Updates2019-02-12T10:34:58+00:00

Updates

Why We Fight Wednesdays: Pietro

When making a decision about joining a company, understanding the benefits – including pension – is as important a part in that process as is understanding other elements including wages, advancement opportunities, and work culture. For Pietro, that was the case when he chose to join Westminster Savings. Having brought experience from another banking institution, [...]

A Great Place To Work?!

According to Westminster Savings, their employees say it's a great place to work. We think we know a few people who might feel differently. Email info@greatplacetowork.ca and let them know how great of an employer you think Westminster Savings is. (P.S. June 5 was a Wednesday. We think you meant July 5, which was a [...]

Not happy

The workers at Westminster Savings Credit Union were out and about visiting the Sunwood branch talking with the credit union members about WSCU plan to close down the Shaughnessy branch this fall. Of course, the credit union members were not happy!  #SAVEOURBRANCH

Hundreds to protest Westminster Savings Credit Union in support of striking workers

Over 200 people will march this Friday, July 5 from Westminster Savings Credit Union’s Shaughnessy Station branch in Port Coquitlam to the Sunwood Square branch in Coquitlam to protest the credit union’s plans to close down the Shaughnessy Station branch. “This is about standing up for our community and all the people who would be [...]

Closing the branch

Linda has been a member of Westminster Savings Credit Union for 30 years. She was very upset to receive a letter from WSCU telling her they are planning to close the Shaughnessy branch this fall. She isn't buying their reasons for doing this.

Saying ‘Thank You’

Just under a week ago, members of MoveUP's national union - COPE/SEPB - showed off their incredible generosity raising over $12,000 in support of the MoveUP members on the picket line at the Shaughnessy Station branch of Westminster Savings Credit Union. The members on the picket line fighting to save the pension plan for the [...]

USW 2009 drops by the line

Representatives from United Steelworkers Local 2009 (USW 2009), the union that represents staff members working at MoveUP, dropped by the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station on Tuesday, June 4 to show support for the MoveUP members there fighting to save the pension for the next generation. And they brought pizza too! Thank you USW [...]

Members speaking out

Roy, a 60-year member at Westminster Savings Credit Union, has a message for Mr Toy: "I'm a voting member and I want this labour dispute resolved". www.CorporateGreed.ca

New artwork

You may see some new artwork pop up close to Westminster Savings Credit Union in Surrey City Central and in POCO close to the Shaughnessy Branch!

Flashback Friday

We don't have to go too far back for this Flashback Friday. Our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line have been there since January 22. That's 123 days and counting.

There is a lot of value here

Here are some of the faces that have invested a lot of time loyally working for Westminster Savings, they value their jobs, the relationships with the members of the credit union and they value the new co-workers that will work alongside them, so much so they have been fighting since January to save the better pension [...]

Out and about

Look whose out and about in the community today! If you see these sisters downtown POCO be sure to reach out and say hi! They're talking about the fight to protect the next generations pension at Westminster Savings Credit Union. To learn more, go to CorporateGreed.ca and send an email to CEO Gavin Toy and tell him [...]

Examples of solidarity

Kelly has been with Westminster Savings Credit Union for 25 years and the team on the picket line really appreciates his support and donations during this dispute. It takes 8 strong workers backed by the communities support to continue to fight corporate greed. They have been fighting to save the pension not for themselves, but for the [...]

Thank you CUPE 379

The members on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union say THANK YOU to CUPE 379 President Paul Simpson for the generous gift certificates! Fighting to save the pension, fighting corporate greed. One day longer, one day stronger. Corporategreed.ca

Veep and her peeps!

VP Christy out on the line with the entire gang today. These are the faces behind the fight with Westminster Savings Credit Union about pension security. Stop CorporateGreed.ca

Others driven by Corporate Greed

While our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line at are selflessly fighting to save the pension for the next generation, there are others like the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation and potential Alberta premier Jason Kenney who are fighting against workers' retirement security. Read the story here.

A little rain never stopped anybody

Rain was a steady presence for much of the day on Saturday, April 13 out at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line in Port Coquitlam but that didn't manage to keep the visitors away. Among those who dropped by included Ken from the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 500, [...]

Small but mighty

Although they're a small group, they're mighty! Fighting for a pension not for themselves, but for the next generation of workers at Westminster SavingsCredit Union. They continue to do this through all this spring rain! CorporateGreed.ca

Proud of our members fighting the fight

April 11 marked Day 80 on the picket line for our members fighting to save the pension for the next generation at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch in Port Coquitlam. We wish we weren't passing these milestones but, as MoveUP President David Black said at last month's rally, we are incredibly proud of [...]

Wear pink!

When it is day 79 and you are fighting to save the pension and walking the line in the rain at Westminster Savings Credit Union - the answer is wear pink!

BC FORUM expresses support

The BC Federation of Retired Union Members - BC FORUM - serves the needs of both retired and active union members over the age of 50 throughout British Columbia. The BC FORUM has been very vocal in their support of our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station picket line fighting to save [...]

Strong Start Monday

It's Day 77 on the picket line but our members are still going strong. There's nothing like kicking off a new week fighting to save the pension for the next generation at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch with the continued strong support from credit union members, members of other unions, and all [...]

Laird Cronk on two-tiering

When the two-tiering proposal first came across our members, they saw through it right away. They knew it was an attempt to divide and, ultimately, conquer. BC Federation of Labour President Laird Cronk has seen more than his fair share of these types of two-tiering proposals in his many years of negotiating collective agreements. At [...]

Banner days are here

If you stopped by the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line over this past weekend, you would have seen the new banners coming up. Just another way for our members to showcase how they are fighting to save the pension for the next generation of workers. Thinking of dropping by and showing [...]

Karma

‪Gil, a regular supporter, brought his daughter’s dog, Karma, to the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line on Saturday. We were going to post something witty about how karma would get those who toy with pensions...but OMG SHE’S SO CUUUUUTE! So please enjoy this photo of Karma and her picket sign.

Right to bare arms

Our members know a thing or two about solidarity, especially thanks to all the support they've received on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line in their fight to save the pension for the next generation. On Saturday, they decided to show a little solidarity with the staff members at the BC [...]

Invest in your new employees

Right now Westminster Savings Credit Union should be investing in their future - their new staff, but sadly they're forcing those at the Shaughnessy branch to accept an inferior pension for the next generation, in order to continue the bargaining process. They have been without a collective agreement since 2016. This is why they walk the line [...]

Mayor Brad West speech at the rally

If you didn't get a chance to attend the Rally and BBQ on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line on March 16, you missed some rousing speeches in support of the MoveUP members fighting to save the pension for the next generation. Among the speeches delivered was one by Port Coquitlam [...]

Gil from the Service Workers Union of BC

Saturdays are always a day where our members on the picket line greet lots of visitors who stop by encouraging them to keep up the good fight in their quest to save the pension for the next generation at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch in Port Coquitlam. This Saturday, among the special visitors [...]

Strong relationships and community

The fight to save the pension for the next generation continues at Westminster Savings Credit Union and today marks day 60. Every day there is evidence of the strong relationships and community the staff on the line have cultivated with the members, today more drop by for support and to bring treats.

100,000 reached in the Tri-Cities area

On the evening of Thursday, March 21, a telephone town hall was held to reach out to members of the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas - along with other supporters - to talk about the ongoing strike at Westminster Savings Shaughnessy Station branch and our members fight to preserve the pension. Over 100,000 calls were made [...]

Another location isn’t an option

With the doors locked to this location it's creating a lot of frustration among the members of Westminster Savings Credit Union as other branches are not an option. Long-time valued member Kristina is very supportive of the staff and brought refreshing drinks from Starbucks. Although, Kristina is angry with the credit union she understands the importance of [...]

Members of WSCU want their credit union back

Both long-time and new members of Westminster Savings are not happy with what is happening with their 'Credit Union'. Communities need credit union's, employee's need pensions and Westminster Savings need to get back to the table. In the meantime, the employee's here continue to fight for the next generation! Mick opened up his account back in 1970, as it [...]

MoveUP members show support

Stacy is one of our MoveUP members supporting her sisters and brothers on strike at Westminster Savings Credit Union by showing up on the line plus, surprising them each with a gift card! Fighting to save the pension is a concern for many!

You’re letting the membership down

Members of the Westminster Savings Credit Union are speaking out on the line, alongside the employees fighting to save the pension. Sandra has been a member for 47 years and she is disappointed with Gavin Toy and she wants to tell him "it's not right what you're doing and you're letting the membership down!"

Support for the pension-savers

Former MoveUP VP Gwenne Farrell, Marlet, and puppy Freye stopped by this morning to show support and solidarity to those on the line at Westminster Savings Credit Union. Fighting to keep the pension plan takes a large community and with each visitor that stops by you all help reinforce these pension-savers to last one day longer.

This poster says it all!

It clearly explains what the members at Westminster Savings Credit Union have been dealing with since December 2016. They fight with hope and passion, they're all giving, interconnected and very appreciative with all of the solidarity and love shown to them during this fight to save the pension for the next generation!

Happy Pi Day

March 14th is Pi Day! To mark Pi Day, we decided to ask a pie-related question that's a real slice. How do you think Westminster Savings Credit Union would respond?

Fuel for the fight

Today, the line was treated to an instant lunch a tailgating soiree courtesy of Leif from IBEW213. Thank you for your support! Also, with the coffee and treats from the POCO Fire Fighters, the Westminster Savings Credit Union employees are warm and strong to fight for the pension! http://CorporateGreed.ca 

The signs are up!

Looking to learn more about what the workers who are on strike at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch are fighting for? Now you can do that right on the picket line! The workers want everyone to know why they are fighting so hard to save the pension plan, even though it doesn't directly [...]

Brett and Dave from Teamsters 464

Brett and Dave, members of Teamsters 464, came to visit the picket line on Wednesday. Brett and Dave also happen to be members of Westminster Savings Credit Union. Brett and Dave know the fight for retirement security is important, and they're fully supportive of our members fighting to save the pension for the next generation. [...]

Maggie the Picket Pug

New executive managers at Westminster Savings Credit Union get access to the superior pension plan, but not other new employees? Even Maggie the Picket Pug thinks that's "ruff." That's why she took a paw-se in her day to come support the workers as they continue to fight to save the pension for the next generation [...]

Join us on March 16! Rally and free BBQ in support of workers on strike at Westminster Savings

Our members working at Westminster Savings Credit Union in Port Coquitlam need your help! This Saturday, March 16, will mark the 54th day that our members have been on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union’s Shaughnessy Station branch. Those members went out on the picket line to fight for retirement security and against [...]

David and Donna

Saturday was a day packed with visitors as many supporters came by to support the members fighting to save the pension at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch. Among the visitors was MoveUP President David Black, who dropped by with his family. Also stopping by was Donna, a member of CUPE 379 (Burnaby [...]

Just call him Mr. Amazing

Paul, a member of Teamsters Local 464, dropped by the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line on Saturday, March 9 to show his support. What he did there, however, went well above and beyond. The video says it all.

Our favourite experts

Friday was certainly an eventful day on the line with many supporters coming by not only to encourage our members in their continuing fight to save the pension plan for the next generation, but also to celebrate International Women's Day. We can't forget to mention three more special visitors to the line on Friday who [...]

Strike a pose

#BalanceforBetter challenge continues on the line at Westminster Savings Credit Union. The irony is Westminster Saving's tag line is 'Achieve better balance'. As they continue to walk the line today, fighting to save the pension, more visitors show their solidarity by stopping by and striking a pose!

Achieve Better Balance

This year's theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. Westminster Savings Credit Union's slogan is 'Achieve Better Balance' but they see no problem with creating disparity by two-tiering the pension. Today, we shout out those on the picket line, especially the strong women fighting against CORPORATE GREED.

Pet Support

More pets! Thank you Mr. Moore and Molly for stopping by the line today to show some support! The team on the line at Westminster Savings Credit Union appreciate the solidarity and company! Fighting to save your pension always feels better with the support of the community.

Rob from CUPE 379 and his dog, Judge

Any visitor that joins the Westminster Savings Credit Union workers on the picket line at Shaughnessy Station bolsters the spirit on the line but, bring a puppy and boom – the day is better! Thank you, Rob, from CUPE 379 and Judge for supporting this team fighting to save the pension for the next generation!

Stewards show their support

Throughout the first two days of MoveUP's 2019 Job Steward Seminar, 50/50 tickets were sold in support of the members on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch. On Saturday night - with special guests Donna, Leanne, and Karen in attendance - it was announced that over $2200 in tickets were [...]

Youth In Action Class visits picket line

On the morning of Saturday, March 2, the participants in the Young Workers in Action course at MoveUP's Job Steward Seminar - led by our Youth Action Committee co-chairs Francis and Milena - took a trip to the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line to show their support for our members fighting [...]

Taking the streets

Retirement security isn’t just about one particular group of workers. It’s an issue that matters to us all. On the opening day of March, with the strike now in its sixth week, our members on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union took that message out onto the streets near the Shaughnessy Station branch [...]

Another location is not an option

Long-time member Helena, understands the need to save the pension for new workers and she wants to see Westminster Savings Credit Union get back to the bargaining table. She doesn't have a computer and with only a 20 minute walk to the Shaughnessy Station branch it is her only option for all of her banking needs.

Brandon’s back with a special visitor

Brandon - a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1944 (PoCo Fire Fighters) - has been a huge supporter of our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station picket line fighting to save the pension for future workers. On March 1, he visited the line again...and brought a special visitor.

Pink Shirt Day with friends and family

What's Pink Shirt Day without family and friends? More friendly faces stopping by the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line on this brisk February 27 day to support MoveUP members fighting to save the pension for the next generation include Nicole (Sheila's daughter), Kelsey, and Madelyn! Great to see the support, especially [...]

Craig from Teamsters on Pink Shirt Day

The friendly faces coming to support our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line fighting for retirement security continues. Another special visitor that came by on Pink Shirt Day was Craig, a Teamsters members, who kindly brought along a gift card for our members. Thank you for your support and [...]

Laird on the line

We know BC Federation of Labour President Laird Cronk has a packed schedule, so it's always nice when he takes the time to visit our members on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch and show his support in the fight to save the pension for the next generation of workers.

The Bensons

‪Smart parents understand the importance of retirement security, for themselves and for their children. Today, the Bensons - proud parents of Karen - came by to support her on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line and join the fight to save the pension for the next generation.‬

What can be better?

What can be better than an afternoon of pizza and coffee with our pals? Well...maybe an employer that cares about workers' retirement security. Thanks to executive union members and workers from BCTGM International Union Local 468 for taking the time on Monday to bring treats and spend the afternoon on the picket line at Westminster [...]

A family matter

Retirement security is absolutely a critical issue for families. That’s why many family members, like Dave and Gary, come out to support their loved ones on the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line. Thanks Dave and Gary for supporting the cause on Saturday!‬

A visit from Elmer

‪Elmer, a proud MoveUP member, has been a big supporter of our members fighting to save their pension at Westminster Savings Credit Union. Our members were glad to have him at the picket line on Saturday at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch! Thank you, Elmer!‬

Breakfast by Grant

‪There's nothing quite like having breakfast delivered on a snowy Friday morning at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch picket line. This fight against corporate greed and to save the pension has been difficult, but the kind and generous support from credit union members like Grant keep us strong!‬

Party on the picket line

Thursday was a bittersweet day out on the picket line for the MoveUP members fighting for retirement security at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Shaughnessy Station branch. It has been 31 days since the picket line first went up back on January 22. Since then, our MoveUP members have remarked how wonderful it has been [...]

The real treat

Is the real treat what's in the box, or having the generous support of credit union members like Garry come out to the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch and show their solidarity in the fight for retirement security for all? Definitely the latter. Thanks Garry for bringing the donuts!

Councillor Pollock shows his support

The tremendous support that our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union picket line at the Shaughnessy Station branch have received from the City of Port Coquitlam continued on Wednesday when our members received a special visit from City Councillor Glenn Pollock, who was kind enough to bring some goodies as well. Thank you Glenn [...]

Darling on the line

The support our members have received from the City of Port Coquitlam has been incredible. At different times, Mayor Brad West and City Councillor Laura DuPont have dropped by to show their support. Today, another PoCo city councillor - Steve Darling - came by to show his support for our members on strike at Westminster [...]

Bortsch from the Brotherhood!

Family Day may have been Monday, but our members on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch were still had that warm and fuzzy feeling of family on Tuesday as members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213 stopped by the line to deliver bortsch! Thanks for your [...]

Members helping members

Members helping members. That is what makes our union great! Today, Emma - who works for BC Nurses but is on her day off - visited the Westminster Savings Credit Union picket line and brought coffee for the members fighting for retirement security. Thank you Emma, and all our members who have come out to [...]

Fighting Corporate Greed

Fighting for retirement security and against corporate greed! Our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union picket line showing off some of our new handouts. (P.S. Have you picked up the latest copy of The Tri City News? Hint hint)

Love on the Line

There's plenty of love on the picket line on Valentine's Day. Karen's son, Jared, came by to show his support for his mom and workers fighting for retirement security. And we've met Mr. Moore before. He's our not-so-secret admirer who comes by twice a day!

Meet Leanne’s son, Matt!

Meet Matt. Matt is Leanne's son. Even at age 19, Matt understands the importance of being able to retire with dignity. Matt took the time to visit the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union's Shaughnessy Station branch on Wednesday morning (February 13) to support his mom and all those fighting to save the pension [...]

The heat is on!

There are no snow days when it comes to being on the picket line, but there are "the heater's finally working" days! Not sure that heater is powerful enough to thaw the cold, cold heart of Westminster Savings Credit Union to the point they'll start caring about their workers' retirement security though.

Benefits Canada says DB pensions best option for Canadian employees, economy

Benefits Canada has published an article a study conducted by the Canadian Public Pension Leadership Council that show that defined benefit pensions are the best options for both Canadian employers as well as for the economy. Highlights from the article include: Robert Brown, professor emeritus of actuarial sciences at the University of Waterloo: "People argue [...]

Special thanks to UFCW 247

Our members on the Westminster Savings Credit Union picket line, joined by MoveUP Secretary-Treasurer Lori Mayhew and VP of Combined Units Christy Slusarenko, had a special message of thanks to UFCW Local 247 who generously donated $2,200 worth of gift cards for food items to our members while they are on strike. See the video [...]

When management closes a door

Our members are so grateful for the support they’ve received from members of the credit union when they see them out on the picket line. Almost two weeks into the strike, many are surprised to show up to see management has locked the doors.

A hero meeting our heroes

A special visit on February 1 out on the picket line. Firefigher Brandon Dougan – a member of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1941 (PoCo Fire Fighters) – came by to show his support for our members. Thank you Brandon for your solidarity, but also for helping keep Port Coquitlam safe!

VDLC at the line

A special welcome to Vancouver & District Labour Council President Stephen von Sychowski – also formerly a union representative with MoveUP – for his support of our members on the picket line. And for bringing his daughter to her first picket line on the last day of January.

Meet Mr. Moore

Among the visitors on Monday, January 28 was Mr. Moore – a retired school teacher who, like many of our supporters, knows the value of fighting for the pension.

Young workers visit the line

Our members on the picket line at Westminster Savings Credit Union are fighting for retirement security not just for themselves but for the next wave of workers to come. Appropriately, young workers came by to show their support on Saturday, January 26. Led by MoveUP Youth Action Committee co-chair, and BC Federation of Labour Young [...]

What a treat!

BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) staff member Megan brought her son, Lewis, to the picket line on January 25 to support our members. They also brought some delicious treats! Other guests representing the BC Federation of Labour, BCGEU, as well as our own Executive Board Member Graeme Hutchison also stopped by throughout the [...]

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