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Your union has been raising concerns about budget cuts and underfunding in our justice system for many years. In 2012 we commissioned a BC Civil Liberties Association report into the criminal justice system.

Wow! It’s hard to believe that we’re coming to the end of 2015.

It’s been a busy year for all of us, and before 2015 ends, I want to take the opportunity to share a few of our accomplishments from the past year and talk a bit about the year to come.

Last week, the Trudeau government launched the first phase of a long-overdue inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

I was overjoyed.

More and more nowadays we encounter machines where once we would have encountered a person. I’m talking about self-checkouts and self check-ins. They are in many big box and grocery stores, at the airport, car rentals, even libraries.

December 3 is the 23rd annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities as recognized by the United Nations. It’s  a day to celebrate and recommit to fight for inclusion for all. This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.”

Next week, world leaders will gather in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Guy Standing over supper on Monday and learned quite a bit about his views on the changing nature of work and its impact on millions of workers around the globe.

Deciding to take the Welfare Food Challenge for a week, I committed to eating only the food I could buy for just $21. It's an annual event organized by Raise the Rates, a community advocacy group supported by the BCGEU. $21 a week - that’s just $3 a day!

In advance of Remembrance Day on November 11, I wanted to invite you to observe Aboriginal Veterans Day on Sunday, November 8. 

Your Union started preparing for the Federal election months ago, when we asked you with an online questionnaire to identify key public issues. We also recruited a team of activists who fanned out across the province to talk to you and ask you about the issues that matter most to you.