The United Way Labour Partnership

Greater Victoria shares a vision of community building where unions, employers, government and the volunteer sector work together. Over 25 years ago, a partnership was formalized between the Canadian Labour, the Victoria Labour Council and United Way Greater Victoria. As a result of the partnership, the following three areas have been identified as priorities: Union Counselling Program, Philanthropy and Labour.

Locally, both Labour and United Way have identified the natural affinity that exists between them, and are seizing the opportunity to build stronger, healthier communities. The partnership allows the Union movement and United Way to work on shaping policies, services and programs that build communities.

Unions in the Community

The labour movement has always played a strong role in the social change movement and in the community. As part of the United Way and CLC Labour Community Programs training is available to foster community involvement, work with community partners as a board, committee or coalition partner. Participants learn how to organize around and participate in community social service issues, while exploring the ways in which unions and other labour bodies can help build resilient and respectful communities. The tools provided help strengthen Labour’s community presence and develop new activists and support for issues-based campaigns.

The Labour Community Advocate Training Program is also delivered by Labour Programs and Services staff and funded through the United Way Centraide. Participants are provided with information about social issues faced by working people and the resources available in their community. Participants are also trained to identify community issues such as mental health care, addictions, poverty reduction, child and youth care.