Langley woman fails in bid to unseat B.C. Federation of Labour president

  • Dec. 3, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Langley resident Michelle Laurie was unsuccessful in her attempt to unseat longtime B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.

At the BC Fed convention last week, Sinclair was re-elected to a seventh term. The labour body has 470,000 members, and Sinclair is a prominent spokesman for labour-related issues..

Laurie, president of local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, ran on a slate with Trevor Davies of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Davies was seeking the secretary-treasurer post. The two were running on a “Renew The Fed” slate.

Sinclair took about 70 per cent of the votes cast by the convention’s 2,000 delegates.

Laurie and Davies was backed by CUPE, the United Steelworkers and several other unions.