Every year, more than 1,000 rank and file trade union members elected from their locals across B.C. gather in Vancouver to set the direction of the wider labour movement. This makes the B.C. Federation of Labour one of the most grassroots, open and democratic civic institutions in the province.

The B.C. Federation of Labour Convention is scheduled from November 29 to December 3, 2010. This year the B.C. Federation of Labour is hoping to have at least 150 young people from a variety of unions at Convention. Last year young delegates numbered nearly 100!

On Sunday, November 28th there will be a full day young worker conference that will be open to young workers that are attending the convention as delegates, alternates and observers. The conference will cover the convention process and include a “Mock-Convention”.

The PSAC BC Regional Council has committed to fully funding up to three youth delegates, including the B.C. Council Youth Coordinator. There are also subsidies available to youth delegates based on geographic location. Here is some more information about the subsidies (pdf).

If you are a worker under the age of 30 planning or wanting to attend the BC Fed Convention and need financial assistance, please send a request to Monica Urrutia by Friday, October 22nd with information briefly describing your union experience, community involvement, etc. and how you will use this experience to help the PSAC and the broader labour movement. We are mainly looking for your interest and can help with any questions you may have, as well as helping you with the process of getting delegate status.

Please also indicate if you are a member of an equity group, e.g. woman; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender; aboriginal; racially visible, member with a disability.

Young workers play a significant role in both the present and the future of our unions, ensuring that they are represented at B.C. Fed Convention will enhance their connection with the larger movement!

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