Tag: Labour

Four things Jim Sinclair can say with certainty about his time as president of the BC Federation of Labour

Every one of the hundreds of BC trade unionists who gathered at the Maritime Labour Centre Saturday night to pay tribute to outgoing BC Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair — who held the post for longer than… Read More

Strike settlement an unqualified win for Unifor and port truckers, but raises troubling questions about PMV

Port Metro Vancouver’s disastrous four-week shutdown by truckers’ job action was not only predicted by avoidable. In the wake of Unifor’s unqualified victory in the dispute, validated in a Victoria news conference with Premier Christy Clark, what lessons… Read More

Memorial to Jack Munro reunited key figures from BC’s tumultuous struggles of the 1980s

The very personal tone of yesterday’s moving memorial to labour leader Jack Munro, who died in November at the age of 82, had the inevitable effect of understating Munro’s pivotal role in this province’s recent history, particularly his… Read More

Union movement showing signs of new strength in run-up to Labour Day

After years of steep decline, driven by globalization and the loss of manufacturing jobs, Canada’s private sector unions are showing signs of revival. This recent assessment I wrote for Business in Vancouver drew a protest from Ikea, but… Read More