All are welcome to a screening of “Migrant Dreams”, an award-winning film highlighting the struggles of migrant workers in Canada. Tickets are $15 or $50 for four people. Call 250 351 4583 or email email@example.com. Lunch will be served.
Saturday, Oct 21st, 10am-2pm /Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC
A group of migrant farm workers dare to resist the systemic oppression and exploitation from their brokers, employers and Canadian government in small-town Ontario.
10 – 10:30 Welcome
10:30 – noon – screening of the film “Migrant Dreams”
12:50 – 1:50 – Guest Speaker: film Director Min Sook Lee
1:50 - 2 closing and thank you
MIGRANT DREAMS http://www.migrantdreams.ca/
Minister of Labour Harry Bains issued the following statement on Friday:
"Beginning today, B.C.'s lowest-paid workers will see an increase to their hourly wage by 50 cents, bringing their wage up to $11.35 an hour and up to $10.10 for those who serve liquor. Increasing the minimum wage is one way our government will help make life more affordable for hard-working British Columbians.
"Today's increase to the minimum wage is significant as it now gives B.C. the third-highest minimum wage among Canada's provinces - up from seventh position.
"In the coming weeks, we will announce details of the fair wages commission. This commission, through consultation and research, will provide recommendations on how to get B.C. to a $15-an-hour minimum wage with regular, measured and predictable increases that businesses can absorb. The commission will submit its first report within 90 days of its first meeting.
"We've listened to business owners, who have told us gradual, predictable increases are the best way to minimize the impact on their businesses. And, they recognize that the move to a $15-an-hour minimum wage is good for employee satisfaction and retention, benefits that are good for B.C. businesses, and good for our economy.
"When you give British Columbia's lowest-paid workers an increase in wages, every extra dollar received is invested back into their communities, in their local businesses, to pay for life's essentials. This government is committed to making life more affordable for people."
Here’s what some are saying about Monday’s B.C. budget update, delivered by the new NDP government:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
BC’s new government has made a strong start in addressing crucial issues for British Columbians in its first budget update.
“Investments in affordable housing, including 2,000 new units for people who are homeless, as well as new funding for the Residential Tenancy Branch is very good news,” said Senior Economist Iglika Ivanova
What some are saying about Friday’s throne speech by the new NDP government:
BC Federation of Labour:
“We are encouraged by these first steps to address some critical challenges facing British Columbians,” said BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger.
“Lifting welfare rates, eliminating fees for ABE and ESL, free tuition for kids in care attending a post-secondary institution, and creating a poverty reduction strategy – these are actions that are long overdue.”
The Throne Speech also referenced the establishment of a Fair Wages Commission
Kelowna – Federal public service workers and allies will gather outside Stephen Fuhr's constituency office at a rally calling on the federal government to take the measures necessary to ensure public service workers are paid correctly and on time.
“Federal government workers in Kelowna worry constantly about whether or not they will receive a correct pay cheque, or one at all.” says Eddy Bourque, National President of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union. “We are calling on the government to fix their payroll system once and for all.”
The Phoenix payroll system used by the federal government has been riddled with problems since it was rolled out in early 2016. Tens of thousands of workers have been under-paid, paid late, or in some cases not paid at all.
“It has been over a year and a half since the Phoenix pay system was rolled out and the government still can’t pay their workers correctly and on time for the vital work they do.” continues Bourque, “The layoff of 700 highly trained compensation advisors before Phoenix rolled out was a foolish decision. It is imperative that the government rebuild the internal expertise that was lost by eliminating these positions by hiring and training new staff, and bringing back experienced former compensation officers who are willing to do so.”
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 12 PM to 12:30 PM
Location: 1420 St. Paul Street, Kelowna
One Day Courses - 8:30am to 4:30pm November 24 to December 1 in Kelowna. The BCFED Health & Safety Centre will be offering many of our most popular eight-hour Health & Safety Education courses in Kelowna this November.
We have revised our committee education courses to reflect and comply with recent changes to the BC WCB Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (see below).
Register early - early bird rates apply up to two weeks before the course start date and space is limited.
Kelowna’s 4th annual Labour Day picnic will take place at Mission Creek Regional Park on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, noon to 3:00 pm
The North Okanagan Labour Council is hosting this event from noon to 3 p.m. It’s a fun event for the whole family featuring a no cost BBQ, entertainment, such as a bouncy castle for the children, local musician; giveaway items, and informational displays from many unions and local organizations in our community.
Labour Day is an annual holiday held on the first Monday of September when we celebrate the achievements of workers across Canada. Its origins in Canada can be traced back to December 1872.
There are many Labour Councils in each province, which represent workers from many unions. You can find them in offices, supermarkets, factories, forests, the media, construction, hospitals, schools, transportation systems and even the corner coffee shop. The North Okanagan Labour Council represents about 40 unions in the North and Central Okanagan. We fight for the rights of all workers.
The treatment under existing laws of thousands of laid off Sears employees highlights the need for stronger basic protections and employment standards for workers in Canada, says the BC Federation of Labour.
Sears closed 59 stores and laid off 2,900 staff on June 22. Six locations and several hundred layoffs were in BC. At the same time, the company filed for bankruptcy (creditor) protection under federal law.
In doing so, BCFED President Irene Lanzinger says the company escaped its responsibility to pay severance to workers affected by the store closures. “It means that laid off workers including many long-term employees who would be otherwise legally eligible for compensation will receive nothing,” Lanzinger says. “And that’s wrong.”
Other former Sears employees who were receiving severance as part of an earlier round of buyouts had their payments terminated. Creditor protection laws also allow companies to shirk their pension responsibilities as well.
“While the company’s efforts to use creditor protection fall under federal—not provincial—laws and jurisdiction,” says Lanzinger, “the circumstances highlight why basic protections for non-union workers need to be strengthened in a number of ways here in BC and across Canada.
Local 1722 of the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Nicola Valley Transportation Society, operator of the Merritt Transit system have agreed to a new five-year contract. A ratification vote was conducted by the ATU today in Merritt. The proposed agreement received a strong positive vote
While the agreement provided for no concessions and industry standard wage increases, the main selling points to members were new and improved clauses protecting their rights, an increase in health employer contributions to the health plan and the introduction of sick day provisions.
According to Bargaining Committee member Tim Larsen, the agreement puts the system on a sound basis for the coming years. “With the expansion in service we will see next year, it was important to get a sound five-year deal,” said Larsen.
In January. late night service hours will be increased, Sunday and on-demand service will be introduced and frequency to Lower Nicola will be increased.
With the tenth anniversary of the Merritt transit system approaching, it continues to be a held up by BC Transit as an outstanding example of a small system in BC.
"ATU 1722 is proud to be a part of this success story,” said ATU President Scott Lovell.