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Amidst the pandemic, the fight against racism and discrimination must be front and centre 2020-03-29 [BCFed]

Building Trades calls for enforcement to protect workers against COVID-19 threat 2020-03-28 [The Journal of Commerce]

How workers at Canada’s busiest port are ‘rocking and rolling’ to get food, supplies and face masks across the country amid COVID-19 2020-03-28 [The Star]

BC labour movement welcomes sick leave protections, advocates for robust social supports 2020-03-25 [BCFed]

Work Camps Stay Open Despite Pandemic Risks 2020-03-24 [The Tyee]

Government, union mull ways to keep teachers working amid coronavirus outbreak 2020-03-24 [Global]

Health care workers need protection during pandemic 2020-03-22 [NUPGE]

MoveUP urges public to remember social responsibility and distance 2020-03-22 [MoveUP]

Rent and mortgage relief, preventing evictions, needed to support workers through COVID-19 economic downturn 2020-03-22 [BCFed]

Resources for workers during COVID-19 2020-03-22 [BCFed]

'No new anything:' Guards union says prison needle exchange expansion on hold 2020-03-22 [This Week]

Nurses, firefighters say childcare access critical to keep them on the front lines of COVID-19 crisis 2020-03-20 [CBC]

Border agents not trained for COVID-19 screening at YVR, union says 2020-03-19 [CTV]

Public-sector union calls for a coronavirus freeze on rent and mortgage payments 2020-03-18 [The Georgia Straight]

Unions issue urgent call for paid and protected sick leave for all workers in BC 2020-03-17 [BCFed]

COVID-19: HEU continues to take steps to safeguard members and the public 2020-03-17 [HEU]

CUPE BC Convention 2020, scheduled April 22-25, cancelled Share this page in your online social circles Share this 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

CUPE 606 trades innovation builds success for students 2020-03-17 [CUPE]

Union calls for mortgage, rent payments to be put on hold during COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-17 [CBC]

Union calls for suspension of mortgage and rent payments until COVID-19 crisis ends 2020-03-16 [CTV]

Coronavirus fears shut down major film productions in B.C., workers told to apply for EI 2020-03-16 [Global]

CUPE 606 trades innovation builds success for students 2020-03-16 [CUPE]

Peer harm reduction workers move to unionize in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside 2020-03-15 [CBC]

COVID-19 cancellations mean uncertainty for employees at large Vancouver venues 2020-03-14 [CITY]

Workers at BC’s Private Long-Term Care Facilities Are Facing Health and Financial Risks As the Coronavirus Spreads 2020-03-13 [Press Progress]

MoveUP monitoring COVID-19 situation; Information on scheduled events 2020-03-13 [MoveUP]

Protection for workers must be key pillar of COVID-19 response 2020-03-13 [BCFed]

BCGEU calls on all employers to drop doctor’s note requirement amid COVID-19 scare 2020-03-12 [Global]

Protect workers – and their jobs – from COVID-19, says BC Federation of Labour 2020-03-12 [Tri-City News]

Arbitrated settlement nets big gains for B.C. 9-1-1 operators Share this page in your online social circles 2020-03-12 [CUPE]

Peer harm reduction workers vote to unionize 2020-03-10 [CUPE]

National Historic Site designation for Rossland Miners Union Hall 2020-03-10 [The Telegraph]

Vancouver drug users employed in overdose response vote on whether to join a union 2020-03-10 [The Georgia Straight]

Strike averted at Fairmont Empress as hotel workers reach tentative deal with employer 2020-03-08 [CBC]

Vigil to commemorate farmworkers puts spotlight on worker safety in agricultural sector 2020-03-08 [BCFed]

Statement on International Women’s Day 2020-03-08 [BCFed]

Fighting for a world of equality for women on International Women's Day 2020-03-07 [HEU]

Empress hotel workers reach tentative agreement 2020-03-07 [Unifor]

Empress Hotel workers serve notice of job action 2020-03-04 [Unifor]

Albion Community Centre to be run by public workers 2020-02-29 [CUPE]

BCGEU seniors’ care workers reach deal to improve working conditions 2020-02-29 [NUPGE]

Union Says Casino Workers Remain Exposed to Organized Crime Syndicates 2020-02-27 [Casino.org]

Casino management ignored workers' warnings about money laundering, B.C. union head charges 2020-02-25 [CBC]

Long strike on Vancouver Island ends in settlement 2020-02-24 [IAMAW]

Pulp and Paper Mill Faces 30-Day Closure Due to Lack of Wood 2020-02-24 [CCU]

Budget 2020 invests heavily in public services and infrastructure, introduces new tax on the 1% 2020-02-24 [BCFed]

No Fast Action on Major WorkSafeBC Review, Says Labour Minister 2020-02-24 [The Tyee]

Statement from CUPE Local 391 In response to VPL Board’s decision regarding March 21 GIDYVR room rental at Library Square Conference Centre 2020-02-24 [CUPE]

'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]

This month in labour history

1-03-1903 More than 2,000 longshoremen went on strike for 5 weeks when the Port of Montreal opened to shipping. They are demanding recognition of their union, improved working conditions and increased wages. [more]

3-03-1937 Polish and Italian migrant workers call a sit-down strike at the Holmes Foundry in Sarnia ON. on 3 March a mob 300 "Canadian-born" men attack the strikers and evict them then attack their homes. 50 are seriously injured. [more]

4-03-1910 An avalanche in the Rogers Pass, British Columbia, takes the lives of workers clearing snow from Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. A total of 62 bodies are recovered, including four the following spring. The dead include 32 contract labourers from Japan. [more]

6-03-1925 Nova Scotia coal miners shut down the mines after the British Empire Steel Corporation refuses to continue contract negotiations and cuts off credit at company stores. It is the beginning of an historic five-month strike. [more]

6-03-1843 Workers on the Welland Canal, mostly Irish immigrants, start one of many strikes this year. [more]

7-03-1978 Women workers begin a 23-week strike for a first contract at a small auto parts plant in Centralia, Ontario. The Fleck workers' militancy wins wide support and shows the need for reforms in labour law. [more]

8-03-1980 In Hamilton, Ontario, an International Women's Day rally features the Women Back Into Stelco campaign. A human rights complaint by five women forces a major steel company to change their hiring practices. [more]

9-03-1906 Mineworkers in the Lethbridge, Alberta district go on strike against poverty wages and are met by scabs, police and private detectives. They win a small wage increase with the help of a mediator, but the company refuses to recognize the union. [more]

10-03-1957 Copper miners at Murdochville, Quebec launch a strike for union recognition. The unsuccessful struggle lasts seven months and the courts award Noranda Mines $1.5 million in damages, to be paid by the United Steelworkers. [more]

12-03-2012 Union organizer and feminist Madeleine Parent, born in Montreal in 1918, dies at age 93 after a lifetime of service to the organization of workers and the cause of social justice. [more]

13-03-1919 In Calgary, Alberta, the Western Canadian Labour Conference calls for sweeping political and economic changes, including abolition of production for profit and the organization of workers on industrial lines. They adopt the name One Big Union. [more]

17-03-1960 Five Italian immigrant workers die in an underground tunnel at a watermain construction project in suburban Toronto. The Hoggs Hollow Disaster draws public attention to the unsafe conditions in construction and the exploitation of immigrant workers. [more]

20-03-1972 The Front Commun du Québec organizes a demonstration and march of 75,000 workers that criss-crosses Montreal. [more]

25-03-2006 An accounting instructor dies from injuries received on the picket line at Centennial College in Toronto during a province-wide strike. John Stammers, 62, was a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. [more]

25-03-1872 The Toronto printers union strikes employers who respond to their demand for a 58-hour week with "foolish, absurd and abusive". [more]

25-03-1886 The first workers' compensation legislation was passed in Ontario. [more]

27-03-1912 Thousands of workers start to walk out of railway construction camps on the Fraser River in British Columbia in a strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World. When Joe Hill visits, he writes a song for the Wobbly song book. [more]

31-03-1949 The Canadian Seamen's Union launches a strike to defend union contracts. Shipping companies and Canadian authorities collaborate with the Seafarers' International Union to drive out the CSU. [more]

31-03-2004 Bill C-45 comes into force, amending the Criminal Code to impose penalties on corporations and managers for violations causing workplace injuries or death. It is named the Westray Bill after the 1992 mine disaster. [more]