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'How did the CLAC union end up supporting the company and not supporting the dead worker?' 2020-02-23 [CBC]

In-house crew brings big savings in Grand Forks 2020-02-23 [CUPE]

CUPE 15 welcomes new members at Langara 2020-02-23 [CUPE]

Nurse shortage leads to more violence from patients, UBC study finds 2020-02-21 [CBC]

Some forestry workers returning to work just days after strike-ending deal ratified: union president 2020-02-21 [CBC]

Labour union tries to shut down feminist speaker 2020-02-20 [The Post Millenial]

Access to quality health care and affordability for families keeps B.C. on track 2020-02-19 [HEU]

CUPE work on Capital project saves taxpayers $400,000 2020-02-19 [CUPE]

Budget 2020 continues shifting of government priorities from a focus on big corporations and the wealthy to building an economy that works for everyone 2020-02-19 [CUPE]

‘A Totally Rigged System’: Injured Workers in British Columbia Want Change Now 2020-02-19 [The Tyee]

Victoria pot dispensary workers hope a union can help them get recognized as ‘sommeliers’ 2020-02-19 [The Star]

Budtenders become first cannabis workers to join UFCW union 2020-02-19 [Bloomberg]

MoveUP statement on Opposition Leader’s comments regarding domestic violence 2020-02-18 [MoveUP]

The forestry strike is over: Union members accept agreement with Western Forest Products 2020-02-16 [CBC]

Newest Unifor picket line in Co-op labour dispute begins in Prince George 2020-02-15 [Unifor]

Vancouver Island forestry workers now voting on ending strike 2020-02-14 [CTV]

Exclusion zone in Wet’suwet’en territory runs counter to UNDRIP commitments 2020-02-13 [HEU]

CUPE 4163 reaches tentative agreement at UVic 2020-02-13 [CUPE]

CUPE calls for dialogue and reconciliation in Wet’suwet’en territory 2020-02-13 [CUPE]

BCFed reminds Uber, Lyft to comply with employment standards 2020-02-13 [HR Reporter]

CUPE 4500 members ratify agreement with Coast Mountain 2020-02-12 [CUPE]

Richmond municipal workers reach tentative agreement 2020-02-12 [CUPE]

Cowichan workers optimistic, but cautious, over deal to end strike at Western Forest Products 2020-02-11 [The Citizen]

7-month strike may soon be over as Western Forest Products, union reach tentative collective agreement 2020-02-11 [CBC]

Deal in place to end forestry workers strike 2020-02-10 [My Campbell River]

Independent advocate reaffirms call to bring seniors’ care back into government 2020-02-10 [NUPGE]

Statement on the Situation in Wet’suwet’en Territory 2020-02-10 [BCFed]

Special mediators appointed by B.C. government in bid to end forestry dispute 2020-02-07 [CBC]

Funding model for BC nursing homes short-changes care for seniors 2020-02-07 [CUPE]

Border officers to rally at Peace Arch crossing, demand fair contracts 2020-02-06 [CITY]

Kootenay postal workers carry on despite no agreement after 2 years 2020-02-06 [The Times]

Mediators walk away from negotiations in 7-month-long Western Forest Products strike 2020-02-05 [CBC]

B.C. union construction dispute directed to Labour Relations Board 2020-02-05 [Vic News]

HSABC launches survey on racism in the workplace 2020-02-04 [NUPGE]

 VIDEO B.C. Supreme Court passes on hearing challenge of union construction deal 2020-02-04 [Global]

The coronavirus: here’s what HEU members need to know to stay safe 2020-02-03 [HEU]

Union wins back $85K in tips withheld by Fairmont Chateau Whistler 2020-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

Teamsters Call for Independent Police Investigation into Field Derailment 2020-02-03 [Teamsters]

Steelworkers union, Western Forest Products look to end seven-month strike 2020-02-02 [The Bulletin]

Glimmer of hope in 6-month-long Western Forest Products strike, with talks poised to resume 2020-02-01 [CBC]

Workers’ Comp Review Too Slow in Bringing Change, Says Labour Federation 2020-02-01 [The Tyee]

A Hotel In Whistler Is Repaying Servers $85K In “Wrongfully Withheld Tips” 2020-01-31 [Narcity]

Striking workers, WFP returning to bargaining table 2020-01-31 [Now]

Union wins back $85,000 in tips wrongfully withheld by Fairmont Chateau Whistler 2020-01-30 [Yahoo]

CUPE 4500 members reach tentative agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company 2020-01-30 [CUPE]

BC Hydro electrical workers open door to strike after rejecting tentative agreement 2020-01-30 [Globalnews.ca]

Commercial salmon fishery on brink: union 2020-01-29 [The Times-Colonist]

Dug in: Vancouver Island forestry strike heads into seventh month 2020-01-27 [The Globe and Mail]

Solidarity Statement in support of Unist’ot’en Camp and the Wet’suwet’en Nation 2020-01-26 [BCTF]

As Uber and Lyft arrive in BC, rights of ride-hailing drivers must be protected 2020-01-26 [BCFed]

This month in labour history

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the almost 1,700 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

3-02-2005 Ontario's Liberal Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy describes 'strike' as 'a bit of a five-letter word' in the education sector. [more]

6-02-2012 Eleven farmworkers, including nine migrant workers from Peru, are killed in a highway crash at Hampstead, Ontario. The tragedy highlights unsafe conditions in the sector and the exploitation of seasonal workers. [more]

9-02-1869 Birth of James Bryson McLachlan, at Ecclefechan, Scotland. As a union leader in Canada he becomes the champion of the Nova Scotia coal miners and a leading spokesman for the cause of labour radicalism. [more]

10-02-1928 At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine at Timmins, Ontario, the largest in North America, 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. There is no rescue plan in place and it takes five days to put out the fire. [more]

11-02-1963 At Reesor Siding, near Kapuskasing, Ontario, eleven union members are shot, three fatally, in a confrontation over pulpwood supplies for a strikebound mill. Three of the attackers are later fined for possessing dangerous firearms. [more]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [more]

13-02-1988 14,000 Alberta nurses return to work after 19 days of a diificult but successful strike against concessions. [more]

14-02-1949 In defiance of provincial laws, asbestos workers in Québec begin a four-month strike for better wages and workplace safety. With strong public support for the miners' cause, the strike becomes a forerunner of the province's Quiet Revolution. [more]

15-02-1982 All 84 crew on board are lost when an oil-drilling rig capsizes and sinks in a storm on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ocean Ranger disaster is attributed to failures in structural design and inadequate safety measures. [more]

15-02-1912 Jewish tailors go on strike at Eaton’s in Toronto. The community unites and causes a boycott of the company. [more]

17-02-1944 Wartime unrest convinces the federal government to bring in an emergency order, P.C. 1003. It requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This sets a standard for postwar labour relations law. [more]

19-02-2017 Labour leader Bob White dies at 81 years of age. He is remembered as a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers and a popular president of the Canadian Labour Congress. [more]

19-02-1901 The Calgary Trades and Labour Council is founded. [more]

20-02-1912 35 workers at Eaton’s in Toronto go on strike when all the workers are laid off. The strike lasts 4 months but fails. [more]

21-02-1891 At Springhill, Nova Scotia an explosion takes the lives of 125 men and boys in the province's largest coal mine disaster. They leave more than 200 widows and children. [more]

25-02-1931 In Toronto more than 500 women dressmakers protest sweatshop conditions in the needle trades and begin a strike for better wages and union recognition. Large numbers of scabs and police are deployed. [more]

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]