Labour - Unions

14/05/22
Author: 
UNITE HERE Local 40
Hilton Metrotown Workers Win Contract Ending B.C.’s Longest Hotel Lockout

May, 14, 2022

VICTORY!!

Hilton Metrotown Workers Win Contract Ending B.C.’s Longest Hotel Lockout

97 Terminated Staff Win Right to Return to Jobs

This past Wednesday, May 11, locked out Hilton Metrotown hotel workers voted to ratify a new contract by a 98% yes vote. The vote to approve this groundbreaking three-year collective bargaining agreement ends the picket line outside of the hotel and returns staff to their jobs. The 391-day lockout at Hilton Metrotown has been the longest hotel lockout in B.C.’s history.

11/05/22
Author: 
Andrew MacLeod
Health Minister Adrian Dix says government has taken steps to expand the role of the public sector in health care. Photo via BC government.

May 4, 2022

Health Minister Adrian Dix defends Vernon contract and says government is working to increase public health care.

During the last provincial election campaign, held in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BC NDP signalled a change of direction on long-term care.

With a significant portion of the seniors dying from COVID-19 living in long-term care facilities, the NDP warned against the failures of privatized care and pledged to build new beds in the public sector.

10/05/22
Author: 
What On Earth - CBC
BC Ambulance

". . . workers should have a right to do no harm to future generations.."

". . . It's my hope that this is just the beginning.  People are obviously seeing the value in standing together and so I'm looking forward to talking with other labour organizations, other employers, other individuals, . . .

" It is our hope that we can create a safe place where workers can stand up together and say we want to see this change where we work. " 

07/05/22
Author: 
David Hollingworth, Chair Environment and Climate Change Committee Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC

April 22, 2022 

Re:  Supporting a Worker’s Right to Operate a Clean Energy Vehicle (RTOCEV)

This Earth Day, the Ambulance Paramedics of BC would like to offer a message of hope to the general public and call on workers and labour organizations across the country and around the world to join us in a movement to increase the deployment of clean energy vehicles (CEVs) in private and public sector fleets that will ultimately reduce carbon emissions.

07/05/22
Author: 
Melody Jacobson
The Rent Strike Bargain campaign aims to organize tenants' groups in B.C. cities with large corporate landlords. (Rent Strike Bargain Collective)

May 1, 2022

Vancouver Tenants Union lobbies government for right to represent renters

A recent victory for tenants in San Francisco is bolstering the organizers of a would-be union for tenants in B.C. seeking to mobilize renters looking for protection from unreasonable rates and conditions.

01/05/22
Author: 
Robert R. Raymond
Sutter Health nurses and health care workers hold signs as they participate in a one day strike outside of the California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness Campus on April 18, 2022, in San Francisco, California. JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES

People in Los Angeles are launching a “municipalist movement” on May 1 with the aim of democratizing U.S. cities.

Apr. 30, 2022

s we continue to watch federal and state governments fail us on issue after issue — from climate change to voting rights to even the most basic of human rights, such as the right to an abortion — a growing movement of change-makers are beginning to look closer to home for ways to exercise political agency and to reshape their world.

28/04/22
Author: 
Graeme Goossens
Image adapted from an original illustration by Ben J.P./Flickr. - Wind Farm Fire

Apr. 18, 2022

A critical review of Seth Klein’s ‘A Good War’

I can’t forget those crisp November mornings. I’d stand respectfully still, a Scout’s red sash across my shoulder. I remember the veteran steadying himself with his cane, standing as straight as he still could, crying silently as the “Last Post” rang out.

“How many of you would have fought?” Ms. Allen had asked our class.

Every tiny hand was raised.

The heroism of the Second World War was etched into my memory.

28/04/22
Author: 
the Early Edition - CBC
Vancouver Tenants Union

Apr. 27, 2022

Vancouver Tenants Union's Ben Ger speaks with Stephen Quinn about how a big court battle win for American renters could spark new negotiation rules for landlords and tenants here in Vancouver.

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