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Unifor welcomes paid vaccination leave for B.C. workers 2021-04-19 [Unifor]

Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club budtenders join the union 2021-04-18 [UFCW Canada]

Magic and Lethal : A Whimsical Sculpture Warns of Asbestos Dangers 2021-04-18 [Our Times]

Burnaby hotel workers locked out just hours after one-day strike protested 'mass firings' 2021-04-18 [Now]

CUPE BC Community Health survey to seek member feedback on workload, COVID-19 issues 2021-04-17 [CUPE]

Campaign to end privatization of hospital cleaning and dietary services picks up steam 2021-04-16 [HEU]

Decriminalization, overdose response funding critical to addressing opioid crisis 2021-04-16 [CUPE]

B.C. under pressure to fund sick days in new budget 2021-04-15 [CHEK]

Union Calls for Gig and App-based Delivery Drivers to Have Free Short-Term Parking 2021-04-15 [The Sun]

CBSA officers’ union calls for vaccine priority in B.C. 2021-04-15 [Now-Leader]

Wage increases for tens of thousands of HEU members coming this month 2021-04-15 [HEU]

CUPE 4951 welcomes 50 workers from Prince George Public Library 2021-04-13 [CUPE]

UFCW 1518 Welcomes Cannabis Industry Workers from the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club 2021-04-13 [UFCW 1518]

'Race to the bottom': Weak federal regulations compromise safety of B.C. tugboats 2021-04-12 [The Sun]

MoveUP member speaks out on being locked out by Kelowna Cabs 2021-04-11 [MoveUP]

BC eliminating lower minimum wage for liquor servers 2021-04-10 [Ministry of Labour]

Remembering Todd McAdam 2021-04-09 [HEU]

'Get back to the table,' urges Burnaby mayor in Metrotown Hilton labour dispute that includes 'mass firings' 2021-04-09 [Burnaby Now]

CUPE BC, Local 8911 celebrate Emergency Services Dispatchers and 911 Awareness Week 2021-04-08 [CUPE]

Hilton Metrotown Files 72-hour Lockout Notice; Burnaby Mayor, Unions, Community Groups Throw Support to Hotel Workers 2021-04-07 [UniteHere local 40]

CUPE 1004 reaches tentative agreement with City of Vancouver, Board of Parks & Recreation 2021-04-07 [CUPE]

Dining continues aboard ferries; union wants vaccinations for its members 2021-04-06 [Times Colonist]

Judgment Reached in Case Between USW Local 2009 versus Ghag 2021-04-05 [USW]

BCFED welcomes job-protected vaccine leave, calls on province to ensure workers don’t lose pay 2021-04-04 [BCFed]

Talking back to the boss 2021-04-04 [CLI]

Updates to mining code increase safety for workers 2021-04-04 [Ministry of Energy, Mines]

Cannabis growing operation first to unionize 2021-04-02 [The Leader-Post]

Workers can't get fired now for taking time off to vaccinate, says B.C. government 2021-04-02 [Pique]

Job-protected leave for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine 2021-04-01 [Ministry of Labour]

British Columbians deserve paid time off to be vaccinated 2021-03-31 [Unifor]

Unions representing workers at Canada Border Services Agency calls on provincial government to include CBSA in BC's frontline priority worker vaccination plan 2021-03-31 [PSAC]

CUPE 718 welcomes City of Richmond fitness professionals 2021-03-31 [CUPE]

British Columbians deserve paid time off to be vaccinated 2021-03-30 [Unifor]

Affordable housing part of union’s relocation plan 2021-03-30 [CLI]

Labour minister concerned over recent workplace deaths 2021-03-27 [Yahoo]

CUPE 1004 members joining BC immunization efforts 2021-03-27 [CUPE]

Labour minister concerned about workplace deaths 2021-03-27 [BC Gov't]

CUPE 7000 members ratify new contract with Southern Railway 2021-03-24 [CUPE]

Unifor members to meet with B.C. government MLAs 2021-03-23 [Unifor]

Unifor members to meet with B.C. government MLAs 2021-03-22 [Unifor]

Miners memorial set for June 19 2021-03-22 [minersmemorial.ca]

Statement by the BCFED on the 2021 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2021-03-21 [BCFed]

Teachers and Other Frontline Workers to Receive Earlier Vaccinations in BC 2021-03-21 [The Tyee]

CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash 2021-03-21 [CBC]

B.C. can continue leading Canada with paid sick leave protection for all workers 2021-03-19 [BC Fed]

Prawn Fishers Face Uncertain Future as Feds Target Freezing-at-Sea Practice
 2021-03-19 [The Tyee]

Union points to high COVID work claims by teachers as proof all students need masks 2021-03-19 [OHS Canada]

End the Kelowna Cabs lockout of workers 2021-03-18 [MoveUP/change.org]

B.C. budtenders ratify historic first contract 2021-03-18 [UFCW 1518]

Teachers' union points to high COVID-19 work claims as proof all students need masks 2021-03-17 [CBC]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-04-1903 In Montréal, more than 2000 longshoremen go on strike at the beginning of the shipping season in the port. Militia are called out, and crowds rally to support the strikers. After five weeks, they win union recognition and more pay. [more]

6-04-1980 The Canadian Farmworkers Union holds its founding convention at Douglas College and delegates elect Raj Chouhan as CFU president. The CFU is Canada's first agricultural workers union. [more]

8-04-1937 In Oshawa, Ontario, 4,000 workers go on strike at the General Motors plant for recognition of the United Auto Workers. They win major concessions, and the strike is often considered the birth of industrial unionism in Canada. [more]

9-04-1983 A tractor trailer drives through a picket line at a strikebound Alcan plant in Scarborough, Ontario, causing the death of Claude Dougdeen, 51, a Trinidad immigrant and father of seven. Outraged union leaders call on the province to bring in anti-scab laws. [more]

11-04-1972 More than 200,000 public sector workers, organized in the Québec Common Front, begin a ten-day strike. Three leaders are jailed, but the Common Front ultimately succeeds in winning a $100 minimum weekly wage for public employees. [more]

15-04-1872 Toronto printers attract a massive crowd of 10,000 people to Queen's Park in support of their strike for the nine-hour day. Union leaders are arrested for conspiracy the next day. [more]

15-04-1903 British Columbia union organizer Frank Rogers, a longshoreman, dies after he is shot while supporting clerical workers on strike against the Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver. [more]

18-04-1872 The first issue of the Ontario Workman appears, with the slogan “The equalization of all elements of society in the social scale should be the true aim of civilization.” It also publishes an excerpt on "the normal working day" from Karl Marx's Capital. [more]

18-04-1872 Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald announces a Trade Union Act stating that unions are legal. This is two days after leaders of the Toronto printers, with strong public support in their strike for a nine-hour day, are arrested for common conspiracy. [more]

19-04-1974 In a targeted campaign for pay equity, postal workers begin a seven-day illegal strike that wins women postal code machine operators the same pay as male postal clerks. [more]

23-04-1956 More than 1600 delegates attend the founding convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress and the Canadian Congress of Labour. They call for a national health plan, full employment and a guaranteed annual wage. [more]

25-04-2004 The government of British Columbia imposes a 15% cut in wages on workers in the health / social sector, leading to an illegal strike by 40,000 members of HEU-CUPE. [more]

26-04-1918 After years of agitation by reformers and unions, the New Brunswick Workmen’s Compensation Act receives Royal Assent. [more]

27-04-1983 As part of its anti-labour agenda, the Alberta government brings in legislation denying firefighters and healthcare workers the right to strike. [more]

28-04-1984 The Canadian Labour Congress establishes the first National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. The idea of a Workers' Memorial Day is adopted by more than 100 countries around the world. [more]

29-04-1903 A sudden rock slide at Turtle Mountain kills more than 76 men, women and children in and around the town of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass. From inside the mine, 17 coal miners dig their way to safety. [more]