KELOWNA - The Labour Relations Board has made a ruling on Commissionaires BC’s application, and has ruled that the 72-hour strike notice issued by CUPE is of no force and effect. This means that the strike will NOT be proceeding as planned.
See more at: http://www.cupe.bc.ca/update_on_cupe_338_strike
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is excited to welcome the flight attendants of Flair Airlines to its growing ranks of airline employees. "On behalf of all of us at CUPE, I'd like to extend our warmest congratulations to all 101 flight attendants at Flair who will now enjoy the strong representation and broad range of resources offered by Canada's largest trade union," said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.
With Flair flight attendants coming on-board, CUPE solidifies its stance as Canada's flight attendant union, representing nearly 12,000 flight attendants across ten different airlines from coast to coast to coast.
Over the coming weeks and months, CUPE will work together side by side with Flair flight attendants to begin discussions about local bylaws and determining priorities for their first ever collective agreement.
On October 30, 2014 a tragedy occurred on a Kelowna City Transit bus. A passenger who had fallen asleep while commuting, was stabbed in the neck and passed away on the bus.
Since that day, we the members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722, have paid our respects to Caesar Rosales by wearing a black ribbon and observing a 1 minute “moment of silence”, at 12:00pm noon every October 30th.
Before that horrific day, violence on transit buses and in particular attacks on drivers were at record levels. Since that attack on Caesar Rosales, violence on public transit in this country has continued to increase and the ferocity of those attacks continues to garner front page headlines.
In Winnipeg this year Irvine Jubal Fraser, a driver of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 was murdered while on duty.
Every transit community, every transit jurisdiction has their own tragedies, their own stories of strife and sadness.
It is time to recognize this nationally. We invite you to observe National Transit Safety Day with us. On October 30th at noon share with us a one minute “moment of silence”.
On behalf of ATU 1722,
Respectfully, Scott Lovell
President / Business Agent Amalgamated Transit Union Loc. 1722 “The Transit Union”
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’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.