I am pleased to submit the following report on my Labour Council work, and on some key issues I wish to bring to your attention.
- Four Priority Labour Council Committees
- CUPE 926 and WLU
- United Way - Labour Partnership
- Personal News
Four Priority Labour Council Committees
I had a number of meetings with activists from our Labour Council over the holidays about how to rejuvenate our Labour Council Committees, and I’ve decided to try out an excellent idea that came from one of those meetings. I am going to put my energy into making sure that four of our committees establish a process for regular meetings and plans for action. I’ve spoken to the Chairs of three of those Committees, and recruited someone who is willing to Chair the fourth (the position recently became vacant). The four Committees are: Political Action, Education and Publicity, Human Rights, and Union Solidarity. The Chairs have all agreed to put more of their energy into making these committees more active. The first step for all of them will be recruiting people to join the committees, and planning out work so that people can contribute in different ways beyond attending meetings. You will hear from each of the four Chairs at tonight’s meeting. The next step is for you to get involved with them!
CUPE 926 and WLU
I have been in regular communication with representatives at CUPE 926, the Local representing custodians, groundskeepers, and tradespeople at Wilfrid Laurier University. They continue to bargain through a conciliator, and their main issue continues to be contracting out. I wrote an article for The Community Edition which was published last week. You can read it online at http://communityedition.ca/blog/2016/01/08/union-fights-wlu-sub-contracting/.
United Way - Labour Partnership
At the last meeting of our Labour - United Way partnership in December, we discussed the idea of planning a meeting with representatives of the Boards of our two United Ways and our Labour Council to discuss our values, goals, and priorities, with the aim of finding some projects that we could work on together. This meeting should happen in the next couple of months. In related news, we recently found out that our KW United Way labour rep Steve Sachs is going to be on leave for at least another three months, so we will be posting a temporary job and promoting it to labour activists in the near future.
Over the holidays, I was offered an opportunity to work for CUPE Ontario on political campaigns for a minimum of six months. I have decided to accept it and start working out of their Richmond Hill office on January 25th. I intend to stay on as President, as I will continue to be a dues-paying member of a union affiliated with our Labour Council, but am going to be putting more time into working with our Vice Presidents so that they can step into the leadership role when I can’t.
January 12, 2016