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Once again, we are reminding British Columbians to Shop Public for beer, wine and spirits this holiday season.

December 6th – the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

Some weeks just fly by and last week was one of them. It was an incredibly full, busy and productive week in Victoria with BCGEU members and our Provincial Executive.

Local government elections are being held around B.C. this weekend. They don’t get the same sort of media coverage as provincial or federal elections. This doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Unions provide many services to their members, and one of the most important is occupational health and safety. Every worker has the right to a healthy and safe work place. Every worker has the right to return home at the end of their workday

Until the end of November, BCGEU members are nominating stewards and holding steward elections in workplaces across the province. I’m encouraging all current stewards to run for re-election and, where there are vacancies, to recruit new people to fill these important roles.

Fem-torship, women supporting other women, is something I like to talk about. Not just because it has made such an immense difference in my life and activism, but because I truly believe that women helping other women is key to the development and growth of strong female leaders.

The BCGEU is a big union. We have 67,000 members (or thereabouts) in dozens of locals, in 11 Components, in four BCGEU Regions and 12 BCGEU Areas.

As we welcome the wetter season of autumn, I want to recognize and thank the courageous professionals in the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch who fought wildfires during our hot and very dry summer.

Collective bargaining works, but it takes two to tango.

Both parties have to be willing and able to make a deal.  That’s a key lesson from the teachers' tentative deal.

Sometimes, the parties need to be pushed; pressure needs to be applied.