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.
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.
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
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.
MoveUP has called upon the VDLC for picket support. Members of MoveUP are still on strike at the BC Nurses’ Union for a fair collective agreement. It appears that Unifor Local 888 is close to achieving a tentative agreement, while MoveUP continues to struggle with concessionary proposals. As security gates come down picket line hours are being extended.
Please come out anytime between 8 am and 5:30 pm, to 4060 Regent St, Burnaby.