Kamloops and District Labour Council (KDLC) Report

Kamloops and District Labour Council (KDLC) Report from TRUFA Delegates

February 2018

The Kamloops and District Labour Council (KDLC) is an association of 35 labour unions and union branches from Kamloops and adjacent regions. Did you know that TRUFA is an affiliate of the KDLC? In fact, TRUFA, as one of the largest unions in the region, is entitled to having as many as 13 delegates to the KDLC, so if you are interested in becoming a delegate and attending the monthly meetings (first Tuesday of every month), please contact your TRUFA President, Tom Friedman (president@trufa.ca).

Monthly meetings of the KDLC present an important opportunity for TRUFA to liaise with the labour community: TRUFA members can become better informed about labour issues and events taking place in the region, and, in turn, can share TRUFA news with other unions. At these meetings, the KDLC plans community events, hears reports from affiliated unions, and receives updates from our Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) representative.

The KDLC not only promotes the labour movement and works toward labour solidarity, but also contributes to the broader Kamloops and region community. Every year, the KDLC organizes the Labour Day Picnic (September), runs the Shoe Memorial (December), contributes to “The Coldest Night of the Year”, a fundraising walk to assist hungry, homeless, and hurting individuals and families (February 24), and awards its KDLC Bursaries for Post-Secondary Education (March – dependents of TRUFA are eligible!). TRUFA has also donated directly to these causes, largely upon the encouragement and success of the KDLC.

Further initiatives are ongoing!

Firstly, for International Women’s Day this year (March 8), the Women’s Committee of the KDLC wanted to make an impact in the community, and have joined with the Kamloops Sexual Assault Centre to create “Comfort Cases” containing gloves, warm clothes, toothbrushes, etc. to give to survivors.

Secondly, the KDLC is seeking monetary donations for a massive bulk purchase of salmon and peanut butter to enable a joint “Protein for People” and JUMP project. JUMP is a volunteer not-for-profit organization operating a Drop-In Centre on the North Shore, and provides free Saturday community meals and produce markets. The KDLC also needs volunteers to help prepare a May Day lunch on Saturday, May 5th.

If you are interested in donating directly to any of these causes or volunteering, please contact president@trufa.ca. TRUFA will be more than willing to help you contribute to your community!

I hope that this brief update into the workings and goals of the KDLC provides you with an appreciation for our affiliation with this dedicated organization.

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