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/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - BC Unifor members to meet at inaugural regional convention on February 7/

VANCOUVER, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor activists from across British Columbia will gather on February 7-9 in downtown Vancouver to meet as a Regional Council for the first time since the formation of the union. The meeting will be held at Westin Bayshore at 1601 Bayshore Drive.

"We're going to lay the foundation this weekend to grow even stronger in BC," said Unifor's Western Region Director Scott Doherty.  "It is a very exciting time to be a member of Unifor." Unifor represents more than 27,000 workers across the province.

Nearly 175 elected delegates, guests, and staff will meet to strategize about national and local campaigns and elect the 2014-2015 BC Executive Board and populate committees. Delegates will hear from speakers on a range of issues important to British Columbians, from pipelines to the controversial transit referendum.


  • 10:00 AM Unifor Western Director Scott Doherty
  • 1:30 PM Unifor President Jerry Dias
  • 3:45 PM Vancouver District Labour Council President Joey Hartman
  • 4:00 PM Metro Vancouver Alliance Lead Organizer Deborah Littman


  • 9:30 AM BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair
  • 10:30 AM NDP MP Kennedy Stewart will discuss pipelines and energy policy
  • 11:30 AM Unifor Senior Advisor Fred Wilson will outline Unifor's Good Jobs Summit
  • 1:30 PM Unifor Secretary Treasurer Peter Kennedy
  • 2:30 PM Unifor Local 111 President Nathan Woods will outline the strategy to win the Metro Vancouver Region transit referendum proposed by Premier Christy Clark
  • 3:00 PM Unifor Representative Roxanne Dubois will discuss establishing Community Chapters

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Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.

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