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BCTF statement of solidarity with Iranian-Canadians 2020-01-13 [BCTF]

UFCW 1518 wins wage increase for all MEC locations in B.C. 2020-01-13 [UFCW Canada]

Union Wins Wage Increase for All MEC Locations in British Columbia 2020-01-08 [UFCW Canada]

Five more B.C. cities commit to paying employees living wage: advocate 2020-01-08 [CITY]

HEU recruiting Enhanced Disability Management Program stewards 2020-01-07 [HEU]

The work begins now 2020-01-07 [CUPE]

Large family thankful for union, community support during strike 2019-12-31 [The Courier]

Appeal Court OKs class-action lawsuit against University of Victoria 2019-12-28 [The Globe and Mail]

'Doom and gloom' for sidelined Mackenzie forestry workers despite aid announcement 2019-12-28 [CBC]

Solidarity is more than just a word 2019-12-28 [HEU]

HEU wins WCB appeal for medical cannabis 2019-12-28 [HEU]

Top 5 things to celebrate in 2019 2019-12-28 [HEU]

Longtime sex workers advocate Jamie Lee Hamilton dead at 64 2019-12-26 [CBC]

Forestry strike mediators to report directly to B.C. labour minister as pressure mounts for resolution 2019-12-24 [CBC]

Workers vote for union: teach ‘co-op’ what it means to co-operate 2019-12-24 [CLI]

UFCW 1518 enters mediation with Uber and Lyft 2019-12-23 [UFCW Canada]

Community Savings Credit Union demonstrates proactive support for Workers Deserve Better campaign 2019-12-23 [MoveUP]

Instances of abuse towards transit staff significantly increase during holiday season 2019-12-23 [MoveUP]

Weeks before Christmas, the Grinch Visits Vancouver Island 2019-12-23 [IAMAW]

SkyTrain workers ratify new contract agreement, including annual wage increases 2019-12-23 [Global]

Vancouver Island communities hurt by forestry strike prepare for hard Christmas 2019-12-22 [CBC]

Union calls out highways contractor 2019-12-20 [The Daily Courier]

Labour minister 'disappointed' as talks collapse again in forestry strike 2019-12-20 [CBC]

Union calls for boycott of Ladner Co-op 2019-12-19 [The Optimist]

6-month-long strike by B.C. forestry workers shows no sign of ending as union-employer talks break down again 2019-12-19 [CBC]

Labour board agrees to hear local union's challenge of Uber and Lyft 2019-12-18 [CBC]

UFCW 1518 in mediation with Uber and Lyft 2019-12-17 [Yahoo]

Loonies For Loggers founders wowed by overwhelming support 2019-12-17 [Now]

CUPE members ratify collective agreement that improves livability for lowest-paid members 2019-12-17 [CUPE]

MoveUP announces support for decriminalization of sex work 2019-12-17 [MoveUP]

MoveUP declares its support for decriminalizing sex work 2019-12-17 [The Georgia Straight]

‘Contractor rally in Campbell River disguised as worker rally,’ says Union 2019-12-16 [Now]

Canada Post carrier seriously injured in Saanich dog attack 2019-12-14 [The News]

Standardized wages one answer to seniors care home crisis, says union 2019-12-14 [CBC]

Canada Line workers’ contract expires in three weeks 2019-12-13 [The Courier]

CUPE 7000, SkyTrain reach tentative agreement 2019-12-11 [CUPE]

Health employers drop punitive measures of vaccinate or mask policy 2019-12-10 [NUPGE]

Family left with questions in workplace death of CP Rail engineer 2019-12-10 [The Sun]

Vancouver’s SkyTrains have no drivers. Here’s why a strike could still shut down the world’s oldest automated transit system 2019-12-10 [The Star]

Transit strike: Talks drag into early morning as SkyTrain shutdown looms 2019-12-10 [The Sun]

Canada Line's union workers contract set to expire at the end of the month 2019-12-10 [The Daily Hive]

SkyTrain strike to begin with full shutdown on Tuesday 2019-12-10 [CUPE]

B.C. aims for better patient care by increasing safety of healthcare workers 2019-12-09 [CBC]

SkyTrain Will Shut Down For 3 Days As Workers Strike 2019-12-08 [Huffington Post]

Full SkyTrain service shutdown planned for Tuesday, union says 2019-12-08 [CBC]

SkyTrain strike to begin with full shutdown on Tuesday 2019-12-08 [CUPE]

Community stepping up to help striking Cowichan workers through Christmas 2019-12-07 [The Citizen]

Tribunal finds reduced benefits for older workers not age discrimination 2019-12-07 [Benefits Canada]

SkyTrain union issues 72-hour strike notice 2019-12-07 [The Daily Hive]

Flu policy update: No discipline for health workers who choose not to vaccinate or wear masks 2019-12-06 [HEU]

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

7-01-1949 Quebec Premier Duplessis' UN government introduces a new labour code that directly attacks the province's labour movement. [more]

8-01-2007 The 21,000 members of ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, begin the first strike in their 64-year history. An agreement is reached after 17 months of bargaining. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

24-01-2009 Le Journal de Montréal declares a lockout in an attempt to “gigify” the workers' collective agreement. The dispute lasts for 764 days. [more]

24-01-1979 The first bank strike in Canadian history begins when workers picket branches of La Banque d'épargne de la cité et du district de Montréal. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1981 An illegal strike by 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, begins. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

26-01-1983 Instructors at Quebec CEGEPs walk out, beginning a Common Front strike against rollbacks in collective agreements introduced by the Parti Québécois. Primary and high school teachers and other public sector workers join the protest. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, is sent to prison for defying a back-to-work law. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]