September 11, 2017 | VICTORIA, BC—The Budget Update announced today by the BC government demonstrates the government’s commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education. Following the recent announcement to eliminate tuition fees for adult basic education and English language learning classes, the Budget Update outlines the funding for these programs.
By working together in solidarity, workers - and different unions - have won many hard-fought battles. Their successes have led to many of the benefits we enjoy today: a limited workday, paid overtime, weekends and paid vacation, and the right to safe and healthy work environments. In addition to fighting for workers’ rights at the bargaining table and on the picket line, labour organizations have also advocated for better policies for working people at all levels of government. By taking the concerns of members to those in elected office, organized labour has achieved many victories for those across our cities, province, and country.
Over two months ago, we brought change to BC with our Open the Doors campaign. Now, we officially have a new government with Premier John Horgan and a new cabinet including Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark. We’re looking forward to the months ahead, and are excited about this opportunity to make post-secondary education affordable and accessible in BC.
But there is more to celebrate than this historic change in government. As students, educators, staff, and supporters of post-secondary education, we know that a safe space where every person’s human and civil rights are respected is crucial to a productive learning environment. We also know that the need to feel safe and secure extends beyond the classroom doors. As President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, I am so proud to stand with our member faculty and staff in solidarity with the LGBTQ2*+ community.