February Regular Meeting

February 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, BC V5L1K3



VDLC Regular Monthly Meeting

February 18, 2020 

  • Call the meeting to order
 The VDLC acknowledges that this meeting is being held on the unceded traditional territory of the Musquem, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and other First Nations
  • Adopt the minutes of the November 19, 2019 Regular Meeting
  • Adopt that the notes of the December 10, 2019 Regular without Quorum Meeting be received for the information of delegates
  •  Credential Committee's Report – New delegates this month
  • Guest Speaker – No Guest Speaker this evening
  •  Educational - No Educational this evening
  •  President’s Report
  •  Nominations for Executive Board
  •  Constitution and By-Law’s Review
  •  Correspondence -  Listed in meeting package and on PowerPoint
    • Motion to adopt the report as circulated              
  • Executive Recommendations – (9 motions)
  •  Report of Unions
    • Move to adopt the report of unions
  •  Report of Committee
    • Move to adopt the reports of committees
  •  Other Reports (ie CLC)
    • Move to receive the other reports.
  • Unfinished Business
  • New Business
  • Notice of Motion
  • Good and Welfare (Announcements of events, births, illness, deaths, etc)
    • United Way Period Promise Campaign: Accepting donations of menstrual products or cash donations for the campaign.
  •  Adjourn
  •  Next meeting March 18, 2020 – 7:00 PM, Hall 6 & 7, Maritime Labour Centre                                                                   


Executive Recommendations: 

January items carried forward to February 18, 2020 regular meeting.  

a)     MS       that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  Affiliation of PSAC Local 20088 (Union of Canadian Transportation Employees)

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL approve the request for affiliation of eighteen members of PSAC Local 20088 UCTE.


b)     MS      that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject: Affiliation of IATSE Local 118

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL approve the request for affiliation of four hundred and twelve members of IATSE 118.


c)     MS     that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject: Safer Supply Saves Lives

BECAUSE despite the immense efforts from community organizations, drug user groups and government since the overdose crisis 

was declared a Public Health Emergency on April 14, 2016, every day 4 British Columbians die as a result of the poisoned illicit drug supply; and


BECAUSE every community in BC is impacted by the crisis, with a disproportionate impact on First Nations people, people living in

poverty and those struggling with chronic pain and mental health issues; and


BECAUSE establishing a public health, regulatory approach to psychoactive substances is recommended by the

Health Officers’ Council of BC, the BC Centre on Substance Use, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, and

Vancouver Coastal Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer;


BECAUSE in April 2019, the BC Government rejected calls by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry for

policy changes that would prevent people who use illicit drugs from facing jail time or a criminal record for simple possession,

despite support from the Victoria and Vancouver police departments and legal mechanisms under the provincial Police Act to set policing priorities,


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL endorse the City of Vancouver’s Safe Supply Statement and support its efforts to

advocate for a safer supply of drugs in order to protect and prevent further loss of our family members, friends, neighbours and loved ones; and


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL FURTHER urge the BC Government to work with the Solicitor General

to immediately decriminalize personal possession of drugs to reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and support engagement

in harm reduction and treatment, and press the Federal Government for the same; and


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL FINALLY write to the BC Federation of Labour, and the Canadian Labour Congress,

enclosing a copy of this recommendation and asking them to press for action from the provincial and federal governments respectively.


d)     MS     that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  Canadian Labour Congress Convention

BECAUSE the Canadian Labour Congress has issued the Convention Call for its 2020 convention; and


BECAUSE as a Labour Council chartered by the Congress, the Vancouver and District Labour Council is entitled to send two (2) delegates to this convention,


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL appoint President Stephen von Sychowski and one (1) other member of the Executive Board

to attend the convention as delegates.


e)     MS    that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  No War with Iran

BECAUSE the United States military, on the order of President Donald Trump, launched a drone attack on January 3rd which killed several, including General Quassem Suleimani, Iran’s top military figure; and


BECAUSE this strike, which was in violation of international law, was a reckless provocation which appears to be leading toward further conflict including military conflict between the United States and Iran; and

BECAUSE this conflict has the dangerous potential of expanding into a regional or even global war causing untold loss of life, and massive environmental and climate impacts; and


BECAUSE the VDLC has a long history of standing in solidarity with the people of Iran, and with those fighting for human rights and workers’ rights, however we recognize that war with Iran will only bring death and destruction to the Iranian people and is not a path to liberation from its current repressive regime; and


BECAUSE it is working people who pay the price for war, whether as soldiers or civilian casualties, while a small number of wealthy individuals and corporations reap the war profits and the spoils; and


BECAUSE the Canadian government issued a statement in response to the attack which was wholly unsatisfactory and neither clarified its position with regards to war with Iran, nor satisfactorily condemned the aggressive war mongering actions and rhetoric emanating from the United States government and particularly from President Trump; and


BECAUSE over sixty persons of Iranian descent have already been detained at U.S. border crossings without cause and other instances of racism aimed at persons of middle eastern descent and other racialized people are again on the rise,


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL condemn the January 3rd attack, as well as the ongoing war mongering actions and rhetoric that threatens to lead to military conflict; and


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL FURTHER oppose war with Iran and call upon the Canadian government do to same and to remain neutral in any conflict that should break out and withdraw Canadian forces from the region; and


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL FINALLY reiterate its opposition to Islamophobia and racism and xenophobia of all kinds, oppose the profiling and racist treatment of people of Iranian descent and other racialized people and communities, and stand for solidarity of the workers and people of all nations against war.


f)     MS     that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  Spending Authorizations

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL authorize the following expenditures:

  • Renewal of membership to the BC Health Coalition at a cost of $75.


g)     MS that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  Fix Vancouver’s Renter Protections

BECAUSE the City of Burnaby has recently adopted renter protections which have been hailed as the strongest in the region, and possibly in the country; and


BECAUSE the City of Vancouver is the epicenter of the current housing affordability crisis, and thousands of Vancouver renters face renoviction or demoviction as the city continues to rapidly densify,


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL call upon the City of Vancouver to implement stronger renter protections in line with those adopted by the City of Burnaby, which include:


  • Improved right of first refusal wherein tenants would be given first right of refusal to new or renovated suites at the same rent, as opposed to at 20% of market rent as is presently in place; and


  • Improved tenant compensation wherein tenants are provided a rent “top up” until a new unit is created in the same neighbourhood, as opposed to a one-time pay out based upon tenure (between 4-24 months’ rent).


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL FURTHER support the campaign of the Vancouver Tenants Union on this issue.


h)     MS    that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  Support fixing public car insurance in British Columbia

BECAUSE public car insurance ensures everyone has fair and equal access to insurance; and


BECAUSE public car insurance does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, or marital status; and


BECAUSE the BC Liberals used ICBC as an ATM and left our Crown Corporation nearly insolvent while intentionally misrepresenting the finances of the

Crown Corporation to the public; and


BECAUSE public car insurance is not profit-driven unlike private car insurance; and


BECAUSE private car insurance would result in drastically higher insurance premiums on average for drivers under the age of 45; and


BECAUSE ICBC invests in our communities through road safety initiatives, driver licensing, delivery of insurance and claims services; and


BECAUSE ICBC provides stable, reliable unionized jobs across the province for people whose focus is on taking care of British Columbians,


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL send an email to delegates encouraging them to visit DrivingPublic.ca and to sign the Letter to the MLA; and


THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL send a letter to all local mayors and local MLAs within its area, as well as to the BC Attorney General

and the ICBC critic outlining its support for fixing our public car insurance system and speaking out against allowing private insurance companies to enter the basic car insurance market.


i) MS    that the following recommendation be adopted:

Subject:  A Negotiated Settlement to the Situation on Wet’suwet’en Territory

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL adopt the following statement with regards  to the ongoing conflict on Wet’suwet’en territory:

The Vancouver and District Labour Council is alarmed by the ongoing conflict taking place on the   Wet’suwet’en territory. While the recent discussions between the Provincial Government and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs was a hopeful development, it unfortunately did not lead to a resolve of the dispute.

Since that time, the RCMP have renewed their actions on Wet’suwet’en territory to enforce Coastal GasLink’s court injunction, including several arrests of peaceful demonstrators. We respect the   diversity of opinions that exist amongst our affiliates with regards to the project in question. We also   commit ourselves to the process of reconciliation, and to respect for the rights of Indigenous nations   as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

We are therefore calling for the Provincial Government and Coastal GasLink to urgently return to the   table with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, and for all parties to renew efforts to find a mutual, peaceful solution which respects and upholds UNDRIP. We also call for the RCMP to withdraw from Wet’suwet’en territory and allow for this to take place.

We have often rejected the narrative that workers must choose between jobs and the environment.  Similarly, we must reject the narrative that there is a choice to be made between jobs and Indigenous rights. We must demand both.



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