New Executive of the Labour Council

South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council Elects Officers for 2 year terms

Union delegates to the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council (SOBLC) elected their executive officers to two year terms at their AGM on January 6th. Brent Voss (CUPE 1136, Summerland Municipal Workers) was re-elected as President and looks forward to the coming term alongside 1st Vice President, Greg McGowan (CUPE 873, BC Paramedics), 2nd Vice President, Richard Frick (BCGEU – Component 20), Treasurer, Lynn Kelsey (Health Sciences Association) and Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Green (BC Federation of Retired Union Members – BCFORUM) who were also re-elected.  President Voss also welcomed the new executive members, Secretary Brigid Kemp (Life Member, BCFORUM) and members at large, John Colbourne (BCFORUM) , Craig Wittenberg of the USW Local 1-423, Dave Ligertwood UNIFOR, and Trevor Lum CUPW 796, (Postal Workers Union) . Gene Domer CUPW 796, (Postal Workers Union) joins Eleanor Smith of UFCW 1518 (Food and Commercial Workers Union) and Gerrie-Lynn Ward of CUPE 608 (City of Penticton) as Trustees.

As a chartered member of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council represents twenty-two union affiliates and over forty three hundred members in the area, which extends from Grand Forks to Princeton and Summerland to Osoyoos.

SOBLC’s work for 2015 will continue to support and promote important events in the Labour movement, including International Women’s Day on March 8th, International Day of Mourning for Workers killed or injured on the job on April 28th, International Workers Day, May 1st, Canada Day, July 1st, Labour Day, September 7th and Remembrance Day, November 11th.

The first big event for SOBLC will be their annual International Workers Day which will be held at Gyro Park in Penticton. The event also referred to as May Day coincides with he first day of the Penticton Farmers’ Market on May 2nd. Activities and entertainment for all ages will start at 10 am and will run until 2 pm from the Gyro Park Band shell.

As the federal election is scheduled for October 2015 the SOBLC will be encouraging working people to get involved in the elections and help elect progressive candidates in their ridings. Most of all we want to impress upon the voting public to exercise their right to vote.

As SOBLC is always community oriented and concerned on the impact of provincial and federal legislation on all people, including seniors, families, the working poor and the homeless, President Voss is looking forward to seeing the “fruits of our labour” in the months ahead.

For more information on the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council and our other labour connections and happenings, check out the website or contact us at

Raise the minimum wage in BC to $15


Minimum wage in BC has been frozen for more than two years. BC has one of the lowest minimum wages in Canada, and we have the highest cost of living.

British Columbia’s minimum wage is $10.25 an hour, and some workers earn even less due to exemptions in the Employments Standards Act.

Full-time minimum-wage workers are living below the poverty line as measured by Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO).

We believe the minimum wage should, as a matter of principle, bring people working 35 hours per week above the poverty line, so they can support themselves and their families.

That is why we are fighting to have the minimum wage increased to $15 an hour.

Local Vote 2014

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On November 15, voters across British Columbia will elect new municipal leaders. With foreign corporations pushing to transport heavy oil and thermal coal through our communities, strong local governments are more important than ever.

See what some of your Kamloops candidates have to say about BC’s high-stakes environmental issues: thank you to all the candidates who took the time to participate this province-wide initiative.