Labour

Members of BCGEU on strike outside the Sidney/North Saanich branch of VIRL last week. The facility also closed Tuesday and Wednesday as part of labour actions with negotiations set to resume Wednesday evening. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney/North Saanich VIRL branch site of a strike for second straight day

Wednesday evening sees resumption of negotiations between VIRL and BCGEU

Members of BCGEU on strike outside the Sidney/North Saanich branch of VIRL last week. The facility also closed Tuesday and Wednesday as part of labour actions with negotiations set to resume Wednesday evening. (Black Press Media file photo)
Unifor National President Jerry Dias and the Unifor Bargaining Committee representatives announced a new tentative agreement with GM on behalf of 1700 members who work in St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock in advance of tonight 11:59 pm strike deadline on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in Toronto. Unifor will provide an update this afternoon on the complaint filed that former Unifor National President Jerry Dias breached the Unifor Constitution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Former union boss Jerry Dias accepted money from supplier, Unifor alleges

Union’s executive board will now hold ethics code hearing

Unifor National President Jerry Dias and the Unifor Bargaining Committee representatives announced a new tentative agreement with GM on behalf of 1700 members who work in St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock in advance of tonight 11:59 pm strike deadline on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in Toronto. Unifor will provide an update this afternoon on the complaint filed that former Unifor National President Jerry Dias breached the Unifor Constitution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio
CUPE’s Lisa Wilson (left) and Jennifer Collison (right) were among the union members showing solidarity with BCGEU member Sharon Walker in front of the Sidney/North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, which was closed and the site of job action on Tuesday (March 22). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney/North Saanich library closes for second time in a week over job action

Rotating strikes affect branch as BCGEU, VIRL set to resume negotiations Tuesday

CUPE’s Lisa Wilson (left) and Jennifer Collison (right) were among the union members showing solidarity with BCGEU member Sharon Walker in front of the Sidney/North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, which was closed and the site of job action on Tuesday (March 22). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The new Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library was set to have a grand opening celebration this Saturday (March 26), but strike actions by librarians around the system have postponed the event. (Facebook/VI Regional Library Sooke)

Grand opening of new Sooke library postponed as rotating strikes impact VIRL system

Unionized librarians demanding higher wages, better working conditions

The new Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library was set to have a grand opening celebration this Saturday (March 26), but strike actions by librarians around the system have postponed the event. (Facebook/VI Regional Library Sooke)
Locked-out CP Rail workers protest outside the Lachine Intermodal facility in Montreal, Sunday, March 20, 2022. The pressure is on in Ottawa today as a CP Rail work stoppage enters its second day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Ottawa under pressure as CP Rail stoppage enters second day, talks continue

Industry leaders and politicians have urged the federal government to end labour dispute

Locked-out CP Rail workers protest outside the Lachine Intermodal facility in Montreal, Sunday, March 20, 2022. The pressure is on in Ottawa today as a CP Rail work stoppage enters its second day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A woman walks through Toronto’s financial district on Monday, July 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Report finds pockets of jobs weakness in rebound for Canadian women

Female employment almost 1 per cent lower than where it could have been if pandemic hadn’t happened

A woman walks through Toronto’s financial district on Monday, July 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Canadian Pacific Railway locomotives are shuffled around a marshalling yard in Calgary, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian Pacific Railway issues 72-hour lockout notice on Teamsters Canada

Teamsters Canada said in a release that the company’s move was expected

Canadian Pacific Railway locomotives are shuffled around a marshalling yard in Calgary, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
BC General Employees’ Union president Stephanie Smith joined union members including two librarians Tuesday on a picket line outside the Sidney/North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The strike, part of a series of rotating job actions, closed the facility for the day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Fellow BCGEU members join Sidney/North Saanich branch librarians in one-day strike

Union president raises possibility of Vancouver Island Regional Library system-wide strike

BC General Employees’ Union president Stephanie Smith joined union members including two librarians Tuesday on a picket line outside the Sidney/North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The strike, part of a series of rotating job actions, closed the facility for the day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A worker in an office in the financial district The City, in London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Technological revolution of work during pandemic shows promise and inequality

Statistics Canada warns impacts of the pandemic on work are likely to increase inequality

A worker in an office in the financial district The City, in London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Corinne Shortridge and Dalia Levy were among the B.C. General Employees’ Union workers picketing in front of Harbourfront Library in Nanaimo on March 11. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo librarians seek employer response to contract counter-offer

B.C. General Employees’ Union workers picket in front of Nanaimo Harbourfront Library

Corinne Shortridge and Dalia Levy were among the B.C. General Employees’ Union workers picketing in front of Harbourfront Library in Nanaimo on March 11. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Chicago White Sox minor league outfielder Duke Ellis prepares for batting practice during a minor league baseball spring training workout Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Test for MLB players will be how their new deal looks to them in 2026

Agreement reached Thursday raises the competitive-balance tax threshold by $34 million

Chicago White Sox minor league outfielder Duke Ellis prepares for batting practice during a minor league baseball spring training workout Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Job action at Vancouver Island Regional Library branches may soon escalate. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Library strike might escalate after workers reject latest offer

Union members wore protest buttons on March 3

Job action at Vancouver Island Regional Library branches may soon escalate. (Kathryn Swan photo)
More than half of South Asian women respondents to a survey by CulturaliQ and the Pink Attitude Evolution said they are planning to leave their jobs. (pinkattitude.ca photo)

Half of Canada’s South Asian women plan to quit their job: study

Share higher than any other group and 19 per cent more than the average of all women surveyed.

More than half of South Asian women respondents to a survey by CulturaliQ and the Pink Attitude Evolution said they are planning to leave their jobs. (pinkattitude.ca photo)
FILE - Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan, right, arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Seamus O’Regan, right, arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Labour Minister O’Regan says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid test.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Labour minister set to nudge provinces, territories on paid sick leave

In December Parliament approved 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers

FILE - Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan, right, arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Seamus O’Regan, right, arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Labour Minister O’Regan says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid test.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A forklift driver loads a truck in the yard of the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Curtailment possible at Chemainus sawmill next week

Western Forest Products cites log supply issues as the reason

A forklift driver loads a truck in the yard of the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (File photo by Don Bodger)
A strike by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild against key Island-mainland shipping service Seaspan Ferries Corporation was called off Friday, after the two sides reached a tentative agreement. (Seaspan Ferries)

Island communities breathe sigh of relief, Seaspan Ferries reaches deal with union

Strike that was set to begin Jan. 21 called off, agreement must still be ratified by union members

A strike by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild against key Island-mainland shipping service Seaspan Ferries Corporation was called off Friday, after the two sides reached a tentative agreement. (Seaspan Ferries)
Seaspan Ferries Corporation issued notice Thursday that its service would be reduced starting Friday (Jan. 21) as a result of strike notice being given by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild. (Seaspan Ferries)

Seaspan Ferries announces strike, service disruptions affecting Vancouver Island

Vital commercial cargo ferry service will see reduced service starting Jan. 21

Seaspan Ferries Corporation issued notice Thursday that its service would be reduced starting Friday (Jan. 21) as a result of strike notice being given by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild. (Seaspan Ferries)
The Highland Valley Copper mine, near Logan Lake, is the largest open pit copper mine in Canada. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Union, company consider mediator’s proposal at B.C.’s biggest open pit copper mine

Teck, Steelworkers at B.C.’s Highland Valley Copper mull mediator’s contract proposal

The Highland Valley Copper mine, near Logan Lake, is the largest open pit copper mine in Canada. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
BC Transit is experiencing labour shortages across Greater Victoria, resulting in delayed or cancelled bus service on some routes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

BC Transit faces driver shortages in Greater Victoria, service interruptions frustrate riders

It’s uncertain how much impact vaccination policy has had on service levels

BC Transit is experiencing labour shortages across Greater Victoria, resulting in delayed or cancelled bus service on some routes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Unvaccinated staff at the City of Victoria have three months to produce proof of vaccination, or face possible further action, including termination. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria staff vaccine mandate sees 25 put on unpaid leave

98 per cent of staff produced proof of vaccination ahead of Jan. 5 deadline

Unvaccinated staff at the City of Victoria have three months to produce proof of vaccination, or face possible further action, including termination. (Black Press Media file photo)