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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:...

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Labour Matters Labour Matters is a product of the Trade Union Research Collective. The Collective’s goal is to promote greater understanding of the positive role unions play in the workplace, in the labour market, in the community, and in wider society. This page is intended as a resource for those interested in fair labour...

May Day March and Rally: Fight for $15

May Day March and Rally: Fight for $15
On April 15th, we joined thousands of workers around the world protesting for a fair minimum wage. In BC, there were events at six McDonald’s locations in the Lower Mainland as well as events in Victoria, New Westminster and Penticton. From Vancouver to Tokyo workers sent the message that low pay is not ok. The energy is growing, and public support is high. People get it...

Senate Votes to Delay Anti-Union Private...

Senate Votes to Delay Anti-Union Private Member Bill C-377
Senate Votes to Delay Anti-Union Private Member Bill C-377 An uprising of sorts by Tory and Liberal Senators today has delayed the passage of a ridiculous private member’s bill (Bill C-377) designed to bury unions in bureaucratic red tape. I have discussed the Bill on several occasions, so I won’t go through it again. Senators voted today in favour of amendments to the Bill...

BCFED Regional Conference May 22-23, 201...

BCFED Regional Conference May 22-23, 2015 in Terrace BC.
Conference Information Good jobs are the foundation of strong communities. Conference participants will learn about a wide range of initiatives that are taking place right now to promote good jobs and build strong communities both locally and provincially. You will also have an opportunity to work with others to develop your own strategies for strengthening the labour movement in your...

CLC presents “Nanaimo Election Pre...

Join the Nanaimo Election Preparation Conference where you will gain the tools needed to build political support and capacity in your community, and learn face-to-face skills to talk to workers in the workplace, on the door steps, and in your community about issues that matter to workers. Date: March 6-7, 2015 Location: Coast Bastion Hotel (11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo) Details: Join us...

March 14th protest opposing Bill C-51

March 14th protest opposing Bill C-51
Please attend this event and share widely information about the protest slated for March 14 to raise awareness and ask for changes to the proposed anti terrorism proposed legislation, Bill C51. All kinds of flags have been raised in warning about this bill which will limit our rights as citizens. We are calling on Canadians to protest Bill C-51 on March 14, 2015 in cities across the...

Right to Strike day: Feb 18

Right to Strike day: Feb 18
Tomorrow, 18 February, has been declared the International Day of Action for the Right to Strike. Here in Canada trade unionists may think that we no longer need to worry about this very fundamental right.  But already the Saskatchewan government (and for sure others) is thinking out loud about invoking the ‘notwithstanding’ clause in the Charter of Rights to override the...

Amrik Virk shuffled to new ministry; rep...

VICTORIA – B.C.’s advanced education minister lost his job Thursday after a revised government report showed he knew about a plan to break government pay rules while serving on the board of Kwantlen Polytechnic University three years ago. Premier Christy Clark shuffled Amrik Virk out of his position as minister in charge of B.C.’s post-secondary institutions and into a...

BCFed spreads word about missing COPE 37...

BCFed spreads word about missing COPE 378 member
Dear Affiliates:   One of the most recent additions to the growing list of missing women in BC is Anita Florence Thorne, a COPE 378 Steward at Fortis BC who was last seen on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Please see the attached poster and forward it widely. Below is a picture of Anita and the link to her profile on...

Fairness Works Campaign by Canadian Labo...

Fairness Works Campaign by Canadian Labour Congress
If you’ve watched television at all over the past week, you have likely seen the latest FAIRNESS WORKS ads. We are already hearing good things about them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqswk71Pd_I&feature=youtu.be&list=UUP15u1BRMN9E0_f1Bu-rShQ But television isn’t the only place Canadians will have a chance to see how the labour movement is working for a fairer...

Irene Lanzinger elected president of B.C...

More than 2,200 delegates cast their ballots today (November 27) for the province’s top union leader. Lanzinger will be the first woman to lead the federation. She replaces outgoing, 15-year president Jim Sinclair. “I am so humbled, so proud to be your voice,” she told delegates at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Lanzinger has been the secretary-treasurer of the...

CLC Fairness Works Campaign

CLC Fairness Works Campaign
Over the next four weeks, the next round of FAIRNESS WORKS ads will go to air in every region of the country, hit the streets of four major urban centres and pop-up on people’s computer screens and devices. Watch for them!   You can watch the new television ads on our youtube...

BC Fed campaign launch: Fight for $15 &#...

BC Fed campaign launch: Fight for $15 – Tues, Nov. 25th at noon at Canada Place Plaza
Tomorrow, the BC Federation of Labour is launching a campaign to raise BC’s minimum wage to $15. It has been more than two and a half years since workers last saw an increase. While costs go up, these workers are falling even further behind. That’s why we believe that the minimum wage should be increased to $15. Because $15 will put a worker above Statistics Canada’s...

FPSE Endorses Irene Lanzinger for BC Fed...

FPSE Endorses Irene Lanzinger for BC Fed President
FPSE’s Presidents’ Council Endorses Irene Lanzinger for BC Fed President “The decision from our Local Presidents was unanimous; we are voting for Irene Lanzinger as President of the BC Federation of Labour,” said Cindy Oliver, President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators.  “Irene has the track record of proven leadership and activism that our members want to see...

Do you have a vote plan?

Do you have a vote plan?
Tomorrow, November 15th, is your last chance to vote for progressive candidates in the 2014 municipal elections. Together we can elect local leaders who will stand up for working people. Do you have a vote plan? Please take some time today to think about when and where you are going to vote, and how you are going to get there. If you haven’t already visited our website, click ...

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