Union members and worker activists will be gathering at Okanagan Regional Library this weekend to discuss the future of labour in the valley.
UBC Okanagan’s history and sociology department will be hosting the free community event, which is called Envisioning Labour’s Future in the Okanagan. Some of the guest speakers include Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 president Scott Lovell, North Okanagan Labour Council president Ian Gordon and BCGEU Component 17 vice-president for casino workers Gayle Furgala.
There have been several instances of union job action in recent years, as the declining post-war economy and the emergence of a post-industrial economy based on service, information technology, and the health and wellness sectors have provided challenges. The latter industries have proven difficult to organize, so part of Saturday’s event will discuss labour and its relevance to the community in the absence of strike or protest.
The open-dialogue event invites unionists, worker activists and the public to come together to discuss the recent resurgence of labour in the Okanagan and how workers are organizing to challenge injustices at work.
Saturday’s event begins at 10:30 a.m.
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