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In the past week, we’ve had an opportunity to see the priorities of the new federal Liberal government in their first budget, tabled on March 22.

I’ve often wondered why we seem to obsess over the little things, while taking for granted some of the most fundamental aspects of our lives.

The BCGEU is one of the most diverse unions in the province. That diversity can sometimes be confusing, as members try to access information about their individual worksites and occupational groups.

Noted American psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, “if you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”

March 8 is International Women's Day. With 67 per cent of our members being women, I proudly celebrate our accomplishments—both within our union, and more broadly.

First responders really are on the front lines of public service. The first on the scene when disaster strikes. They see people in their worst, most vulnerable state and they protect the public from people who pose a danger to society.

Today is a day that many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement.

I want to share a truly good news story.  Our organizing department has finalized the numbers for 2015. In a word they are “great”.

Your union has been raising concerns about budget cuts and underfunding in our justice system for many years. In 2012 we commissioned a BC Civil Liberties Association report into the criminal justice system.

Wow! It’s hard to believe that we’re coming to the end of 2015.

It’s been a busy year for all of us, and before 2015 ends, I want to take the opportunity to share a few of our accomplishments from the past year and talk a bit about the year to come.

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