OneCity Candidates Humbled to Accept Vancouver District Labour Council Endorsement

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017


VANCOUVER-- In a packed meeting last night the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) voted to endorse all three OneCity candidates for the upcoming city by-election.


OneCity candidates - Judy Graves for City Council and Erica Jaaf and Carrie Bercic for School Board – are proud but humbled to have won the support of Vancouver’s labour community.  


The VDLC represents 110 union locals and has a total membership of about 60,000 trade unionists.

“I want to express my deep appreciation to the VDLC,” says Graves. “We are proud of having built strong relationships with Vancouver’s workers and their organizations and are honoured by their support.”


OneCity’s two School Board candidates also expressed their gratitude. “Labour unions hold a very special place in my heart, and I'm deeply honoured,” says Carrie Bercic, with Erica Jaff adding “we appreciate the support of working people in our community.”


“The trade union movement has reminded us again and again that people who work in Vancouver should be able to live in Vancouver,” says Graves. “That’s gotten harder and harder over the last two decades. We aim to change that.”


Graves says OneCity’s campaign for affordable housing, inclusive communities, strong neighbourhood schools – and for a fairer and more compassionate Vancouver is a good fit with the Labour communities’ values.




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VDLC Affiliates:

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

Local 1724

Bakery, Confectionary, and Tobacco Workers’ Union

Local 468

Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Workers’ Union

Local 300

Bricklayers, Masons, and Allied Workers’ Union

Local 2

BC Ferry and Marine  Workers’ Union

BC Federation of Retired Union Members

BC Government and Service Employees’ Union

Local 103

Local 303

Local 403

Local 503

Local 603

Local 803

Local 1203

Local 1703

Local 2003

BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF)

Burnaby Teachers’ Association

North Vancouver Teachers’ Association

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association

Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association

Canadian Office & Professional Employees’ Union (COPE)

MoveUP (Local 378)

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Local 468 Vancouver

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)


Local 15

Local 389

Local 391

Local 394

Local 407

Local 454

Local 873

Local 1004

Local 1936

Local 2278

Local 2396

Local 3966

Federation of Post Secondary Educators ( FPSE)

Local 5 – Kwantlen Polytechnic University Faculty Association

Local 14 – Langara College Faculty Association

Local 15 – Vancouver Community College Faculty Association

Grain Workers’ Union

Local 333

Health Sciences Association (HSA)

Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU)

Broadway Pentecostal Local

Dogwood Lodge Local

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre Local

Lions Gate Hospital Local

North Shore Community Local

PHSA Amalgamated Local

Richmond Lions Manor Local

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Local

St. Paul’s Hospital Local

Heat & Frost Insulators

Local 118

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

Local 18 – Vancouver

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Local 213

Local 258

International Longshore & Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU)

Local 400 – Marine Section

Local 500

Local 514

Local 517

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

Local 115

Local 963

Marine Workers’ and Boilermakers’ Industrial Union (MWBIU)

Local 1

Vancouver Musicians’ Association

Local 145

United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters

Local 170

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

PSAC BC Region

Local 20040

Local 20044

Local 21008

Retail Wholesale Union

Local 517

Local 580

Sheet Metal Workers’ International Union

Local 280

Teachers’ Federation Employees’ Union (TFEU)

Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

Teamsters’ Union

Local 31


Local 1 – UFAWU

Local 111

Local 114

Local 433

Local 464

Local 465

Local 467

Local 468 W

Local 601

Local 780 G

Local 830 M

Local 888

Local 2000

Local 2002

Local 2025

Local 2200

Local 3000

Local 4275


Local 40

United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)

Local 1518

United Steel Workers Canada (USW)

USW Telecommunications Workers’ Union Local 1944

– Local 1944, Unit 10

– Local 1944, Unit 60

– Local 1944, Unit 63

Local 2009

Workers’ United Canada