Raising Our Voices - Building Our Power
Vancouver (15 November 2011) – Last month over 80 human rights activists, who are members of the BC Government and General Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE), gathered for a two-day conference organized around the theme Raising Our Voices – Building Our Power. Almost all delegates identified with an equity group.
One of the primary purposes of the conference was to elect representatives to serve on the union’s Equity and Human Rights Committee, as mandated by a resolution passed at the June 2011 BCGEU Triennial Convention.
The resolution stated the equity and human rights committee will consist of two members from each designated equity group (aboriginal; workers of colour; gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; and workers with disabilities), who shall be elected at an equity and human rights conference.
Members elected to the committee are:
Other highlights of the conference included keynote speakers:
The conference was wrapped up with members participating in a World Café/Open Space to outline the new committee’s mandate for the future.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE