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Sex worker support groups join forces, hope to create provincial 'bad date' list 2019-08-13 [The Sun]

Sessional lecturers and music instructors in contract talks with UVic 2019-08-12 [The Times-Colonist]

UFCW loud and proud at Vancouver Pride parade 2019-08-08 [UFCW Canada]

Workers claim Hotel Georgia created 'overly-sexualized' environment, file human rights complaint 2019-08-08 [CITY]

 VIDEO  Employees file human rights complaint against luxury hotel 2019-08-08 [CTV]

Dearborn Ford accused of bargaining in bad faith 2019-08-08 [Unifor]

Vancouver’s container truckers open negotiations 2019-08-08 [Unifor]

MP Blaney visits picket lines as Western Forest Products strike enters second month 2019-08-07 [The Mirror]

LRB upholds right of labour movement to declare “hot edict” in WFP strike 2019-08-07 [The Citizen]

TNRD, union agree on five-year contract 2019-08-06 [This Week]

Westminster Savings dispute settled / Boycott removed 2019-08-04 [MoveUP]

DL 250 Golf Tournament raises almost $60,000 for the visually impaired 2019-08-04 [IAMAW]

Landmark ruling by Labour Relations Board a victory for BC’s labour movement 2019-08-04 [BCFed]

Hotel Georgia Employees Set To File Human Rights Complaint Against Luxury Vancouver Hotel 2019-08-03 [Huffington Post]

Forestry Workers Down Saws to Stop Cuts 2019-08-02 [Rank and File]

UVic sessional lecturers, music instructors vote to strike 2019-08-02 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

University of Victoria sessional lecturers and music instructors vote to strike 2019-08-02 [CUPE]

Rossland Miner’s Hall receives national recognition from Parks Canada 2019-07-31 [The Local]

Food processing members at Rogers Foods secure higher wages 2019-07-29 [UFCW Canada]

New grant from BC govt. helps distribute sanitary products, collects research on period poverty 2019-07-29 [NUPGE]

BCGEU participates in provincial workers’ compensation system review 2019-07-29 [NUPGE]

IAM LL 692 – 100 Years Strong! But the Road Ahead is Clear 2019-07-28 [IAMAW]

Court battle over union-only Pattullo Bridge replacement workers continues 2019-07-27 [Peace Arch News]

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District workers ratify agreement 2019-07-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CUPE 118 ratify new agreement, establish new protections for temporary and casual workers 2019-07-27 [CUPE]

'I don't feel safe anymore': Hotel worker union demands safety for women 2019-07-26 [CTV]

Hotel Rosewood Georgia workers allege sexual harassment by guests 2019-07-26 [CBC]

B.C. Supreme Court to hear case on Community Benefit Agreements 2019-07-25 [CITY]

Western Forest Products to cut back production at B.C. mill as strike continues 2019-07-25 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

9-1-1 Operators launch awareness campaign 2019-07-23 [CUPE]

Boycott notice issued for Westminster Savings Credit Union 2019-07-22 [BCFed]

Contract that ended B.C. port lockout wards off robots taking human jobs, union and employers say 2019-07-18 [The Star]

United Steelworkers Welcomes ‘Hot Edict’ of Western Forest Products 2019-07-16 [USW]

Boycott notice issued for Westminster Savings Credit Union 2019-07-16 [MoveUP]

Van Island forestry workers strike against concessions 2019-07-16 [Rank and File]

First Nations, environmentalists, mill workers push province to overhaul forestry rules 2019-07-16 [CBC]

As B.C. forestry strike enters 3rd week, concern grows over effect on community 2019-07-16 [CBC]

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on 2019-07-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

BC Ferries workers face verbal and physical abuse by disgruntled passengers, union says 2019-07-15 [The Daily Hive]

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on 2019-07-15 [CBC]

Company and union locked in for a battle 2019-07-13 [The Courier]

Federation of Labour supports striking WFP workers with ‘hot edict’ 2019-07-13 [The Citizen]

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on 2019-07-13 [The National Post]

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program 2019-07-12 [CITY]

Federation of Labour steps up pressure on Western Forest Products, issues “hot edict” 2019-07-12 [BCFed]

Federation of Labour supports striking forestry workers 2019-07-12 [The Gazette]

United Steelworkers Welcomes 'Hot Edict' of Western Forest Products 2019-07-11 [USW]

Big Business Lawyer Warns Anti-Union Conference that the BC Liberals Are Losing the War on Workers 2019-07-11 [Press Progress]

Government implements labour-friendly changes to the Labour Relations Code 2019-07-09 [The Lawyer's Daily]

Unifor wins wage theft case against Whistler Domino's franchise 2019-07-09 [Unifor]

This month in labour history

1-08-2009 At Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, United Steelworkers Local 9508 begins an 18-month strike against Vale Inco. The main issue is pay equity with workers at the multinational's other operations in Canada. [more]

1-08-1928 Ten workers are killed in the collapse of a gate on the Welland Ship Canal. They are among the 137 men who died during the completion of this shipping link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. [more]

2-08-1918 In British Columbia, Vancouver workers go out on strike to protest the shooting of union organizer Ginger Goodwin on 27 July. This is often considered to be the first use of a general strike in Canadian history [more]

10-08-1966 Nine workers die and 55 are injured when a span on the Heron Bridge in Ottawa collapses during construction. Fifty years later, the bridge is renamed the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge. [more]

10-08-1970 Nova Scotia fishermen and supporters march across the Canso Causeway, holding up traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. Their seven-month strike wins them the right to a union, but the fish plants refuse to recognize the United Fishermen and Allied Workers. [more]

12-08-1909 Freight handlers at Fort William, Ontario take part in a gun battle with Canadian Pacific Railway police. The seven-day strike is settled, but the CPR later fires most of its Greek and Italian immigrant workers. [more]

19-08-1998 The McDonald's in Squamish, British Columbia is the first outlet of the fast-food giant in North America to be unionized. The union fails to win a contract and in 1999 workers vote to decertify. [more]

20-08-1937 Millworkers and longshoremen on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick strike for better wages and hours and for recognition of the New Brunswick Farmer-Labour Union. Their success helps bring about new labour laws in the province. [more]

22-08-1950 More than 100,000 railway workers go on strike, shutting down the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines. A week later an emergency session of Parliament passes a law to end the strike, the first use of back-to-work legislation in Canada. [more]

29-08-1907 Seventy-five men, many of them First Nations workers from Kahnawake, are killed in the collapse of a huge cantilever bridge under construction across the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. Before the disaster, supervisors ignore flaws in the design. [more]

31-08-2013 A merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers brings 300,000 members together in Unifor, now Canada's largest private sector union. There are high expectations for new organizing work, especially among young people. [more]

31-08-2001 A McDonald's restaurant in Montreal closes after the workers there organize and before a first contract is negotiated. This is later documented in the film Maxime, McDuff & McDo. [more]