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VOLUME 14 | Issue #1 Spring 2019

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



Job Action at WSCU

The Importance of Planning
Solidarity Includes Everyone
The Art of Bruce
Learning About the Bees
CONTENTS In This Issue

By David Black







SACRIFICING TODAY Union Drive Helps Wavaw Shatter Fundraising Target








Looking Back at The 2018 BCFED Convention






Vice-President Annette Toth
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 Congress,
UNI Global Union and IndustriALL.
MoveUP Executive Board Members:
President: David Black
Secretary-Treasurer: Lori Mayhew
Vice-Presidents: Rysa Kronebusch (Utilities), Christy Slusarenko
(Combined Units), Annette Toth (ICBC)
Utilities-Hydro: Anderson Charles, Bruce Sarvis
ICBC: Brenda Chu, Colin Clark, Bryan Finstad, Melissa Maher,
Gunter Seifert
Fortis/CHC: Michael Carr
Combined Units: Safar Alikhani, Hani Dakkak, Graeme Hutchison,
Bilbeer Sandhu
MoveUP Communications, Campaigns & Research:
Communications Director: Norman Gludovatz
Communications Officers: Kim Chartier, Daniel Fung
Director, Operational Strategy:
Paul Reniers
MoveUP Arbitration Representative:
Brian Nelson
MoveUP Senior Union Representatives:
Cheryl Popeniuk, Kevin Smyth
MoveUP Union Representatives
Nathan Beausoleil, Anny Chen, Jen Froese, Alicia Gallo,
Tony Geluch, Noel Gulbransen, Trevor Hansen, Cathy Hirani,
Barbara Junker, Shawn Lakusta, Cindy A. Lee, Sarah Melsness,
Mike Novak, Kelly Quinn, Parm Sandhar, Alina Teymory,
Scott Wilcox, April Young
Director, Executive Administration:
Karen Caston
MoveUP Administrative & Office Staff:
Yudon Garie, Administrative Work Leader
Joanne Banfield, Elaine Chilman, Adele Earwaker, Sarah Hall,
Lisa Jeffery, Sophie Kutay, Shelley Lockhart, Michelle Mihaichuk,
Kirstyn Noga, Kathryn Prinz, Violet Shorty, Kim Smith
Change is important.
MoveUP Financial Staff:
Controller: Barbara Liang
Sarina Nannar, Pardeep Singh, Marilyn Vassell It keeps us fresh and it keeps us relevant. Change can be exciting,
Occupational Health & Safety & WCB Appeals: but it can also be difficult. Some will resist change because they fear
Niki Schnurr what they don’t understand, and many will prey on that fear and spread
Organizing: misinformation to prevent change or, worse, cause radical change
Caitlin Davidson-King, Caitlin Gilroy
under the guise of protecting status quo. Change must be well-
Health & Welfare Trust Administrator: managed, and that means those most affected by changes must be
Yasmin Carroll
well-informed and honestly educated about what the change means.
Human Resources and Organizational Development Director:
Ram Atwal In the past few months we have seen attempts for positive change
fail, as in the case with the proportional representation campaign,
Headquartered on the unceded territory of the Musqueam,
Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh and
because fear and misinformation took hold. We are seeing a similar
Qayqayt First Nations. tactic emerge from groups trying to push for the privatization of
ICBC. These groups are deliberately spreading misinformation about
The Local Voice is the official quarterly magazine published for the our public insurance system and hiding what the true costs of private
members of MoveUP. ISBN 1918-9753 COPE 378 Voice auto insurance actually are. We explore that in this issue, but we also
Letters to the editor are welcome but may be edited for brevity explore positive change – whether it’s in language, in perception, or
and clarity. Please contact MoveUP for permission to reprint
articles, graphics, or photographs. in our union. Let’s bring about change for good. While you’re reading,
Address all correspondence to: think about how you too can be a positive force for change in your
MoveUP communications community and with our union.
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Editors: Kim Chartier, Daniel Fung, Norman Gludovatz, Marilyn Vassell David Black
Contributors: David Black, Huw Evans, Calvin Jonas,
Janice Krieger, Bruce Sarvis, Natti Schmid, Adrienne Smith President, MoveUP

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PHOTOS MoveUP in the Community

Photo above: MoveUP table officers and staff taking part in the
annual Women's March in downtown Vancouver.

Giving back to the community!

MoveUP participating in the
United Way's Period Promise
campaign (photo above) and
collecting toys from members
to donate to children in need
(photo left).
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Photos above: A night of snowshoeing and chocolate fondue

Photo above: Meeting with

MoveUP members working at BC
Hydro in Fort St. John.
Photo above: MoveUP job stewards
brainstorming during a session at the
Photo above: MoveUP table officers and
Job Steward Seminar.
staff hanging out with Santa at a Children's
Breakfast with Santa event.

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ICBC Why We Fight For Public Auto Insurance

t MoveUP, we often talk about every driver in our province has at least
protecting our public auto insurance. basic insurance with good coverage.
Our members working at ICBC LV: There seems to be a lot of mistrust
are acutely aware of the value of having or, maybe, misunderstanding about public
auto insurance provided universally but auto insurance and ICBC. Do you think
for many of our other members, we that’s fueling the call for privatization?
understand that they might not have that What do you tell people about this issue?
same level of knowledge or appreciation Gunter: I agree with you. I try to explain
compared to those working directly in the the difference between private and public
industry. insurance to people because there are a
We sat down with one of our members lot of things that people don’t consider or
who works at ICBC – Gunter Seifert – to realize. If you come from Alberta as I did,
help us explain why public insurance is you’re paying less for your ‘basic insurance’
better for B.C. than private insurance even there. So people who move to B.C. from
though there are some interest groups out there want to know why, but they don’t
there who are trying to convince people understand that the coverage you’re
otherwise. getting from ICBC is significantly better.
LV: Can you explain that?
Local Voice: Many people don’t seem Gunter: In B.C., you have more
to understand how our public insurance coverage even with just ‘basic insurance.’
system works. Can you explain it? In Alberta, your basic insurance just
Gunter: Public insurance means provides $200,000 third-party legal liability
that our B.C. provincial government is and accident benefits coverage. That’s it. In
responsible for making insurance available B.C., your basic insurance covers also that
for people. ICBC is the crown corporation and more. We have underinsured motorist
that is set up to deliver that service. The protection where it covers you if you’re
government sets the standard for what injured by someone without enough
basic insurance entails, and then requires insurance. We have protection against hit-
every B.C. driver to purchase that basic and-run, against uninsured motorists, and
insurance from ICBC. That is to ensure that we have inverse liability coverage.**

Photo above: Gunter Seifert is an Executive Board Member of MoveUP. He is not speaking on behalf of ICBC.

BC Liberal
The BC Liberals siphoned money from
ICBC. And now they want us to pay
even more by privatizing ICBC. Andrew

Wilkinson put B.C.’s interests aside
when he lobbied for big tobacco and
when he sided with big pharma

Make You companies. Now he wants to fool

us with his privatization scheme.
Andrew is a an out of touch

Pay More elitist who doesn’t care if you

pay more. British Columbians
deserve reliable, affordable
Say NO to privatization public auto insurance.

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LV: That seems to be a drastic difference. Are there LV: Are you saying we would be paying elsewhere **Inverse liability
any other differences that B.C. has that places like for services that right now we get through ICBC? coverage covers you,
Alberta don’t? Gunter: Precisely. Let’s continue to use Alberta as to the extent that
Gunter: In B.C., you also have automatic insurance an example. It was only last month (March 2019) that you are not at fault,
coverage with just your driver’s license. Your driver’s their government returned road testing back to the for loss or damage
license holds insurance coverage. public system. It had been privatized since 1993 but it to your vehicle if the
Other factors that affect your insurance in Alberta was rife with problems. Examiners could charge any
crash occurs in, or
that won’t in B.C. include things like your age, your price they wanted to conduct road tests rather than
the at-fault driver
gender, and your marital status. Can you imagine paying the standardized pricing like we have here. People
more just because you are not married? And with private in rural areas had a much more difficult time getting comes from, certain
insurance, if you have one claim, they may not offer you access to examiners. There were also many complaints parts of Canada or
any more coverage. They can drop you as a client and from people about being failed on their test so those the United States
leave you with no options. examiners could charge for a second test, or complaints where the right to
LV: Many people just look at the overall cost of about people who performed really poorly on tests recover losses is
insurance going up and say ‘we want change.’ How do getting passed. legally prohibited.
you respond to that?
Gunter: Going to private insurance would be a
change, but that’s not going to bring your prices down. Basic insurance in B.C. Basic insurance in Alberta
If anything, it will make them go up. Private insurers • $200,000 third-party legal liability • $200,000 third-party legal
are for-profit, so their goal is to try and make as much • Accident benefits coverage capped at liability
money as they can. $300,000 • Accident benefits coverage
At the same time, ICBC also employs almost 5,500 • Underinsured motorist protection capped at $50,000
people in this province. These are people with families • Hit-and-run and uninsured motorist
and who contribute back to our economy. They’re not protection
just people dealing with the insurance side. They’re • Inverse liability coverage
people who help make roads safer, help you with B.C. coverage
your licensing, or take your kids on road tests. If ICBC is capped at
disappears, many of these people will be out of a job Accident benefits is money for medical $300,000
but, at the same time, their services will need to be treatment and lost earnings available to
replaced somehow and there will be a cost to that as everyone regardless of fault. coverage is
well to the public. capped at
In Alberta, the accident benefits coverage is capped at $50,000
$50,000 while in B.C., the coverage is $300,000 per person.

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Why we fight for public auto insurance
ICBC Cont.

"If we go to a private Alberta’s Transportation Minister pretty much ICBC if you don’t want to. If you think you can get a
insurance model, admitted that the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy was better rate at a private insurer with optional coverage,
there is a greater a big reason why they pushed for this change. They you’re free to do so. ICBC remains competitive with
had to learn things the hard way. But even though that the private market for optional insurance. We know it’s
chance that people
change was very much needed, they don’t have their competitive because approximately 80 per cent of all
will be driving own public insurance body like ICBC that would handle motorists buy their optional coverage from ICBC when
without insurance those things so they’ve had to set up a new system to they could go buy their coverage elsewhere.
because in those make that work. LV: And there’s a convenience as well dealing with
private systems, If we privatized here and ICBC went away entirely, just one insurance company?
once you have a
we would need an organization to handle road tests or Gunter: Yes, but not just from the purchasing aspect.
go down that same failed road that Alberta did. We’d Imagine being in a private insurance model where
claim or two, your
also need an organization to take care of things like you and I have coverage from different companies.
rates are going to driver’s license renewals and license plate renewals. If we were to get into an accident with one another,
skyrocket..." Even people who don’t have driver’s licenses but just we’d have to deal with two insurance companies, two
want to renew their B.C. ID would be affected because adjusters, and two sets of rules. Our system is far more
"Imagine, in a ICBC handles those as well. Making these changes convenient system for the consumer. When you’re in
private system, you would have a cost associated to them. Right now, all an accident, you’re dealing with enough stress including
get into an accident these things are taken care of by ICBC. your wrecked car or your injuries. You don’t need the
with someone LV: Proponents of private auto insurance say if you additional stress of having to sort out which insurance
open up options for basic insurance, then the market company to talk to and for what. In B.C., we make one
without insurance
competition will lead prices to go down. How would phone call to ICBC and it’s all looked after.
and you try to sue you respond to that? LV: So ultimately, why should B.C. drivers care if we
them and they have Gunter: When people make comparisons between have private or public insurance?
no coverage. Who public insurance in B.C. and private insurance elsewhere, Gunter: If we go to a private insurance model, there
is going to protect they just look at the sticker price for ‘basic insurance’ is a greater chance that people will be driving without
your interests and
and jump to that automatic conclusion that private must insurance because in those private systems, once you
be cheaper. It may look that way, but like I said, you’re have a claim or two, your rates are going to skyrocket.
take care of you?
not buying the same thing. In Alberta, if they legislated In a public system, those costs are at least managed.
You’ll be on that the basic minimum insurance required you to have Imagine, in a private system, you get into an accident
your own." everything that we have in B.C – and remember they with someone without insurance and you try to sue
- Gunter
only have two of our five key components – then their them and they have no coverage. Who is going to
basic insurance prices would go up too because the protect your interests and take care of you? You’ll be
insurance companies have to offer those additional on your own.
coverages. If we ever went to a private market system again like
LV: And competition actually exists in B.C. anyways, we had before ICBC was created, people are going to
right? regret that decision very quickly. We will pay more – just
Gunter: Exactly. One thing that the ‘pro private’ look at Ontario’s insurance rates – and the coverage
people forget to tell you is that while you need to won’t be better. In fact, if other provinces are any proof,
get your basic insurance from ICBC, all your optional it will be worse.
coverage – your collision, comprehensive, loss of
use, and access to additional third-party legal liability
coverage – can be purchased now from private
companies. You don’t have to get all your coverage with

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Union Drive Helps WAVAW Shatter Fundraising Target WAVAW

AVAW Rape Crisis Centre is B.C.’s leading rape open, and our services free-of-charge. Our fundraising
crisis centre. We offer free, trauma-informed, initiatives are essential because, in 2004, Gordon
wrap-around sexual assault support services to Campbell’s BC Liberal government cut 100% of the
individuals of all marginalized genders, including cis and $1.7 million that was allotted to B.C.’s women-serving
trans women, and all trans, nonbinary, and Two-Spirit organizations.
folks. We are a not-for-profit organization. This past These cuts meant that critical community
November, we were proud to have MoveUP’s support organizations lost an average of $48,000 in core
for our 6th annual Giving Tuesday Campaign. funding each year. Core funding pays for rent, electricity,
Giving Tuesday is a national movement for charitable and other operational costs. These cuts led to the
giving and volunteering. It takes place annually following closure of over half of the province’s women-serving
the major retail days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. organizations. These organizations offered a range of
The 2018 Giving Tuesday was WAVAW’s most successful services the government was not providing: emergency
on record, and MoveUP and our fellow members played shelters, crisis counselling, referral services, and spaces
a significant role in the success of this campaign! for community gathering.
MoveUP’s Women’s Rights Committee shared However, WAVAW is incredibly lucky. We are one
their support of WAVAW to all of our union’s members, of the few organizations that survived these funding
the MoveUP Executive Board put forward a donation cuts. This is thanks to the incredible generosity of our
$1,500, President David Black called on all delegates community, who continues to donate and fill the gap
at the BCFED Convention in November to give to left by Campbell’s BC Liberal government.
WAVAW, and MoveUP members also made individual
donations that totaled over $500! Together, we raised
over $27,000 in 24 hours! This was WAVAW’s first Giving
Tuesday as part of the MoveUP community, and we are Together, we raised
so proud to have joined a union that cares so much over $27,000 in
about supporting survivors of sexualized violence. 24 hours!
Giving Tuesday, and every one of WAVAW’s
fundraising campaigns, is integral to keeping our doors

To find out more about WAVAW, visit

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MoveUP Members Sacrificing Today
ACTION For Tomorrow’s Workers
Editor’s note: A version of this story was initially published on in January. As of printing time, the strike is still on-going.

Photo left: Members of many different unions have come

out in support of MoveUP members on the picket line
at Westminster Savings Credit Union

Photo above: Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West poses for

a photo on the Westminster Savings Credit Union picket line

ack in December, Donna had a choice to make. had initially tabled a proposal that would have moved
FAIRNESS: After 38 years in the business, 14 of them with all union employees from their existing defined benefit
" would cause Westminster Savings Credit Union, she had the plan to a riskier defined contribution plan.
a rift just knowing opportunity to cash out her pension and walk away. She Had our union not rejected that initial proposal,
that just because chose not to do that. Several weeks later, she would find it’s safe to say the defined pension plan would be long
I was hired after a herself walking the picket line to preserve the very same gone at this point.
certain date that
pension plan. The employer’s latest proposal involved creating
She has no regrets, and neither do any of her fellow different classes of employees – the haves and the
I’m not entitled to
colleagues who are walking the picket line beside her. have nots. We labelled it “two-tiering.” They proposed
the same superior “That is unselfish,” said Donna. “That is about being allowing all employees hired before July 1, 2018 to
pension that my out here, in the cold, and making sure that we get back retain the defined benefit pension plan but all those
co-workers get.” in the office so that we’re in front of our customers.” that come after to be on the defined contribution plan.
— Pietro Typically, when a group of workers are driven to the It was a proposal our members knew was meant to
point where they feel the need to go on strike, they’re placate them but was far more wicked than it appeared.
fighting for something that has an immediate, personal The change was instituted across all the non-unionized
impact on them. That’s what makes Donna, and the branches effective July 1, 2018.
rest of the group currently on strike at Westminster “It’s more of a band-aid solution, I believe, especially
SECURITY: Savings Credit Union’s Shaughnessy Station branch, so if you go into detail about how the defined benefit
unique. They’re fighting to save a pension plan not for works,” said Pietro, a relatively new worker having been
“We’re just trying
themselves, but for their potential future colleagues. with the company for just a year-and-a-half. “Obviously
to keep what we It wouldn’t be the first time that they’ve saved the the more employees that you have on the plan, the
have, and our pension plan for employees at this credit union, but to better it is for the actual pension itself. I don’t think it’s in
pension is the one understand that a little background is required. the benefit of any of my fellow colleagues, even at other
security that we The Shaughnessy Station branch is the lone branches, to accept the two-tier.”
unionized branch of Westminster Savings Credit Union Pietro, in particular, can imagine what two-tiering
all feel strongly
and the workers there have been without a collective would have looked like. Had this change been instituted
about...” agreement since the previous one expired at the end of just two years earlier before he joined the company, he
— Sheila December 2016. Among other things, that means our would have fell victim to the two-tiering with his only
union’s members wages have been stagnant since then. mistake being he joined the company too late.
The most contentious negotiating issue has been “I would be super disappointed,” said Pietro. “I think,
about the defined benefit pension plan. The employer right now, everybody at the branch, especially all my

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“My customers hug

me when they leave
my office so, yeah,
we are family.”
— Donna

co-workers and colleagues, we all feel like a family. I do

think that if there was a difference in someone doing the
same work and getting a different compensation that’s
far superior than mine, it would cause a rift just knowing
that just because I was hired after a certain date that I’m
not entitled to the same superior pension that my co-
workers get.” said Donna. “When our union rep asked in
But if no one at this branch is affected by the pension one of our negotiations ‘why?’ and ‘is this
change, why did they collectively vote to go on strike? In the truth?’ they said that’s basically none
one word: Fairness. of your business the way they hire their
“It’s very important to me that future and young executives.” Show your support
workers have the same pension plan as I do and not an At the end of the day, our MoveUP
inferior plan,” said Leanne, also a long-time employee of by visiting
members just want to go back to work so
the credit union. “I believe in the new workforce coming they can serve the credit union’s members
in and that’s really important to my values. they have built great relationships with to send an email to the CEO
“I work in the credit union system, I was brought up over the years. Our members are grateful
in the credit union system, and I’m really disappointed in that the credit union’s members have
Westminster Savings with the lack of caring and integrity.” shown tremendous support so far on the
Added fellow co-worker, Sheila: “We’re just trying to picket line even if it has caused them great
keep what we have, and our pension is the one security that inconvenience not being able to conduct
we all feel strongly about that we want to keep including their business at their local branch. $
new workers coming into the company. We just want fair “We’re just honoured,” said Leanne. PENS
pension for all employees at Westminster Savings.” “Members have come up to say we are
What irks the members, especially, is that while family. We share their stories of tears
Westminster Savings has indicated they aren’t willing to and laughter. We’ve been there for our
budge on this two-tier proposal, they’ve ensured that members. They live in Port Coquitlam.
newly-hired executive managers are exempt meaning Westminster Savings
They want to come to this branch. They’re Credit Union
that they will still have access to the superior pension $
mad this branch is closed.” ION
plan even if they are hired after July 1, 2018. Added Donna: “My customers hug
“I don’t think it was transparent to the whole me when they leave my office so, yeah,
company and to the employees of the credit union,” we are family.”

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From Strategy to Action:
PLANNING The Importance of Planning for MoveUP’s Future

A strategic plan
guides our
operations and
helps ensure that
our work is aligned
with our mission,
vision, and values.

A strategic plan
sets the big picture
of what we are
working towards.

ack in January, our Executive Board gathered The first step of the strategic management process
y together to hold our Strategic Planning session. is to understand our environment and our place in
Januar We did this in conjunction with the Canadian it. The Executive Board did an extensive analysis of
Labour Congress Pacific Winter School at Harrison internal and external factors that will impact our
PLANN Hot Springs. success in coming years. To ensure that our members’
While Winter School runs for five weeks – providing views of MoveUP and our environment were top
union activists the opportunity to upgrade their of mind in those discussions, the Executive Board
education and learn more about the labour movement reviewed initial reports of our membership survey
– our Executive Board typically chooses one of those conducted in late 2018. From there, they began the
...our a
ctions weeks to use that venue as an opportunity to gather our hard work of putting into words what the ideas and
demon group, build some camaraderie, and escape from the beliefs are that guide our union: our mission, vision,
our va
lues distractions that occur when you’re too close to home. and values.
So why is it important for us to do strategic planning, Paul Reniers, who joined us in late 2018 as our
and does it really make a difference for our members? Director of Operational Strategy, led our strategic
Strategic planning is part of a strategic management planning session. Along with a certificate in Strategic
process. A strategic plan guides our operations and helps Management from the Sauder School of Business,
ensure that our work is aligned with our mission, vision, Paul has extensive experience with strategic planning
derstan and values. A strategic plan sets the big picture of what and working with unionized professionals and non- un
m e nt we are working towards. An operating plan explains profit boards. He has worked with the Professional
our en
r place
in it how we work towards that big picture. The success Employees’ Association, the Professional Institute of
and ou of our operations can be measured against progress the Public Service of Canada and, most recently, was
towards those goals. The strategic management the Executive Director and Chief Negotiating Officer
process ensures that our resources are being used to for the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
achieve the priorities set by our members. Faculty and Staff Association.

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"Our actions
our values.
A strategic
With the Executive Board’s initial thinking about
mission, vision, and values now down on paper, Paul’s management
next step will be to consult with our staff and officers process creates
about how these statements reflect the realities of the a very deliberate
work done by MoveUP. That information will allow connection
the Executive Board to refine these statements before
between actions
they are shared more broadly. Once these elements
of the plan are finalized, Paul and the staff will develop and values."
an implementation plan for approval by the Executive
Board. That plan will include specific goals and ways
of measuring and reporting on our progress toward
those goals.
Our actions demonstrate our values. A strategic
management process creates a very deliberate
connection between actions and values. Clear
statements of our mission, vision, and values create
accountability for your elected officers. Goals and
measures based on that direction create accountability
for the union’s staff.
Strategic planning starts a process that will drive
MoveUP in the direction that members need it to go.
We’re excited about the future of our union and
where our members will take us. We hope you are too!

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Five Years Strong: Bob Derby’s Legacy Lives On
DERBY with Annual Charity Golf Tournament

W In keeping with Bob’s spirit, it wasn’t

hen the calendar turns to June 9 this year, it
will mark a somber note for many long-time
MoveUP members and staff. It was on that long after his passing that our union
day when the worst possible news we could receive
arrived. Our friend, Bob Derby – former Vice-President,
immediately planned and held our first-
Combined Units – was gone. ever Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf
“I just remember being very, very shocked,” said
MoveUP President David Black, who worked many years Tournament. It was a way of making sure
alongside Bob when the two were both vice-presidents. that Bob’s memory and legacy never
“Bob was very healthy. He was full of life, full of joy, full
of plans. It was such a terrible shock when I received the faded from our union, but also a way
news of his passing.”
Bob’s zest for life showed in his dedication to our to give back to the community in the
union and its members, but where it showed the most same way Bob gave back to the MoveUP
was his work to build social events to give members
an opportunity to come together outside of work and community each and every day.
involve their families as well.
“It was really important for Bob to see that members’ “For people that got to know him, they knew what a
families had a connection to our union so he went deeply caring and kind person Bob was,” said David. “To
out of his way to make sure there were events that have the golf tournament named after Bob, who was
would attract families,” said David, referencing popular also a very avid golfer, I think is the most fitting way we
events today like an outing at Playland, kid-friendly can memorialize the change that Bob brought to our
sporting events, and breakfasts with Santa. “While many union and the lasting impact he had on us.”
unions have traditionally just thought of the members This year, on Saturday, August 17, we will hold
themselves, Bob saw beyond the members and felt that our fifth annual Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf
it was important to open a window to our union for Tournament. Our benefactor this year, as it was in
members’ families.” 2018, is the Union Protein Project. The Union Protein

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Project, which is supported by over 30 different unions, Other celebrities who have attended this event in Photo above:
subsidizes the cost of protein for food banks allowing the past include former BC Lions’ star Manny Arceneaux Vancouver Canucks
them to provide canned fish and peanut butter that and Vancouver-based actor Michael Coleman of Once defenceman Troy
many at-risk families just can't afford. They have helped Upon A Time fame.
Stecher presents an
food banks save precious money and maximize their MoveUP members can visit our website at
purchasing power by subsidizing the cost of protein- to learn more about this year’s autographed jersey
based foods. event and to get involved whether it’s as a sponsor, a to a lucky prize
The success of our golf tournament is directly volunteer, or as a player. winner at the 2018
due to the countless hours our members and staff golf tournament
generously donate as volunteers. Plus, starting this year,
United Steelworkers Local 2009 (USW 2009), which
represents MoveUP’s office staff, will be co-sponsoring
the tournament.
“This golf tournament means a lot to our members AUGU
who work at MoveUP, so it’s only natural for USW 2009
to have a big part in making this event a success,” 5th Annual
said Al Bieksa, President of USW 2009. “MoveUP, the Bob Derby Charity
Steelworkers, and other unions are all in this together to
Memorial Golf Tournament
fight hunger and help vulnerable people receive much-
needed nourishment.” Saturday, August 17 at
Al’s name might ring a bell for some of our members, Pitt Meadows Golf Course
and hockey fans in particular. His son, Kevin, was a fan-
favourite during his 10 seasons playing for the Vancouver Sponsor! Volunteer! Play!
Canucks. Kevin also happens to be a huge supporter of Learn more at
the golf tournament and has brought out his buddies
every year including current and former Canucks Troy
Stecher, Erik Gudbranson, and Tanner Glass.

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Social Events a Fun and Easy Way
EVENTS to Start Union Involvement

Photos: From

family-friendly or many new members to our union – and perhaps people, and having a good time where you don’t have
outings to even some seasoned members as well – our union to discuss work …that is, unless you really, really want
adult-oriented can sometimes feel detached from our day-to-day to!”
events, there's lives. In 2018, among the different events that MoveUP
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. MoveUP took part in included plenty for sports fans such as
something for
takes great pride in being able to bring our members hockey games, baseball games, as well as lacrosse,
everybody in together not only during times of negotiation or when football, and soccer games.
our union there are issues at your workplace, but throughout the We also had events catered specifically to members
year with fun, entertaining events ranging from family- with children including a day at Playland and breakfasts
friendly excursions to age-appropriate outings. with Santa.
“There is sometimes this stigma associated with “It was really nicely done,” said Zuzana, a relatively
unions that you only hear from us when there’s bad news new MoveUP member who works at Island Savings
so one of the things we’re really trying to do is change Credit Union who brought her six-year-old daughter,
that culture,” said Annette Toth, Chair of MoveUP’s along with a niece and nephew, to the Santa’s Breakfast
Events & Social Planning Committee and Vice-President in Victoria. “I was perfectly surprised because I don’t
of the ICBC unit. “The work we do is serious because it have much experience with unions altogether. These
impacts our members’ day-to-day and their livelihood are my first two years being part of a union so I’m
but, just like everything else in life, that doesn’t mean learning as I go.”
there aren’t other aspects of our union that provide Zuzana raved not just about the great food and the
balance and let people have fun and feel connected. excitement for the kids meeting Santa, but also about
“Our members who have discovered our many the colouring books, the balloon artist, and being able
social events and outings tell us what a great time to meet other members and their children as well. If she
they had and how they can’t wait to come out again. had to suggest what type of family-friendly event she’d
We know cost can sometimes be a barrier for many like to see MoveUP have, her suggestion would be a
working people and families so typically our events are giant picnic.
subsidized by our union. You pay only a fraction of what “A family picnic somewhere in a garden for everyone
it would normally cost to go to one of these events. But, to come together would be awesome,” said Zuzana.
most importantly, it’s about coming out, meeting new For members who were looking for more adult-

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oriented activities, we had a ‘snowshoeing and from a couple of ladies, I believe they were from ICBC,
chocolate fondue event’ up at Cypress Mountain, and they were super nice. We had lots of laughs.”
paint night in Vernon, as well as a day out at Hastings In a recent members’ survey that we conducted,
Racecourse in Vancouver. nearly one-third of you told us that you want to find a
“It was a really casual thing and we were all doing way to get more involved in our union. There’s no easier
it together. It still allowed us to talk and have fun with way to do that than to join us at one of our upcoming
each other,” said Valerie, a long-time MoveUP member social events.
who works for BC Hydro who brought her daughter to
attend the paint night in Vernon. “We were sitting across

Our members who have discovered our

many social events and outings tell us what a
great time they had and how they can’t wait
to come out again." — Annette Toth

Visit our events calendar at
to see what’s coming up soon!

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RIGHTS Solidarity Includes Everyone

deliver a lot of union education in my job as a regional value we hold in common and that it therefore needs
representative for the Canadian Labour Congress, to include everyone. People want the nuts and bolts
but what I’m doing today is my favourite. I am sitting of what words to say to avoid being accidentally rude,
in a room full of union activists. They are on their lunch and some guidance on what more is to be done.
break from a day long class about transgender inclusion. “Sure, Adrienne, we need better collective agreement
I am the speaker. language”, said one member of a local bargaining team,
I started my talk by saying I am a real live transgender “but where can I find model language? Specifically what
person. The first half of the day is a basic trans 101 with drug coverage should I ask for? How much gender-
lots of vocabulary to learn, terms to avoid, and the usual affirming care leave do my members need?”
wallpapering of the board room with flip charts. After I have been a union activist since I was first elected
lunch, we are getting into the really fun part, where I steward in 1998. At various times since then I thought
stop talking and participants get to demonstrate their my activism was better spent in community not-
learning by solving some scenarios in small groups. for-profits, or with organizations working for more
Two p.m. on a day like today is the magic moment progressive government. There have been times the
for me. A room full of people who five hours ago were movement broke my heart for its reluctance to change.
strangers to me, and to the topic (though increasingly But these days, I’m not as afraid to insist on my gender
groups like this have a few participants who can say they neutral pronouns at union events. I can be an out trans
know a trans person - this is new!) get up and practice person on the floor of conventions and I’m often not the
asking each other their pronouns in a respectful way; only one. Training courses like this are popular. Unions
and brainstorm ways to support a hypothetical member invite me - not just to their equity events - but to their
in a variety of scenarios. One group has a neighbour executive board meetings to run a quick trans rights
facing eviction because she is wearing a dress. Another workshop. This is what strikes me. How normal it is
#i l l g owithyo u

figures out how to support a trans male who thinks he getting to be to say “Brothers, and Sisters, and Friends.”
might be pregnant. Still, another diffuses workplace Solidarity can be a verb. It means we are all welcome
#i l l g ow ithyo u

tension when a member of their union struggles for here, and I’m so glad I was here to help hold the door.
recognition from her manager.
What strikes me is not how a group of strangers from Adrienne Smith is a lawyer and Regional Representative
different workplaces gel as a team - I’ve seen that magic for the Canadian Labour Congress.
with popular education before. It is not how artful and
withyo u

legally correct the proposed solutions are (though that

makes me happy they listened to the morning!). What
takes me by surprise, still, the 50th-plus time I’ve run a
variation of this course, is how inherently compassionate
they are; and how hungry they are for ways to help. It
is never a hard sell to explain that solidarity is a core

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Be Fire Smart SMART

he Environment Committee reminds all MoveUP Moving any combustible material
members to be Fire Smart this spring and summer. 10  metres away will potentially protect
Wildfires have impacted everyone in B.C. your home in the event a forest fire
over the last decade, so being vigilant around any open happens in your community.
flames is necessary. Open flames are unpredictable We encourage you to read more
and can spread via extreme heat, direct flame, or on how to be fire smart by visiting the
sparks/embers. Government of B.C. website, where you will
At home, we can take many steps to reduce the impact find a FireSmart Homeowners Manual.
of wildfire on our property and within our community. Our forests are no longer a carbon
For your yard, consider spacing out your trees three neutralizer, at least in part because of the increasing
metres apart as a wildfire moving from tree to tree rates and hectares burned by wildfires. It is everyone’s
can be slowed if they are spaced out. It can be further responsibility to change behaviour that contributes to
slowed by fire-resistant plants. wildfires by standing up for our communities and by
Fire-resistant plants have moist supple leaves, a reminding others to practice safe procedures.
minimal accumulation of dead vegetation, water-like Get out and enjoy what B.C. has to offer but be sure
sap, and a low amount of sap or resin. to stay safe and Be Fire Smart!
Ideally, you want to stay away from aromatic leaves Smart
or needles, and any plant that has loose or flaky bark.

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BEES Learning About The Beesiness

Mason Bee

ur Environment Committee is always looking to 1. Mitigating Loss of Habitat
educate on the importance of environmental For about $25 you can purchase a “bee hotel” to
awareness and to encourage all our members Mason bees (an indigenous species) that will help offset
to be good stewards of the planet. issues with loss of bee habitat, or you can make your
Our union was the first union in B.C. to be own for less. Here’s an example:
carbon neutral. Many of us planted the trees that the If you have a garden
Committee handed out to members last year. These space, you may consider
things make it possible for us, both as individuals and as setting up an easy-to-
our union, to engage in hands-on activities that benefit install and inexpensive
our environment starting in our own back yards. And we bee hotel like the
had fun doing it! one pictured where
This year, we’re putting more focus on education. indigenous Mason bees
Our Environment Committee is abuzz learning about will find refuge.
challenges to the health and productivity of bees Just secure it to a south or east facing wall and wait
worldwide and, particularly, here in British Columbia. for the bees to move in! A good time to install these is
Bees pollinate 71 out of 100 crops that produce mid-March as that is the beginning of bee season.
90 per cent of the world’s food – including broccoli, 2. Food for Bees
strawberries, lemons, almonds, and coffee. So, the work Bees become active early in spring, typically near
of these pollinators truly is everyone’s beesiness! Bees the beginning of March when the first spring flowers
are an intricate part of the web of life. such as crocuses bloom.
Declining bee populations in Canada and B.C. have Interested in planting a bee friendly garden? Native
been an issue for some time. The big stresses on the bee plants (wildflowers) and heirloom plants (not hybrids) work
populations are habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, best for attracting and feeding bees. In fact, native plants
and diseases. attract four times as many pollinators as non-native plants!
With Spring just around the corner, we want to Weeds, especially the dandelion, play an important
share some things you can easily do (and some you role in providing nourishment to bees so please wait
should not do!) to help our local bee populations get until later in the spring after flowers have started to
off to a good start. bloom before pulling them up!

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Here are some recommended choices of bee-friendly plants. If you don’t have a yard or garden,
look for bee-friendly plants that will grow in containers on your balcony or other outdoor spaces.

Flowers Herbs Fruits Vegetables

Aster Basil Apple tree Eggplant
Black-eyed Susan Bee Balm Blackberries Peppers
(Rudbeckia) (Bergamot)# Cherry Tree Pumpkins
Bleeding Heart Borage Cranberries Squash
Clover Catnip Currants Tomatoes
Columbine Cilantro Huckleberries Watermelons
Cosmos Chives Pear tree
Crocus Comfrey Plum tree If left to flower:
Heather Dill Quince tree Broccoli
Hollyhock (not doubled) Fennel Raspberries Carrots
Marigold Hyssop* Strawberries Garlic
Nasturtium* Lavender Kale
Poppy Mints Leeks
Salvia (blue or violet) Oregano Onions
Scented Gernanium Rosemary Parsnips
Tansy Sage
Wild Rose/Rugosa Rose Thyme
Yarrow* *for pest protection
Zinnia #attracts hummingbirds

When planning your garden and flower

beds this year, consider planting bee-
friendly species.
Here are some recommended choices
of bee-friendly plants. If you don’t have a
yard or garden, look for bee-friendly plants
that will grow in containers on your balcony
or other outdoor spaces. (See chart above.)
Remember also that bees need water! If you have any
Simply keeping a source of fresh water suggestions for
on your patio or in your garden will be a
your Environment
big help. Bees often do not make the best
Committee on
choices, sometimes preferring stale water
activities we could
sources such as sloughs and stagnant
standing water, so if you do install a bee undertake as a
hotel keep a bowl of fresh water nearby. union to support
Small actions by many people can bee health, we want
yield big results to hear from you!
Just like the curbside recycling we
do to prevent unwanted materials from Get in touch with us
polluting landfills, we can bee wise in many by contacting the
little ways that will help restore our bee MoveUP office.
You’ll learn a lot and have fun too!

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New Vice-President
FAIRNESS Compensation Structure Explained

Christy Slusarenko,
Annette Toth, and
Rysa Kronebusch
are sworn in by
President David
Black at MoveUP's
Convention in

ast November, our union finally agreed upon What we discovered then was that there was an
a much-needed change to our Vice-President extreme discrepancy in the compensation level for each
compensation model making it more fair, equitable VP even though they all held the same position. Our VPs
and, most importantly, representative of what our VPs recognized this as well but kept to themselves because
do for our union and for all our members. they were so dedicated to our union and our members
Quite frankly, it took us a long time to get to a and did not want to cause a disturbance.
decision. But the important thing is we have finally In 2013, a study conducted of our compensation
arrived. It was not lost on many Executive Councillors structure by Korn Ferry (then known as Hay Group
that while we were out there fighting for fairness for Limited) showed that our full-time union officers were
our members, we weren’t treating our elected vice- compensated well below comparable roles in the
presidents with the same dignity and respect. We market, but our VPs especially so.
weren’t living our values. Our union tried several times leading up to our
Although our Executive Council has been aware of 2015 Convention to address the growing disparity, but
this process throughout, we felt it was important to also it never came to fruition. With one of our VPs headed
present this information as clearly as possible for our into retirement leading up to our 2018 Convention, our
general membership. To understand how we arrived Executive Council asked for a report and options to
here, we need to give some historical context. address this matter properly. Korn Ferry was retained to
In 1996, because of increased need and expansion, review our three VP roles and, once again, found they
our union changed its constitution to allow for three were paid well below the broader public sector market.
VPs, one for each constituent group – ICBC, BC Hydro Acting on expert advice and keeping in mind our
(now Utilities), and Combined Units. Vice-Presidents responsibility to our members, and acting in accordance
were booked off (in other words, we arrange time off with our values, we are proud that our Executive Council
from work for them and covered their salary for that chose to pass a motion during our 2018 Convention
period) in the office for two days a week – one day that will ensure our VPs will be compensated fairly and
for meetings and one day for VP business – and were equally, so they can focus on their roles of working for
booked off additionally as required. our members.
By the early 2000s, we were getting into a practice As of the 2018-2021 term, our VPs will receive a
of continually booking off one VP as well as another union top up that will bring their overall compensation
executive board member extensively. By 2006, given to $106,000.
the immense workload, the decision was made that VPs
would be booked off full-time for their entire term.

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Brian Martens Honoured with 2019 ARDELL
Ardell Brophy Award AWARD

Congratulations Brian on a well-deserved honour!

ince its inception in 2011, MoveUP’s Ardell Brophy He has spent time working at the MoveUP office as Photo above:
Award has honoured a MoveUP job steward who a union representative, and along the way has helped Brian Martens
demonstrates fierce dedication and commitment recruit and mentor countless job stewards at ICBC. is presented
to our union, and who has shown leadership in helping He’s helped facilitate many training courses for new job with the Ardell
to foster and support new activists. stewards from all across our union.
Brophy Award
The 2019 recipient – Brian Martens – embodies Brian also finds the time to volunteer for many
that very definition of the award named after former different committees including the Events & Social by MoveUP VP
Executive Board member and union representative Planning Committee, the Electoral Committee, and the Annette Toth
Ardell Brophy who passed away in 2015. Advisory Committee. He’s a trustee on the MoveUP/
Brian was presented with the award at MoveUP’s ICBC Pension Trust. He has spearheaded many process
annual job steward seminar in early March. and technical changes at MoveUP that have helped
Brian first became a MoveUP member when he our organization become more efficient and better
joined ICBC in 2006 and, by 2008, he was already a job connected with our members.
steward and a leader in his workplace. His involvement Outside of MoveUP, Brian has volunteered for the
with our union would continue to grow over the years BC NDP in campaigns as well as for the District Parent
as he would become an Executive Councillor and, Advisory Council in Langley.
later on, a member of the Executive Board. Presently, Congratulations Brian on a well-deserved honour!
he continues to represent our members as part of the
Executive Council.
Brian’s work as an activist, however, goes beyond just
his work as a job steward and an Executive Councillor.
Brian has been a leader when it comes to promoting
occupational health & safety and is a frequent facilitator
for the BC Federation of Labour Health & Safety Centre.

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CONVENTION Looking Back at The 2018 BCFED Convention

Photo above left: very two years, the BC Federation of Labour Chu who secured the most votes on the floor and also
MoveUP Executive (BCFED) holds a Convention. Labour unions and secured the four-year term position.
delegates from many different locals across the The 2018 BCFED Convention was also historic on a
Board members
province come together to set the tone for the provincial number of other levels. When John Horgan took to the
Melissa Maher and
labour body. These delegates act on key issues that the stage on the third day of Convention, it marked the first
Bruce Sarvis get labour movement across the province has identified as time that a B.C. Premier had addressed the House of
a selfie moment being critical to its continued purpose of standing up for Labour in over two decades.
with Premier John workers’ rights and human rights. The rest of the Convention’s speakers list included:
Horgan Although the unions and labour groups that take part Jagmeet Singh, leader of the federal NDP; Kennedy
in the Convention are guided by the same principles, Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver; Cheryl Casimer, Political
the House of Labour – as it is often referred to in British Executive with First Nations Summit; Harry Bains, B.C.
Photo above right: Columbia – has not always been in consensus. But Minister of Labour; Hassan Yussuff, President of the
MoveUP VP Christy 2018 offered a glimpse of what we hope will be a more Canadian Labour Congress; Brian Ramsay, Executive
Slusarenko taking unified British Columbia labour movement. Director of the CFL Players’ Association; Keven Rebeck,
part in a rally in There was no bigger display of this unity than in President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour; Marissa
the election for the positions of BCFED president and Nahanee from the Squamish & Nisga’a Nations, Eagle
support of the
secretary-treasurer, respectively, with incumbents Clan; Seth Klein, outgoing B.C. Director of the Canadian
Canadian Union of
Irene Lanzinger and Aaron Ekman not seeking re- Centre for Policy Alternatives; Diane Wood of BC FORUM;
Postal Workers as election. In previous years – as recently as 2012 and Ivan Coyote, storyteller and activist; and Rob Mickelburgh,
part of the BCFED 2014 – elections for the top spots at the BCFED were former labour reporter and author of On The Line: A
Convention hotly contested leaving the House of Labour divided. In History of the British Columbia Labour Movement.
2018, with much at stake both provincially and federally, Perhaps the most noteworthy part of the week –
the House of Labour were solidly united behind Laird in addition to the many different resolutions that were
Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore. either carried or defeated dealing with a wide range of
That’s not to say there wasn’t some election issues from employment standards to precarious work
excitement on the floor of Convention. For the first to universal pharmacare to condemning hate – was the
time in the memory of most, an election for trustee show of support for the members of the Canadian Union
was needed with four positions – a four-year term, two of Postal Workers (CUPW) who, at the time, had just been
two-year terms, and an alternate – up for grabs. In the legislated back-to-work by the Trudeau government.
end, it was MoveUP Executive Board Member Brenda Reports of private citizens setting up solidarity lines at

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Canada Post outlets were heartening for the assembled

delegates to hear about, while the entire 1000-plus
delegation also held a massive rally just outside the
Convention halls at Canada Place in a massive showing
of solidarity with our friends at the CUPW who have
been engaged in contract negotiations that not only
For more on
dealt with the issue of wages, but about their concerns
over health and safety on the job and overtime among the five days of the
other things. BCFED Convention,
One thing is for certain coming out of the 2018
BCFED Convention is that working with strong visit MoveUP’s
leadership, working with a government that is friendly news archive at
to workers’ rights and human rights, and working
collectively amongst each other, our labour movement
in British Columbia is stronger than it has ever been and the-latest
it will need to be as we face what lies ahead.

Photo right: MoveUP Executive Board member Brenda

Chu was elected to a four-year term as a trustee

Photo far right: Another selfie moment for

MoveUP Executive Board Member Melissa Maher,
this time with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

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PROFILE The Art of Bruce

A MoveUP s you peruse through the pages of this edition high school, and digital film and television production
of the Local Voice, you may notice some of the in college.” It’s basically all mathematical design and
member since content is a bit more animated. Literally. following engineered standards.”
Specifically, you may have seen the caricature of Bruce’s job today has little to do with the formal
2004, Bruce was President David Black at the beginning of the magazine education he received in the past. However, he’s always
or of Vice-President Annette Toth in our feature on been an artist at heart, as far back as two-years-old, he
first elected to page 31. drew his inspiration from cartoons and comics such
For those, and other surprises that will come your as ThunderCats, Calvin and Hobbes, and The Far Side
the Executive way throughout the year in the Local Voice, you can while growing up. Getting involved with our union gave
thank the talents of MoveUP Executive Board member him an opportunity to show off his incredible ability in a
Board in 2015 Bruce Sarvis. At his day job, Bruce – who, along with his forum outside just his personal network.
wife, April, are proud parents of three also artistically- His biggest breakthrough occurred at the BC
inclined children – is a distribution design technician for Federation of Labour Convention back in November
BC Hydro. His job is to plan out the electrical grid from which he attended alongside a contingent representing
after the substation up to the consumer. Don’t let the MoveUP. On the first day of the week-long Convention,
title fool you, however, because it has little to do with Bruce began drawing caricatures of the main speakers
artistic expression. and, before long, his work was being shared far and
“It has ‘design’ in the title, but it doesn’t involve any wide across social media networks all over B.C.’s labour
artistic design,” said Bruce, who studied visual arts in movement.

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“Going to conventions, sometimes it’s hard to sit In the meantime, Bruce is urging other members
and actively listen to a person just starring at a screen who may have a talent they want to show off but is not
especially for long periods of time,” said Bruce. “I found necessarily part of their job to not be afraid to share
a long time ago if I sketched or doodled, it really helped their work. If you have a talent and you bring it to our
my active listening. union’s attention, we may even have a way to showcase
“At a previous BCFED Convention, I started sketching your abilities.
people. When I came to this recent one, I said this time “The opportunities that I’ve had since being involved Photo below:
I want to make sure I get people every single day. I sat with our union have been far beyond my day job,” said Bruce alongside
down on the first day and said I’m ready to listen, I’m ready Bruce. “It’s not just what you do at your 9-to-5 with his wife, April
to sketch these people, and it’s really worked out well.” your employer. It’s not even just doing grievances or
Bruce’s artwork drew rave reviews not only from doing Local stuff. There are a lot of other things that
his colleagues and MoveUP members who saw them can be incorporated in.
on our website or social media channels, but from “Those talents that you’ve developed, while you
other attendees and union members as well. Some may not recognize them as being an asset you can
have even since approached him about doing some bring forward, can always be something that can help
drawings for them. enhance your own personal life and the other members
“It’s tough to share something that you created so around you.”
this was great,” said Bruce. “It was awesome outreach.
I couldn’t believe it at first. I had people reaching out
to me from other unions, from other places, saying
how much they enjoyed their caricature or caricatures
of people they knew. The opportunity to do additional
caricatures based on that has been phenomenal. It’s not
something that I ever expected.”
Drawing caricatures for the Local Voice is among
the projects Bruce has now picked up on the side, but
there are other areas of our union where he is already
thinking his artistic abilities may come in handy. One is
incorporating that into the work he does as co-chair of
our Environment Committee.
“How do we get people out and educated in our
union’s environmental issues?” asked Bruce, rhetorically.
“If there’s something we want to bring forward into the
Local Voice, rather than writing words, having a little
comic strip is going to grab someone’s attention quicker
and hopefully portray the message nice and clear.”

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PROFILE Spotlight On Vice-President Annette Toth

"We now
over 200
engaged job
he may be a veteran of the labour movement now, weren’t all engaged or actively involved. We put in
but Annette Toth – MoveUP’s Vice-President of a lot of time and training to get them more involved
I hope this the ICBC unit – can still remember one of her early and connected with our union. We now have over 200
days as an activist. Back in high school, she organized a incredible, hard-working, and engaged job stewards. I
will be my club called “Students to Obtain Peace” and her crowning hope this will be my lasting legacy.
achievement was serving as a keynote speaker for a LV: When you deal with such a large and diverse unit
lasting crowd of over 10,000 at an international peace walk in that covers all of B.C., how are you able to manage it?
legacy." her hometown of Victoria. Annette: It’s tough. One thing I wish I had was more
Her passion for advocating for others would time to go out to each worksite. I rely on our investment
- Annette follow her into her professional career. As a flight in our hard-working job stewards. They make a
attendant for Canadian Regional Airlines and, later, Air difference. Our members work with our job stewards
Canada Express in the early 1990s – a time when job every day and seek their advice. I feel the training and
security was a major issue with many airlines going communication our organization cultivates allows me
bankrupt and the federal government considering to stay better connected with our stewards and, in turn,
opening up the domestic skies to foreign carriers. She know what’s of importance to our members.
took on the role of president of CUPE Local 4002 and LV: Job stewards are so core to our union. How do
played a major role in the successful “Save Our Skies” you help build their pride and dedication?
campaign, plus bargaining and all the issues that union Annette: Often people become a job steward
leaders typically look after. because they were once represented by a steward for an
Annette began working at ICBC in 2005, advancing issue they had at work. After they’ve received that help
to the role of senior injury adjuster before the labour from a steward, a lot of them come forward wanting
movement would once again come calling in 2013 when to help as well. An exciting trend that I’m seeing now
she was asked to run for vice-president of MoveUP. is many new and young members coming forward and
Taking the opportunity would mean uprooting her life wanting to be part of our union early on. They don’t just
from Victoria, leaving family, friends and colleagues, but want to sit on the sidelines. I do what I can to encourage
the chance to make a difference in workers’ rights and them and help them find opportunities.
help her colleagues in the bigger picture made it one LV: How do you recruit good job stewards?
she couldn’t pass up. She hasn’t looked back since. Annette: Often we receive recommendations from
In this profile, the Local Voice caught up with other stewards, and we encourage people who want to
Annette to talk about her journey, what drives her, and become a job steward to send us an email. That being
what life at MoveUP is like. said, this position comes with a heavy load and there are
Local Voice: Since being first elected in 2013, what times when someone may not be a good fit. We do our
has been your proudest accomplishment at MoveUP? due diligence by talking with our members' colleagues
Annette: The engagement of our job stewards. and other stewards. Once they have been vetted, the
That was my priority and what I focused on. When I last step is to receive approval from the Executive Board
first started, we had 130 job stewards in ICBC but they which meets monthly.

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LV: Switching gears to your work specifically and every one of us gets behind it. It’s always exciting! Annette's
around ICBC, tell us what the challenges are when LV: Do all the Table Officers always get along?
busy schedule
it comes to bargaining in the public sector with the Annette: Absolutely not. I’d say we often have
collective agreement expiring this year. some pretty robust conversations. I wouldn’t call them doesn't allow
Annette: One thing that people don’t realize is arguments, but they are good conversations about our for much
what a difference having a good government that direction. At the end of the day, we are respectful to one downtime
truly values workers does. We’re fortunate now. Our another and we know we all contribute a great deal. We
but on those
members helped us work hard to elect a government all have different backgrounds and it’s important that we
that respects, honours, and appreciates the work that listen to each other and give each other space to do the rare occasions
working people do, and what public sector employees work we need to do. she has some
do, and that is so refreshing for us. LV: On a lighter note, if you could meet any
time just for
I am hopeful that going into bargaining with a celebrity who would it be?
government that respects the work we do that this Annette: Someone I admire, and I feel we both have herself, her
will help us a great deal at the bargaining table. We the same sense of humour, is Jann Arden. I would love guilty pleasures
started planning for this round of bargaining the day to sit down and have a glass of wine with her. include
our last round ended, and that included getting a better LV: If you could go back in time, is there anything
watching House
government for everyone in B.C. you would do differently in your life?
LV: What is it like working with the other Table Annette: If I did, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. of Cards on
Officers (President David Black, Secretary-Treasurer I have lived a full life and I am very grateful for everything Netflix, visiting
Lori Mayhew, and fellow VPs Rysa Kronebusch and I have done and what I hope to do in the future.
her family, and
Christy Slusarenko) at MoveUP? LV: Finally, if you could have any super power, what
Annette: The best part of working with them is would it be? a good game
seeing how passionate they are about the success, not Annette: I’d like to have Wonder Woman’s powers, of golf.
just of our union, but the labour movement overall. It’s and her deflecting bracelets so I could deflect problems,
seeing their complete commitment to social justice. issues, concerns, and grievances! *laughs*
Every time I turn around, we’re taking on another issue

Among her many responsibilities as Vice-President, Annette also sits on the following boards and committees:
• MoveUP Advisory Committee – Chair • MoveUP Health & Safety Committee
• MoveUP Arbitration Review Committee • MoveUP Human Rights & Multicultural Committee
• BCFED Human Rights Committee • Joint ICBC/MoveUP Employee and
• BC NDP Provincial Council – Labour Delegate Family Assistance Program
• COPE-SEPB National Executive Vice-President – Region 4 • BC Labour Heritage Centre – Board of Directors
• Columbia Institute – Board Member • MoveUP Pension Committee
• MoveUP Education Committee – Co-chair • MoveUP Retirees’ Committee – Board Liaison
• MoveUP Electoral Committee – Chair • Union Protein Project – Board of Directors
• MoveUP Events & Social Planning Committee – Chair • United Way – Campaign Co-Chair at ICBC
• MoveUP/ICBC Pension Plan – Alternate Trustee • Vancouver and District Labour Council – Delegate

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