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Meeting Courage with Courage: Valuing Women's Lives in Politics

Of the fifteen OneCity Organizing Committee members, seven of us are women under the age of forty. Needless to say, the sudden resignation of Trish Kelly as a Vision Vancouver Park Board candidate has, as they say, hit close to home.

The seven of us are the daughters of women who, since the sixties and seventies, have fought for a seat at the table – and in many cases, won. We are recognized for our work and are valued for our participation in our communities. Many of us have partners who do their share of the housework, and most of us have or will take maternity leaves and other hard-won benefits. We see people like us in positions of power. We also know that there are fights yet ahead. Women working in and out of politics face judgment based on their appearance, age, family situation, gender identity and sexuality, far more than men do. As younger women, many of us have had to fight harder than men do to legitimize ourselves in the workplace and in our community lives. This struggle broadens our perspective, sharpens our compassion, and brings us together. We simply can not afford to remain silent on this matter. There is too much at stake.

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OneCity visits the IKEA picket line

Imagine being locked out by your employer for more than a year. The huge, multinational IKEA Corporation has done just that to the unionized workers at their Richmond store. A OneCity team visited the workers, members of Teamsters Local 213, on their picket line on Sunday morning, June 8. They gave us a warm and enthusiastic welcome.

We spent time listening to some of their stories. They shared with us their sincere disappointment with their employer and the tactics being utilized to undermine the rights of workers. They spoke about how important it is to remain strong in this struggle – not just for their own jobs but for the precedent that will be set for IKEA workers in other locations if they allow their benefits to be eroded.

IKEA is not a franchised company. The Richmond and Coquitlam IKEAs are both owned by the parent company, whose owners are among the wealthiest 100 families in the world. 

The issue is the imposition of a tiered wage structure. Despite the Richmond location being highly profitable, management is seeking to impose significant wage cuts on the majority of its workforce by creating a lower wage scale for newer employees.

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OneCity, Six Updates

Launch Party Appreciation
Thank you to everyone who came out for our launch party on May 22nd at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub. We thank the
staff of the pub for hosting us, we thank our amazing volunteers, and we thank each of you for showing up to lend your support and
celebrate with us. Check out photos from the event!  More OneCity events will be coming your way soon! Sign up to
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OneCity Supports Public Education
OneCity is proud to support teachers, support workers, parents, and students in their struggle to defend public education in BC and we call on the Ministry of Education to bargain respectfully with teachers whose objective is to reduce class sizes and provide much needed additional support for students with special needs. We are pleased to share one teacher’s perspective about why she is standing up for her work and her students.

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