The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 has expressed strong support for the election of Laird Cronk as President of the BC Federation of Labour at last week’s BCFED convention in Vancouver.
“Laird Cronk is a proven leader with an ability to bring people together,” said IUOE Local 115 Business Manager Brian Cochrane.
“The election of Laird Cronk to the presidency of the BCFED is timely at this stage in British Columbia’s history. We have many major projects underway, and a provincial government that is willing to create a more level playing field for workers. The BCFED will be a key advocate for apprenticeship and for community opportunity as the government rolls out its construction plan.”
Cochrane will join Cronk as one of the 21 officers of the BC Federation of Labour.
Laird Cronk is a Red Seal Construction Electrician and a 33-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Prior to his election to the leadership of the BCFED, he served as the IBEW’s International Representative for BC, the Northwest and Yukon Territories.
Cronk ran his candidacy for President on a joint platform with Sussanne Skidmore of the BCGEU, who was elected as Secretary-Treasurer. Their campaign focused on the need for Labour Relations Code reform to allow workers to join trade unions; a revised Employment Standards Act to respond to the “gig” economy; and more strict enforcement of BC safety regulations.
Cochrane also thanked Irene Lanzinger, who has retired from the BCFED presidency after four years in that position.
“Irene was a great friend to the IUOE,” Cochrane said. “She provided strong and effective leadership for BC’s labour movement.”