Ben Williams is the President of Unifor Local 333BC, representing employees at BC Transit, HandyDART and Medi-Van in Greater Victoria as well as the HandyDART workers in the Cowichan Valley. For the past three years he has been Chair of Unifor’s Political Action Committee in BC.
In November 2016, Ben was elected Chairperson of the BC Regional Council for Unifor. He is also the Vice President of Unifor’s Road Transportation Council.
Since taking office, Ben has made it a top priority to work for improved health and safety conditions for his Unifor members both locally and across the Country. Ben helped lead the lobbying effort to pass legislation in 2015 that levies stronger penalties against those who assault transit operators.
He has not only worked to improve members’ wages and benefits, he has worked with BC Transit to increase transit ridership to make Victoria transit system one of the best and safest transit systems in Canada.
Ben can often be found advocating and volunteering for the homeless and less fortunate at the local homeless shelters/assistance agencies the Rainbow Kitchen and anywhere else our Union gives back to the community, such as local food banks and the United Way.
Ben has always been actively involved on union committees including Health and Safety and Political Action. He works with many of community partners such as the University of Victoria Student Society and the Camosun College Student Society. Under his leadership, Local 333BC has supported student campaigns for better transit service in Greater Victoria.
Ben is an avid angler who loves halibut fishing and is a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan. He relishes spending time with his wife Laurel and their three children Cole, Brodie and Cassidy. Ben is very active in his children’s sports whether it’s cheering from the sidelines or volunteering on a board to help run the association.