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BC Federation of Labour Convention
Updated On: Dec 31, 2022

Posted December 6, 2022

Local 258 attended the BC Federation of Labour Convention between November 21st and 25th. Incumbent President Laird Cronk did not seek re-election. Laird Cronk is an IBEW member and was formally our International Representative. Laird’s father Doug Cronk served as Local 258’s Business Manager from approximately 1970 to 1980. Please join me in thanking Laird for his contribution and wishing Laird the best in his future endeavours. Laird’s former Secretary-Treasurer Suzanne Skidmore was acclaimed as the new President of the BC Federation of Labour.

The BC Federation of Labour represents over 500,000 members from affiliated Unions across the province, working in every aspect of the BC economy, through more than 50 affiliated Unions with over 800 locals. It has a long and proud history of fighting for the rights of all working people for safer workplaces and fair wages. The goals of the BCFED are best exemplified by its slogan: “What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all.” The Federation is a member of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and works with the CLC to further the interests of working people across the country. 

The 2022 convention had a variety of guest speakers including new Premier David Eby, former Premier John Horgan, and Member of Parliament/ Leader of the NDP Jagmeet Singh. Local 258 prepared a resolution for our members employed in traffic control. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to get to this resolution as it was submitted after the deadline. The next convention will be held two years from now and Local 258 can prepare resolutions that if carried by the delegates will benefit our membership.  

During the 2022 convention, the Professional Employees Association (PEA) submitted an important resolution that will impact BC Hydro employees. The resolution reads:

BECAUSE successful collective bargaining is critical for the well-being of BCFED affiliates’ members and workers across BC; and

BECAUSE public sector bargaining in BC is challenging as a result of Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) structures and government mandates; and

BECAUSE BC’s public sector has been underfunded for many years; and

BECAUSE the BCFED and its public sector affiliates have successfully collaborated and coordinated efforts to bargain effectively;

THE FEDERATION WILL continue to facilitate the development of solidarity and collaboration among public sector unions in the present and future rounds of public sector bargaining; and

THE FEDERATION WILL continue to lobby provincial governments to allow for free collective bargaining that leads to a robust, healthy and effective public sector through investments in workers and workplaces.

The delegates of IBEW Local 258, Local 213, Local 230, Local 993, and Local 1003 supported this resolution and voted in favour. I am happy to announce that this resolution was carried by the delegates, and the BC Federation of Labour will adopt this as part of its agenda going forward. This is an important step towards the fight for free collective bargaining in BC.

 In Solidarity,

Cody Gatzke

Business Manager and Financial Secretary

Local 258 IBEW



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