About Us

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We are the elected representatives of roughly 13,000 unionized workers in the Kamloops area covering Merritt to Valemount and Chase to Lillooet. We do our best to work with other progressive organizations in the promotion of social justice and human rights as described in the United Nations’ Charter of Human Rights.

  • President: Barb Nederpel, HEU, Kamloops Thompson Local
  • 1st Vice-President, Lois Rugg, CUPE 4879
  • 2nd Vice-president: Jan Marr, CUPE 3500
  • Secretary-treasurer: John Hall, CUPE 3500
  • Sergeant-at-arms:┬áHarmony Raine, CUPE 3500

We are members of the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress, the latter of which represents over three-million unionized Canadians.

As prescribed by our council’s by-laws, under ARTICLE II – PURPOSES:

The purposes of this Labour Council are:

  1. To support the principles and policies of the Canadian Labour Congress;
  2. To promote the interest of its affiliates and generally to advance the economic and social welfare of workers;
  3. To assist affiliated organizations in extending the benefits of mutual assistance and collective bargaining to workers;
  4. To assist in the organization of the unorganized into unions for their mutual aid, protection, and advancement, giving recognition to the principle that both craft and industrial unions are appropriate, equal, and necessary as methods of union organization;
  5. To encourage all workers without regard to race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, colour, or national origin to share in the full benefits of union organization;
  6. To secure legislation which will safeguard and promote the principle of free collective bargaining, the rights of workers, and the security and welfare of all people;
  7. To protect and strengthen our democratic institutions, to secure full recognition and enjoyment of the rights and liberties to which we are justly entitled, and to preserve and perpetuate the cherished traditions of democracy;
  8. To promote the cause of peace and freedom in the world and to assist and cooperate with free and democratic labour movements throughout the world;
  9. To aid and encourage the sale and use of union-made goods and union services through the use of union label and other symbols;
  10. To promote the labour press and other means of furthering the education of the labour movement;
  11. To protect the labour movement from any and all corrupt influences and from the undermining efforts of all agencies which are opposed to the basic principles of democracy and free democratic unionism;
  12. To safeguard the democratic character of the labour movement and to observe and respect the autonomy of each affiliated union;
  13. While preserving the independence of the labour movement from political control, to encourage workers to vote, to exercise their full rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and to perform their rightful part in the political life of the municipal, provincial, and federal governments.