TAPS Attends BC Federation of Labour Convention 2014


Stephen Portman

For the first time in TAPS’ 25 year history our organization attended the BC Federation of Labour Convention, which took place at the end of November. This was an incredibly exciting experience and I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for sponsoring our attendance at this event. Specifically, I wish to thank Phil Venoit, Secretary for IBEW Local 203 for his efforts in providing sponsorship and in assisting with logistics to make our attendance possible.

TAPS Employment Standards Legal Advocacy Project (ESLAP) was a major hit at the conference. There was plenty of buzz around our efforts in advocating on behalf of non-unionised workers. TAPS used this opportunity to launch our newly minted Workers Rights card and gave thousands away to delegates who were attending from all over the province. At the end of the conference it was evident that people were excited by the work of ESLAP and by all of the other amazing work that we do at TAPS. Through the continuing support of the labour movement we are able to advocate on behalf of some of the most marginalised workers in our communities in matters that fall under the Employment Standards Act. We look forward to continuing this work.