Living Wage Townhall—February 26, 2024

Earlier this year, Mayor Ken Sim and his ABC majority voted in a closed-door meeting to retract Vancouver’s commitment to paying a living wage.

Since then, the affordability crisis facing Vancouver residents has only intensified. The cost of essential goods continues to climb, placing a heavy burden on working families. It’s time for the city to get back on track with ensuring living wages for working people.

Join us for a Living Wage Townhall on February 26th. Hear from affected workers, a speaker from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Councillor Christine Boyle. Let’s speak up together and tell Vancouver City Council to do the right thing and recertify as a living wage employer for 2024.

DATE: Monday, February 26th
TIME: 7:30PM-9:00PM
PLACE: Maritime Labour Centre Auditorium, 1880 Triumph St. or via Zoom

This is a family-friendly event. All are welcome.




Junior Black Achievement Awards

Shared on behalf of JRBAA, NWDLC and VDLC

Join us to support the amazing students of the Junior Black Achievement Awards! Please share widely.



Tell Ken Sim: Bring Back the Living Wage!


Anyone who works for the City of Vancouver should be able to afford to live in Vancouver.

The Living Wage is what someone needs to earn to be able to afford basic essentials. In 2015, the City of Vancouver committed to paying all of its employees and contract workers a Living Wage. This meant that hundreds of workers, including cleaners, maintenance workers and security guards, were guaranteed a wage that would let them live in Vancouver.

It was more than a policy. It was a statement of values: the people who keep Vancouver moving deserve to be able to live here.

The cost of living keeps going up in Vancouver, but in 2023 City Council voted to end the Living Wage Policy.

OneCity Councillor Christine Boyle has been outspoken against Council’s decision to end its Living Wage policy. Soon, she will be bringing a motion to Council to re-certify the City of Vancouver as a Living Wage Employer.

Join us in standing up for workers. Send an email to Ken Sim and Council today, saying: bring back Vancouver’s Living Wage!

Send your message to Vancouver City Council: Reinstate the living wage!

You are also invited to join us for a Living Wage Townhall on February 26th, 7:30pm, at the Maritime Labour Centre or via Zoom.

For more information, and to register please click here.

CUPE 4500 Strike Solidarity

-Circulating on behalf of CUPE BC-

As you may have heard, CUPE Local 4500 workers at Coast Mountain Bus Company are escalating strike actions beginning at 3:00am on Monday, January 22nd and lasting for 48 hours. This will effectively shut down bus service in the Lower Mainland.

Support is needed to bolster these workers’ picket lines. Lines will be set up continually for 48 hours, but support is especially needed in the mornings between 7-11am. It is essential to effectively shut down services to limit the impact on the public and pressure Coast Mountain Bus Company to return to the table and respond to the union’s last offer.

Picket line locations are below. You can also view this interactive map to find the location closest to you. Priority locations are the Burnaby Transit Centre and the Vancouver Transit Centre. But please attend the location most convenient for you.

Picket locations:

Vancouver Transit Centre:
9149 Hudson St., Vancouver, BC V6P 4N5

Surrey Transit Centre:
7740 132 St., Surrey, BC V3W 4M8

Hamilton Transit Centre:
4111 Boundary Rd., Richmond, BC V6V 1T8

Port Coquitlam Transit Centre:
2061 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 1S9

Richmond Transit Centre:
11133 Coppersmith Way, Richmond, BC V7A 5E8

Burnaby Transit Centre:
3855 Kitchener St., Burnaby, BC V5C 3L8

Seabus North*
2 Chesterfield Pl., North Vancouver
*this line is being picketed from 3am-7pm. All other locations are 24 hours.

If you have any questions please contact Carissa Taylor at

Get Flushed Campaign

Shared on behalf of the BC Building Trades 

We’re halfway there – can you help get us over the finish line?

This is the coldest time of year. Yet most of BC’s 200,000 construction workers do not have access to temperature-controlled washrooms at work.

They have to endure dirty, smelly, and unlit porta-potties. These units are freezing cold in the winter — and oppressively hot in summer.

Construction workers deserve better.

We know you’re busy so we’ve made it easy for you by drafting a letter. All you have to do is add your name.

B.C.’s construction workers build our province every day. They deserve access to temperature-controlled washroom facilities with flush toilets — something the rest of us take for granted.

Will you show them your support and help us reach our goal of 2,000 letters to Premier Eby by the end of the month?

Sign now:

Thank you for your support! – Get Flushed Campaign 



Annual International Women’s Day Dinner

Shared on behalf of the Vancouver & District Labour Council

Save the date! International Women’s Day Dinner 2024 – Tickets Now On Sale

The VDLC Women and Gender Rights Committee is pleased to announce details of our Annual International Women’s Day dinner.

The dinner will be held Friday March 8, 2024 at Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser St. Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30pm. Buffet starts at 5:30pm. Welcome and panel starts at 7:00pm.

The theme for 2024’s event is Leading the Way: Women Shaping the Future of the Labour Movement.

Guests speakers include:

Sussanne Skidmore – President, BC FED
Karen Ranalletta – President, CUPE BC
Barb Nederpel – President, HEU
Louella Vincent – President, NWDLC
Wakenniosta Cooper – IBEW Local 213

Our MC for the event is Joey Hartman, Past President of the VDLC.

Early bird tickets are $90.00 per person until February 9, 2024. After this date, tickets are $100 per person. Tables of up to 10 people. If you wish to purchase a table and be invoiced, please phone Elizabeth at the VDLC office at 604-254-0703. Low-income tickets are available by contacting the office by email or phone 604-254-0703.

TICKETS can be purchased HERE

Please help us spread the word! Copies of both posters can be found here:

IWD 2024 – Dinner

IWD 2024 – Event Speakers

Give Her Wings Award

Shared on behalf of the Soroptimists of the Tri-Cities Club

The “Give Her Wings” award is a financial award offered by the Soroptimists of the Tri-Cities Club. It is a unique award offered to helping women, or those who identify as female who return to school to further their education and is valued at $1000.00.

Deadline to apply is Jan 15/2024. Criteria is to demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist award, are not a Soroptimist member, or immediate family of either.

Note that preference is given to women who reside in the Tri-Cities area.

(Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Moody, or Port Coquitlam.)
Thank you kindly – Nancy McCurrach (604-968-4563) & Nav Hothie, Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee, Soroptimists International of the Tri-Cities



National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Shared on behalf of PSAC and NWDLC

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

-Circulated on behalf of BCFED-


VDLC Anti-racism Committee’s Workshop