About the Fraser Valley Labour Council
The Fraser Valley Labour Council is a chartered body of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). With more than 3 million unionized workers in Canada, we are everywhere, including your community.
Members of unions that form the Fraser Valley Labour Council work at almost every type of job. You can find them working in offices, supermarkets, factories, forests, the media, construction sites, hospitals, hotels, stadiums, schools, transportation systems, and even the corner coffee shop.
The Fraser Valley Labour Council was chartered in February of 2007 and there are almost 12,000 union members affiliated. We represent union members who live in the Fraser Valley and Canyon, from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope and Mission to Agassiz, Harrison, Lytton and Boston Bar areas.
What do we do?
Connecting with Communities as Working Citizens
While our victories come in many forms, our goals are always the same — to get results for working people and demonstrate what can be accomplished when we work together in solidarity. If you are not organized but want to join a union, the Fraser Valley Labour Council can put you in touch with a union organizer in your area.
For the labour movement, working people are more than just union members. They are working citizens who understand that the political decisions made at the legislature in Victoria, City Hall, or by the local Town Council, have a direct connection to the bargaining table and the workplace.
They know that beyond what their unions can negotiate in their collective agreements, political decisions can either improve or have a negative effect on their quality of life and the standard of living enjoyed by their families and their communities.
Without the important work of grassroots, local leaders, and activists, social progress would be impossible.
The Fraser Valley Labour Council works together with community-based organizations that share these values, goals and concerns of working people and their families.
The Fraser Valley Labour Council is focused on improving our communities through:
• Educating union activists through providing and supporting labour education courses
• Lobbying on workers’ issues & rights
• Campaigning to highlight working families’ issues
• Organizing more union members
• Building stronger communities
We're Part of the Union Advantage
For more than half a century the Canadian Labour Congress and its affiliated unions have been the unified voice for working families. The Fraser Valley Labour Council now a part of that voice.
It’s a fact that unionized workers have better job security, translating to increased security for their families. Unions negotiate for better wages and working conditions, better pensions and benefits, safer workplaces and protection from unfairness in the workplace. When working people do well, their workplaces thrive, our communities are stronger, and we have a better country.
The Union Advantage means having someone in your corner to help bring fairness and balance into your workplace.
• Provide labour education
• Lobby governments on workers' issues and rights
• Work on campaigns to support working families' issues
• Help to encourage more union members
• Help to build stronger communities
Fraser Valley Labour Council Officers, Executive Board Members & Trustees
Current: February, 2015
President: Brian Harder, USW
Secretary: Daniella Pohl, BCGEU
Treasurer: Kathy Gowdridge, UFV-FSA
Executive Board Members
Current: March, 2015
CUPE: Mike Annesley
UFCW: Bruce Temple
USW: Randy Dillion
BCTF: Alfred Hubner
UFV-FSA: Vicki Bolan
COPE: Heather Lee
UNIFOR: Lynda Morrice
PSAC: Anthony Paller
IBEW: Doug McKay
CUPW: Donna Burns
CEU: Toni Murray
BCGEU: position vacant
Linda Sonmor, BCGEU (serving until 2016)
Paul Albrecht, CUPE (serving until 2017)
Pete Butcher (serving until 2018)