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VOLUME 13 | Issue #3 Winter 2018

The publication for members of MoveUP, The Movement of United Professionals

Work Together. Grow Together. Succeed Together.

ALSO INSIDE

Six Pillars of Success for MoveUP
Setting the record straight on ICBC
2018 Municipal Election
Why Health Coverage Matters
Support Our Campaigns
CONTENTS In This Issue

3 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
By David Black

4 TRANSLATIONS

6 SCENES FROM CONVENTION 2018

8 EVERY VOICE MAKES
US STRONG –
A CONVENTION RECAP

10 SIX PILLARS OF SUCCESS:
MOVEUP'S MANDATE FOR
THE NEXT THREE YEARS 6
14 SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT #MoveUP2018 #EveryVoice2018
ON ICBC

16 MOVEUP IN THE COMMUNITY

18 HONOURING OUR ADVOCATES

19 FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
100 YEARS OF MOVEUP

20 A BRAND NEW LANDSCAPE:
A LOOK AT THE 2018 MUNICIPAL
ELECTION OUTCOMES

22 IMPROVING INCLUSIVENESS:
UNION DRIVE COINCIDES 14
WITH TRANS INCLUSION Setting The Record Straight On ICBC
PROJECT LAUNCH

24 ADVOCATES AMONG US

26 CHAMPIONING WOMEN'S
RIGHTS THROUGH
COMMITTEE WORK

28 A MUCH (K)NEEDED BENEFIT

30 LABOUR STUDIES UNDERGRAD
DEGREE PROGRAM
NOW OFFERE AT SFU

31 MEMBERS

On the Cover 19
MoveUP Convention 2018
Bottom, left: Honouring Activists MoveUP – 100 Years Strong
Bottom, right: WAVAW's Trans
Inclusion Project
President’s Message
MoveUP, the Movement of United Professionals, is affiliated
with the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union,
the British Columbia Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour

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Congress, UNI Global Union and IndustriALL.
s we close out 2018, I reflect back
MoveUP Executive Board Members: on the many proud moments our
President: David Black
Secretary-Treasurer: Lori Mayhew union has had over this past year.
Vice-Presidents: Rysa Kronebusch (Utilities), Christy Slusarenko We’ve shed light on members who
(Combined Units), Annette Toth (ICBC)
Utilities-Hydro: Anderson Charles, Bruce Sarvis have faced workplace abuse and took
ICBC: Brenda Chu, Colin Clark, Bryan Finstad, Melissa Maher, action with employers to address those
Gunter Seifert concerns. We’ve brought attention to
Vice-Presidents: Fortis/CHC: Michael Carr
Combined Units: Safar Alikhani, Hani Dakkak, Graeme Hutchison, practices of overbilling at car repair
Bilbeer Sandhu shops that has been costing ICBC and
MoveUP Communications, Campaigns & Research: ratepayers millions. We’ve engaged in
Communications Director: Norman Gludovatz numerous campaigns spearheaded
Communications Officers: Kim Chartier, Daniel Fung
by our Human Rights & Multicultural
Director of Operational Strategy:
Paul Reniers Committee that targets discriminatory
MoveUP Arbitration Representative: practices, specifically referencing our
Brian Nelson ‘Stop the Blood Ban’ campaign and our
MoveUP Senior Union Representatives: #illgowithyou campaign. We’ve raised
Brad Bastien, Kevin Smyth money for many different charities
MoveUP Union Representatives including the United Way and the
Nathan Beausoleil, Anny Chen, Alicia Gallo, Yudon Garie, Tony
Geluch, Noel Gulbransen, Trevor Hansen, Cathy Hirani, Barbara
Union Protein Project.
Junker, Cindy A. Lee, Brian Martens, Sarah Melsness, Raj Muni, We are very fortunate to work with
Mike Novak, Cheryl Popeniuk, Kelly Quinn, Parm Sandhar, Alina people who are so passionate about
Teymory, April Young
our union, about our colleagues, and
MoveUP Administrative & Office Staff:
Karen Caston, Executive Assistant to the President about the people in our communities. The holiday season will offer many of
Shelley Lockhart, Administrative Work Leader us some much-needed time to recharge the batteries but come the start of
Genesyl Balbin, Joanne Banfield, Elaine Chilman, Adele Earwaker, 2019, we are going to need to re-energize in a hurry because there is a lot
Sarah Hall, Lisa Jeffery, Michelle Mihaichuk, Kirstyn Noga, Kathryn
Prinz, Kim Smith, Nina Soo we need to achieve. I’m very confident that we have the people capable of
MoveUP Financial Staff: achieving great things – from our rank-and-file members, our activists, our
Controller: Barbara Liang staff, and our leadership. When we work together, we grow together, and we
Sarina Nannar, Pardeep Singh, Valerie Sherst, Marilyn Vassell succeed together.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the experienced voices we have
Occupational Health & Safety & WCB Appeals:
Niki Schnurr bid farewell to this past year on our executive board and executive council,
Organizing: including long-time Vice-President Gwenne Farrell, but also to welcome the
Caitlin Davidson-King, Caitlin Gilroy new, fresh voices that we have joining us. I know you will continue the great
Health & Welfare Trust Administrator: work done by your predecessors and help make our union stronger.
Yasmin Carroll I would like to thank everybody who was involved in our recent Convention
Human Resources and Organizational Development Director: back in November, from our guest speakers and presenters, to our hard-
Ram Atwal
working staff as well as all the delegates who soaked in the experience,
Headquartered on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, learned from the event, and departed with a greater understanding of our
Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh and union and a renewed vigour to fight for the things that matter to our members
Qayqayt First Nations.
and our communities.
Although the content in this magazine will be finalized prior to the BC
The Local Voice is the official quarterly magazine published for
the members of MoveUP. ISBN 1918-9753 COPE 378 Voice
Federation of Labour holding its Convention and elections, I would also like
Letters to the editor are welcome but may be edited for brevity to acknowledge our support for Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore for the
and clarity. Please contact MoveUP for permission to reprint positions of President and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively, as well as thank
articles, graphics, or photographs.
the outgoing individuals in those roles – Irene Lanzinger and Aaron Ekman –
Address all correspondence to:
MoveUP communications for all their contributions to the labour movement.
Suite 301 - 4501 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. V5H 0E5 In closing, I wish everybody a wonderful holiday season and a happy and
Phone: 604-299-0378
Toll Free Line: 1-800-665-6838
healthy new year. Let’s do great things together in 2019.
Fax: 604-299-8211
Visit MoveUP’s website at www.MoveUPTogether.ca
or contact us via email at communications@moveuptogether.ca
Editors: Daniel Fung, Norman Gludovatz, Kim Chartier
Contributors: Contributors: Joshua Berson, David Black, Rysa
Kronebusch, Lori Mayhew, Annette Toth, Simon Fraser University
David Black
President, MoveUP

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CONVENTION
2018 Scenes from Convention 2018
PHOTOS BY JOSHUA BERSON, BERSONPHOTO.COM

Photo left: Group photo featuring all the
delegates at Convention 2018.

Photo, below, left: President David
Black poses with guest speaker Nahanni
Fontaine, Manitoba NDP MLA and
Indigenous rights activist.

Delegates in action at Convention 2018

Old friends reconnecting at Convention 2018
including honourary lifetime members Andy
Ross, Karen Rockwell, and Jerri New.

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CONVENTION
Scenes from Convention 2018 2018
PHOTOS BY JOSHUA BERSON, BERSONPHOTO.COM

Strength in numbers

Photo, above:
MoveUP's Women's
Rights Committee
pose for a photo.

Photo, above: Premier John Memories made
Horgan poses with delegate
at the photo booth station.

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CONVENTION
Every Voice Makes Us Strong
2018 A Convention Recap

T
he first three days of November may have been respectively, to be named Honourary Lifetime Members.
rainy and gloomy in the Lower Mainland, but inside Convention also saw the awarding of the annual
the banquet rooms of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Ardell Brophy award to Cenen Bagon, and the first
downtown Vancouver there was a bright, cheerful and annual Peter Corren award posthumously to Gurpreet
optimistic feeling in the air. Sran. (See page 18 for full story.)
Nearly 200 delegates, executive councillors and Delegates were also hard at work discussing and
board members, as well as staff members to usher in making important decisions about key issues that our
another three-year term and help guide the union over union is facing. For the first time in MoveUP’s history,
the next coming years. resolutions – proposed initiatives for our union to actively
The event featured a lineup of incredible speakers undertake – were received from rank-and-file members,
Nearly 200 including: B.C. Premier John Horgan; Vancouver mayor not just from members of the executive council.
Kennedy Stewart; outgoing BC Federation of Labour After three days of passionate and respectful debate,
delegates, President Irene Lanzinger; Vancouver & District Labour a number of resolutions were passed including:
Council President Stephen Von Sychowski; Canadian • MoveUP will work to negotiate a transition
executive Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff, who gave an agreement with ICBC to ensure no employee loses
impassioned speech on the urgent need to implement a their job due to impending changes at ICBC, and
councillors and
national Pharmacare; and St. Johns, Manitoba NDP MLA that the agreement will protect wages and working
Nahanni Fontaine, who delivered a heartfelt and stirring conditions for all affected members;
board members,
address on her life story involving sexual abuse at a • MoveUP will lobby federal Members of Parliament
as well as staff young age and drug overdose but also about her work to ensure that the Advisory Council on the
with Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Girls Implementation of National PharmaCare moves to
members to (MMIWG) and the opioid crisis. recommending a national Pharmacare plan;
Between all the speeches, delegates also had the • MoveUP will write a letter to the B.C. Minister of
usher in another opportunity to receive updates about all the work that Mental Health & Addictions to commend them for
our union and its various committees have been doing. their swift action on the opioid crisis and encourage
three-year term The event also provided an opportunity for MoveUP to them to continue this life-saving work;
formally acknowledge and recognize several individuals • MoveUP will make it a priority to do workforce
and help guide who have made significant contributions to our union reviews with all employers, starting with public
and to our community. sector employers, to determine if there are
the union over Long-time members and two former Vice- excluded positions that by definition should be
Presidents – Gwenne Farrell and Karen Rockwell – part of our bargaining units, and will develop a plan
the next
both received the highest honour given out by our to do similar reviews with employers on a regular
union when they became the 14th and 15th individuals, basis, and will negotiate into all its collective
coming years.

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CONVENTION
2018

agreements standard language that obligates constitutional updates, can be found in MoveUP’s Delegates enjoying
both parties to do regular reviews of all excluded Constitution online at moveuptogether.ca/resources. the three days of
positions at least once every five years; Additionally, in a demonstration of practicing 2018 Convention
• MoveUP will start a campaign promoting the what we preach with regards to fair pay, MoveUP’s
community and worker sustaining Community executive council approved a motion to set a base
Benefits Agreement and will enlist the support of salary that would ensure all three vice-presidents
other Canadian Labour Congress affiliated unions; receive an equitable pay for the important work that
• Through the bargaining process, MoveUP they do. Previously, vice-presidents retained the same
will demand that funding for post-secondary salary they were receiving from their employer at
education  – including scholarships for workers the time they are elected which created a significant
and their children, and the student loan forgiveness discrepancy between individuals who, in essence, had
program – be offered to members at ICBC, BC the same duties and responsibilities.
Hydro, BC Transit, and Capilano University; Our union thanks all those who participated at
• MoveUP, through the bargaining process, will Convention 2018, whether it was through engaging in
attempt to negotiate into all collective agreements discussions, absorbing and learning from speakers and
language to ensure volunteer emergency and presenters, or interacting with fellow members and
rescue workers receive up to their regular net pay getting a better understanding of our how union works
for their volunteer services provided; to support all our members and our community. See
• MoveUP will affirm its support for proportional you again in three years!
representation and actively campaign in favour of
proportional representation, and will endorse and
support the efforts of Vote PR BC and encourage
all members to support democratic voting reform; For more on Convention 2018 and to see videos of the speeches, visit
• MoveUP will work with the provincial government moveuptogether.ca/convention-2018
and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
(CCCABC) to successfully achieve a not-for-profit
childcare program, and provide support to the
$10aday campaign both financially and in human
resources; and
• MoveUP will adopt a Seniority Policy to guide all
future mergers and how to resolve conflicts in a
fair and equitable manner.
Full details on all the resolutions passed, and

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Six Pillars of Success:
6 PILLARS MoveUP’s Mandate for the Next Three Years
BY DAVID BLACK, PRESIDENT

W
ith our officer elections and our triennial We have so many inquisitive minds who want
Convention now in the rearview mirror, our to get more involved in our union and want to learn
members have given us a clear direction of more about the labour movement’s historical role in
where our union needs to go in order to continue to developing workers’ rights both in our country and
grow and succeed. internationally.
The strength of our union rests upon six pillars. For We’re doing great work but we can’t rest on our
our union to survive and to thrive, we must continue to laurels. We have to continue training the trainers, and
build on these pillars. we have to look at new and innovative ways to deliver
At our Convention back in early November, I spoke these educational programs while working to make
in detail about each of these six pillars to the assembled them accessible to as many members are possible. We
delegates which included a mix of our table officers, need to invest in our future, and that investment starts
executive board members, executive councillors, job with our job stewards and providing them with tools to
stewards, and some rank-and-file members. train and support them.
Photo, top left: However, for those who were not in attendance and
David and Lori may not have had the opportunity to hear about what Pillar #2: Continued financial prudence
with B.C. Premier was said, I felt it was important for all of our members Our members have entrusted our leadership team
John Horgan
– 12,000 across our entire union – to truly understand to ensure their dues are wisely managed. That means
what we are about, what motivates us, and why we do balancing between our desire to grow and expand
what we do. with the need to make sure our members are always
Photo, top right: Being open and transparent to all our members – supported and protected, especially in the event of a
David and Lori particularly those who are not normally activists and do job dispute or a workplace problem – now, and in the
with Vancouver not always see how things operate at the executive level future.
mayor Kennedy – is crucial for a democratic union such as ours. We I’m proud to say that since becoming president
want all our members to feel confident in the decisions at MoveUP, working within the parameters set by the
Stewart
that we make and comfortable knowing that our union Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Council, we have
is working for all our members’ collective interests. spent three million dollars less than what was authorized.
We’ve done it through fiscal prudence, and by finding
Pillar #1: Building capacity in our job stewards ways to spend our funds wisely and strategically. We
One of things I am most proud about is the work our need to continue down this path, and we will.
union does is providing educational opportunities for
our members through our annual job steward seminar,
but also in training sessions throughout the year and
with other labour organizations.

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6 PILLARS

Pillar #1: Pillar #2: Pillar #3: Pillar #4: Pillar #5: Pillar #6:
Building Continued Governance Encouraging Work with Organize!
capacity financial structures and government
in our job prudence and strengthening
stewards processes diversity

1 2 3 4 5 6
Pillar #3: Governance structures and processes Pillar #4: Encouraging and strengthening diversity
A decade ago, we changed our governance to bring One thing our union has improved in greatly over
our executive councillors and stewards together once the last several years has been the diversity of our
every three years to Convention to help guide us for the staff and leadership. This is a reflection of our union’s
next three years. The time has come for us to examine continually evolving demographic.
and see if that change has been effective, or if we need This diversity is critical for our union to remain
to find other solutions to open up the decision-making relevant to, and representative of, our members. These
process of our union, reduce the barriers to member diverse members have also infused our organization
engagement, and find ongoing solutions that engage with people who have top-notch skills, experience and
members to work together. abilities to serve our members even better.
We know there are some voices that aren’t always We’ve progressed well, but we can’t stop there. As
David Black,
heard. With a growing membership of new certifications, our workplaces and our communities become more
and Lori Mayhew
but also with 40% of our membership having five years diverse, and as more opportunities open up with our
or less of service, we need to renew our efforts to reach union, we need to make a stronger effort to ensure our speaking on
out and engage these newer voices. union reflects our membership and our communities. mandates
In this coming year, I ask our members to please pay We also need to support diversity in the public realm.
close attention to our union for more on our efforts to We have, are, and always will be an inclusive union
make our governance structures and processes more that celebrates and embraces diversity. I am proud of
open and transparent. that, and that will never change.

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Six Pillars of Success:
MANDATE MoveUP’s Mandate for the Next Three Years (cont.)

Pillar #5: Work with government This means we have to engage our members to be
Being politically active can be a sensitive issue more involved, not just through consulting more but
"Our with some of our members because not all of us are by involving our members to be part of identifying and
so inclined, but the reason we need to work with solving problems, and have them help to create long-
neighbours’
government is to defend and promote our members’ term solutions.
success is interests and the well-being of the communities that we We at MoveUP are fortunate because we look out
live in. for our members’ interests. Sadly, there are still many
our success While not all of our members have an interest, or workers out there who don’t have that protection or the
as a perhaps time to fully understand how politics affects or security of knowing a union is there for them. Those
shapes their everyday lives, it is our job to be aware of precarious workers are also being bombarded with anti-
community. those things. It is our work to improve and safeguard union rhetoric that comes from employers – the voices
our members, their jobs, and the services they need in that tell them unions are nuisances, that they take away
I am proud their communities. their rights, money and individual power.
to belong to We are not going to be apologetic or shy away It’s a very, very powerful rhetoric and we need to
from our involvement with government. We need to fight back against it. These workers need us, as much as
MoveUP..." continue advocating to protect our members’ jobs and we need them.
communities.
– David Black With a federal election coming up in 2019, our
union will again be heavily active in educating our More people with stable, good paying jobs in our
members about the issues that matter to us as workers communities means a thriving local economy and a
and members of the community, and which candidates stable place to call home. Our neighbours’ success is
best reflect our values as a democratic union and who our success as a community. I am proud to belong to
we encourage our members to support at the polls. MoveUP, and I am proud of the work that we are doing
together.
Pillar #6: Organize! When you re-elected me for a new term, these
Organizing is the one pillar without which we could are the goals that you have asked me to attain. This
Encouraging
not stand. In order for our union to have continued mandate is why you have invested your trust in me and
youth
success, we need to continue our push towards our leadership team. You have told us that we need
participation organizing more workplaces. to ensure these pillars remain solid and continue to
is a big part of Successfully organizing helps us further secure our strengthen.
Pillar #1 and #6 union’s strength and finances. It allows our organization
to continue to be vibrant and grow.
When we look historically at all the workers’ rights Working together, we
that we take for granted today like standard work hours
or work weeks, overtime pay, health benefits, and so on, can achieve this.
these are all things we would not have today if not for
union activists who came before us and fought for our Let’s get started!
rights.

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Get Involved CAMPAIGNS

KEEP
YOUR STOP
Blood
the
PROMISE
JUSTIN Ban
TRUDEAU
Stop discriminating against
gay and bisexual men
and transgender women

Thank you B.C. Premier John Horgan,
Canada’s NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, and members
of our community for supporting our campaign to
Stop The Blood Ban that discriminates against gay
& bisexual men, and transgender women.
Sign the petition to tell Canadian Blood
Services to end the discriminatory blood ban at
moveuptogether.ca/petition or request your
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Join Us On Facebook
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joining this year.
Many members find our facebook page a great place for the latest news, but also
for videos and interviews on issues that members care about. MoveUP now has
12,000 members and on facebook we have just over 2,500 people following us
which means we have a lot of room for growth.
So take the facebook challenge:
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Encourage your co-workers to like the MoveUP facebook page.

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ICBC Setting the Record Straight on ICBC
BY ANNETTE TOTH, VICE-PRESIDENT ICBC UNIT

"Here at MoveUP, particularly over the past

year, we are still dealing with the fallout of

the BC Liberals’ mismanagement of ICBC."

– Annette Toth

Basic
I
n early November, our union held our triennial the opportunity. They not-so-cleverly framed this
Convention, making the important but tough decisions as introducing private insurance options to create
Insurance: on what actions we have to take as a union to make competition which, in their view, would mean greater
conditions better for not only our members but those in flexibility and savings for insurance buyers.
$200,000 in
our communities. There’s only one problem with their scheme.
Third Party Ironically, just down the street from us, a group Competition already exists in our auto insurance
with significantly competing interests was also holding market. With all the resources the BC Liberals have
Liability its own convention. I’m referring to the BC Liberals available, you would think that someone would have
(money for who, though now in opposition, had a run of 16 years reminded them of that fact since they had power over
in government where they went on what could only ICBC for 16 years.
claims made be described as a rampage against average British In B.C., all motorist must buy what is known as
Columbians. They attacked workers’ rights, including Basic Insurance from ICBC. That’s all. This is a matter
against the hard-working teachers and health workers. They cut of community safety and a way of protecting motorists,
owner or human rights and social programs. They sold out our cyclists and pedestrians. It is intended to ensure that
MSP and PharmaCare and hit taxpayers like you and everybody on the road is insured or has access to
driver) and I right in the pocket. They sold out public power to insurance coverage. This isn’t just to protect the person
private interests and, as a result, we all now have to who causes an accident, but those who are the victims
$300,000
pay increased Hydro rates. They let dirty money flow in an accident.
in Accident through our casinos, and lied about bringing in the HST.
Unfortunately, the list goes on and on.
Benefits Here at MoveUP, particularly over the past year,
we are still dealing with the fallout of the BC Liberals’
(money to
mismanagement of ICBC. They cooked the books
help with on the financial health of ICBC and deliberately hid
recommendations made by an independent auditor
medical costs in 2014 that could have stemmed the tide on the
for injuries financial crisis that ICBC now finds itself in. The staff at
ICBC knew things weren’t right and now, with the NDP
regardless government working to fix the obvious problems, they
feel vindicated in their long-time frustration.
of fault) At their convention, the BC Liberals once again
renewed their resolve to privatize ICBC if they have

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ICBC

Table 2 – SGI Average Price Ranking Source: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/contact/index.html

2013 2014 2015 2016
British Columbia 1,431 1,511 1,527 1,611
Alberta 2,127 2,283 2,352 2,376
Saskatchewan 1,061 1,116 1,159 1,181
Manitoba 1,013 1,034 1,081 1,102
Public auto insurance routinely in provinces
Ontario 3,782 3,279 3,092 3,160
such as Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C.
Quebec 1,316 1,439 1,555 1,510 routinely cost less compared to for-profit
New Brunswick 1,741 1,694 1,621 1,347 private insurance found in provinces such as
Nova Scotia 1,820 1,824 1,992 1,600 Alberta and Ontario.

*This story uses
Where you choose to go get optional insurance is But facts can be a difficult thing to present,
entirely up to you. But, according to data from ICBC, 80 especially when rhetoric and fear are more persuasive. information from
per cent of insurance purchasers in B.C. choose to buy We will need more than just our members at ICBC to Richard McCandless’
their optional insurance directly from ICBC. Why? These help educate the public on the benefits of public auto
Occasional Paper
are the top reasons: insurance. Keeping rates fair and affordable for drivers
1. It’s simple. is just one aspect of that. Other community benefits No. 40, “Taxpayer
You don’t have to deal with two companies with including safety initiatives, driver licensing, and road Federation Report Is
different adjusters for different parts of your testing are all part of that too. Wrong: BC Auto Rates
claim. At MoveUP, we know that public auto insurance
2. It’s trusted. is a benefit to the public. There’s no reason why the Lower Than Most”

ICBC is secured by the province ensuring that positive perception that public auto insurance has in
when you need their help, they will be there. Saskatchewan and Manitoba can’t return here as well.
3. It contributes to our infrastructure. It is time we went on the offensive, bringing the
ICBC funds road safety improvements to help fight to those who want to take away this benefit to
reduce crashes and keep people safer. Private our community. We need to save public insurance
insurers don’t do that. for ourselves, our friends and our families, and for our
4. It’s competitive and more cost-efficient. future.
Don’t believe me? Here is the research on
insurance rates in Canada:

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)
did a comparator of insurance premiums and According to data from ICBC,
80%
it is clear that B.C.’s numbers are not only
competitive with other provinces, but also 80 per cent
are significantly lower compared to Ontario
of insurance purchasers in B.C.
and Alberta – two provinces with private auto
insurance. choose to buy their optional

insurance directly from ICBC.

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MOVEUP MoveUP in the Community

Making new friends and showing solidarity!

Photo, left:
Cheering on
the BC Lions on
the field and in
the stands

Photo, above: Showing off our balloons at the Pride
Parade in Vancouver

At work or at play, we're all smiles

Photo, left: Smiling faces of members cheering on the Vancouver Giants

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MOVEUP

Showing our support for the United Way

Photo, left: MoveUP showing
solidarity with fellow unions
internationally

We are MoveUP

Photo, above: Members taking
part in Labour Day at the PNE

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ACTIVISTS Honouring Our Activists

Recognizing
two long-time
activists for
their work for
our union
Photo, left: David and Lori
pose with Cenen Bagon

Photo, right: Cenen Bagon
thanks MoveUP delegates
at Convention 2018

A
t MoveUP’s triennial Convention held back in early
November, we had the privilege of recognizing two
long-time activists for their work for our union and in
their community.
Cenen Bagon, a long-time job steward and Executive
Councillor who came out of the BC Hydro group and
remained extremely loyal and dedicated to her fellow
members even through transfers to Westech and Accenture,
was named recipient of the annual Ardell Brophy award.
Though now retired, Cenen was someone who could
always be counted on to work on behalf of MoveUP members.
It wasn’t just her colleagues who were benefactors of Cenen’s
incredible service. Cenen has been an inspiration in her work
in the community and, even in retirement, continues to
Photo, above: Human Rights & Multicultural volunteer for organizations such as the Vancouver Committee
Committee Co-chairs Christy Slusarenko and for Domestic Workers & Caregivers Rights.
Gunter Seifert present the award to members Now in its 8th year, the Ardell Brophy award is presented
to MoveUP stewards who demonstrate fierce dedication and
of Gurpreet Sran's family
commitment to our union, and who provide mentorship to
new union activists.
Photos, right: Gurpreet Sran was a true force MoveUP’s Human Rights & Multicultural Committee also
in her community before her passing. presented the first-annual Peter Corren Human Rights Award
at Convention 2018 posthumously to Gurpreet Sran.
Before her passing, Gurpreet was a community leader

Congratulations... who fought valiantly to end violence against women,
particularly in the Southeast Asian community. She knew of
the importance of giving a voice to those in need, and the
Ardell Brophy Award: importance of educating her community.
Cenen Bagon Peter Corren was a former MoveUP member and job
steward and a champion for the rights of the LGBTQ2S+
Peter Corren Human Rights Award: community and played an instrumental role in Canada’s
Gurpreet Sran legalization of same-sex marriage as well as promoting
curriculum changes in the B.C. school boards to treat gay and
lesbian issues with more respect. Peter passed away in 2009
after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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From Humble Beginnings
100 Years of MoveUP 100 YEARS
*A version of this story originally appeared in MoveUP’s 2018 Convention newsletter.

1913 2018

Proud members
stand in front of the
British Columbia
Electric Railway

I
t may be hard to picture now but, once upon a
time, our 12,000 member strong union we know as
Formally unionizing, however, didn’t actually occur
MoveUP, that now represents workers at hundreds
until 1944 when the group applied to the Labour Board
of workplaces across the province of British Columbia
and was granted certification. The first-ever collective
and other parts of Western Canada, was once just a
agreement signed by the OEA occurred in 1946.
mere fraction of what it is today.
Today, there are still some connections between
Not even a significant fraction, actually. A generous
the modern day MoveUP and the group that started it
estimate might put the actual number at about a dozen
all 100 years ago.
members. MoveUP’s humble beginnings began as a
For one, BC Electric was the predecessor
small social club in 1913 at what was then the British
organization for BC Hydro, FortisBC, BC Transit,
Columbia Electric Railway Company.
TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, and Southern
It’s a far cry from the work that our union does now.
Railway. To this day, employees at those companies
In those days, the group was comprised mainly of the
continue to be represented by MoveUP.
non-unionized female office pool (the IBEW unionized
MoveUP’s Events & Social Planning Committee
a segment of the workers at BC Electric in 1901). Their
also continues the legacy of that early social group
biggest tasks were planning picnics and dances for the
at BC Electric by planning social events that allow
workers at the company.
members to come together and enjoy one another’s
It wasn’t until 1918 when the group became a bit
company outside of the work environment. These
more formal and started concerning themselves with
days, however, that work involves hundreds if not
matters outside of social concerns – namely working
thousands of members.
conditions. They formally branded as the BC Electric
Office Employees’ Association (OEA) and collected a
modest fee of $1 per employee annually.

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POLITICAL
A Brand New Landscape:
ACTION A Look at the 2018 Municipal Election Outcomes
BY LORI MAYHEW, POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

H
eading into this year’s local elections, one thing only one of their candidates to council, and the rest
was easy to predict: the political landscape was are from McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition. They’ve
going to be vastly different after the votes were already begun work on their two main campaign
counted! Many mayors in the Lower Mainland were promises: Establishing a Surrey Police Department,
In Vancouver, not running for re-election, and there were many and cancelling the LRT project to try to force a change
incumbents being challenged as well. to SkyTrain.
Vision
In Vancouver, Vision Vancouver was shut out of Interestingly, while most pundits and mayors are
Vancouver all Council seats. The new mayor, Kennedy Stewart, is decrying the move to cancel the LRT program, Kennedy
was shut out an independent – the first one to win in Vancouver in Stewart in Vancouver has indicated he is willing to
30 years. No single party dominates council, so there work with McCallum to do some horse trading to get
of all Council will be lots of collaboration required to get things the Broadway line all the way out to UBC. This will be
seats. The accomplished. something to keep an eye on.
new mayor,
In Burnaby, the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA) Altogether, in the Lower Mainland, we have new
continues to dominate council, but lost the mayor’s mayors in Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody,
Kennedy seat. Long-time Mayor Derek Corrigan was upset Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Langley City, West
Stewart, is an by challenger Mike Hurley, a retired firefighter and a Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the District
district vice-president for the International Association of North Vancouver.
independent
of Firefighters (IAFF). It remains to be seen how this Another mayoralty race that has implications for
– the first independent mayor will work with the BCA councillors. the entire province occurred in Nanaimo. Former NDP
one to win in Surrey also saw big changes on election night. In MLA Leonard Krog won that race, leaving a vacancy
what was a blast from the past, voters brought Doug there in the MLA role. A by-election will be called to
Vancouver in
McCallum back as mayor after being out of office fill that spot. The BC NDP’s candidate, current federal
30 years. for almost 15 years. Surrey First was able to elect NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson, will need to win that

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POLITICAL
ACTION

"Heading into this year’s local elections, one thing was easy
to predict: the political landscape was going to be
vastly different after the votes were counted! "
– Lori Mayhew

seat in order for the BC NDP to maintain the current • Tom Duncan was elected for the 4th time (and
balance in the legislature. If the BC Liberals win, they topped the polls again!) in the City of Duncan on
would have the ability to bring the government down Vancouver Island;
and force an election. • Korleen Carreras was re-elected to the Pitt
Other major cities in the province saw little or no Meadows-Maple Ridge School Board, and was
change in their city councils. The incumbents in Prince elected as the chair of that board;
George, Kamloops, and Kelowna were all re-elected. • Chantel O’Neill was elected to Nanaimo
Members, former members, and staff of our union Ladysmith Public Schools (School District 68) on
were also very active in these elections. MoveUP had her first time running.
seven individuals running in local elections who were
also endorsed by their local labour councils. Running Our union congratulates all the successful
for city council were Tom Duncan (Duncan), Barbara candidates, as well as thanks to all those who made the
Junker (Port Moody), Rysa Kronebusch (Maple Ridge), effort to run!
and myself, Lori Mayhew (Delta). School trustee Overall, labour councils had tremendous success
candidates were Korleen Carreras (Pitt Meadows-Maple with their endorsed candidates at all levels – mayor,
Ridge) and Chantel O’Neill (Nanaimo). Rounding out city council, and school board (as well as park board
the group was Jonathan Coté running for re-election in Vancouver) with a success rate of approximately
as mayor of New Westminster. 70  per cent of endorsed candidates being elected
across the province.
Four of our members were successful:
• Jonathan Coté was re-elected to his second term
as mayor of New Westminster (and has been
elected as chair of the Translink Mayor’s Council);

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Improving Inclusiveness:
WAVAW Union Drive Coincides with Trans Inclusion Project launch

FELIX GILLILAND

"What we’re doing

is expanding our

services to survi-

vors of all margin-

alized genders..."

Visit wavaw.ca

W
*This article hen Felix Gilliland first heard that the WAVAW that’s all women, as well as trans, two-spirit, and non-
(Women Against Violence Against Women) binary folks.”
utilizes Rape Crisis Centre had successfully organized If Felix sounds very passionate about their work,
gender- and would become members of MoveUP, they were it’s because they are. Felix knows firsthand about the
understandably thrilled. importance of providing a space for these vulnerable
neutral “I think there’s lots of overlap between labour rights groups because they are part of that group.
struggle and trans rights struggle,” said Felix. “It’s been Felix first started with WAVAW as a volunteer for
terms, which their crisis line but, at the time, was starting to think
largely the same movement.”
includes The introduction of the union is not the only about their own transition to being a transgender male.
exciting thing that has been occurring at WAVAW, which Because WAVAW was only providing services to self-
using ‘they’ has been providing support services and counselling to identified women at the time, they felt the need to step
the victims of sexual violence for nearly four decades. away – something they felt very uncomfortable with at
or ‘them’ as
Felix has been at the forefront of the organization’s the time but had a happy full circle ending when they
a 3rd person work as they shift to a more inclusive model with their were brought back into the fold to help launch the trans
trans inclusion project. The project works to open up inclusion project.
singular WAVAW’s services to groups that have traditionally been “A couple of years ago I actually wrote an article
left out because of the previous focus on serving only for an online publication – Original Plumbing – where
pronoun
self-identifying women or, in other words, cisgender I talked about my experience and raised this question
women and transgender women. of where do trans masculine people fit into women’s
“WAVAW came to an understanding that frame was spaces and in feminist support services,” said Felix.
leaving out a lot of people that were in need of services,” “Shortly after that, WAVAW applied for project funding
explained Felix. “What we’re doing is expanding our to do the trans inclusion project. When I first came back
services to survivors of all marginalized genders, so on board, I was on an advisory council for the inclusion

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WAVAW

project and, eventually, I stepped into the coordinating
role for it.”
Felix is careful not to take out the gender lens,
which may sound at odds with the work that they are
doing, but that’s because we still live in a society that
perpetuates violence against women and trans people.
“It’s not like we’re a gender-neutral space or a
gender-free space because that isn’t very congruent
with doing sexual assault work,” said Felix. “What we’re
doing is working with everybody who is impacted by
those systems of violence in a sexualized way, so that
would include all people across the whole spectrum of
trans identities as well as women-identified folks.”
Working with a team of two others – a victims
service worker, and a counsellor that specifically deals
with trans individuals – Felix’s mandate is to continue
to engage the community and continue to build upon
a framework for a more gendered analysis of sexual
violence that doesn’t move into a gender neutral
frame where systems of power between genders aren’t
recognized, but includes everybody impacted by
gender violence. That also means studying how other
marginalized groups fit into the analysis.
“When we think about what happens when a black
trans woman is sexually assaulted, it’s very easy to chalk
that up as her being assaulted being a woman and it’s
easy to forget that also her race and her being trans
also plays into that as well,” said Felix. “When I’m doing
community engagement, I always go out of my way to
try and find the people who are being missed in this sort
of framework development that we’re doing.”
“When different groups are starting to do service
provisions specifically for queer and trans people,
what we’re seeing is the same people falling out of
the mandate or not being heard so I wanted to very
consciously push back against that.”
Ultimately, Felix hopes that WAVAW can be a
trendsetter and an example for other organizations
doing similar work.
“There’s gender violence, and then there’s
transgender violence,” said Felix. “We know that trans
folks need these supports at a huge rate, so what I hope
is we can help other centres adopt a similar mandate.”
Having the support of our union – one that is
very active through the Human Rights & Multicultural
Committee on supporting LGBTQ2S+ rights – will bring
a boost to the work Felix does day in and day out.
“In terms of how that’s helped out with the trans Do you need help?
inclusion project, it’s been huge,” said Felix. “We’re talking
about all sorts of things like HR policies and equitable Call WAVAW’S 24-hour toll-free crisis line at
hiring. Once we have that collective agreement in place, 604-255-6344 or 1-877-392-7583.
it makes my life a lot easier that’s for sure.” Visit wavaw.ca to learn more about their services.

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JOB
STEWARDS Advocates Among Us

“A Labour
Community
Advocate is
a member in
the labour
community
who has
been trained
to help
get people
in their
community
both at work
and outside
of work in
touch with
the resources
they need
to help with
their personal

T
and social he phrase “in solidarity” can encompass MoveUP member and job steward Elizabeth
needs.” many things but it always means standing up Zlot, formerly an Accenture employee who recently
and supporting each other: other members, returned to BC Hydro as part of the repatriation, had an
– Elizabeth colleagues, members from other unions, and our opportunity to participate in the course at the seminar
community as a whole. There are many ways within a in March.
union environment to show support and solidarity with First off, what exactly is a Labour Community
other union members – attending rallies, donating time Advocate?
for union activities, joining a committee or becoming “A Labour Community Advocate is a member in the
a job steward are among them. Another way is to take labour community who has been trained to help get
advantage of educational opportunities, particularly on people in their community both at work and outside of
topics that can have a direct and, at times, immediate work in touch with the resources they need to help with
impact on your workplace and for your colleagues. their personal and social needs,” explained Elizabeth.
One such opportunity is the Labour Community “The services available will vary based on the ones in
Advocate (LCA) course offered by the Canadian Labour your community along with the ones available on a
Congress (CLC). Though typically offered during the CLC provincial or federal level by phone.”
Winter School as a four-day program, it was recently “They can include many aspects of health assistance,
offered as part of MoveUP’s job steward seminar in counselling, financial assistance and planning, shelters,
March as a specially-focused two-day course tailored support groups, resources for immigrants or persons
for MoveUP’s job stewards. with disability, and so much more.”

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Headline JOB
Sub-headline STEWARDS

We offer
core training
courses at the
job steward
seminar in
addition to
non-base skill
course such as
MoveUP’s Education Committee typically makes we offer non-base skill course such as Bullying and Bullying and
the course available at the job steward seminar around Harassment, Stress in the Workplace, Mentoring, and
once every three or four years, as is consistent with others. These are basically rotated through when the Harassment,
the demand. The hope is to give more members the demand is there. We have found that offering the LCA Stress in the
opportunity to learn about this available training and to course every three years or so usually means we can fill
get them more engaged to help out their colleagues the course.” Workplace,
dealing not only with workplace issues or grievances, There is a huge value for having job stewards Mentoring,
but for larger issues as well including some that may be who are trained Labour Community Advocates at the
more personal in nature. workplace. and others.
It’s critical to note though that the course is not “Often times, members need assistances in locating
a substitute for any Employee Family & Assistance resources that can help them,” explained Gwenne. Interested?
Program (EFAP) that is in place with an employer. “Having trained LCAs in the workplace provides our Contact us!
Rather, the course should be considered as being members with the assistance they need and receiving
complementary to any EFAP that is in place. information from a peer is often less intimidating.” info@
When the course is offered at the CLC Winter Elizabeth would certainly agree with that and is
School, it is funded through course fees paid by the working towards making members aware of how they moveup
local unions. However, when it is offered at MoveUP’s can connect with a trained LCA job steward. together.ca
job steward seminar, the costs for the materials are “We are working on organizing a resource group
covered by MoveUP with the facilitators volunteering for stewards and councillors who are trained as LCAs so
their time to deliver the course. that we can refer members to an LCA in their area and
Former MoveUP Vice-President Gwenne Farrell, share new knowledge,” said Elizabeth. “In the meantime,
who was Chair of the Education Committee prior to her you can reach out to the Education Committee to find
retirement, suggests the course could be offered more out who is trained.”
regularly if the desire exists. MoveUP job stewards who are interested in receiving
“We have offered this course several times in the this training, or any other MoveUP member who wants
past, along with other courses that are provided by to become more involved in the union and help their
the United Way Labour Participation Department,” said fellow members, should reach out to the Education
Gwenne. “The decision of what courses to provide Committee by contacting the MoveUP office.
at the job steward seminar is done in the fall by the
Education Committee.
“We have to provide all of our core training courses
at the job steward seminar which take up most of the
available slots. From the remaining available times,

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WOMEN’S
RIGHTS
Championing Women’s Rights
COMMITTEE Through Committee Work
BY RYSA KRONEBUSCH, FORMER CO-CHAIR OF THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS COMMITTEE

W
e face so many obstacles as women. It starts Union Women (SIUW) where I listened to over 200
when we are girls and continues as we age. women tell their stories and learn how they advocate
Growing up we quickly learn that we are each and every day for women’s rights and issues.
constantly watched. Society is geared to the beautiful. I had the privilege to attend the first-ever IndustriALL
Any deviation from the perfect and we are judged. Women’s World Conference in Vienna and the impact
One of the Women’s Rights Committee’s main it had on me was profound. I listened to women from
objectives is to change the preconceived notion that you across the globe speak on the issues they face, as well
are not valued if you are not perfect. We do not accept as Gwenne from our union who spoke passionately on
stereotyping. We are all different and worthwhile. We murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.
have a purpose, we have an opinion and we are here! For me, hearing these common issues from around the
When former MoveUP Vice-President Gwenne world lessened the global divide but also affirmed the
Farrell first asked if I would consider co-chairing the need for change.
committee, I considered it a great honour to be involved I’m often asked about why women still need to
with a group of progressive, proud and compassionate march, protest and have committees. The simple
people. Being a part of this committee has opened my answer is that engaging in these activities and taking
eyes. The preconceived notion of not being valued if you part in events – whether they are women’s marches,
are not perfect is very true. I know this because I lived vigils, pride parades, or union-specific activities –
through it. Growing up being a girl was not a positive ultimately helps our big picture goals which are to bring
thing. I was not a proud female. Joining this committee, attention to issues like gender inequities, childcare,
however, has altered my perception of women. elder care, ageism, sexism and violence against all self-
I was fortunate to attend the Summer Institute for identified women.

Get in touch!
Women’s Rights Committee Chair:
Christy Slusarenko – cslusarenko@moveuptogether.ca

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WOMEN’S
RIGHTS
COMMITTEE

"... we want to
ensure all self-
identified women
feel this is a safe
environment
where they
can express
themselves. "
– Rysa Kronebusch

We have strength in numbers, and I urge self-
identified women - which also includes transgender
women - to contact the committee if they are interested
in being involved.
I also feel it is important to note that while we
appreciate our allies and invite everyone to join protests
or attend vigils and stroller brigades, an important
component of our Women’s Rights Committee is that
we went to ensure all self-identified women feel this is
a safe environment where they can express themselves.
This is why we intentionally do not invite self-identified
males to participate in this committee.
But whether you identify as female, male, or non-
binary, all of us can play a role in advancing women’s
rights and social justice. Women will no longer be silent.
Women will march. Women will meet together with our
allies. Women will have change. Change begins here!

We face so many obstacles as women. It starts when
we are girls and continues as we age. Growing up we
quickly learn that we are constantly watched.

Photo, right: The Women's Rights
Committee contributes to many causes
and charitable campaigns, including the
United Way's Tampon Tuesday.

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HEALTH
A Much (K)needed Benefit
BENEFITS Why Health Coverage Matters in Your Collective Agreement

F
or many union members, particularly younger spending a significant amount of time on the road, she
workers or those new to the workforce, when the joined the New Westminster & District Labour Council
Photo above: issue of collective bargaining comes up, the first four years ago.
Cheryl with thought that comes to mind is wages. That’s natural. “It’s always nice when you’re from a union family,
her son, Ross,
After all, wages are perhaps the most critical part of a and my husband was an IWA member for 17 years,
collective agreement and have the most immediate to also get a job yourself in a union especially when
the head
day-to-day impact on a worker’s life. What’s often not you’re a woman,” said Cheryl, who had also spent time
groundskeeper at the top of mind, but maybe just as critical in the long previously in both the IWA and the BC Ferry & Marine
for the Vancouver run, are benefits – specifically health-related ones. Workers’ Union.
Canadians. MoveUP member Cheryl Baron would be the first Even with her extensive background with unions,
to extol the virtues of having a good medical benefit she still found herself pleasantly surprised when having
plan within the collective agreement. In fact, she’d to deal with the wear and tear from lingering knee
argue that it’s just as important as anything else that’s problems that came as a result of being rear-ended in
critical in a collective agreement whether it’s pension, a car accident on the way from home from work two
job protection and, yes, even wages. years ago. According to an orthopedist that she met
“Most people that have families recognize the with, most people over the age of 25 have at least some
importance of the benefits package, but I think a lot of osteoarthritis in their joints.
single people don’t think about it,” said Cheryl. After experiencing symptoms for two years and
Cheryl is no stranger to the labour movement, getting to a point where she was seriously considering
so she knows a thing or two about unions, collective knee surgery, her orthopedist recommended trying
agreements and, of course, how different the benefits hyaluronic acid knee injections as an option even
can be from one collective agreement to another. She though it came with a daunting price tag of $500 per
comes from a pro-union family that has been politically injection. It was something she considered carefully and
involved with both trade unions and the NDP. She also decided to do even though she expected she would
worked for 25 years doing voter contact provincially for have to foot the entire bill.
the NDP in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia as “Everybody else that I know who is a union member,
well as having worked on municipal campaigns. After their plan doesn’t cover it,” recalled Cheryl. “Everybody

CaresNet, the Pacific Blue Cross benefits information website, that the package
provided through her employer’s collective agreement negotiated by MoveUP
covers 80 per cent of the cost for the injections and that there is a $1 million
lifetime coverage which would allow her to continue to receive the treatment
for the foreseeable future.

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HEALTH
BENEFITS

was saying ‘well you’ve got to pay the money’ including of the things like that unless they know somebody who
my husband. He’s excluded, but the benefits from the tells them about it.”
Fraser Health collective agreement benefit package The benefits package is just one of the many
don’t cover it at all.” reasons why Cheryl is very fond of her union these days.
"I've never
Cheryl was stunned, then, to learn after logging in She especially enjoys seeing MoveUP being active and seen a
to CaresNet, the Pacific Blue Cross benefits information engaging members throughout the year.
website, that the package provided through her “I’ve never seen a union as active in the community union as
employer’s collective agreement negotiated by MoveUP as MoveUP,” said Cheryl. “It’s really neat. You guys
covers 80 per cent of the cost for the injections and are everywhere doing everything. My son is the head active in the
that there is a $1 million lifetime coverage which would groundskeeper for the Vancouver Canadians. You do
allow her to continue to receive the treatment for the several things there. I really appreciate that my union community
foreseeable future. Although this particular procedure supports the Canadians and my son’s job.”
required her to pay the money up front before being She strongly encourages anyone who is in a union as MoveUP."
reimbursed the 80 per cent, Pacific Blue Cross covers to share with their non-unionized friends information
the upfront cost for many other procedures so there’s about the many amazing community benefits that
– Cheryl
little-to-no out-of-pocket expenses incurred for unions provide. One good place to start would be to
members. get information from local labour councils like the New
“I would think it would be good if unions would Westminster & District Labour Council where she works.
stress to people, and maybe not their own members “We represent over 60,000 members in 14
because they already know how good unions are, but municipalities in the Lower Mainland, and seven school
if we wanted to recruit more people to join unions districts, so that gives us a lot of opportunity,” said Cheryl
that we emphasize the benefit plans and what it would of her employer. “Our three main things are political
cost you out of your pocket if you had to pay for all action, community and social action, and educating our
those services,” said Cheryl. “I think the union should, members.
when they do the orientation and welcome the new “It’s a really great place to get everybody from all the
members, really address the importance of the benefits different locals to get together and do things that make
package. I know all the young people once they start a difference in our communities.”
getting married and having kids then they go ‘holy cow
look at all this great coverage that we have.’ But when Staff at the New Westminster & District Labour Council are MoveUP members
you’re a single person, you don’t really think ‘well I don’t under the Master Trades Union collective agreement. MoveUP Secretary-
have to pay for the cleaning for my teeth, I don’t have Treasurer Lori Mayhew has been president of the NWDLC since 2007.
to pay for physio if I hurt myself playing baseball’ or any
Learn more about them by visiting nwdlc.ca or
follow them on Twitter @nwdlc

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Labour Studies Undergrad Degree Program
EDUCATION Now Offered at SFU
BY SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

T
he SFU Labour Studies program is excited to SFU’s Labour Studies program is also uniquely tied to
announce the launch of a new undergraduate the labour movement. The program is governed by an
degree program this fall. In addition to our Minor advisory committee made up of individuals with strong
and Certificate Programs, students will now be able to labour movement connections and union affiliations.
Major and gain a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Labour Studies. This allows the program to work closely with the labour
The degree focuses on building critical thinking, writing, movement, and ensures that the academic focus
and research skills related to the study of work, unions, reflects current issues in the changing labour landscape
and working-class experience in Canada and beyond. such as precarious employment and automation.
The new Major thus advances the study of working Most importantly, the new Labour Studies Major
people and their organizations within the university would not have been possible without the generous
and expands existing academic course offerings. New bequest of labour activist Margaret Morgan, who
classes include Global Labour Migration, Workers sought to advance education of and for working
in the Global Economy, Labour Research for Social people. Margaret and her husband Lefty understood the
Change, and a methods course focused on social importance of lifelong learning and education as a tool
justice research. We also offer courses in Labour Law, for empowerment. The new Bachelor of Arts in Labour
Collective Bargaining, Political Economy of Labour Studies degree program is their legacy, and the first step
Markets, The Politics of Labour, and Labour and the in realizing their goal of expanding labour education
Environment (to name a few!). opportunities in British Columbia.
SFU is proud to offer the only Labour Studies degree-
granting program in British Columbia. In addition to
varied course offerings, we provide diverse research
opportunities and a new co-op program for Labour
Studies students. There are also several scholarships
and awards specific to Labour Studies students, which
are awarded annually.

For more information about the SFU Labour Studies Program visit labour.sfu.ca

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Our Members Are

Total Membership 15.2% 3.6%
MoveUP represents 21 to 30 Years 31+ Years
more than 12,000 union
members at public and 39.6% 41.6%
private sector companies 6 to 20 Years 0 to 5 Years

Combined Units ICBC Utilities Group

4.0% 3.4% 3.4%
10.6% 22% 11%
47.4% 38.9% 38.6%

37.9%
35.7% 47%

0 to 5 Years 21 to 30 Years 0 to 5 Years 21 to 30 Years 0 to 5 Years 21 to 30 Years
6 to 20 Years 31+ Years 6 to 20 Years 31+ Years 6 to 20 Years 31+ Years

MoveUP represents workers at ICBC,
BC Hydro, FortisBC , Coast Mountain
Bus Company, Capilano University,
and thousands more across British
Columbia and Western Canada.

See where our workers work at
MoveUPTogether.ca/workplaces.

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