Employees at the Victoria Bug Zoo have joined a union.
Last week, 13 workers at the downtown museum officially became certified as members of MoveUP, a union that represents around 12,000 members at public and private sector companies across Canada.
“Unionizing isn’t only something that can benefit large groups of workers at big corporations. Even in workplaces that are small, collective bargaining power is needed to ensure that workers can advocate for themselves, each other, and the work they love,” Liz Cronin, a part-time worker at the Bug Zoo who initiated the unionizing effort, said in a press release.
The Victoria Bug Zoo is one of several workplaces, including the BC Civil Liberties Association and Nimbus School of Recording & Media, where workers have successfully joined MoveUP since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has really reinforced for workers in all fields and sectors, in large and small companies, in public and private sectors, just how valuable having a union to represent the best interest of workers is,” said Lori Mayhew, President of MoveUP.
The Victoria Bug Zoo has been operating in downtown Victoria since 1997. On Oct. 30, the zoo will celebrate its 25th anniversary at 5 p.m. with a spooky-themed event that features “Halloween bug stories and games” as well as a night market.