VANCOUVER—Unifor took its campaign for workers’ rights directly to provincial government legislators during an intensive online lobby session this week in British Columbia.
“Speaking directly with key decision-makers is a key part of our strategy for change,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “MLAs heard from Unifor members in dozens of sectors speaking directly about their experience on the shop floor. We also presented research to help make the case for a suite of new worker-friendly policies.”
Unifor secured dozens of meetings with the entire government caucus, including Premier John Horgan. Unifor members urged the government to support paid sick leave, card-based union certification, and employment standards reforms to reduce precarious, low-paid work.
“When it comes to good-paying union jobs, the government shouldn’t see itself as a disinterested party,” said McGarrigle. “Progressive governments don’t simply tolerate unionization, they should be actively encouraging it.”