BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2012) - As Labour Day approaches, union members in British Columbia will have the opportunity to choose new leadership for the BC Federation of Labour that is committed to making the labour movement more relevant and central to the lives of working people.
Speaking today to a gathering of labour activists in Burnaby, Michelle Laurie and Trevor Davies officially launched their campaign for President and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour.
"I care deeply about working people in our province, and have spent my working life fighting for the values of the labour movement," said Laurie, President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 258. "For 11 years, we've had a provincial government wage war against unions and as the sun begins to set on the BC Liberals, it's time to bring together all of our affiliates to make smart and strategic decisions that focus our collective energy as a labour movement into campaigns that make a real and positive difference in the lives of union members."
Laurie was first elected President of the IBEW Local 258 in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. She has also served as Vice-President of the BC Federation of Labour, and as chair of the Federation's occupational health and safety committee.
"The message I'm hearing from union members is that it's time to renew and rebuild the labour movement. As a rank-and-file member, I live my commitment to the principles of unionism each and every day. I also know that we need to be willing to change the way we operate to meet the changing needs of today's workers," said Davies.
Davies is a General Vice President of CUPE BC and the President of CUPE Local 374. He represents more than 600 workers in six municipalities in the Greater Victoria region. He has served on a number of CUPE BC committees, as well as the Young Workers Committee of the federation.
Michelle and Trevor's campaign has already garnered significant support.
"Michelle and Trevor can help us renew the movement and show working people how important unions have been - and can be - to our society," said Bronwyn Barter, President of the Ambulance Parademics of BC.
Manjit Sidhu, President of the United Steelworkers Local 2009 says that his union is supporting Michelle and Trevor because they are committed to ensuring the federation is focused on the needs of union members.
"As a long-time labour activist, I am impressed by Michelle and Trevor's commitment to the principles of our movement, and their plan to work with all affiliates to focus on achieving real results for union members, and following through on that work," said Sidhu.
The Laurie and Davies campaign has launched a website at www.RenewTheFed.ca.