Doug Elford, from CUPE Local 15 in Surrey, has been selected to sit on the newly-formed British Columbia Federation of Labour Ad Hoc Committee on Climate Change. Elford, a long-time environmental activist, is also an alternate on CUPE’s National Environment Committee.
The new committee has representatives from nine BC unions and one rep from the BC Fed. The group held its first meeting January 29 and will meet monthly. Elford said the goal is to: “Determine where the other unions are on the issue of climate change and to develop a strategy to work with other groups, such as the churches, aboriginal groups and business councils through a structure of committees and sub-committees. The strategy will address jobs and how they are affected in a greener economy.
“Elford reported to the BC Fed group on CUPE National’s plans to develop new climate change materials for members. These materials, due out in 2007, will help provide members with clear information on climate change and guidelines for actions in the workplace and community.