Started the day off with an all candidate Q and A . Voting for the positions of President , Executive Vice President and Secretary Treasurer will be held on Thursday.
Next up was a panel discussion titled " The Labour Movement is About a Better Life for Everyone ".
The discussion centered around the need for the labour movement to get the message out to everyone from coast to coast that we advocate and lobby for change for everyone , not just unionized workers. All members of society benefit . We need to mobilize our members , reach out and mentor our young workers , and constantly lobby for change.
The labour movement lobby's for changes in many sectors of society , These changes benefit everyone of us . We lobby for changes to the universal pension , after all , statistics show that the majority of Canadians do not have enough retire savings to live a decent standard of living . Trade unions have always been a leader in health and safety .. We pressure government to adopt legislation to protect workers......pressure causes change . Lastly , we need to have accountability for large corporations . Corporations are concerned about one thing , profit . This usually comes at the expense of the worker .
On to the resolutions . These were Anti Privatization ( public services ) , we need to defend , strengthen and expand public services . Violence against women , and Save Canada Post. All were voted on and adopted. .
The afternoon presentation was another panel discussion. The topic discussed was " Bringing the Union Advantage to the People who need it most,."
We need to build relationships with the public, break down cultural barriers , build partnerships with community leaders and find commonalities. This can be achieved by simply getting back to basic conversations. Its about educating.
Workers in precarious jobs , people of minority and our young workers will benefit immensely from a campaign of this nature. All of this only has one meaning , broad based prosperity for all . We all need to stand united and stand together and give the power back to the workers.
Others topics discussed in the afternoon included , the global epidemic of the attack on workers rights, government trying to decimate our collective bargaining rights, and human rights issues.
There was also a lot of lively discussion surrounding young workers and how they are our future and other problems they are facing such as finding a decent job after graduation , debt load and the uncertainty they face everyday in the job market.
We ended the afternoon with a Commission on Structural Review. This review is initiate a program to strengthen
labour councils. This initiative will provide orientation and training for labour councils, develop an online process for submitting financial audits , establish secure online sites for labour council executives to obtain resources and participate in discussions on issues and develop a data base of local unions in their area to enable regular communication .
Tomorrow is a rally in downtown Montreal . It is a march against Stephen Harpers conservative Austerity agenda.
Bringing the flags and cowbells. !!!!
Executive VP, LHSC for COPE 468. 24 year employee in Medical Imagining and labour activist advocating for the rights of our members.