We’re media specialists
Our union represents more than 800 members who work in the media, primarily the newspaper and printing industries throughout British Columbia. We also represent a chocolate factory – Purdy’s Chocolates – which employs about 100 of our members in Vancouver.
Our workplaces range from the province’s largest newspapers – The Vancouver Sun and The Province, to dozens of smaller community papers, ranging from the Surrey NOW and the Bowen Island Undercurrent to the Prince George Citizen.
To represent and service members from widely different workplaces and from throughout the province, our union is organized into four employer-based councils: Postmedia, Glacier, Black Press and the multi-employer council.
A Home for New Media
We are currently reaching out — offering our experience and expertise — to people who work in the video gaming, special effects and digital animation industries in B.C. We believe our union can be a powerful voice representing the interests of those who work in these thriving new media sectors.
As the media evolves so too must the people working in it, and the union that has represented them for well over a century. But, while our tools have changed over the years, the need for a strong union has not.
Our employer-based councils also send representatives to the Local Executive, which meets monthly and directs the affairs of the Local between meetings of our Annual Congress.
The Annual Congress meets in October and is the supreme decision-making body of our Local. About 65 representatives from throughout the province are elected by the members to meet for a few days to consider the major policies affecting the Local. This is also where our elected officers are nominated.
Our Officers and Staff
The Local has two full-time paid officers – a president and a secretary-treasurer – and two voluntary vice-presidents. Brian Gibson is president, while Jennifer Moreau is secretary-treasurer, and Garth Oswald and Chris Labrecque are vice-presidents.
These officers work with the councils to deal with the day-to-day concerns of our members. We also have national representatives assigned to our Local. Additionally, we have one clerical staff who works in our downtown Vancouver office.
Our Local is part of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union, with more than 310,000 workers in almost every industry. We are also affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress and various local labour councils throughout the province.