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VDLC Vetting Process for the 2017 Vancouver By-election

July 2017 – VDLC sent a letter to affiliate leaders inviting them to appoint a representative to the vetting committee by Aug 1.

August – Questionnaires for both council and VSB candidates approved, distributed and posted on the VDLC website. The committee also agreed to the process – one vote per union, only recommend as many names as seats possible, only consider those requesting endorsement.

The approved questionnaires, and information about the process were then sent to Vision, OneCity, COPE, Greens, NPA and Jean Swanson with a reply deadline of September 8 at 5:00pm.

September – Submitted questionnaires were sent to the committee members to review between September 8 and 12. The Committee then met on the nights of both September 12 and 13.  There was representation from 12 affiliated unions (7 with direct employees): CUPE 15, CUPE 1004, CUPE 391, Operating Engineers, IAFF 18, FPSE, Unifor, MoveUp, BCGEU, VSTA, VESTA, and TWU/USW.

They interviewed all 4 council candidates requesting endorsement:

  • Judy Graves – OneCity
  • Jean Swanson – Independent / endorsed by COPE
  • Pete Fry – Greens
  • Diego Cardona – Vision

The committee recommended Judy Graves – OneCity for the vacant City Council seat.

For VSB, the decision was to not interview for school board, but to review questionnaire responses and share knowledge about the candidates.  There were 8 requests for endorsement – Vision (5), OneCity (2) and COPE (1).

The recommendation was to endorse the 7 Vision and OneCity Candidates.

The recommendations were next considered by the VDLC executive on Thursday, September 14 and then shared in confidence with affiliate leaders by email Thursday night.  They were encouraged to give direction to their delegates to the VDLC.

The agenda for the September 19 VDLC meeting agenda was sent to delegates by email on Thursday night as well, with the recommended names left blank but asking delegates to consult with their union leadership in advance of the meeting.

The VDLC had a solid structure and process to enable a recommendation, but the decision is the affiliates to make.

The motion was dealt with at an in-camera session of the delegates, with 62 voting delegates representing 31 affiliates in attendance.

The outcome was confirmation of the committee recommendations:


  • Judy Graves, OneCity

Vancouver School Board

  • Joy Alexander, Vision
  • Ken Clement, Vision
  • Theodora Lamb, Vision
  • Mike Lombardi, Vision
  • Allan Wong, Vision
  • Carrie Bercic, OneCity
  • Erica Jaaf, OneCity


2017 Vancouver City Council By-Election

The VDLC will be recommending labour endorsed candidates for the October 14th Vancouver City Council seat vacated by Geoff Meggs and also for the Vancouver School Board Trustees.

Candidates seeking VDLC endorsement need to complete the appropriate questionnaire and submit it to VDLC president Joey Hartman by 5:00 pm on Friday September 8, 2017. 

If interviews are requested by the VDLC multi-union vetting committee they will be held the evenings of September 12 and 13.

For additional information please call Joey Hartman’s cell 778-870-0703

Applications for endorsement: (linked below)