The BC Fed is coordinating Labour Canvassing for the 2017 Provincial Election! The attached file lists all scheduled canvassing events to date – Labour Canvasses – 2017 Provincial ElectionLower Mainland (see linked page for details)
April 19 – Wednesday
Burnaby Lougheed (Katrina Chen candidate) – 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Vancouver Mt. Pleasant & Vancouver Hastings (Melanie Mark & Shane Simpson candidates) – Young Worker training & canvassing – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
April 22 – Saturday
North Vancouver Lonsdale (Bowinn Ma candidate) – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
April 29 – Saturday
Surrey Green Timbers (Rachna Singh candidate) – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
May 4 – Thursday
Surrey Panorama (Jinny Sims candidate) – 5:00 to 8:00 pm
May 6 – Saturday
Vancouver Fairview (George Heyman candidate) – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
With Joey Hartman – VDLC President – RSVP to VDLC office
May Day, International Day of the Worker, May 1 – March and Rally – Event posted on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/352434675154142/ Please share. Gather at 5 pm, Clark Park – 5:30 pm march to Grandview Park – Rally 6 pm.
Please sign up and commit a few hours of your time to electing progressive candidates. Your time and commitment will make the difference in bringing about an NDP victory. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Lynn Bueckert at the BCFED – firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 446 8303.
These will be happening regularly leading up to the election. Join labour leaders in the following canvasses:
Join BCFED President, Irene Lanzinger and Burnaby Teachers’ Association
Campaign: Janet Routledge – Burnaby North NDP Campaign
Place: Burnaby North NDP campaign office, 109 – 3701 East Hastings St (corner of Hastings and Boundary), Burnaby Phone: 604 299 7374
Join BCGEU President, Stephanie Smith and the Burnaby Teachers’ Association
After the Trudeau government introduced its first budget last year, Canada’s unions were optimistic, but knew that much more would be needed to really build a fairer and more prosperous Canada. Infrastructure funding, and improvements to EI and the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors emerged as highlights in the 2016 budget.
But working Canadians and their families were left waiting for sustained funding for health care and child care, and action on other key campaign commitments.
Here are the top 10 things Canada’s unions are looking for in the 2017 federal budget: (details in link above)
Education & Training
Pharmacare and Sustained, Fair Funding for Health Care
The campaign brings affiliates together to talk about the issues that are important to them and bring those issues that resonate back to their memberships and the public to talk about why they need to get out and vote May 9. The campaign came about through the work being done on the Fight for $15 campaign, the mobilization and its success reaching people. The umbrella campaign brings in issues of public education, healthcare, transit, childcare, family services, and more. The BC Fed has hired 10 organizers across the province working to train volunteers to go out and talk to people about the election and have them pledge to vote on May 9. Anyone interested in having someone come to meetings or events can go to the website – www.togetherforbc.ca, or contact the BC Fed. Delegates were asked to bring the information on the campaign back to their locals.
On Saturday, January 21 at 10 am at Jack Poole Plaza, the Vancouver and District Labour Council will join the BC Fed in a march with women from around the world. March’s are being organized around the world on January 21st, the day Donald Trump is being inaugurated as US President. The BC Federation of Labour is assisting to organize the Vancouver Women’s March with a group of community and union women to mobilizing as women and supporters of women to protect our rights and civil liberties.
Marches are being organized in major cities in the United States and throughout the world. We stand in solidarity with other women’s marches being held on January 21st. We want our international solidarity to be seen and heard by the new administration.
TAKE A STAND AND SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF ALL WOMEN
Open to people of all genders, races, abilities, religious communities, political affiliations, and sexual orientations.
Gather at Jack Poole Plaza and march to the American Consulate, the Trump Tower, and back to Jack Poole Plaza. Bring your banners, bring your friends, bring your family.
Check out the event on Facebook- Women’s March – Vancouver & help spread the word.
This year’s award will be presented Thursday, December 8 at the United Way’s Labour Appreciation Dinner at the Hilton Metrotown Hotel.
The Syd Thompson Community Service Award honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the labour movement and our broader community. The award is named for Brother Syd Thompson who served as VDLC President in the 1970s and exemplified the spirit of community and labour activism.
This year the VDLC is proud to present the award to Ellen Woodsworth, who’s lifelong contribution to political, social justice, and equity seeking work deserves to be acknowledged.
Please join us December 8th when we present the award to Ellen and enjoy an evening celebrating labour.
City of Vancouver becomes a Living Wage employer! The campaign to persuade Vancouver City Council to be a living wage employer began in 2008. On September 21, 2016 council voted “yes” to this important initiative setting the standard for a modest living for a family of 2 adults supporting 2 children. The 2016 amount is calculated at $20.64 per hour for both adults working 40 hours each week. Any non-mandatory benefits paid by employers are counted towards the rate.
In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, ILWU local 500 has a museum-quality exhibit at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St. @ Victoria) for this week only until September 23rd. It’s well worth a visit.