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Hospital Employees Union members from Vernon’s Heron Grove hosted a two-hour rally outside the facility Wednesday, Sept. 27. Staff at Heron Grove and six other facilities owned and operated by the Good Samaritan Canada Society hosted rallies as they try to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

B.C. care facilities rally outside in contract dispute

Staff at Good Samaritan Canada facilities in Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Coast seek support

 

Workers hold signs at a picket line outside a Metro grocery store in Toronto as workers rejected a tentative deal triggering a strike of nearly 3,700 grocery store workers in the Greater Toronto Area, Saturday, July 29, 2023. It was Samantha Henry’s first time on strike, and one that made headlines across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Canadians more supportive of striking workers amid inflation, corporate profits

Union support not tracked in Canada, but experts noticing more public sympathy

 

A woman works at Zoom headquarters on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in San Jose, Calif. Zoom is asking employees who live within a 50-mile radius of its offices to work onsite two days a week. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

Remote work icon Zoom, wants its workers back in the office part-time

Employees who live within a 50-mile radius of Zoom offices asked to work onsite 2 days a week

 

Vernon’s Heron Grove long-term care facility is one of seven long-term care facilities in B.C. operated by Good Samaritan Canada – and one of four in the Okanagan-Shuswap – where Hospital Employees’ Union members have voted overwhelminly in favour of strike action. (Black Press - file photo)

HEU members at 7 B.C. care facilities vote yes to strike

98 per cent vote in favour of job action to back demands for new deal with Good Samaritan Canada

Vernon’s Heron Grove long-term care facility is one of seven long-term care facilities in B.C. operated by Good Samaritan Canada – and one of four in the Okanagan-Shuswap – where Hospital Employees’ Union members have voted overwhelminly in favour of strike action. (Black Press - file photo)
A Hudson’s Bay department store is shown in Toronto, Friday, February 25, 2022. Hudson’s Bay is laying off another 250 workers, the second round of cutbacks this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Hudson’s Bay cutting 250 corporate jobs amid efforts to ‘flatten the organization’

Shift will not affect retail workers at the Bay’s 84 department stores across Canada

A Hudson’s Bay department store is shown in Toronto, Friday, February 25, 2022. Hudson’s Bay is laying off another 250 workers, the second round of cutbacks this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Chris Aylward, PSAC National President, looks on during a news conference on the status of negotiations with Treasury Board, as workers from Canada’s largest federal public-service union are on strike across the country, in Ottawa, on Saturday, April 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Public-service strike: Union stepping up picketing efforts starting Monday

Picket lines to be moving to more disruptive areas, union warns

Chris Aylward, PSAC National President, looks on during a news conference on the status of negotiations with Treasury Board, as workers from Canada’s largest federal public-service union are on strike across the country, in Ottawa, on Saturday, April 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Lifeguards work at Brittany Beach of the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Friday, June 24, 2022. Ontario is proposing to lower the minimum age for lifeguards to 15, in part to address staff shortages many municipalities experienced last summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ontario proposes lowering minimum age for lifeguards to 15 to ease staff shortages

Communities across Canada struggled with staffing and pool closures last summer

Lifeguards work at Brittany Beach of the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Friday, June 24, 2022. Ontario is proposing to lower the minimum age for lifeguards to 15, in part to address staff shortages many municipalities experienced last summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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As India’s population soars above all, fewer women have jobs

Sheela Singh cried the day she handed in her resignation. For 16…

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People who worked from home during the pandemic got more educated and were more likely to move, the U.S. Census Bureau discovered, among other things. (Credit: Pixabay)

Home-based workers became younger, more diverse in U.S. during pandemic

Workers also got more educated and were more likely to move, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

People who worked from home during the pandemic got more educated and were more likely to move, the U.S. Census Bureau discovered, among other things. (Credit: Pixabay)
This photo shows a logo of a McDonald's restaurant in Havertown, Pa., on April 26, 2022. A report says McDonald’s has closed its U.S. offices for a few days as the company prepares to inform employees about layoffs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

McDonald’s temporarily closes US offices ahead of layoffs

McDonald’s has closed its U.S. offices through Wednesday and told its corporate…

This photo shows a logo of a McDonald's restaurant in Havertown, Pa., on April 26, 2022. A report says McDonald’s has closed its U.S. offices for a few days as the company prepares to inform employees about layoffs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The Canada Flag flies on the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill as pedestrians make their way along Sparks Street Mall in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Federal public servants are expected to be back in office by the end of the month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Some federal public servants get remote-work extension as others face deadline

Government will take another year to ‘assess the benefits’ of remote work for certain departments

The Canada Flag flies on the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill as pedestrians make their way along Sparks Street Mall in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Federal public servants are expected to be back in office by the end of the month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Used medical masks overflow a waste bin at the University of Calgary Medical Clinics in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Rise and fall of Canada’s domestic PPE market blamed on government policy

‘We’ve got an industry that is just running on fumes’

Used medical masks overflow a waste bin at the University of Calgary Medical Clinics in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
In this Aug. 27, 2019 photo, the Best Buy logo is shown on a store in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy announced plans to lay off about 700 employees in Canada in January. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

These companies have laid off Canadian workers in 2023

A wave of layoffs in 2022, which left thousands of Canadian workers…

In this Aug. 27, 2019 photo, the Best Buy logo is shown on a store in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy announced plans to lay off about 700 employees in Canada in January. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
B.C. is facing a growing labour shortage. But it’s more complicated than simply a lack of people to hire. In this October 2021 file photo, carpenters work on new home in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

B.C. employers are struggling to hire. But there’s more than just a labour shortage at play.

Some say a lack of training opportunities, part-time hours are keeping workers out of market

  • Mar 12, 2023
B.C. is facing a growing labour shortage. But it’s more complicated than simply a lack of people to hire. In this October 2021 file photo, carpenters work on new home in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Viacheslav Samsonenko, a Ukrainian newcomer who fled his home country in May, poses in Saanichiton, B.C., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Ukrainians welcomed in workplace, but still finding jobs below their qualifications

Employers often fail to recognize education and work experience from outside of Canada

Viacheslav Samsonenko, a Ukrainian newcomer who fled his home country in May, poses in Saanichiton, B.C., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Lynda Trudell, left to right, Terance Brouse, Julie Rusciolelli and Megan Dunscombe, are photographed during a meeting at the PR agency Maverick, in Toronto, on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Perk or necessity? Hybrid work expectations differ between employers, employees

81% of workers want a flexible work arrangement — and are willing to leave their current job to get it

Lynda Trudell, left to right, Terance Brouse, Julie Rusciolelli and Megan Dunscombe, are photographed during a meeting at the PR agency Maverick, in Toronto, on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
B.C. is encouraging ministries to allow their employees to work from home. (Pixabay)

B.C. embraces a remote work future

Government ministries strongly encouraged to allow for flexible work arrangements

  • Feb 13, 2023
B.C. is encouraging ministries to allow their employees to work from home. (Pixabay)
The provincial government forecasts more than one million jobs to open up with the next decade. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

B.C. needs to fill more than 1 million jobs within 10 years: report

Latest B.C. Labour Market Outlook says immigration needed as retirements, economy will fuel demand

The provincial government forecasts more than one million jobs to open up with the next decade. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Canfor President and Chief Executive Don Kayne said the lack of fibre supply led to the closure of its sawmill and pallet plant in Chetwynd, whose mayor says that the community will have to digest the closure for a while. But Allen Courtoreille also tried to strike a positive note. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Mayor says mill closure is ‘devastating’ for small community of Chetwynd, B.C.

Canfor’s closure eliminates 120 jobs in a community of 2,500

Canfor President and Chief Executive Don Kayne said the lack of fibre supply led to the closure of its sawmill and pallet plant in Chetwynd, whose mayor says that the community will have to digest the closure for a while. But Allen Courtoreille also tried to strike a positive note. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Known as ‘Hollywood North’, Vancouver is the third largest film and TV production centre in North America with approximately 65 movies and 55 TV series filmed here every year. (Photo: Brands&People on Unsplash)

1 million job openings predicted in B.C. over the next decade

Report makes 65 recommendations on how to fill the future void

  • Feb 7, 2023
Known as ‘Hollywood North’, Vancouver is the third largest film and TV production centre in North America with approximately 65 movies and 55 TV series filmed here every year. (Photo: Brands&People on Unsplash)