Many of the "caring professionals" who work in social services or health care are already facing significant issues when it comes to affordability in the region, including precarious working conditions, lower wages, low mileage rates for using their own vehicles, and long commutes due to the housing crisis.
Workers at Vancity join 700 other colleagues as members of BCGEU/NUPGE.
"If the government delivers on their commitments, we will have turned the corner on 16 years of neglect for the public services that British Columbians rely on." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
An astounding 99.5 per cent vote in favour of strike action.
British Columbia is emerging from 16 years of fiscal austerity under the former B.C. Liberal government, where the wishes of business have been consistently prioritized over the needs of people and the environment.
"This report provides more evidence that austerity policies do nothing to improve the lives of British Columbians." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
We look forward to engaging with the independent review panel to make suggestions on how to improve the province's response to these events going forward." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Over the last 12 months, the BCGEU/NUPGE has consulted with members across the province to hear about how the crisis is affecting them, in particular, the mental health impacts for frontline workers who act as first responders.
"The rising cost of housing is forcing many to leave their communities, while others are leaving the province altogether. We need to do something before our communities are hollowed out." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"A year and a half may seem a long time, but there are important issues that require urgent attention. British Columbians can't wait a year and a half for real solutions." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President