Fair Wages Commission
The Fair Wages Commission established by the provincial government is currently accepting written submissions, and hosting public meetings, “To advise the government on ways to begin to address the discrepancy between the minimum wage and a living wage in our province.”
Written submissions are being accepted until May 31. A list of public meetings is available at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/fairwagescommission/regional-meetings/
Please note that the Vancouver meeting will be held on May 24.
We encourage affiliates and others to provide input to the commission, urging it to recommend prompt action to move toward the implementation of living wages provincially. Information on making written submissions can be found here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/fairwagescommission/written-submissions/
If you would like to appear before the Commission, please respond by email to FWC@gov.bc.ca, noting the day/location you would like to attend. A time will be allocated according to the schedule’s availability. For those unable to attend the engagement in person, a video-conference call can be arranged. Consultations are also open to the public.
A summary report detailing all of the comments and feedback submitted from stakeholders will be posted to this website following the public consultation.
To make a verbal submission, you will be provided a timeslot to present your submission. The dates for consultations are as follows:
May 24, 2019 – Vancouver – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
May 31, 2019 – Victoria – 9:00am to 3:00pm
Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel
G4S – PRE-BOARD SCREENING PERSONNEL LOCAL LODGE 16 – PACIFIC REGION – NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE – MAY 14, 2019
NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE – MAY 14, 2019
Rally in Support of Hotel Workers
Hello! My name is Nym Calvez. I’m a Housekeeper at the Pinnacle Hotel in downtown Vancouver, and I am an Executive Board Member of Local 40. Like many hotel workers, I immigrated to Canada for a better life from the Philippines. I worked as a nanny for 8 years, taking care of several families, integrating into Canada, and becoming a Canadian citizen. I am proud to be a hotel worker, but the hotel industry needs to treat us better. One recent summer, over 20 of my co-workers were on WCB because of injuries caused by the high workload in only 2 months! Even though my hotel is making tons of money, I don’t even have stable 40 hours of work. We need full-time jobs!
We will be calling on the Hotel Georgia to negotiate a fair contract now. The Hotel Georgia is the number one hotel in the city. It is a 5 star hotel. The Hotel Georgia should lead the way in wages, benefits and treatment! We will also call on the Four Seasons to give Job Security Now. The Four Seasons is closing in January 2020. The Four Seasons wants to move to a new hotel WITHOUT job guarantees to their employees. 400 Four Seasons workers deserve job security.
Please forward this email to your co-workers, friends and family and come join us on Tuesday!
SIGN THE PLEDGE to support Vancouver’s hotel workers here: SupportHotelWorkers.org
Together we can build a better Vancouver for working people. We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 14! Thank you!
Nym Calvez, Housekeeper, Pinnacle Hotel
Local 40 Executive Board Member
The Right To Fairness
Across Canada screening officers are subject to an unfair dispute resolution process that is arbitrary and infringes the most basic of principles in labour relations- the right to appeal and the right of unionized workers to union representation.
There are members who have been wrongly and unjustly found in breach of their duties and as a result of the current dispute mechanism, many go without pay for months, putting screeners and their families in a difficult situation.
We acknowledge CATSA’s efforts to protect the public’s safety and Canada’s national security, but we do not condone an arbitrary and unfair process that penalizes innocent workers and leaves them without access to an appeal process.
The current process leaves innocent workers in limbo without pay for several months; this simply is not right and we will fiercely support our members in their fight for fairness.
Please help us in our efforts to right this wrong and take a brief moment to fill out this petition.
Let’s tell CATSA enough is enough, and that the IAM will not be bullied!
We, the undersigned constituents in your riding, draw attention to an issue that affects a number of airport screeners across the country, the very people responsible for the safety and security of millions of passengers every year.
The basic premise of labour relations and the fight unions wage is to ensure that workers have access to fair representation in their workplaces. This right is not extended to airport screeners due to a “flawed” process at our airports, which is gravely compromised under CATSA’s current resolution process. It is a process that disadvantages workers by not providing a fair and transparent process to address standard worksite issues.
Screening officers are certified by CATSA in the performance of their duties on a recurring basis. While CATSA is not the employer, rather a certifying body, it has the power to render decisions that adversely affect our members both professionally and personally. Employers have the authority to issue directives, but CATSA can trump an employer’s decision in cases related to certification. For workers who challenge CATSA’s decision, union representation is not permitted, and the process is extremely lengthy, lasting several months during which a worker may be without pay. All tools that exist for workers to defend their position when wrongfully accused are non-existent for airport screeners.
The IAMAW draws particular attention to the following;
- When there is a performance or operational issue, workers cannot challenge a CATSA decision at the local airport
- Appeals moving from the local airport to the national level take a long time, in some cases, leaving workers out of work for a number of months without pay
- Workers do not have access to union representation and may face disciplinary action if they disagree with CATSA’s decision
- While workers are covered by a collective agreement with a third party employer, CATSA, who does not have jurisdiction, issues disciplinary directives without providing for a fair appeal process and access to union representation
- An arbitration is not akin to an appeal, as it’s administrative, extremely lengthy and as such, fails to address worker’s issues promptly.
There’s two sides to every story. Airport workers deserve access to processes that all other Canadian workers have. The IAMAW acknowledges CATSA’s work in protecting the safety and security of the public and national security; however, we cannot ignore the fact that the most basic of rights and principles of labour relations is being infringed.
Our members deserve a dispute mechanism that is fair and transparent at the local airport where they work. We urge politicians, legislators and CATSA to address this problem immediately and ensure workers are getting a fair chance to state their case.
New Westminster District Labor Council