Labour’s partnership with United Way Greater Victoria

United in Caring

United Way has a strong and long-standing partnership with organized labour. The National Partnership Agreement between United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) was formed in 1988. The CLC is the largest labour organization in Canada, bringing together dozens of national and international unions, provincial and territorial federations of labour and community-based labour councils to represent more than 3 million workers across the country.

As the local organization for the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Victoria Labor Council (VLC) plays a vital role in its partnership with United Way Greater Victoria.

Both nationally and locally, the United Way and CLC and its affiliates share a common vision of an inclusive community with a wide range of social and public services that are accessible for everyone. Many of the caring, committed people who support United Way are union members.

United Way’s Labour Committee members at our 2019 campaign kick off event #Drive4Five (left to right) Jim Pullan – Unifor Local 333; Cory McGregor – IBEW Local 230; Chair – Kirk Mercer – CUPE BC; Janet Barney – CUPW Local 850; Paula White, BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union; Alternate Chris Tolhurst, Unifor Local 333

Labour representatives have designated seats on United Way’s Board and Labour Committee; as Campaign Associates; on workplace campaigns and as Labour community advocates.

United Way Greater Victoria has a staff person devoted to connecting with the labour movement. The Labour Coordinator ensures United Way and labour leadership works collaboratively in support of common values. The role promotes and strengthens the relationship by working with unions and members in our annual community campaign.

Our Impact Together

Unions are an important force for democracy, not just in the workplace, but beyond.

Here in Canada, we have a strong social safety net to catch us when we need help. That’s due in part to the strength of the Canadian labour movement.

Union members further strengthens the safety net by working together with United Way Greater Victoria on a local level to support a network of over 100 services for citizens when they need it most.

Is your union interested in starting a workplace campaign with your workplace? Find out how. Start a workplace campaign

Labour Partnership Award

United Way Greater Victoria presents a Labour Partnership Award as part of our annual Spirit Awards to highlight an outstanding collaboration between labour and management to benefit our community. See past award-recipients.

* United Way Greater Victoria team members are proud members of local CUPE 50

Did you know? In 2018/19, over 50% of funds raised as part of our workplace campaign came from unionized worksites.

Thank You to United Way’s Labour Committee

Chair – Kirk Mercer – CUPE BC

Co-Chair – Mike Eso, Victoria Labour Council

Janet Barney – CUPW Local 850

Candace Charalambidis, Hospital Employees Union

Jim Pullan – Unifor Local 333

Susanne Francoeur – BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU)

Darlene Gallant – BC Government and Service Employees (BCGEU)

Cory McGregor – IBEW Local 230

Charlotte Millington, Hospital Employees Union

Paula White, BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union

Alternate Chris Tolhurst, Unifor Local 333

Alternate Christine Spencer, BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union

Interested in getting involved as a member of our Labour Committee or a hosting a fundraising event with your union? Call 250-385-6708