• The Union Advantage in Canada and Victoria

    There were 54,200 union members working in and around Victoria in 2012, 35% of all employees. Their weekly payroll of $51.3 million accounted for 41% of the total for the whole community. Read More
  • VLC Endorses Green Jobs B.C.

    At the February 20, 2013 meeting the council voted to endorse   Read More
  • About the VLC

    What is the Victoria Labour Council? The Victoria Labour Council (VLC) is the local organization of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) at the city level. The CLC represents 3.2 million unionized workers across Canada.The VLC was founded over 100 years ago and is one of the oldest labour organizations in BC. Read More
  • CLC and United Way

    -A Special Partnership- The roots of labour’s support for the United Way Centraide (UWC) reach back to the early 1900s as part of our Good and Welfare tradition – caring for those in need.  Read More
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Monthly Archives: May 2011

CUPW Makes Last Ditch Effort to Avoid a Strike

John Bail discusses strike notice on CKNW May 30, 2011

Urban Postal Unit Negotiations (2011) / Media Release

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has made a final offer to Canada Post in the hopes of negotiating a settlement.

The offer includes several important amendments and clarifications to our positions and we are confident this offer can be accepted by CPC as the basis of a settlement.

CUPW has also given the notice, required by the Canada Labour Code, of its intent to strike if there is no settlement flowing from its final offer. The union will be in a legal position to strike on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The union said the notice puts pressure on Canada Post to actually negotiate.

Full Press release here.

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The Capital Region deserves answers from the Harper Government on their secret plans to cut 2100 National Defence jobs

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Letter to the Editor

The Capital Region deserves answers from the Harper Government on their secret plans to cut 2100 National Defence jobs. [Defence to slash civilian jobs -Times Colonist May 26.]

CFB Esquimalt employs over 6000 civilian employees and is a critical part of our local economy. Only last month during the election campaign the Harper Government denied leaked reports that the navy had been discussing moving the command and control of the Pacific fleet from CFB Esquimalt. Now we find out that funding and staff cuts may impact the ability of the base to support our Forces.

The Federal Government needs to come clean on how their budget cuts will impact CFB Esquimalt, one of our largest employers. Our Forces and our regional economy should not be subject to any further budget cuts.

Michael Eso
Victoria Labour Council

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BC Community Living Action Group

A great way for other workers and people in general to stay informed and find out specific ways to support Community Social Services sector would be to follow a new website from “a network of family groups, advocacy organizations, unions, and service agencies—now operating under the name BC  Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG) which began meeting together in the fall of 2010 to share information about the urgent situation in BC’s community living sector.


This group formed since the fight we have as paid unions workers is not just about us, but is a fight in a very real way for the people we support, so we are joined by the families and friends of those we support and even our employers as they are the service providers in the poition of being mandated to supply more extensive and varied services to more people with the same or smaller staffing levels with less funding.

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Pictures from the CLC Convention May 9-13

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Victoria Labour Council congratulates local members of parliament elected in the 2011 federal election

The federal election this week saw Canadians elect as the Official Opposition a party that puts working families first. This historic campaign saw 102 New Democratic Party Members of Parliament elected, including two NDP MPs here in the capital region.

The Victoria Labour Council and our 24,000 affiliated members congratulate all candidates who took part in the federal election. We look forward to working with our MPs to promote the economic, social and environmental security and well being of all Canadians. The three MPs who were elected here this week are each supremely qualified to represent us.

In Victoria, respected MP Denise Savoie was re-elected handily. Denise has a long history of service to the community and we are pleased to welcome her back as MP for the next four years.

Next, we welcome Randall Garrison in Esquimalt-Jaun de Fuca as NDP MP-elect for the riding. Again, Randall has a long history of activism in the community having been a city council member who has actively pushed the living wage initiative in our region. Randall won the seat held for 17 years by retired veteran MP Keith Martin of the Liberals. We look forward to continuing to work with Randall.

We congratulate and welcome Elizabeth May, leader of the Green party as MP-elect in Saanich-Gulf islands. The election of a Green Party MP is a first in the country. Ms. May is new to our region, but we look forward to meeting with her and getting to know her over the next four years!

The issues important to workers – healthcare, retirement security and an expanded Canada Pension Plan, and job creation – which were at the forefront of the election remain challenges. The Labour Council in Victoria will continue to push for action on these and all concerns of working families.

In particular, the  Victoria Labour Council along with the Canadian Labour Congress remain concerned about comments made during the election campaign by the Prime Minister regarding unspecified plans to cut an additional $4 billion per year from federal government spending.

We remind the newly-elected government that these programs promote and safeguard the public’s health and safety. They bring us the quality of life that makes Canada a place where people the world over want to come to live, to become citizens and to contribute to its success. Here in the capital region, the federal Government is a major employer, and we will be watching the government closely as their plans unfold.

Again, congratulations to our new members of parliament!

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