A Kamloops city councillor wants the Kamloops and District Labour Council to be added to the list of groups with which the city consults.
“We meet with the business associations, we meet with the chamber, we meet with neighbourhood associations,” Dale Bass told reporters. “We don’t meet with workers.”
Bass made a notice of motion on Tuesday, requesting the labour council — which represents 13,000 unionized workers from Kamloops to Valemount — be added to the list of organizations with which council engages throughout the year.
“It’s our job to talk to anybody, in any way we can,” Bass said. “So this is just another way to talk to other people. The business association promotes business. They [labour council] promote workers.”
Bass said she does not know why the group had not been engaged to this point, noting it adds a blue collar voice to issues like climate change.
“We need to engage all types of groups,” she said. “Because we don’t know, going forward, whether we’re going to need to adjust contracts, whether we’re going to need to adjust the way people work. We don’t know the future and we should start engaging with them now.” he said.