Vancouver labor celebrates 125th year


Joey Hartma, VDLC president and PNLHA BC treasurer

On November 21, 2014, Vancouver, BC, trade unionists will celebrate the Vancouver and District Labour Council’s 125th anniversary. On November 21, 1889, a group of trade unionists met in the Sullivan Hall on Cordova Street in Vancouver where they agreed to form the Trades and Labor Council of Vancouver to address “matters pertaining to the welfare of workingmen.” Fifteen days later the council was officially launched and has continued to this day as one of Canada’s oldest labour organizations. The celebration will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Maritime Labour Centre Conference Room, 1880 Triumph St. (at Victoria Dr.) in Vancouver. The PNLHA’s Joey Hartman is president of the VDLC.