Grant's Law Sit-In on April 8th

The BC Federation of Labour Young Workers’ Committee will be holding Annual Grant’s Law Sit-Ins in Victoria and Vancouver. The event is held to call for improved health and safety protections for late night workers. Following the tragic death of Grant De Patie in 2005 in a gas and dash in Maple Ridge, Grant’s family and the BC Federation of Labour called for strengthened protections for those who work alone and at night. New laws were put in place but due to lobbying by big money corporations, parts of the law were rarely enforced and eventually removed by the Clark government. Each year workers return to Mac's, one of the companies that lobbied for the weakened law, to call on the BC Govern

2017 Young Workers Conference

Details for ILWU Canada's 2017 Young Workers Conference have been announced. Occurring every other other year, the ILWU Canada Young Workers Conference is a learning and development opportunity aimed at the younger members of our union. The Conference is held over three days and will include such topics as Social Media, Political Action and History, and feature local and international guest speakers. Members aged 35 and under are welcome to apply; preference will be given to first-time applicants. Sean Baxter, Andy Sekhon and Sarah Pilgrim attended the previous conference in 2015, the theme of which was "SOLIDARITY: What Does it Mean?" Speak to one of them for more info if you're interested

Union 101 Lunch & Learn

Are you new to the VFPA and interested to learn more about Local 517 and what it means to be in a bargaining unit? Bring your lunch and join Mandy Chan and Sarah Pilgrim at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23rd for a Union 101 Lunch & Learn in the Boardroom.

Next Membership Meeting: April 5

Local 517 members are encouraged to attend our membership meetings, held at 5:15 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Maritime Labour Centre (see map below for directions). If you haven't already done so, please respond to the calendar invitation by Shane Pittman for our next meeting on April 5th, 2017. Per our By-Laws, the business of the Local shall be managed by the Executive subject to the approval of the active membership, governed by Robert's Rules of Order. Meeting Agenda: Call to Order Membership Trustee Report Report from ILWU Canada Reading & Approval of previous meeting's minutes Review & Approval of Correspondence Log Financial Report Committee Reports Sunshine Safety

Happy International Women's Day

For International Women's Day 2017, people around the world are being asked to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses (and call on yourself!) to help forge a better working world: a more inclusive and gender equal world. International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. www.internationalwomensday.com #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange

2017 Accommodation Law Conference

Learn what it takes to make informed accommodation decisions based on the latest developments in the law. Attend this state-of-the-law conference - for union representatives, employer representatives and lawyers - and stay on top of the latest legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on unionized workplaces in Canada. Date: Wednesday, April 26th to Thursday, April 27th 2017 Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver The local will cover the cost of registration and pay you for your time. Email Membership Trustee Sarah Pilgrim if you're interested.

Local 517 Spring Social - April 6, 2017

It's time for a Spring Social, and you're invited! Join us at your leisure at the TC Lions Pub to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening and prizes will be drawn around 5:15 p.m. Date, time and place: Thursday, April 6th 2017 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Lions Pub at the Terminal City Club (888 W Cordova Street) The pub is a quick walk from the main office, see walking directions here.

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ILWU Local 517 (C.L.C.)

PO Box 28164

RPO West Pender

Vancouver, BC CANADA

V6C 3T7