| 05-13-2022

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Local Dispatch (22/05/13): Thank You Edmonton

Comrades & friends,

I’m pleased to share that on May 6th, I was decisively elected to the position of CUPW’s National Vice President of Organizing!  As stated previously, Brother Devon Rundvall (as Local 1st VP) will assume Local President duties until the Election Committee holds an election for the vacancy. I can't think of anyone better to step into the office. Devon understands what is needed to keep our workfloors empowered and has already gone about doing (social distanced) parking lot meetings to promote upcoming educationals. If he decides to accept nomination for the vacant Presidency, he would have my unconditional support as a candidate. It is vitally important that we use this next year to strengthen the spirit of solidarity in our union as well as recruit and train our members to be ready for the next round of negotiations. The outcome will not change unless we collectively put in the work to determine otherwise.
For my full statement on what my election win means for CUPW, my last report as your Local President, new dates for Local organizing educationals, and info on a public health rally tomorrow, please check out the rest of the dispatch below. 

By June 1st I will have to relocate to Ottawa. Although I plan to attend GMMs as a member while they are still running virtually, I'll dearly miss being in this Local dearly and all the relationships I've built with so many of you, and the inspiring work we've done together, over the years. I'm very excited at the prospect of helping to grow our union but I wish I didn't have to leave my home to do it. Farewell for now, Edmonton, and thank you.

In solidarity,



What My National Election Win Means For CUPW

During our National campaign, we framed the race as not just a choice between candidates but as a referendum on the direction of our union. Do we maintain our current course, or do we reform to embrace a committed strategy to organize our workfloors? The results are clear -- CUPW delegates decisively supported my call for reform on the first ballot over the three other challengers. FULL STATEMENT HERE



Due Process: We Only Get What We Are Willing To Give

Every dollar we spend in dues nets each of us close to $13 in value we would not get as a comparable non-union worker. Dues are the symbolic lifeblood of the workers' struggle to create a better world and we only get what we put in. In the end, our power is not limited as much by the boss as it is by our own willingness to invest in our own organization to strengthen it to fight. FULL REPORT HERE



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New Education Dates: Taking Back Our Workfloor 

A union is only as powerful as it’s members are involved and willing to assert their collective power! Taking Back Our Workfoor is a 1-day course that gets back to the grassroots organizing that helped unions change the world for the better so long ago.  Participants will be trained on how to gather allies, as well as successfully build, and carry out, a work floor job action. Application deadline: May 25, 2022. APPLY HERE

Due to ongoing staffing issues at Canada Post we had to reschedule some of our Taking Back Our Workfloor classes, as well as schedule additional ones. The earliest new dates are June 7, 8, 9.
If you applied for the Taking Back the Work Floor course scheduled for the end of April there is do not apply again, we still have your application on file.  

Contact our education officer with any questions at educate730@gmail.com



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Rally For Public Health Care! 

Show your support for public health care and the health-care workers who are keeping it together despite UCP underfunding and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic!
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2022
WHERE: Edmonton, Alberta Legislature Building, 1:00 PM
Link to Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/2t5orBKjm
Concurrent rallies will be happening across the province. Look for the CUPW 730 flags!



Ongoing Reminder: Local Office Access

To stay aligned with the federal health guidelines affecting our members, our office remains available by appointment only. We are trying to conduct all meetings with members over the phone or via video conferencing. Exemptions can be made for unique circumstances. In either case, please call (780) 423-9000 to arrange an appointment with the appropriate officer. We are extremely busy in the office so please leave a message if you’re unable to catch us on the phone.