Please join us for the Annual VLC Holiday Social
We will have an abbreviated General Meeting upstairs at 7pm to be followed with our holiday social at 7:30.
We will have light refreshments and door prizes!!!
Everyone is welcome making this a great opportunity to introduce your members to the Victoria Labour Council.
Ho Ho Hope to see you there!!!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new budget implementation bill puts workers’ lives at risk and we need your help now to stop it.
Buried deep in the 308 pages his finance minister just tabled are amendments to the Canada Labour Code that would make the federal health and safety law on the right to refuse dangerous work the weakest in the country and endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers.
Bill C-4 will weaken the existing right of workers to refuse dangerous work. Exposure to hazardous substances likely to result in a chronic illness, disease, or damage to the reproductive system will no longer be a valid reason for a worker to invoke the right to refuse dangerous work.
Imagine, knowing what we know about asbestos exposure, that a federal worker would now be unable to refuse dangerous work if his employer told him to remove asbestos from a workplace without proper safety gear?
Imagine, knowing what we know today about the impact of certain chemicals on women’s reproductive health, that a worker would no longer have the right to refuse dangerous if her employer gave her work that exposed her to those chemicals?
Conservative proposals would make the Canada Labour Code the only health and safety laws in the country that would make it legal for an employer to discipline a worker who refuses dangerous work. It’s a dangerous precedent that must be stopped now!
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2013 marks the 25th year since the Canadian Labour Council and United Way Canada came together to sign a formal Labour Partnership agreement. To commemorate this anniversary, the Victoria Labour Council sponsored a series of videos that work to recognize the contributions of union members to the United Way workplace campaign.
Across this country and here in the Capital Regional District union members should be proud of the work they do to strengthen and build community. In the Capital Regional District, unionized workplaces contributed over half of the total workplace campaign goal. United Way Campaigns are a place that Employers and Unions come together to ensure that kids make successful transitions to adulthood, that our most vulnerable find pathways out of poverty and that we have opportunities and places for social interaction in our community.
The Victoria Labour Council worked closely with the United Way Labour Committee of the Board to find champions of the workplace campaign so that we can shine a light on the importance of union members who are committed to community. We know that this commitment is strong right across Canada and are proud to find ways that recognize and celebrate it here in our community.
If you have a United Way campaign in your workplace, we encourage you to share these videos and engage the United Way in other opportunities for recognition. Work with your campaign volunteers to find ways that engage your members and highlight the important commitment of labour. Take a union flag to a campaign kick off and offer to stand up and speak to the labour partnership during campaign. Talk to your United Way support team about displaying the VLC sponsored Labour partnership banners at your events.
It was our intention to highlight some of the many Unions whose members support the United Way Campaign. Of course not every workplace campaign or Union is reflected in the video but we hope that it will provide some highlights of the shared values of labour and the United Way.
One thing the labour movement teaches us is the value of solidarity and that that we are stronger together. While we know that labour has been there since the beginning, lets take this opportunity to celebrate this 25th anniversary by showing our community that we are proud of the work we do to ensure the success of the the United Way campaign.
Together we make our communities better to work and live.