Federation of Post-Secondary Educators – They’re in the dark

They’re in the dark

It used to be that going to school gave you a leg up—it was the great equalizer.

That might have been true 20 years ago, but it isn’t anymore. Today, B.C. colleges and universities are in crisis.

Deep program cuts, combined with hefty tuition hikes, are shackling B.C. students. They aren’t getting the education they need to unlock opportunities.

Worse, many people are in the dark. They don’t know we’re in crisis. Will you help us get the word out?

Watch and share our new campaign video: https://www.facebook.com/openthedoorsbc/videos/657216677758862/

It’s the story of what’s actually happening, and why we need to demand this government invest in higher education before it’s too late.

Please take a minute to watch and share this.

Together, we can make public post-secondary education in BC the envy of the world again.

https://www.fb.com/openthedoorsbc/videos/vb.460693514077847/657216677758862

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VDLC Fundraising dinner June 8

VDLC Fundraising dinner June 8

The annual VDLC fundraising dinner to support the “Wishing Tree” free store at Queen Alexandra Elementary School will be held Wednesday June 8th at the Maritime Labour Centre.

  • Speaker Melanie Mark, MLA
  • Doors 5:30 / Dinner 6:30 at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver
  • Tickets $50 ($35 for low-waged)
  • Tables seat 8
  • Donations to our silent auction or the Wishing Tree fund are welcome

Details are in the attached letter and poster.

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Broadbent Institute – It’s about time!

It’s about time!

The federal government announced this morning they are setting up a parliamentary committee on electoral reform and beginning consultations with Canadians on how best to change our voting system in time for the 2019 election.

It’s about time this government got to work on fulfilling its promise to end first-past-the-post.

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Way back in 2004, after two years of research and consultation, the Law Commission of Canada provided a comprehensive road map for reforming our deeply flawed electoral system.

It concluded that Canada needs proportional representation (PR). The number of seats held by a party in the House of Commons should closely match the percentage of vote they received.

Again today the Liberals promised public consultation – but we’re still waiting to know when those consultations will begin.

We’ve waited more than a decade – long enough. So, the Institute has decided to give them a nudge. You can add your support for our campaign here.

I published an op-ed piece in yesterday’s Globe and Mail with two allies in the fight for PR and the Institute has launched a national petition.

I’m sending you this quick note today, hoping you’ll help fund our Canada-wide campaign for proportional representation.

Will you make a single donation today or even better, join our Until It’s Done monthly giving plan? You can donate here

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BC FED – Fight for $15 – Our 2 cents is 40 cents makes no sense!

Our 2 cents is 40 cents makes no sense!

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Wednesday Premier Clark announced an increase to the minimum wage, but it was just another missed opportunity to do what is right. The Premier chose to leave workers in poverty. In fact, a full-time minimum wage worker will still be living $5500 a year below the poverty line. That is simply unacceptable.

While Clark enjoys salary bonuses amounting to hundreds of thousands, workers will only see fourteen bucks a week added to their pay cheques. That barely covers the cost of lunch.

This announcement doesn’t reflect what British Columbians want for workers. Eight-three percent believe if you work full-time, you shouldn’t live in poverty.

Help us put an end to poverty wages in BC. Send a message to Premier Clark. BC needs a fair minimum wage – a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Click here to email Premier Clark: premier@gov.bc.ca. If you are too angry to come up with a message of your own, below we’ve drafted one you can copy and paste.

In solidarity,

The Fight for Fifteen Team

Dear Premier Clark,

Re: minimum wage 

Your announcement Wednesday was extremely disappointing. It shows that you are out of touch with the needs of workers in BC. In a province this rich there is no reason a full-time worker should be living in poverty, and a forty cent increase is not enough to lift workers above the poverty line.

BC needs a fair minimum wage – a $15 per hour minimum wage. Across North America governments have recognized that a $15 per hour wage is fair and have put a plan in place to get there. Why not BC?

It is time for your government to do right by British Columbians and put an end to poverty wages. Make it $15. 

Sincerely, 

Fight for $15 BC
http://www.fightfor15bc.ca/

BC Federation of Labour · Canada
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BC FED – BC Liberal government still not listening on needed minimum wage hikes

BC Liberal government still not listening on needed minimum wage hikes

Vancouver – The BC Liberal government is still not listening to British Columbians on minimum wage rates with an increase that leaves working people below the poverty line, says BC Federation of Labour.

“It is clear that our Campaign is having an impact and has forced the government to reconsider BC’s minimum wage,” said Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour. “Unfortunately, the BC Liberals are still not taking the steps needed to lift a person working fulltime above the poverty line. bcfed130

“This is just one more missed opportunity for the Premier and the government to do what’s right.”

Today’s announced changes will see BC’s minimum wage increased to $10.85 per hour in
September, and another lift of approximately 30-cents the following year.

The BC Federation of Labour has been campaigning for the government to put a plan in place to reach a $15 per hour minimum wage, a wage that would put a full-time worker above the poverty line.

In a recent poll conducted by Insights West, 83 percent of British Columbians agreed that
minimum wage should put a worker above the poverty line. Seventy-six percent supported
raising minimum wage to $15 per hour.

“The Premier’s announcement today is not getting us close to what workers in this province need and deserve,” said Lanzinger. “A $10.85 per hour minimum wage leaves a full-time worker nearly $5500 below the poverty line. That is simply unacceptable.”

“While Clark enjoys significant salary bonuses from her party, workers remain in poverty. She has become more and more disconnected from the people of this province who struggle every day to pay the rent, put food on the table and pay the hydro bill.”

Lanzinger also noted that in September, BC will still have the 7th lowest wage in the country behind all three territories, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. And by October we will fall behind Prince Edward Island.

The BC Federation of Labour maintains that British Columbia needs a fair minimum wage of $15 per hour and will continue the Fight for $15 Campaign.

Media Contact: Lynn Bueckert, BC Federation of Labour, 604-446-8303, lbueckert@bcfed.ca

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BC FED – Castle Fun Park

Castle Fun Park

Do you like video games, mini golf and bumper cars? Then this event is for you! The BCFFED Young Workers Committee is hosting a late-night social at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford. bcfed130

The event starts at midnight on Friday, May 13th and goes until 4:00 am early Saturday morning.

The Young Workers’ Committee would like to open the invitation to all members of our affiliates. We will have exclusive use of the park.

The entry fee is $30 per person which includes access to several attractions and pizza. Buses are also being arranged.

A poster is attached with more details. For more information on the event and transportation, please check out the facebook event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/110764249334607/

We hope you can make it.

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SECURE AVIATION TRANSPORT LOCAL LODGE 16 – GENERAL MEETING MAY 17TH, 2016 TUESDAY

GENERAL MEETING

MAY. 17TH, 2016 TUESDAY

 15:30 PM Doors open at 15:00PM

7980 RIVER ROAD, RICHMOND, BC

AGENDA ITEMS

  • Chief Reports
  • District Reports
  • Financial Report

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The General Meeting is open to all bargaining units and the members of Local Lodge 16. It is encouraged for all members to join and participate. Please note that the quorum requirement, as per ARTICLE D SECTION 3 of the IAMAW Constitution, is set at 25 members. fsdrf

In solidarity,

Daniel Zamorano, Recording Secretary IAM & AW

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Political Action – CLC – Canada needs to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Canada needs to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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BCFED – Young Workers’ School at Camp Jubilee, June 17-19, 2016

Young Workers’ School at Camp Jubilee, June 17-19, 2016

Registration for the BCFED 2016 Young Workers’ School at Camp Jubilee is now open!!

The BCFED Young Workers’ School is an opportunity for workers 30 and under from across BC and across different sectors to come together for a weekend of study and networking. This year we expect to have more than 60 young workers in attendance and to offer five different courses covering topics from Labour 101 to Political Organizing to Labour History.

The cost of the Conference is $350 and will cover accommodation, meals and conference fee.

Registration deadline is June 10, 2016. bcfed130

Please share this information with your members and visit the School website to register:  http://conference.bcfed.ca/youngworkersschool/registration.

If you require additional information, please contact Denise Moffatt at dmoffatt@bcfed.ca.

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BC FED – Fight for $15 – The movement is growing

The movement is growing

The call for fair wages is so important here in BC, where we now have the lowest minimum wage in Canada. At $10.45 per hour, full-time workers are living nearly $6000 below the poverty line. That’s got to change.

A week ago thousands of people across Canada stood together for a fair minimum wage as part of our National Day of Action. They collectively called for provincial governments to raise minimum wage to $15/hr. It is amazing to see our movement growing.

And you can help build momentum. Like our Facebook page to be part of calls to action, to hear about upcoming events, and to learn about wins across North America.

Together we have the power to build an economy that works for everyone.

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