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Our future strength depends on the actions we take now. Actions that include developing leadership potential and union awareness among young workers.

Administrative service workers are just about everywhere. They may be in the background or right at the front desk. They may be in the private or the public sector. Most don’t wear a uniform and they may not always be easy to identify.

Imagine working full-time in B.C. and still earning roughly $6,000 below the poverty line each year. That’s the reality for many hard-working people here. As of April 1, 2016, B.C. has the lowest minimum wage in Canada at $10.45 per hour.

It seems like every other week the BC government makes another announcement about liquor policy. Some of these changes have been positive – like extending business hours to include Sundays and holidays and installing coolers in public liquor stores.

In the past week, we’ve had an opportunity to see the priorities of the new federal Liberal government in their first budget, tabled on March 22.

I’ve often wondered why we seem to obsess over the little things, while taking for granted some of the most fundamental aspects of our lives.

The BCGEU is one of the most diverse unions in the province. That diversity can sometimes be confusing, as members try to access information about their individual worksites and occupational groups.

Noted American psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, “if you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”

March 8 is International Women's Day. With 67 per cent of our members being women, I proudly celebrate our accomplishments—both within our union, and more broadly.

First responders really are on the front lines of public service. The first on the scene when disaster strikes. They see people in their worst, most vulnerable state and they protect the public from people who pose a danger to society.

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