Victoria Labour Council – April 2016

VLC – 20 April ’16

Guest speakers:

– Peggy Wilmot from Greater Victoria Acting Together.  http://www.gvat.ca/  GVAT is looking for organizations to join their coalition.   GVAT offers leadership training, and will find and promote common goals among the members of the coalition.  As an example, she gave a recent victory by the Metro Vancouver Alliance concerning affordable housing.
She mentioned that one of the Vancouver Alliance members is the Canadian Labour Congress’s Pacific Region group.
One of the audience members asked Wilmot what GVAT needed.  They need organizations to sign up, and they will need money to pay a full-time organizer.

– James Coccola from the BC Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Committee  (also the VLC’s Young Worker).
The Young Workers Committee held a Grant’s Law sit-in outside of the Mac’s at Douglas and Yates.  (Mac’s strongly protested against the safety requirements in Grant’s Law.)  The Committee’s petition received over 500 signatures.  They had “lots of positive interaction”, and media attention from CHEK and CFAX.  (CBC documented the Vancouver event.)  Interaction with the Mac’s employee was brief but positive.  http://bcfed.ca/news/releases/annual-%E2%80%98sit-in%E2%80%99-bring-back-grant%E2%80%99s-law-and-protect-vulnerable-workers

Union Reports: Reports of Delegates:

– IBEW 230.  “Victoria has no Fair Wage policy.  We should work on that.”
Labour issues involving the John Hart project; slow progress.

– Postal Workers.  Moving the workers at Discovery St. into the Glanford site involved gaining three p/t positions.
Canada Post wants rollbacks.

– Steelworkers 2009 (UVic).  A right-of-centre slate has been elected to the UVic Student Society’s board of directors.  The delegate expects trouble concerning privatization.

– Machinists.  Payroll troubles stemming from the government’s use of Phoenix software.  [cf. http://psacunion.ca/psac-presses-government-fix-phoenix-pay-system ]
No luck yet in their legal battle over the Expenditure Restraint Act.  http://www.councilwest.ca/

– HEU  In Nanimo, the Wexford Creek care home has been privatized.  [cf. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wexford-creek-care-home-in-nanaimo-lays-off-entire-staff-1.3518957 ]  80% of the Island’s long-term care homes do not meet the Province’s minimum staffing levels.

United Way Report:  Kim Manton brought VLC members to serve lunch at the Rainbow Kitchen in Esquimalt.
The annual Spirit Awards are this Friday Apr. 22nd.

Concerning the Rainbow Kitchen, another delegate mentioned May 13th, 10-2 at Tillicum Centre: paper-shredding; proceeds will go the the Rainbow Kitchen.  That charity’s site is undergoing an expensive renovation.

Good and Welfare:

– April 28th, at some point before the Day of Mourning event begins, a flag will be raised on the flagpole by the Cenotaph in front of the Legislature.

– The Pride Society is now registering participants for the parade on July 10th. http://victoriapridesociety.org/event-registration/  The registration fee has gone up.
Unifor 333 (Transit) will have a float and can take some passengers.

Vancouver Island District Council Meeting Jan 2016

30 Jan 2016         VIDC meeting
Stewards Convention is Nov 23, 24, 25, 2016, in Nanaimo.  Mark Hancock will be the Keynote speaker. Sign-up will include 3, 3 hour workshops of your choice.  Theme is Health & Safety.

2016 Lapel Pin Design Competition – Year of Health and Safety.  Competition runs March 17, 2016- April 10, 2016.  Pin must clearly represent safety in the workplace, include the year, be unique and reflect Vancouver Island’s uniqueness.  Maximum 2 designs submitted, (per person).   Entry forms must be submitted and can be found at www.vidc.cupe.ca.  They are submitted to vpcupe374@gmail.com  Good-luck!

Sept Meeting we are collecting toiletries for “Purses of hope”