Over one billion dollars in Federal Government funds have been directed towards COVID-19 research. Doctors Without Borders has launched a petition calling for government to ensure that any breakthroughs are made available to all.
In November 2019 the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU), after a hard-fought campaign, won an agreement from Simon Fraser University to recognize Research Assistants as employees of the university and members of TSSU.
In February of this year our 1st Vice President Terry Engler announced that he was approaching retirement and would not be seeking a further term of office with the labour council. We thank Brother Engler for his years of committed leadership and activism.
In any bailout package to employers or industries, workers and their jobs must come first. The VDLC has written to the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Finance calling for exactly that in the case of the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) and Airport Authorities.