At the October 22nd, 2014 General Memebership Meeting, TSSU members in attendance voted unanimously (with one abstention), to recommend to our membership to vote for a COPE slate for the below reasons.
It was also recognized that COPE is not running a full slate and there are many other excellent candidates from a variety of progressive parties that are also in line with our members interest. (Other parties that requested a labour endorsement included:
The Public Education Project, One City, The Green Party, and Vision Vancouver).
TSSU endorsement of 2014 Vancouver City Election candidates
Whereas two terms of life under a Vision Vancouver majority at City Hall has resulted in unprecedented levels of homelessness, increased housing and affordability crises for working people and students, and decreased prospects of good jobs for emerging workers, and;
Whereas the municipal politics of the City of Vancouver directly affect the lives and well beings of TSSU as workers and residents in surrounding jurisdictions, and;
Whereas the TSSU committee on municipal elections recommends that the platform of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) represents the interests of TSSU members and the broader working class, Indigenous and low-income communities in the City of Vancouver;
BIRT: TSSU recommend to its members that they vote for the COPE slate in Vancouver’s municipal election November 15th, 2014, and;
BIFRT: TSSU issues an email to members who reside in Vancouver recommending support for COPE before the end of October.
The party with the strongest and clearest political positions that align with the needs and interests of TSSU members and SFU students as well as with the principles of the TSSU, is the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).
COPE’s campaign is strongly focused on affordability, standards of living, and social justice in Vancouver from a working-class perspective.
Vision Vancouver has, through its two terms in office, eroded discourses around affordability and shifted them into a muddy middle Continue reading