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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 08:15 to Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 17:00
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Author: angela.boscariol
Posted: November 13, 2019, 12:55 am

The 2020 CLC Pacific Region Winter School is coming up at Harrison Hot Springs, BC, from January 12 – February 14, 2020.

For more information, click here.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 07:30 to Friday, February 14, 2020 - 16:00
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Author: kmcgrath
Posted: November 5, 2019, 10:21 pm

The Pacific Northwest Labour History Association, BC Labour Heritage Centre and SFU Labour Studies has a call for presentations for the May 8 – 10, 2020 Labour History Conference, which will be held at the SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver BC, immediately following the Canadian Labour Congress convention. The submission deadline is December 2, 2019.

More information can be found here: Labour History Conference 2020.

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 16:00 to 16:30
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SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver
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Author: kmcgrath
Posted: November 5, 2019, 9:13 pm

More details to come.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 17:00 to 20:00
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Author: kmcgrath
Posted: November 5, 2019, 8:56 pm

It is with great excitement we announce the Canada-wide release of the Stand! movie musical via Cineplex, opening November 29th, in Victoria, Nanaimo, Mission and Vancouver. Please attend a screening of this important film that celebrates the Winnipeg General Strike.

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Friday, November 29, 2019 - 19:00
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Author: kmcgrath
Posted: November 5, 2019, 8:47 pm
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Author: kmcgrath
Posted: October 24, 2019, 4:14 pm

Vancouver-The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) and its affiliated unions stand proudly with Indigenous people and communities in support of historic Indigenous rights legislation introduced today by the BC NDP government. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was co-developed with the First Nations Leadership Council and introduced in the BC legislature on Thursday.

“Workers understand that Indigenous rights are human rights. Respecting those rights will benefit everyone,” said Laird Cronk, president of the BCFED. “Indigenous rights have been denied too long leading to conflict and uncertainty. This legislation creates a just and equitable path for economic development that benefits all workers and communities in BC.”

The BC labour movement has a clear and longstanding mandate from its members to support action on Indigenous rights implementation. At its 57th convention in 2016, resolutions were passed committing the BCFED to support Indigenous peoples' inherent right to self-determination as well as to support efforts to bring the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law in BC and Canada.

“The status quo isn’t working,” added Cronk. “The courts have been imploring governments to get on with real action on Indigenous rights for decades. As the voice of 500,000 unionized workers, including many thousands of Indigenous workers in the province, we are proud to support this historic piece of legislation that does just that.”

Laird is available for comment and for live interviews today from the BC legislature.

Media contact:
Communications Director Jonathan Sas
P: 604-861-4321 E: media@bcfed.ca

Author: kmcgrath
Posted: October 24, 2019, 4:11 pm

Vancouver BC - BC’s labour movement is calling on the public to boycott the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Westin Bayshore, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, and Rosewood Hotel Georgia in support of striking workers.

The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) represents nearly fifty affiliated unions with some 500,000 members across the province and is asking its members and the broader public not to cross picket lines or do business with the four hotels, either in person or on-line.

“Our affiliated unions are cancelling bookings and avoiding future events with these hotels. We encourage other organizations and individuals to do the same for the duration of the dispute,” said Laird Cronk, president of the BCFED. “Working together, we can exert real pressure and send a strong message that these workers deserve a fair contract.”

The strike on the profitable downtown hotels is into its third week, as UNITE HERE Local 40 members picket for fair wages, basic job security and safety reforms to prevent injury and address ongoing sexual harassment being experienced by many female workers.

“We have received an outpouring of support from the BCFED and its affiliated unions – many of whom are long-term customers of these hotels,” said Robert Demand, executive director, UNITE HERE Local 40. “This boycott sends a powerful message to the developers and big corporations who own and operate these high-end hotels. Without us, hotel rooms cannot be cleaned, there are no banquets and their bars and restaurants are closed.”

The boycott comes at a pivotal moment for the City of Vancouver as the affordability crisis grows. The striking hotel workers—many of them new Canadians and women of colour—are on the frontlines of a broader fight against precarious work and economic insecurity.

“What message are these profitable hotels sending when workers are forced to take job action to ensure stable jobs, fair wages and safe working conditions?” asked Cronk. “If you care about the growing inequality in this city, help these workers by supporting the boycott and taking your business elsewhere.”

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BCFED President Laird Cronk and UNITE HERE Local 40 President Zailda Chan will host a press conference on the picket line today, Wednesday, October 9, at 10:00 am (PST), outside of the Hyatt Regency, at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver.

Background on boycott:
On October 3rd, officers of the BC Federation of Labour voted “to declare a public boycott on the four struck hotels, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront and the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, for the duration of the labour dispute.”

The boycott follows reports of hotel guests booking their stays online without knowledge of the active strikes. The declaration allows the BCFED and its affiliates to distribute the boycott notice across the Canadian labour movement and to communicate directly with union members and the public to encourage them to boycott the hotels.

Media contact:
Jonathan Sas
Communications Director at the BCFED
P: 604-861-4321 | E: media@bcfed.ca

Sharan Pawa
Communications, UNITE HERE Local 40
P: 604-725-0053 | E: spawa@local40union.com

Author: kmcgrath
Posted: October 9, 2019, 4:00 pm

Vancouver BC - BC Federation of Labour President Laird Cronk will join striking UNITE HERE Local 40 workers on the picket line to share a significant announcement. The strike on four downtown hotels —the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Westin Bayshore, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, and Rosewood Hotel Georgia— is into its third week. UNITE HERE Local 40 members are striking for living wages, basic job security, and safety reforms to protect workers from injury and sexual harassment on the job experienced by many female staff.

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am (PST)
Location: Outside the Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver BC

Media contact:
Jonathan Sas
Communications Director
604-861-4321| media@bcfed.ca

Author: kmcgrath
Posted: October 8, 2019, 3:07 pm

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Union, Local 402, has established, through the BC Federation of Labour, the "Donna Sheaves Memorial Scholarship" for a union woman to attend the "Women in Leadership" course at the Canadian Labour Congress Harrison Winter School. The scholarship will cover the costs of tuition, shared accommodation and meals for this event. The scholarship does not include wage loss.

Scholarship application information here.

For more information on the Women in Leadership course, visit the CLC website.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 16:45
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Posted: October 3, 2019, 11:53 pm