Labour council added to roster of groups with which City of Kamloops will consult

Coun. Dale Bass put forward the motion, which was supported by her council colleagues

The Kamloops and District Labour Council will be added to a list of stakeholders with which the city consults.

Last month, council voted unanimously, 9-0, in favour of engaging with the group representing 13,000 unionized workers from Kamloops to Valemount.

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“We are very pleased that it passed and we do look forward to the opportunity to have a conversation,” Kamloops and District Labour Council president Lois Rugg said.

Rugg has been involved in the labour council for about two decades and said the organization has not been consulted during that time.

The labour council dates back more than six decades. It has, however, reached out to city council from time to time on various issues.

Rugg said city hall subject matter that could benefit from the labour council includes transportation, labour and procurement.

“Things like living wage, local procurement,” Rugg said. “Community-based agreements, where local businesses and local workers are supported.”

Coun. Dale Bass put forward the motion, which was supported by her council colleagues. Bass earlier told KTW the city needs to engage all types of groups, from businesses to workers.

“We meet with the business associations, we meet with the chamber, we meet with neighbourhood associations,” Bass told KTW. “We don’t meet with workers.”

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