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Labour board strikes down Coquitlam, B.C., waste company's attempt to stop employees from unionizing 2022-12-07 [CBC]

With flu season underway, B.C. Federation of Labour presses for 15 days of paid sick leave 2022-12-07 [Global TV]

Union grieves B.C. Ferries' anti-beard rule 2022-12-07 [The Sun]

Health-care workers in B.C. are facing an epidemic of workplace violence 2022-12-07 [OHS Canada]

Union challenges B.C. Ferries' clean-shaven rule for workers 2022-12-06 [Times Colonist]

Inside the Unionization Battle at SFU and UBC 2022-12-05 [The Tyee]

Labour Wants 15 Days of Paid Sick Leave. The Province Is Hesitant 2022-12-05 [The Tyee]

December 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women candlelight vigil 2022-12-05 [PSAC - BC]

Okanagan newspaper members ratify 3-year deal 2022-12-03 [Unifor 2000]

Aava Hotel Whistler workers achieve significant contract gains 2022-12-01 [Unifor]

B.C. government lawyers seek unionization rights from NDP 2022-12-01 [The Mirror]

Teachers ratify contract agreement with province 2022-12-01 [CBC]

Entente de principe entre le SCFP 4163 et l’Université de Victoria 2022-12-01 [CUPE]

CUPE 4163 and University of Victoria reach tentative agreement 2022-12-01 [CUPE]

BCTF members ratify Memorandum of Agreement with BC Public School Employers’ Association 2022-12-01 [Voice]

Privatization of health-care services jobs was harmful then and would be now 2022-11-30 [BIV]

BC teachers stand in solidarity with the people of Iran 2022-11-30 [BCTF]

Head of paramedics union optimistic three ambulances recently cut from the Kelowna fleet will soon be back in service 2022-11-29 [Castanet]

BC Ferries workers ask for religious exemption from clean-shaven rule 2022-11-29 [CTV]

The New Faces of BC’s Labour Movement 2022-11-28 [The Tyee]

B.C. premier wins labour praise for poking Ontario, rejecting notwithstanding clause 2022-11-25 [Times Colonist]

BCFED elects Sussanne Skidmore as president and Hermender Singh Kailley as secretary-treasurer 2022-11-24 [Voice]

The BC Federation of Labour Calls for Policing Alternatives 2022-11-24 [The Tyee]

Community health talks on hold until the new year 2022-11-24 [HEU]

A Three-Year Strike and a Bittersweet Win for Workers 2022-11-23 [The Tyee]

Government lawyers fight for right to unionize on their own terms 2022-11-22 [Canada.com]

CUPE 410 and Greater Victoria Public Library reach tentative agreement 2022-11-22 [CUPE]

B.C. government's lawyers want to unionize 2022-11-21 [Vancouver Sun]

Food processing members at Riviana ratify new contract 2022-11-21 [UFCW 1518]

Federal ruling gives B.C. workers hope for collective agreement after going on strike for 3 years 2022-11-21 [CBC]

WorkSafeBC and Compensation Employees’ Union reach tentative agreement 2022-11-19 [Global]

BC Electrical Workers Win Right to Unionize After 5 Year Legal Battle With Ledcor 2022-11-18 [Press Progress]

Let health care worker set for deportation stay, Dix tells Ottawa 2022-11-17 [Canada.com]

Unifor serves strike notice at Kamloops car dealership 2022-11-16 [Unifor]

B.C. wants to hear from ‘gig workers’ as it reviews employment standards 2022-11-15 [Global]

Preparing for an end to single-site orders 2022-11-15 [HEU]

Capital Regional District workers in B.C. reach tentative agreement 2022-11-15 [CUPE]

More ambulance paramedics sought for Kelowna, BCEHS says 2022-11-14 [Kelowna Courier]

94% of municipal police in Surrey, B.C., sign vow not to join ‘toxic’ RCMP: union 2022-11-11 [The Star]

New Westminster family faces Dec. 19 deportation to Mexico 2022-11-10 [The Record]

Tentative Teachers’ Deal ‘Good News All Around’ 2022-11-10 [The Tyee]

Kelowna residents may wait longer for an ambulance as services reduced 2022-11-09 [Global]

Federal health and immigration ministers urged to stop deportation of local health care worker 2022-11-09 [HEU]

Contract talks suspended for 17,000 unionized community social services workers 2022-11-09 [HEU]

UBC Exam Invigilators join CUPE; more academic workers express interest in joining 2022-11-09 [CUPE]

B.C. further expands cancer coverage for firefighters 2022-11-08 [Ministry of Labour]

Time to end contracting out at UNBC, say campus workers 2022-11-08 [CUPE]

Union Representative 2 - Full-Time Regular 2022-11-07 [MoveUP]

Time to End Contracting Out at UNBC, Say Campus Workers 2022-11-07 [CUPE]

WCB changes are a welcome start, recognizing much more is needed: BCFED 2022-11-06 [BCFed]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

6-12-1917 Wartime miscalculations and naval mismanagement cause unprecedented devastation for working-class neighborhoods in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When two ships collide in the harbour, one of them loaded with tons of explosives, almost 2,000 people are killed. [more]

6-12-1921 J. S. Woodsworth, a Methodist minister arrested during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, is elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. Re-elected five times, he is a founder, in 1932, of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. [more]

7-12-1970 The Royal Commission on the Status of Women releases its report. Many of the 167 recommendations relate to the status of women in the workplace, including pay equity and access to childcare, education and training. [more]

9-12-1910 Methane gas explodes in the Bellevue, Alberta coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass. The union had warned against gas accumulations more than once that year. There are seventeen survivors and thirty-one casualties, including one rescuer. [more]

11-12-1984 The United Auto Workers Canadian Council decides to separate from the international union and form UAW-Canada, later the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). [more]

14-12-1965 A small group of women workers at Tilco Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, go on strike for a union contract, only to face strikebreakers and court injunctions against picketing. The strike is lost but leads to the abolition of ex parte injunctions. [more]

19-12-1945 The historic 99-day strike at Ford in Windsor, Ontario ends with an agreement to have Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand arbitrate a new collective agreement. His decision leads to adoption of the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

20-12-2001 In a union appeal against an Ontario law, the Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of agricultural workers to trade unionism and collective bargaining. [more]

23-12-1964 Unionized printers at the daily La Presse in Montréal reach a settlement after a 214-day lockout caused by their concerns over the introduction of new printing technology. [more]

27-12-1913 Protests by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Edmonton, Alberta, force the city to provide emergency work and housing for 400 unemployed. [more]

29-12-1876 Grand Trunk Railway workers in eastern Ontario go on strike in support of fired co-workers. The four-day strike is broken by the use of scabs and militia. [more]

29-12-1958 Television screens on the French-language network go blank in Québec with the start of a strike by producers at Radio-Canada that lasts 70 days. With wide public support in the province, the producers win union recognition. [more]

31-12-1958 In Newfoundland, members of the International Woodworkers of America go on strike against the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company. When Premier Joe Smallwood decertifies the union, the struggle draws international attention. [more]

31-12-2011 In Alma, Quebec, Rio Tinto Alcan locks out members of Local 9490, United Steelworkers, in an attempt to replace all retiring workers with non-union contract employees. This is followed by a successful six-month global solidarity campaign. [more]