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Victory! BC Employers Can No Longer Steal Tips From Their Staff

VICTORIA, BC - After years of raising awareness about the prevalence of “tip theft” in BC, Retail Action Network is celebrating a victory for workers across the province. The BC Government today announced legislation to ensure that a worker’s gratuities are protected under the Employment Standards Act. Tip theft has become a common occurrence in BC, and takes place in small businesses as well as corporate franchises. While it is…
Retail Action Network
April 29, 2019
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Our Proposed Legislation for the BC Government

Tips or Gratuities – Model Legislation Proposals Retail Action Network, in collaboration with the Employment Standards Coalition, are calling on the BC Government to introduce legislation that will protect tips for workers. Current Legislation: The only reference to employee gratuities in the Employment Standards Act is under Part 3 - Wages, Special Clothing and Records in Section 21 regarding deductions not permitted from employee's wages: (2) An employer must not…
Retail Action Network
April 16, 2019
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Behind the Counter Workers’ Zine

This zine comes from behind the counter, where smiles are forced for customers who are always right. Bosses misuse their power. Workers struggle to scrape together enough to live. And, at times, the support of our co-workers is what keeps our heads above water. Within these pages, you'll find a compilation of workers' stories, art, recipes, poems, essays and more. These varied experiences express a vision of dignity, value, and change.…
Retail Action Network
April 30, 2018
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Off the Menu: Province Abolishes Sexist Liquor Server Wage

VICTORIA, BC - As the province moves towards a $15 minimum wage, the BC NDP government announced today that they will slowly close the gap between the lower liquor server’s wage and the provincial minimum wage. The liquor server’s minimum wage has been criticized by restaurant workers across the province as a policy that reinforces gender pay inequity while also enabling sexual harassment and abuse from customers. The liquor server…
Retail Action Network
April 21, 2018

Intervening to Protect the Right to a Discrimination-Free Workplace

Workers have a right to a workplace free from harassment and discrimination, regardless of who is behind it. Or so we thought, based on the past twenty years of Canadian human rights law. This March 28, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear an important case concerning human rights protections for workers in BC, and potentially across the country. In Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal), 2016 BCCA 146…
Retail Action Network
March 15, 2017

Gender and Workers’ Rights

In solidarity with International Women's Day (IWD), we are hosting Gender and Power in the Workplace on March 8, 2017 from 7.00 to 9.00 PM. Join us for drink specials, a film screening and facilitated discussions.   The history of the workers’ rights movement can be traced back to the 18th century when the industrial revolution created a “working class” that sold labour to factory owners. At that time, workers faced increasingly…

Starbucks’ Pledges to Hire 10,000 Refugees

Starbucks has received much praise for their commitment to hire 10,000 refugees as a response to Donald Trump’s U.S. Immigration Ban. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz demonstrated his opposition to Trump’s actions in a passionate open letter, and pledged to hire refugees that have served with the U.S. military. Given the immense economic, cultural, and political influence of franchises like Starbucks, their role in swaying public discourse and resisting white supremacy…
Retail Action Network
February 5, 2017

Workers’ Story Forums in Victoria

On Wednesday, January 11th, the BC Employment Standards Coalition, in collaboration with the Victoria Retail Action Network, will bring its workers’ story forums to Victoria. These bad job story forums began in Vancouver in October last year when a series of six all-day open forms were held at various locations throughout metro Vancouver. At these forums workers are given the opportunity to talk about their bad job experiences to demonstrate…
Retail Action Network
January 5, 2017

Buy Nothing Day and Worker Solidarity

November 25th, 2016 is an international day of protest against consumerism known as “Buy Nothing Day”. The event was first celebrated in 1992, and was popularized by Vancouver-based artist Ted Dave. Since then, it has grown to include celebrations and protests in more than 65 nations. Buy Nothing Day deliberately coincides with “Black Friday”, a notorious day of sales which began in the United States but now occurs in other…
Retail Action Network
November 24, 2016
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1 Year Anniversary

Come celebrate our anniversary with us, and help us to shape another year of organising with our network of retail, hospitality, and food service workers! We'd love to see you at our 1 year anniversary BBQ. This month marks the 1 year anniversary of the Retail Action Network. Our organisation has come a very long way over this past year. We've connected with so many workers and activists, and are…
Retail Action Network
August 7, 2016