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For Immediate Release
Nov. 30, 2018

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A group of 13 business and industry associations made a joint submission to the Government of British Columbia today, in response to recommendations by the BC Labour Relations Code Review Panel.

Today’s submission is a follow-up to our initial submission in March 2018, and a direct reply to the report released by the Minister of Labour late last month.

In the initial submission, our groups called for the vast majority of the Labour Relations Code’s provisions to be sustained, including the current approach to union certification by secret ballot vote. In its report, the panel also recommended keeping the secret ballot.

“We urge the government to not abandon the open, independent, and transparent public engagement process that inherently led to the review panel’s report and recommendations,” said Hon. Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

“Our groups are also collectively concerned about the layering on of costs — both regulatory and transactional — for the employers who drive our provincial economy and create jobs across British Columbia, including the 5,000+ Members of the Board of Trade across the Lower Mainland.”

The joint submission was made by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, along with the BC Chamber of Commerce, BC Hotels Association, Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, Canadian Franchise Association, Canadian Home Builders Association, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, New Car Dealers Association of BC, Restaurants Canada, Retail Council of Canada, Tourism Industries Association of BC, and Urban Development Institute.

Read the full submission.

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About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:

Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada’s leading business association, engaging members to impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.’s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Signature Programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events programs in the country, providing a platform for national and international thought leaders to enlighten B.C.’s business leaders.

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