Read more about the article SEIU member joins Labour Minister Harry Bains at announcement of new Minimum Wage Increases
(l-r) Agnes Estimo, Minister Bains, and Phillip Aguirre. Photo courtesy the Province of British Columbia.

Surrey, BC – Service Employees International Union Local 2 member Agnes Estimo joined Minister of Labour Harry Bains at a press conference Monday, where the Minister announced annual increases to the minimum wage going forward that would be tied to B.C’s annual inflation rate.

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Burnaby, BC - Employees of Dexterra Group have won a bid to form a union after votes were counted on Wednesday, part of an ongoing wave of contract building cleaners unionizing with SEIU in British Columbia.

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Independent digital news publication The Maple, covers J4J members plight in Ottawa.

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Read more about the article Le convoi qui occupe Ottawa crée des difficultés financières pour les familles ouvrières
Parliament Hill atop a dramatic hill overlooking the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario in autumn. Parliament Hill is home to Canada's federal government and is the centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape. Ottawa is known for is high-tech business sector, vast array of museums and high standard of living.

Les propriétaires immobiliers, y compris le gouvernement fédéral et la Ville d'Ottawa, ainsi que les entreprises de nettoyage qu'ils engagent, ont refusé de payer les concierges qui, sans que ce soit leur faute, perdent des heures de travail bien nécessaires. Lorsque vous vivez d'un chèque de paie à l'autre, les familles sont obligées de faire des choix impossibles.

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Read more about the article The convoy occupying Ottawa is creating financial hardship for the city’s working families
Parliament Hill atop a dramatic hill overlooking the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario in autumn. Parliament Hill is home to Canada's federal government and is the centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape. Ottawa is known for is high-tech business sector, vast array of museums and high standard of living.

Property owners, including the federal government and the City of Ottawa, and the cleaning companies they contract, have refused to pay janitors who, through no fault of their own, are losing much needed work hours. When you live paycheque-to-paycheque, this forces families to make impossible choices.

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Bee-Clean Workers across the Province of New Brunswick have ratified their first collective agreement with SEIU Local 2.

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Racism is key to maintaining this unfair and unjust economic system. Racism is used to divide working class people and keep us from uniting to challenge the rich and powerful who benefit from a rigged economy.

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In her 37 years working abroad, Loida Ubay has supported her parents and eight nieces and nephews in the Philippines.

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“I do the work because it’s my job,” said Loida. “It makes it possible for other people to work.”

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Janitors could be called unsung heroes during this #pandemic, but are they being appreciated and supported?