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As leaders in the trade union movement, we are constantly reflecting on how we can make the world a better place for workers. In Canada, we do this partly by ensuring we have a robust collective bargaining process, and bringing as many workers into our union as we can.

Next week is the sixth annual B.C. Child and Youth in Care Week. Children and youth in government care includes young people living in foster homes, group homes, housing for youth with mental health and addiction issues, and custody centres.

A big part of what we do as union members is to advocate for the importance of our work and for the citizens who benefit from the services that we provide.

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and we have much to celebrate! We've come a long way, and today there are conversations happening around the world that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Next week your union’s Provincial Executive (PE) will be meeting in Prince George. The PE is your union’s governing body between conventions.

As many of you know, I spent nearly 30 years as an early childhood educator. That’s why I feel so strongly this province is missing out on a marvelous opportunity to benefit working British Columbians, their children and employers.

Our future strength depends on the actions we take now. Actions that include developing leadership potential and union awareness among young workers.

Administrative service workers are just about everywhere. They may be in the background or right at the front desk. They may be in the private or the public sector. Most don’t wear a uniform and they may not always be easy to identify.

Imagine working full-time in B.C. and still earning roughly $6,000 below the poverty line each year. That’s the reality for many hard-working people here. As of April 1, 2016, B.C. has the lowest minimum wage in Canada at $10.45 per hour.

It seems like every other week the BC government makes another announcement about liquor policy. Some of these changes have been positive – like extending business hours to include Sundays and holidays and installing coolers in public liquor stores.