“Scholars of Steel” Get to Work as B.C. Gears Up for Election

Thanks to support from USW District 3, 25 young British Columbians had the opportunity to build their political skills as the province moves closer to a provincial election next year.

The Scholars of Steel program allowed the next generation of activists to take part in the B.C. NDP’s Forward conference, which provided training and showcased the newest campaign ideas, strategies and technologies from across North America.

District 3 Director Stephen Hunt said that engaging young workers is key to winning the next election. “Encouraging young people to get politically active is critical to the well-being of our communities and our union. We need their energy and ideas to create a vision that connects with all voters,” said Hunt.

Voters in British Columbia will head to the polls in May 2017, and work is already underway to ensure voters have a clear choice between Christy Clark’s anti-worker government and John Horgan’s NDP. Hunt said Steelworkers will be front and centre leading the charge to ensure that working families have a real alternative.

“Since their election in 2001, the B.C. Liberal government has consistently made decisions that has hurt workers, their families and communities. We’ve lost over 35,000 forestry jobs, we’ve seen temporary foreign workers employed over British Columbians in mining, and we’ve seen the health and safety of workers tossed aside. That’s the Christy Clark record and her offer to voters is more broken promises,” said Hunt. “Working people cannot trust the BC Liberals to stand up for their interests.”

This article appears in the October 2016 issue of the National Director's Update.  

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