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Labour Day: A common bond: United Way and the Labour movement
United Way is based on a simple, profound truth: what unites us is more powerful than what divides us. We believe that every person who lives here should have access to the same opportunities to build a better life for themselves. This philosophy is echoed by the Labour movement and guides our work together.
As Canada celebrates Labour Day, the partnership between the Labour movement and the United Way is as strong and critical as ever in the Lower Mainland. The number of unionized workers is growing across the country – in BC, 31.3% of employees are unionized.
Why is our partnership so important? Because one in seven children in BC live in poverty; one third of children from grades 4 to 7 are bullied or bully others; and one in four seniors live alone putting them at risk of social isolation.
Each year the United Way and Labour partnership unites hundreds of Labour volunteers within the workplace to help raise funds to tackle social issues like child poverty, bullying, and senior’s isolation.
“United Way can’t do this work alone,” says Steve Hunt, Director, District 3, Steelworkers Union, and this year’s Chair of the Board of United Way of the Lower Mainland and Co-Chair of the Labour Committee of the Board. “Labour and United Way work together to build a better future for children, seniors and their families, right here in our own backyards.”
Labour Committee of the Board Co-Chair Amber Hockin, Director, Pacific Regional Office, Canadian Labour Congress adds, “We all play a role in improving the lives of those who are vulnerable in our communities. The more solidarity we show in the community by tackling these issues together, the stronger we are as a movement.”
Along with our Labour partners, United Way of the Lower Mainland will continue to support research, identify gaps, and invest in organizations to build stronger communities. We use our collective strength to multiply our impact, maximize our donor’s dollars, and mobilize and advocate for change.
We are all in this together. Change starts here. www.uwlm.ca.