The next meeting of the Vancouver & District Labour Council is at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 20th at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver). Speak to Local 517's VDLC delegate, Sarah Pilgrim if you're interested in attending (any member can attend as an observer if you want to check this monthly meeting out). As usual, the monthly meeting is preceded by a Pizza Educational at 6:00 PM. Pizza and refreshments are by donation. This month's speaker on the topi
June 18, 2017 marks the 82nd anniversary of the Battle of Ballantyne, a demonstration that turned violent when 1,000 striking longshore workers and their supporters tried to march to Ballantyne Pier to protest the unloading of ships by strikebreakers. The protesters encountered both the Vancouver Police and the RCMP who tear-gassed the crowd. On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Ballantyne in 2010, a permanent memorial was dedicated at New Brighton Park. Since then, pas
The Communications Committee has booked a private walking tour for Local 517 members at 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 15th! Presented by the BC Labour Heritage Centre, Vancouver Working Class & Labour History Walking Tours allow you to visit sites of significance to workers’ heritage and working class struggle that commemorate the importance of labour unions, individuals, collective actions and much more in Vancouver, BC. Sign-up is limited to 16 participants. Based on interest,
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 June 7th, 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.