Labour Activism Panel Discussion @ Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver [18 January]

Labour Activism Panel Discussion

19:00 - 21:00

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Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9
Join us as we delve into discussion with our guest panelists surrounding significant job action events across Vancouver’s labour history including: the 2001 Transit Strike, the 2004 HEU Strike, the 2007 Municipal Workers’ Strike (aka Sam’s Strike), and the 2014 BCTF Teacher’s Strike.

Panel discussion will be moderated by Irene Lanzinger, President of BC Federation of Labour, who will engage with panelists around stories, tactics, and historic narratives aimed at the negative framing of specific workers’ resistance movements in Vancouver. Panelists include: Donisa Bernardo (HEU), Glen Hansman (BCTF), Joe Elworthy (UNIFOR Local 2200), and Aliza Navarie (CUPE 391).

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Admission: Early bird (until January 17): $10; *After January 17: $15; CUPE Members: $5. Free to MOV Members and individuals who self identify as First Nations.

Registration: Online ticket sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets will be on sale at the front desk at the time of the event.

The price of your ticket can be immediately applied towards your new MOV membership. At $49 an individual adult membership provides FREE access to many MOV public programs all year round!

Irene Lanzinger was elected President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) in November 2014. The BCFED represents more than 500,000 working people from affiliated unions across the province, in every sector of the economy. Irene is the first woman to be elected as President of the BCFED.

Irene began her career as a secondary science and math teacher in Abbotsford, at which time she became a member of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). In 2000, Irene became chief negotiator for the BCTF, bargaining on behalf of 41,000 members province-wide. She was elected Vice-President of the BCTF in 2002 and then President in 2007. She ws elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the BCFED in 2010.

While Irene plays a strong role within the BC and Canadian labour movement, she has also broadened her union work to the international scene. She joined solidarity delegations in Namibia and across Latin America, including Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

Donisa Bernardo is a pharmacy assistant from Kamloops and currently serving her sixth term as financial secretary of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU). A member since 1984, Donisa was elected to the union’s provincial executive in 1998 as a regional vice-president. She’s a BC Federation of Labour officer, has served on its Executive Council since 2006, and co-chairs its women’s committee. A trustee on the Municipal Pension Plan board since 2013, she was an alternate trustee for the previous 12 years and served her local in many positions for nearly 20 years.

Glen Hansman is the president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, representing 43,000 workers in K-12 public schools across the entire province. He is on leave from his special education teaching position in Vancouver, and is an officer of the BC Federation of Labour and a member of the Canada Council of the Canadian Labour Congress. He has a particular interest in equity and diversity issues in public schools and within unions.

Joe Elworthy is an electronic technician who has worked for Coast Mountain Bus Company since 1976. He has served as president of UNIFOR Local 2200 since 2000, leading his union through several rounds of contract negotiations. He has served as Trust Chair of the Transit Employees’ Health and Benefit Trust since 1993 and is the financial secretary for Unifor’s National Skilled Trades Council. He has been a presenter and panelist at the Conference Board of Canada and PBLI Conferences.

Aliza Nevarie is president of CUPE 391, representing library workers at Vancouver Public Library. Aliza has been involved with unions for over twenty years and got her start as part of a movie theatre union local in Montreal. During “Sam’s Strike”, she was a member of the CUPE 391 Bargaining Committee and the Communications Committee, developing the local’s blog. She is currently a member of CUPE BC’s Library Committee and a passionate advocate for public libraries.
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