October, 2012 - A clear direction with a strategic plan and intentions to change the negative public opinion about unions are the goals of Local 258 President Michelle Laurie as she campaigns for election as the president of the BC Federation of Labour.
Joining her on the ticket seeking the position of secretary-treasurer of the Fed is Trevor Davies, a young labour leader and activist who is currently serving as president of CUPE Local 374 and as a General Vice-President of CUPE BC.
Their “Renew the Fed” campaign is gaining momentum and many supporters as Michelle and Trevor speak to labour activists across the province and listen to the concerns of grass roots unionists who are thirsty for change.
“This was not a decision I reached easily or quickly,” writes Sister Laurie in her final editorial to Local 258 IBEW members in the Fall 2012 issue of the union’s magazine, the Hotline. “In 2010, while serving as a Vice President of the BC Fed, I became concerned about the lack of clear strategy, direction and focus at the leadership level. Compounding these difficulties were poor management practices at the BC Fed offices that were creating a difficult workplace and interfering with productivity. Unable to make significant progress or change ineffective practices, I chose to step aside, re-evaluate the circumstances and work towards a solution."
Citing the central labour body needs renewal and change to become more than a voice of protest, Michelle and Trevor believe that now is the time to make the BC Federation of Labour a relevant force in effecting real change that not only engages, but directly benefits union members in BC. By working together with the affiliates using strategic planning methods with measurable outcomes and goals tied to a transparent financial budget, they believe this positive change can succeed in moving organized labour forward in British Columbia.
The election of officers takes place on November 29th at the BC Federation of Labour Convention in Vancouver.
To follow Michelle & Trevor’s campaign, visit the Renew the Fed website at www.renewthefed.ca or the Facebook page at facebook.com/RenewTheFed or follow on Twitter @renewthefed.