Increase Minimum Wage
3.1 Advocate for accelerating the timeline for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr province-wide, and call on the federal and provincial governments to increase the provision of public pensions in Canada, improving both the funding and benefit structures.
Municipal Living Wage
3.2 COPE will propose an amendment to the Vancouver Charter to confer powers upon the City allowing it to set a municipal minimum wage with the aim of closing the gap between the minimum wage and the local living wage (currently at ~$21 per hour, as defined by The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).
3.3 COPE will ensure that direct and indirect employees of the city are paid at the living wage.
No Contracting Out
3.4 COPE will not contract out any Vancouver City Services, nor enter into Public Private Partnerships.
3.5 COPE will ensure that any building trades working for the City of Vancouver or working on City contracts must have their TQ, and City inspectors must check the tickets of workers and record ticket numbers.
3.6 COPE will ensure that all contractors working on City contracts must be Licensed Contractors, and that every licensed business post Employment Standards in the workplace.
Protect Worker Mental Health
3.7 COPE will protect worker mental health against significant work-related stressors, including, but not limited to, bullying or harassment. These protections would extent to situations defined by a cumulative series of significant work-related stressors, rather than an individual event, arising out of and in the course of the worker's employment. COPE will do this by:
3.7.1 Directing excluded staff to work cooperatively with unions representing City of Vancouver employees to pro-actively educate for and uphold safe, respectful, and inclusive work environments for all workers.
3.7.2 Enacting an independent office, such as an Ombudsperson or equivalent designate, to protect complainant confidentiality and document alleged bullying violations.
3.7.3 Commence disciplinary action against any supervisory designate who causes to unreasonably suspend or constructively or wrongly dismiss an employee.
3.7.4 Commence disciplinary action against any employee who files a written complaint which would be seen by a reasonable person to be frivolous, vindictive, or vexatious.
City's Race Relations Committee
3.8 COPE will restore the city’s race relations committee.