In November 2021, the BCGEU endorsed the Rent Strike Bargain Campaign for collective bargaining rights for renters in BC.
This grassroots, province-wide effort is made up by renters, workers, and tenant and labour organizers across B.C., and has quickly been gaining endorsements from labour and renter unions. Enshrining collective bargaining rights for renters in BC would mean giving tenants the ability to:
1. Force landlords to negotiate down rents and annual rent increases
2. Make it harder for abusive landlords to evict their tenants
3. Build strong, local tenant unions across BC
4. Rent strike without fear of eviction.
RSB plans to win these rights by building stronger solidarity between the labour union movement and the renter’s movement in BC. To do so, they’re getting in touch with workers who rent to get them involved in the fight. Roles include helping get renter committees started at union locals, supporting your co-workers who are fighting against reno and demo evictions, helping rural workers start up local tenant unions in their hometowns, and more!
Can you take two minutes to fill out a survey to help the campaign connect with unionized workers who rent and their allies?*