Unifor canvassing teams off to an early start

British Columbia’s upcoming provincial election could put an end to the 16-year reign of a conservative rule. Unifor activists from across BC are rolling up their sleeves to be a key part of turning the tide back towards a progressive government.

On January 27 and 28, more than 30 Unifor members from Kitimat, Prince George, Vancouver, Island, and Metro Vancouver gathered at the union’s Western Region Office to develop a plan and build outreach skills.

More recently, the BC Political Action Committee has scheduled six canvassing dates in six ridings to take the campaign to members’ doorsteps.

“We have a responsibility to mobilize fellow union members,” said Krista Lee Munro, a Unifor member at Local 111 who has been booked off to coordinate Unifor’s efforts in target ridings in the Metro Vancouver area. “From union organizing rights to good resource jobs, working people have lost so much under the BC Liberals.”

Unifor has identified five key issues for the member-to-member campaign, issues that are critical to reducing inequality and building a more sustainable province. Policies for better childcare, transit, forestry, minimum wage, and housing will form the basis of the campaign and expose the government’s record.

“The Christy Clark government has made a mess of everything from public education to public transit,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor BC Area Director. “Unifor will pull out all of the stops to help elect a government that sides with working people, not wealthy donors.”