News update: Union support for cleaning staff at Langara

Justice for Janitors imageThe LFA has been asked by the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) to share the attached poster with LFA members. The LFA is an affiliate of the BCFED. The BCFED is urging LFA members to offer any moral support and encouragement to campus cleaners to join a real, BCFED-affiliated union, SEIU Local 2.

There is a sense of urgency to this. As early as this week, cleaning staff will have the opportunity to vote to join SEIU Local 2.

The poster has already been posted on various information boards on campus. Feel free to share this poster and to consider posting in your office.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the LFA. We have also compiled an information sheet about the working conditions of cleaning staff at Langara College that you may find helpful.

Scott McLean
President, Langara Faculty Association

LFA Information Sheet: Cleaning Staff at Langara

In response to recent developments on campus, the Langara Faculty Association has assembled an information sheet for its members about the working conditions of cleaning staff at Langara College. The LFA believes in transparent processes. We also want all the players on campus to know that we stand in solidarity with the hard-working people who keep our campus clean.

LFA Submission to the 2018 Budget Consultation

In October, the BC Government's all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services invited submissions on priorities for the 2018 budget. In response, the LFA Board submitted a letter urging the Government to restore funding to BC's public post-secondary education system, and in particular, to increase funding for post-secondary institutional grants.

The Committee released its Report on the Budget 2018 Consultation on November 15, 2017. Among the 119 recommendations agreed to unanimously by the Committee were 13 targeted specifically to Advanced Education, including a review of funding formulas for post-secondary institutions. The Committee specifically referenced Langara College's 35% public funding of operational costs and noted concerns that "post-secondary institutions remain mostly government funded and therefore public institutions over the long term." For more details on the Committee's findings, see Theme 2: Advanced Education (pages 17-20 of the Report).