Richmond, British Columbia
Union: Teamsters Canada Local 213 (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)
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Union: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF)
Employer: British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA)
In 2002, the previous government introduced legislation that took away the teacher's ability to have a say in classroom sizes and composition (how many special needs students per classroom). The teachers challenged this and Justice Susan Griffin ruled in their favour, but the government did not change the legislation. This led to a 3 day walkout in 2012, more court battles, and eventually a strike in June 2014 that lasted until September 19th 2014. The BCTF was without a contract for over a year.
Summary of events:
Several key achievements in the agreement:
The Globe and Mail, June 24, 2014 (last updated September 8, 2014): “What you need to know about labour strife between B.C. and its teachers,” by Alexandra Posadzki
The Globe and Mail’s Politics Live feed — B.C. Teacher’s Strike
Nanaimo, Duncan, Cowichan, Parksville and Powell River campuses in British Columbia (Image from VIUFA)
The Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (VIUFA) began their strike on March 10, 2011 over the employer’s, Vancouver Island University, refusal to add a no-layoffs clause to their agreement. It ended a month later on April 11, 2011 with a mediator being called in to resolve the major issues.
Robinson, M. (2011). Students fear all-important first jobs are at risk as strike at vancouver island university drags on. The Globe and Mail (Index-Only), pp. S.2-S.2.
This was an illegal strike of 30,000 member of the BC Teachers' Federation against the Province of British Columbia. It was illegal because teachers are considered an essential service in BC. October 11, 2005 teachers were ordered back to work. At issue were wage freezes and working conditions.
Knickerbocker, N. (2005, Doing the right thing [teachers strike in BC]. Our Times, 24(5), 40-40
Poole, W. (2007)"Neo-liberalism in British Columbia Education and Teachers’ Union Resistance" International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning 11(24).
Union: Hospital Employees' Union
Employer: B.C. Government
In April 2004, forty thousand members of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) participated in an illegal strike to prevent the privatization of their jobs and health services in British Columbia.
Camfield, D. (2008). Neoliberalism and working-class resistance in British Columbia: the Hospital Employees' Union struggle, 2002-2004. In B.D. Palmer & J. Sangster (Eds.), Labouring Canada: class, gender, and race in Canadian working-class history. (444-460). Don Mills, Ont: Oxford University Press.
Isitt, B., & Moroz, M. (2007). The Hospital Employees' Union strike and the privatization of medicare in British Columbia, Canada. International Labor and Working-Class History, 71(1), 91-111.
Excerpt from article: "At the height of the dispute, thirty-thousand unionized workers in the public and private sectors took sympathetic action in support of HEU, with the strike extending to sawmills, public schools, power plants, food retailers, municipal halls, transit yards, and BC’s ferry fleet.... An anticipated province-wide general strike coordinated by the BC Federation of Labor (BC Fed) was averted when HEU’s leadership reached an agreement with the provincial government. The union won restrictions on future contracting out, but accepted a fifteen-percent wage rollback. Existing contracts covering housekeeping, food, and laundry services remained in the hands of private healthcare corporations such as Compass Group and Sodexho."
Hospital Employees' Union News Releases Archive 2004
Guardian: The Voice of the Hospital Employees' Union, Special Strike Supplement, V. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2004)
A violent strike which involved between 900 - 1100 dock workers on Vancouver's Ballantyne Pier. It was a culmination of a number of strikes and and is considered by historians to have failed but lay the way for unionization of dock workers in Vancouver's waterfront.
This was the first general strike in Canadian history. It was a one day action in protest against mandatory drafts and is considered to be an important marker in Canadian labour history.
Conley, J. R. (1987). Class conflict and collective action in the working class of vancouver, british columbia, 1900-1919.Carleton University (Canada)). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses,
Sefton MacDowel, L. and Radforth (Eds.) (2006). Canadian Working Class History
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