Labour - Unions

Julie MacLellan
Members of the B.C. Women's Alliance (and their children) in New Westminster hung a banner in Victoria Hill as part of the group's campaign for a guaranteed livable income.contributed

May 4, 2021

Banner in Victoria Hill was part of a provincewide campaign to raise awareness of the need for economic justice as we emerge from the pandemic

Women in New Westminster are adding their voices to a B.C.-wide call for a guaranteed livable income.

Socialist Project
Azadeh Reisdana and Sam Gindin

Editor: This is an interesting interview on the subject of how democratic socialism might be advanced.

May 2, 2021

Azadeh Reisdana interviews Sam Gindin on the recent growth of democratic socialism in developing countries and as an ideology which attracts a new younger generation of socialists. They also discuss the expansion of democratic socialism to not only a political theory but also as an economic application. This was recorded online during the Covid lockdown, March 2021.

Jessica Corbett
The THRIVE Act plans to create nine million jobs by upgrading infrastructure for clean water, affordable public transit, and a reliable electric grid and expanding access to wind and solar power, electric vehicles, and healthy buildings. (Photo: aydinmutlu/Getty Images)

April 29, 2021

The bill aims to ensure "an intersectional response" to the climate crisis, coronavirus pandemic, economic inequity, and racial injustice "that is proportionate to the scope of the problems we face."

On the heels of President Joe Biden unveiling the second prong of his infrastructure proposal, progressives in Congress came together Thursday to formally introduce sweeping legislation that would invest $10 trillion over a decade in advancing climate, economic, and racial justice while putting 15 million people nationwide to work.

William Janeway
Demostrators with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gather in San Francisco to call on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support the formation of a select committee to advance a Green New Deal. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc)

April 14, 2021

Whether it is called "Build Back Better" or a "Green Industrial Policy" or, indeed, a Green New Deal, it is imperative to reject the false dichotomy of "jobs against climate."

Metaphors matter. As a metaphor, the "New Deal" has been mobilized both in response to climate change and in support of President Biden's rescue and infrastructure initiatives. It needs examination if it is to go from serving as a mere slogan to defining a coherent program. Compelling invocation of the New Deal turns on:

Nicole Oud
Construction at the Site C dam job site in northern B.C. has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic as it's considered an essential service. (Site C Clean Energy Project)

"Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kim said they are looking at ways to mass vaccinate the rest of the project's workers as quickly as possible."

Apr 29, 2021

Northern Health says work at the dam construction site in northeast B.C. can continue

Northern Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak among workers at BC Hydro's Site C dam project in northeast B.C. 

Thirty-four lab-confirmed cases have been identified. Of those, 13 are active, and 100 workers are isolating at home or on site. 

Andrew MacLeod and Amanda Follett Hosgood
More than 40 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Site C dam site since the start of March, and the number of cases has increased in recent weeks, says BC Hydro. Photo via BC Hydro.

29 Apr 2021

Thirty-four people have tested positive at the site in five separate case clusters.

Construction is continuing on the Site C dam despite the Northern Health Authority declaring a COVID-19 outbreak among people working on the project.

“The declaration follows evidence of COVID-19 transmission among employees working primarily on civil works and excavation for the project,” the authority announced Thursday.

Laura Stone, Jeff Gray, Queen's Park Reporters

Apr. 28, 2021

Ontario will provide workers with three paid sick days to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic until the fall, a major turnaround for Premier Doug Ford’s government that critics said was still inadequate.

Chris Campbell
Locked-out Hilton Metrotown workers staged a rally at Burnaby city hall on Monday.Michael Y.C. Tseng

Apr. 27, 2021

Council passed a motion on Monday related to a labour dispute

Locked-out Hilton Metrotown hotel workers rallied at Burnaby City Hall on Monday to urge council to adopt a motion to not spend city money at the hotel during the labour dispute.

And then city council did exactly that.

Hilton Metrotown locked out room attendants, front desk agents, banquet, and kitchen staff on April 16 after terminating 97 long-term staff, impacting at least 50 workers who live in Burnaby - a move the union has called "mass firings."

Inayat Singh, Alice Hopton

Without a transition plan, advocates say oil and gas workers fill face involuntary layoffs and a lack of options for retraining. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)


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