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Office towers, hotels and condos are seen in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Report finds 4 of 5 Canadian workers have felt burnout during pandemic

Ceridian survey also finds 1 in 5 have looked for a new job

 

A man walks between transport trucks waiting to deliver cargo containers at Port Metro Vancouver’s Center container facility in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday May 10, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Two trucking companies serving Vancouver port threaten to strike Friday

Unifor drivers may walk off the job at Aheer Transportation and Prudential Transportation

 

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Surrey businesses having a rough time hiring, keeping staff

Surrey Board of Trade trying to ‘drill down’ on the reasons why

 

A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

Letter to deputy minister latest step protesting B.C. Public Service vaccine mandate

Nov. 22 the deadline for all B.C. Public Service workers to get vaccinated

A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
Demonstrators in favour of 10 paid sick leave days march away from the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, doing a lap before ending their demonstration. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Federation of Labour urges 10 paid sick days on final day of provincial consultation

Mandated paid sick days – a federal campaign promise – will come to B.C. in some capacity by Jan. 1

Demonstrators in favour of 10 paid sick leave days march away from the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, doing a lap before ending their demonstration. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
LifeLabs office on Fort Street in downtown Victoria on October 12, 2021. (Photo by Bailey Moreton)

BCGEU, LifeLabs reach new tentative agreement after union workers begin strike

Details are being finalized, employees will be presented with deal ahead of a vote on Monday

LifeLabs office on Fort Street in downtown Victoria on October 12, 2021. (Photo by Bailey Moreton)
GM workers use human assistance automation on vehicle doors at the General Motors assembly plant during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oshawa, Ont., on Friday, March 19, 2021. More than 880,000 Canadians work in industries at risk of decline or closure in the global transition to clean energy, a new analysis says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

More than 880,000 Canadian jobs vulnerable in global clean energy transition

Canadian Institute for Climate Choices says Alberta carries the most risk, followed by Saskatchewan

GM workers use human assistance automation on vehicle doors at the General Motors assembly plant during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oshawa, Ont., on Friday, March 19, 2021. More than 880,000 Canadians work in industries at risk of decline or closure in the global transition to clean energy, a new analysis says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A coalition of front-line health-care workers have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Health-care workers demand Trudeau fast track paid sick-leave policy

Decent Work and Health Network says PM’s promise do so within 100 days not fast enough

A coalition of front-line health-care workers have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Balsam Hill Outlet retail manager Kelly Bratt, right, talks with sales associate Rickey Haynes during on-the-job training in Allen, Texas, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Retailers, restaurants and others are grappling with increasing demands in the last few months from hourly workers for more flexible schedules, going beyond  a better salary and  bonuses. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Workers fed up with nights, weekends seek flexible schedules

Hourly workers demanding scheduling terms that often used to be non-negotiable

Balsam Hill Outlet retail manager Kelly Bratt, right, talks with sales associate Rickey Haynes during on-the-job training in Allen, Texas, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Retailers, restaurants and others are grappling with increasing demands in the last few months from hourly workers for more flexible schedules, going beyond  a better salary and  bonuses. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. government employees in hot water for sending anti-vaccine emails

Public service agency taking ‘appropriate follow-up’ to messages sent from government computers

The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make good today on his election promise to require all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trudeau expected to announce all federal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19

Policy is expected to go into effect by the end of this month, allow only very narrow exceptions

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make good today on his election promise to require all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy

Widespread labour shortage not going away any time soon: BDC report

More than 60 per cent of Canadian businesses say that widespread labour shortages are limiting their growth

A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy
An Amazon tower is reflected in the Amazon Day 1 building above the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Amanda Snyder | Seattle Times
An Amazon tower is reflected in the Amazon Day 1 building above the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Amanda Snyder | Seattle Times

Teamsters to hold unionization vote at Amazon warehouse in Alberta

Union expects a vote to take place before the end of the year

An Amazon tower is reflected in the Amazon Day 1 building above the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Amanda Snyder | Seattle Times
An Amazon tower is reflected in the Amazon Day 1 building above the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Amanda Snyder | Seattle Times
An Ontario Heritage Foundation sign commemorates the Toronto printers’ strike of 1872, in a photo posted to rankandfile.ca.

LABOUR DAY HISTORY: A holiday born in Canada

‘The origins of Labour Day come from the struggles of working people and the demand for fairness’

  • Sep 6, 2021
An Ontario Heritage Foundation sign commemorates the Toronto printers’ strike of 1872, in a photo posted to rankandfile.ca.
In 2019 at Holland Park in Surrey, Labour Minister Harry Bains (right) joins BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and supporters recycling copies of the Employment Standards Branch “self-help kit” for workers reporting pay disputes. (File photo/B.C. government)

BAINS: On Labour Day, let’s celebrate achievements and resiliency of workers

‘COVID-19 has challenged us to renew our commitment to keeping our workplaces safe’

In 2019 at Holland Park in Surrey, Labour Minister Harry Bains (right) joins BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and supporters recycling copies of the Employment Standards Branch “self-help kit” for workers reporting pay disputes. (File photo/B.C. government)
Falafel shop workers Bryant Movern, left, and Javohn Ferguson work to pack customer’s take-out orders in a Seattle-area restaurant in May 2020. Here in B.C., many such employees don’t have paid sick leave. (Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

LABOUR DAY: We need paid sick leave in B.C. for our health and economy, BCFED says

Nearly nine in 10 low-wage workers don’t have paid sick leave, BC Federation of Labour notes

  • Sep 5, 2021
Falafel shop workers Bryant Movern, left, and Javohn Ferguson work to pack customer’s take-out orders in a Seattle-area restaurant in May 2020. Here in B.C., many such employees don’t have paid sick leave. (Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)
Surrey teachers protest in Victoria in 1974. (Photo: labourheritagecentre.ca)

Outraged Surrey teachers once walked out, went to Victoria and changed BCTF history

The strike of 1974 is deemed ‘the most significant demonstration of political action to that point in the BCTF’s history’

Surrey teachers protest in Victoria in 1974. (Photo: labourheritagecentre.ca)
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On Labour Day, Elsie Awards highlight ‘crucial efforts’ of workers during pandemic

‘While we will once again miss seeing everyone in person, we are very excited to be joining together for a virtual event on September 6’

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A CBSA officer places a document on the windshield of a car entering Canada and asks it to pull off to the side in Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday, July 16, 2021. A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members will begin job action across the country on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Canadian border workers issue Friday strike notice

‘Sweeping; series of actions possible at airports, borders, ports, postal facilities and headquarters

A CBSA officer places a document on the windshield of a car entering Canada and asks it to pull off to the side in Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday, July 16, 2021. A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members will begin job action across the country on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski

One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski