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Expression of Interest to Work Key Campaign for Provincial Election Campaign

The VDLC invites expressions of interest for an opportunity to be assigned to a key NDP provincial election campaign for approximately one month, ending the day after E-Day, May 9, 2017.

The specific constituency will be determined by the VDLC and will be within the labour council’s regional jurisdiction.

The intention is to bring skills and commitment to the campaign and to coordinate activities with the VDLC, combined with an opportunity to gain campaign experience and build leadership skills.


  • To work under the direction of the campaign manager to contribute to the successful election of the candidate
  • To coordinate VDLC participation in activities such as labour volunteer door knocking blitz nights and other events for both the specific campaign and additional campaigns

Selection Criteria:

  • The successful candidate will be a VDLC delegate (preferred) or other labour activist with demonstrated ability and energy to effectively contribute to an NDP campaign during the provincial election.


  • The VDLC will cover the book-off costs for approximately one calendar month with an end date to include May 10, 2017 (the day after the May 9 E-day)
  • Securing book-off is the responsibility of the successful applicant and their local union, and can then be invoiced to the VDLC for the amount charged by the employer
  • The actual number of days will be determined by the cost per day of wage and benefit replacement to a maximum of $5,000.00
  • Extended and irregular hours, including weekends and evenings, is expected
  • This opportunity is subject to funding approval.

Application Deadline:   5:00 pm, Monday, March 6, 2017

Forward letters of applications and a resume detailing applicable labour movement and political campaign skills and experience, with the subject line “Expression of Interest” to:

Joey Hartman, President – 111 – 170 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 4C4

Ph:       604-254-0703              Email:  president@vdlc.ca

Provincial Election Campaign – Together for BC

BC Provincial Election – May 9 is coming fast!

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.

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Jan 21 – Women’s March on Washington IN VANCOUVER

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.


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.

You can also help the organizers and RSVP YOUR ATTENDANCE:

We look forward to seeing you on January 21st at 10:00 am.



VDLC Honours Ellen Woodsworth with Syd Thompson Community Service Award

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.

For event & ticket information – http://www.uwlm.ca/events/labour-appreciation-dinner/

City of Vancouver – Votes “YES” to Living Wage

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.

See opinion article from the Vancouver Sun – http://vdlc.ca/about-us/vdlc-in-the-media/ 

Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council Delegation

The VDLC hosted a high level trade union delegation from the Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council on September 19 and 20. The population of Shanghai is 24 million, with 8.8 million represented by the union. Thanks to the BC Fed and BC Building Trades for assisting with presentations and welcoming the 6 person delegation.

For more and pictures – International Solidarity Committee Page

Solidarity Actions – Sept 13, 14 & 20 – in Support of MoveUP on Strike at BCNU

In Support of MoveUP on Strike at BC Nurses’ Union after more than 50 days on the picketline, MoveUP members are still standing strong for a fair agreement.  Let’s stand with them. Join the VDLC Solidarity in Action Committee and the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir, Tuesday, Sept 20 (see below).  Bring your union banners & flags – donations of picket line supplies are welcome.

VDLC Solidarity in Action – Tuesday, Sept. 20 – 3 to 4 pm – BCNU Office, 4060 Regent St., Burnaby


FLYING SQUADS – BC Federation of Labour Coordinated Events – Lower Mainland

Tuesday, September 13 – 6 to 8 pm

St. Paul’s Hospital – Main entrance, 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver


Wednesday, September 14 – 6 to 8 pm

Vancouver General Hospital – Main entrance, ground level, 899 W. 12th Ave (at Laurel), Vancouver

Dear Friends,

There are a number of opportunities for affiliates to add their support to MoveUP members who are on strike against the BC Nurses.

MoveUP members will be taking their flying squads to a number of health facilities in the Lower Mainland to leaflet and engage directly with nurses during major shift changes.

Please consider all opportunities to assist.

 In solidarity, Stephen Howard, Director

Solidarity Event for MoveUP Members on Strike at BCNU

Support MoveUP members on Strike at the BCNU

Event – Tuesday, Sept. 6 – 3 to 4:30 pm – Join us at the BCNU office, 4060 Regent St., in Burnaby to stand together with striking MoveUP members who are fighting for a fair deal.

We will also be joined by the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir who will perform a few songs for the picketers. Bring your flags and banners. Donations of picket line supplies are also welcome.

In solidarity, Stephen Von Sychowski, Chair, Solidarity in Action Committee

We’ve Moved!

The Vancouver & District Labour Council has moved to Suite 170 – 111 Victoria Drive (upper level of the Martime Labour Centre).  Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.  Enter the office from the upstairs parking lot.

New Address:

Suite 170 – 111 Victoria Drive

Vancouver, BC

V5L 4C4