At Unifor’s founding BC regional Council, a speaker stood up at the mic and shared an idea. As a member of the Vancouver-based Local 3000, representing workers at various White Spot locations and elsewhere in the service industry, the speaker shared thoughts about how to reach out to non-union restaurant workers and to engage them with the union, its services, and its knowledge. Restaurant workers exemplify what precarious work is all about: many of them are young, but not exclusively; they work irregular shifts, have dodgy contracts at best, and certainly don’t have any backup if they have problems getting paid or issues with their boss.
Sure sounds familiar.
In November, the union recognized its first two community chapters: theThese seem similar to but not exactly the same as Workers Centers by another name. Whatever they are, we should learn more about. Hooray for resourceful Canadians... first Plan for Change and now this. Here's a downloadable PDF to read about community chapters and how to create one, : community_chapters_information_flyer.pdf
Canadian Freelance union for freelancers in the media sector, and
Unifaith, representing workers at the united Church. These two chapters
are national in scope.
More information about Unifor community chapters and resources on how to start your own can be found at Unifor's Community Chapters page. Roxanne Dubois is a staff member of Unifor and also former chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
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