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Two New VDLC T-shirts Available for Pre-order

December 1, 2021
The VDLC has two new t-shirts available for pre-order! Place your order by January 15, 2022! These unisex t-shirts are high-quality, comfortable, and 100% union made, designed and printed. They will be produced by VALU CO-OP and are available in a variety of sizes. The long sleeve t-shirt features the VDLC logo on the front and down the left arm.…
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City Council Approves Vacancy Control for SRO’s

November 18, 2021
On November 17, Vancouver City Council approved vacancy control for Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels. Vacancy control ties the rent to the unit rather than the tenant, thereby limiting increases that can occur between tenancies and removing the financial motive to evict residents. This policy is an important step forward which will help improve housing security and protect SRO residents…
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Oppose the Coup in Sudan

November 18, 2021
On October 25 the military under General Abdel Fattah Burhan dissolved the transitional government of Sudan, arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and declared martial law. The VDLC condemns the coup in Sudan and the actions of the Sudanese military in the strongest possible terms. We express our support for the strike action by health, airline, bank, education, oil and other…
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Welcome CUPE Local 8911!

November 17, 2021
We are proud to welcome Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 8911 Emergency Communication Professionals of BC as the newest affiliate of our Labour Council! CUPE 8911 represents 9-1-1 Operators, Call Takers, Dispatchers, IT, and Support professionals who are employed by E-Comm Emergency Communications for BC Inc. Local 8911’s affiliation was approved by a unanimous vote of delegates at our…
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Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

November 16, 2021
Starting this month, we will highlight one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action following the territorial acknowledgement at the beginning of our meetings. Flowing from a recommendation from our Anti-Racism Committee, this new practice is intended to help educate our delegates about the Calls to Action, and encourage reflection on how we can all do…
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Urgent Call to Extend COVID Recovery Benefits

November 16, 2021
The VDLC has joined with more than fifty organizations across Canada in signing an open letter to federal minister’s and members of parliament to extend COVID recovery benefits and take early action on permanent reform of employment insurance. Read the open letter, and if you agree please consider sending your own letter to your member of parliament. You can find…
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Implement Vacancy Control for SRO’s

November 2, 2021
Later this month City of Vancouver staff will report back to City Council on their work to develop regulatory options to implement vacancy control in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) buildings. The VDLC supports the adoption of vacancy control generally, and has support its implementation as a measure to protect tenants and preserve affordability in SRO’s since last Fall. Read our…
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Honouring the MacPaps

November 2, 2021
Honouring the MacPaps Video Over fifteen hundred Canadian volunteers fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) yet their story is little known.  At Remembrance Day ceremonies around the country it’s rare to hear mention of this forgotten group – the Canadian volunteers of the International Brigades, collectively known as the Mackenzie -Papineau Battalion or MacPaps. This Remembrance Day,…
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Action Needed to End the Eviction Crisis

October 21, 2021
A recent study out of the University of British Columbia, indicated that 10.6% of renters in the province were evicted from their homes over a five-year period. The study, titled “Understanding Evictions in Canada through the Canadian Housing Survey,” looked at data collected in 2018. By comparison, a study in the Toronto area showed an eviction rate of 5.8%. Tenant…
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Tell Minister Whiteside: School rankings are harmful and undermine public education

October 20, 2021
Every year, students in grades 4 and 7 lose nearly four hours of valuable learning time to write the Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA), a province-wide standardized test. The results are collated by the BC Ministry of Education; however, detailed individual student results are not shared with teachers or parents. Even more disturbing is that these tests are used by the…
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