IBEW Local 213 members working for LEDCOR (LTS Solutions Ltd.) who perform contracted installation work on behalf of TELUS are on strike for a fair agreement.
IBEW members have been fighting for over two years for a collective agreement. Since organizing in 2017, the bargaining unit has dwindled down by almost half due to mass terminations and department shut downs.
During the dispute, LEDCOR (LTS Solutions Ltd.) has been using scab labour to perform IBEW members’ work.
Updated Nov. 6
Election winners for 2-year terms:
President - Ian Gordon
Vice Presidents - Kelly Hutchinson, Jeff Fisher, Shane Curveon
Secretary-Treasurer - Louise Gibson
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone
Central delegate - Nik Terava
Northern delegate - Luke Mortenson
Sgt. At Arms - Karen Abramsen
Trustee - Tawni Duhamel
More on the election here
Updated Nov. 6
Deadline Approaching for OHS Education in the Okanagan
The BCFED Health & Safety Centre will be offering some of our 8-hour health and safety education courses throughout the Okanagan but the deadline to register is fast approaching.
Our OH&S Committee Part 1 course satisfies the eight-hour mandatory training for new OH&S Committee members.
If we don’t reach the minimum participant number of 10 for a scheduled course, we often need to cancel and disappoint participants. We make that decision at approximately three weeks before the class due to travel and logistic considerations.
Register early to avoid disappointment.
Cancellation policy is 7 days prior to course delivery.
Click on the Photos link above for photos from the Labour Day picnic.
Earlier news release from the NOLC:
The North Okanagan Labour Council is holding its annual Labour Day Picnic on September 2nd from noon to 3 pm on the fields behind the Hollywood Road Education Services site at 1040 Hollywood Road, Kelowna.
A fun event for the whole family, the picnic will be featuring a free BBQ, local live music, giveaway items, community organizations and union displays, bouncy castles, and the City of Kelowna Park & Play activities for the children.
Labour Day is a holiday held annually on the first Monday of September, giving communities the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of union and non-union workers across Canada.
“Things like Medicare, minimum wage and parental leave were won thanks to working people across Canada. This is why every year on Labour Day, Canada’s unions celebrate working people as we all continue our work to improve the lives of all Canadians,” says Ian Gordon, president of the North Okanagan Labour Council.
“The $15 minimum wage is changing the lives of working families across the country and our PharmaCare campaign hopes to do the same.”
Everyone is welcome to come celebrate Labour Day with the North Okanagan Labour Council, chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress that includes over 40 affiliated local unions representing thousands of workers from Peachland to Enderby B.C.
The North Okanagan Labour Council and WorkSafeBC hosted the annual Day of Mourning ceremony on Sunday, April 28. Here are some links to local news coverage. See photos here.
Kelowna bus driver grateful to be alive after brutal beating - The Daily Courier
Kelowna bus driver shares story of assault on Day of Mourning - Global Okanagan
From the BC Labour Heritage Centre
The panel reviewing the BC Labour Relations Code stopped in Kelowna on March 26 to hear from the public. NOLC President Ian Gordon and past president Carole Gordon brought up a lot of good points during their appearance. Click here to read their presentation.
You might have seen this ad during the Olympics, but if not, you've got to watch Unions are Great! (Official version - 60 seconds) by NUPGE