THE SUNSHINE COAST LABOUR COUNCIL
As a local satellite of the Canadian Labour Congress, the SCLC was formed on July 7, 1986. The objective was “Defending the Rights of Working People from Port Mellon on Howe Sound, to Earls Cove on Jervis Inlet”, which are located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The founding members included the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union, The B.C. Government Employees Union, Canadian Paperworkers Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers. Today, the SCLC’s membership includes the BCFMWU – Local 5; the BCGEU Locals 703 and 803; ; CUPE 801; HEU, HSA, IBEW 258; SCTA; UAC; UNIFOR Locals 1119 and 477, and the USWA. Over the years, representatives of these Unions have shared workplace problems, and concerns. We have been supportive of member Unions on strike, attended their rallies, and protests. We are concerned with workplace safety, women’s equality, harassment, and justice for all workers.
To achieve our goals, we have educated our members by sponsoring related courses, Shop Steward training, and sent our members to the CLC Harrison Winter School, in Harrison Hot Springs B.C. Workplace safety is high on our agenda, and we ensure that April 28th – National Day of Mourning is recognized by the community.
We hold an annual memorial at our plaque and stone, which is located in Dougall Park in the Town of Gibsons. The stone was long-needed, and the project was undertaken by our UAC (Unemployment Action Centre) member, Donna Thomas. Together, with the help of the Sunshine Coast Labour Council and with the cooperation of the Town of Gibsons, Donna’s thought of having a memorial plague dedicated to fallen workers became a reality for the Day of Mourning service, April 28th, 2008, and now marks the spot for the annual Workers Day of Mourning ceremony. We also ensure a member attends the Miner’s Memorial in Cumberland, on Vancouver Island, B.C. in June of each year. Our achievements also include community projects such as building a roof over the stage in Dougal Park, which has become a focal point for community events. In the past, we held the “Great Chilli Cook-Out” as part of the town of Gibsons annual Sea Cavalcade event. We also sponsor such annual events as the International Womens Day, the Workers Day of Mourning, the Labour Day Picnic, and co-sponsor the Breakfast with Santa with KIN Canada – Sunshine Coast. More recently, we sponsored such events as the Raw Log Exports forum in in 2006, and co-sponsored both the HST town hall meeting with COSCO – Sunshine Coast. We also co-sponsored the 20th Anniversary of the December 6th Montreal Massacre Commemoration in 2009.
About Labour Council Meetings.
Sunshine Coast Labour Council meetings typically occur on the second Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 pm. They will usually take place at CEP hall above KenMacs in Gibsons. Always check our home page prior to any meeting to verify time and location.