People will soon have easier and more affordable access to menstrual products with the launch of the United Way Period Promise Research Project. With the support of a $95,000 government grant, the project will distribute menstrual products to 15 non-profit agencies across B.C., who will make them easily accessible to their clients. Research that breaks
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To help vulnerable people live with the dignity we all deserve, small acts of local love can make a big difference. That’s what inspired 17-year-old Krystle Sievert to help tackle period poverty. Krystle is a student at Clayton Heights Secondary. Clayton Heights is a burgeoning neighbourhood in Surrey, where United Way is working with residents to foster
Periods are a fact of life. Monthly menstruation products are a necessity. Sadly, across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, too many people can’t afford them. These include young girls and single mothers; newcomers and refugees, who face added levels of stigma; and trans and gender non-conforming folks, for whom this can be a compounding
Take a moment and ask yourself: what difference have labour unions made in your life? Safer working conditions, or the five-day work week may be the first things that come to mind. What you may not know is the far-ranging impact unions have had on policies that shape how inclusive we are as a society.
For over 40 years, United Way and the Canadian labour movement have been partners, working towards the common goal of ensuring workers and their families have access to life-changing social services across their communities. At their core, unions and the labour movement have been, and continue to be, integral forces for democracy. In both the
United Way of the Lower Mainland is pleased to announce that Neal Adolph has been appointed to the position of Director, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Labour Participation Department. An advocate for labour and community Neal has a strong background in the labour movement and a master’s degree in history from Simon Fraser University, where his research explored how governments and activist
“The long weekend in September.” “The last, big hurrah before going back to school.” “Your last chance to wear white this season.” There are many ways to think about Labour Day. Unfortunately, they are often far-removed from the day’s origins and the outstanding achievements of the Canadian labour movement – principally, its commitment to building
Jack Thomas was 17 when he was injured in a workplace accident in 2015. He recalls the warning signs of an unsafe environment. “I was working at a recycling facility in Port Coquitlam and was cleaning out the sorting conveyer, when the belt suddenly started up and my sleeve was caught in the exposed roller.”
When we build better workplaces, we build better communities. This is why for the past 44 years, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has hosted an annual Winter School for union members from across British Columbia and the Yukon. Courses offered explore critical issues relevant to today’s workplace and political climate, including increasing the number of
For 38 years, United Way and Labour have worked together to improve lives and build strong, active, inclusive, and healthy communities. Behind the achievements of this partnership are people who dedicate their lives and careers to advocating for social change. Three outstanding community and labour champions were recognized at the 24th Annual Labour Appreciation Night
Seven unions and 11 maritime organizations from the regions’ working waterfront have united together to raise funds for United Way. Over the past four years, Waterfront United has raised $2.28 million to provide a safe harbour to children, families and seniors in need across the Lower Mainland. Walter Gerlach, IAMAW – Northwest District 250, Bob
Last week, dozens of labour activists from multiple unions and municipalities came together for the annual United Way of the Lower Mainland Labour Day of Caring with a full day of activity with SHARE Family & Community Services in Coquitlam. Volunteers worked at a social housing complex doing a variety of tasks including repairing two
Labour Day is more than a well-deserved day off. Labour Day celebrates the achievements that make our society a stronger more equitable place because of Unions. The labour movement is an important force for democracy, not just in the workplace, but beyond. Unions advocate for better social, economic and environmental policies. Today, in Canada, we
Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. This day provides an opportunity for workers, families, employers, and communities to come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and renew our commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces.