Feedback Wanted on Two Surveys: Skilled Trades Certification and Paid Sick Leave

Re-circulated on behalf of the New Westminster & District Labour Council

Here are two important opportunities for feedback and input. Please take a moment to complete the surveys and share widely with your contacts:

Survey on Skilled Trades Certification

Background: In 2003 the BC Liberals removed the compulsory trades system in BC, and we are currently the only province without a certification system. Your input in support of restoring compulsory trade certification is important to ensure workers voices are heard. The made-in-B.C. certification system will support higher paying, more stable work for trades workers and help the province build the foundation of a strong economy. Survey is open until August 31st at 4pm.

Survey on Paid Sick Leave

Background from Hon. Raj Chouhan, MLA:

Our government introduced three days of paid sick leave during the pandemic, to bridge the gap for people accessing the federal sickness benefit. At the same time, we committed to putting in place a permanent paid sick leave program, so that everyone can access paid sick days and stay home when they need to. This permanent program will come into effect in January 2022, but we want you to tell us what it should look like.
We want to make sure this program reflects the needs and experiences of people in B.C., so we’re inviting both workers and employers to participate in a short survey to help us shape the program. The survey is open until September 14. Whether you currently have paid sick days at your workplace or not, we want to hear from you. The survey should only take a few minutes and doesn’t ask for any personal information. All the responses will be kept confidential.

*Note: The BC Federation of Labour is calling for a permanent, universal, accessible, and employer-paid sick leave program in BC.