The North Okanagan Labour Council and WorkSafeBC will host the annual Day of Mourning Ceremony at Ben Lee Park in Kelowna, Saturday, April 28 at noon. In Vernon, a ceremony will be held Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at City Hall.
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Here’s what some unions and others had to say about today’s BC budget:
Here’s what some unions and others had to say about today’s BC government Throne Speech
Ian Gordon is the new president of the North Okanagan Labour Council.
Also elected on Wednesday night were:
Vice Presidents - Ronn Dunn, Carmen Belanger, Shane Curveon
Secretary Treasurer - Louise Gibson
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone
Sergeant at Arms - Karen Abramsen
Central Delegate - Helen Repole
Northern Delegate - Wynn Hartfelder
Trustees - Greg McGowan, Gail Neufeld (joining current trustee Mike Porteous).
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The BCFED Health & Safety Centre has released its 2018 public course schedule. You can view the PDF schedule and course descriptions on-line with this link:
2018 Course Descriptions and Schedule
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."