striking Vancouver hotel workers on picket line Thanksgiving Monday 2019-10-15 [The Star]

Fourth Vancouver hotel wins noise fight with striking workers 2019-10-15 [The Sun]

Post-secondary contract teachers are paid unfairly — and that's affecting students, too, federation says 2019-10-14 [CBC]

Metro Vancouver's last transit strike lasted a record-breaking 123 days 2019-10-12 [CBC]

Coast Mountain Bus workers in Vancouver vote to strike 2019-10-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Metro Vancouver bus drivers vote 99% in favour of strike mandate 2019-10-11 [CBC]

Bus, SeaBus drivers across Vancouver take part in strike vote 2019-10-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Emergency Dispatchers of BC ‘more than just a number’ – video 2019-10-11 [CUPE]

Labour calls for boycott of 4 Vancouver hotels as strikes continue 2019-10-10 [CBC]

40 Envoy Air workers in Vancouver join union 2019-10-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Labour board shuts down Vernon, B.C., attempt to remove fire captain 2019-10-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Federation of Labour calls for boycott on four Vancouver hotels in support of striking workers 2019-10-09 [Global]

CUPE 900 welcomes District of Barriere workers 2019-10-08 [CUPE]

Dearborn Ford workers ratify new agreement 2019-10-08 [Unifor]

CUPE 900 welcomes District of Barriere workers 2019-10-08 [CUPE]

Employment standards should apply to Uber and Lyft 2019-10-07 [BCFed]

Picketers won't be silenced after Vancouver hotels win court order restricting noise 2019-10-07 [The Sun]

The makings of a union: BCGEU at 50 2019-10-07 [The Times-Colonist]

HEU urges VIHA to put Nanaimo Seniors Village under administration 2019-10-06 [HEU]

Metro Vancouver bus drivers to hold strike vote 2019-10-04 [CBC]

Nanaimo seniors care home ‘beyond crisis,’ union says 2019-10-04 [The Sun]

Negotiations between Unifor and Coast Mountain Bus Company break off 2019-10-04 [Unifor]

Ambulance paramedics, dispatchers ratify new agreement 2019-10-04 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Labour Minister Bains says ride-hailing companies are not exempt from labour laws 2019-10-03 [The Voice]

Ferry service essential to community, labour board hears 2019-10-02 [BC Local News]

Award Season Is Here! UBCP/ACTRA Announces 2019 Awards Nominees 2019-10-02 [Broadway World]

Ambulance paramedics, dispatchers ratify new collective agreement 2019-10-02 [CUPE]

Janitors become first group to test BC’s new successorship provisions setting major legal precedent for workers in highly precarious sectors of the economy 2019-10-01 [SEIU]

Vancouver hotels sue chanting, picketing employees over 'intolerable' noise 2019-10-01 [CBC]

Avcorp lockout ends – IAM Local 11 wins big on contracting-out, other gains 2019-09-30 [IAMAW]

Orange Shirt Day honours residential school survivors – September 30 2019-09-29 [HEU]

Wages, job security key in tentative deal for UVic sessional lecturers 2019-09-28 [Canada.com]

New 6-year agreement signed for Avcorp workers at Delta, B.C. facility 2019-09-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

This month in labour history

1-10-1741 Workers at the Royal Shipyard in Québec organize the first recorded strike in Canadian history. [more]

6-10-2011 The first H&M retail outlet in Canada is organized in Mississauga, Ontario, where workers vote to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers. [more]

8-10-1906 At Buckingham, Québec, workers locked out for organizing a union at the MacLaren pulp mill are attacked by company police. Union officers Thomas Bélanger and François Thériault are shot dead. [more]

12-10-1973 A strike by immigrant workers at the Artistic Woodwork factory in suburban Toronto attracts strong support from political activists. The strike exposes the role of police in protecting strikebreakers. [more]

12-10-1975 Grace Hartman is elected National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees after six years as Secretary-Treasurer. She becomes the first woman in North American history to lead a major union. [more]

13-10-1944 The Trades and Labour Congress charters Federal Labour Union 180 at Vancouver General Hospital. This is the beginning of the Hospital Employees' Union of British Columbia, now the province's largest health care union. [more]

14-10-1976 In Canada's first country-wide general strike, one million workers join a Day of Protest against the federal government's wage controls policy. [more]

16-10-1963 More than 200 nurses start an illegal strike at the Hôpital Sainte-Justine in Montréal. They are seeking an end to overwork and recognition of their role in the health system. The thirty-day strike achieves a settlement that encourages unionization. [more]

18-10-1935 Farm labourer Nicholas Schaack, 51, dies in hospital following head injuries received on Market Square in Regina on Dominion Day, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police brought the On to Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers to a violent end. [more]

19-10-1996 When General Motors tries to break a Canadian Autoworkers strike by removing equipment, union members occupy the Oshawa plants. [more]

23-10-1958 At Springhill, Nova Scotia, 75 men are killed in a mine disaster and 81 miners are rescued the next day. A group of twelve miners are rescued on 30 October and a final group of seven are located and brought to the surface on 1 November. [more]

27-10-1997 More than 125,000 Ontario teachers walk out to protest the province's plans to cut school budgets and centralize control over education. The two-week protest affects two million students and is the largest teachers’ strike in North American history. [more]

30-10-1971 A protest against a lockout at the daily La Presse in Montréal ends in a street battle between thousands of workers and police. When tear gas is used, student activist Michèle Gauthier, an expectant mother, dies of suffocation. [more]