VLCwebAs we get ready to kick-off our 80th fall community campaign season, we would like to take a moment to pause and recognize the invaluable partnerships that have helped raise the over $160 million that has been invested in our community since 1937. We celebrate this spirit of solidarity and the belief that together, we can change lives with this year’s campaign theme, United. We Do More. The Victoria Labour Council (VLC) has once again shown their leadership and commitment to our community and United Way by sponsoring the 2017 Campaign Kick-off Event at The Bay Centre on September 18, 2017 from 1-2:30pm.

 The Victoria Labour Council (VLC) with it’s over 25,000 members was founded over 100 years ago and is one of the oldest labour councils in BC. It is also United Way Greater Victoria’s (UWGV) longest and strongest running partnership. Working together in a United Way, UWGV and the VLC to bring hope, possibility and change to the most vulnerable members of our community, our friends, family members, co-workers and unions brothers and sisters. Not only does this partnership represent 62% of the money raised during our 2016 workplace campaign (from companies that have unions) but many of these caring and committed people also serve as labour representative volunteers on the UWGV Board, Campaign Cabinet and Labour Committee and as Campaign Associates on workplace campaigns.

“For Canada’s unions, making life better for working people is, to put it simply, a labour of love. Values like fairness, equality and working together are what drive us to make a difference. This is why the Victoria Labour Council works closely with the United Way to foster change in our community. Both nationally and locally, United Way and organized labour share a common vision of an inclusive community with a wide range of social and public services that are accessible for everyone,” says  Mike Eso, President, Victoria Labour Council and United Way Campaign Co-Chair 2016/2017 Campaigns.

“Many people in our community struggle to pay their rent, provide their kids with a healthy meal or are fighting addictions. This is where United Way steps in to give a helping hand, and the reason why I support them. Union members across the region can be proud of the work we do with United Ways, says Eso.”