Comrades & Allies,
Here is your local dispatch for the 2nd week of October 2020. Stay safe out there.
President, CUPW 730
Three Positive C19 Cases
Over the past two days, Canada Post informed our office that three of our members have tested positive for C19.
1. Delton Depot - Oct 2 (CPC notified today)
2. EMPP Shift 1 - Oct 6
3. Whitemud South Depot - Oct 6
In each case, CPC claims proper protocol was followed and those working in close proximity to the infected individuals were directed to call 811 and get further direction from Alberta Health Services (which included some being instructed to get tested and self-isolate). If members have concerns that areas were not adequately cleaned, or that CPC did not give a clear explanation of what happened or what protocol to follow, please contact Rashpal in our Health & Safety office (780-423-9000 ext 4) immediately!
The bad news is that as cases keep surging across Edmonton transmissions being brought into our work facilities will become more likely. The good news is that there is a lot we can do to mitigate spread within our facilities. The best practice is to assume you may already be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, maintain 1 meter distance from others, always wear a mask at work, and don’t touch your face. Remember, masks are not effective at stopping the virus but they are effective at keeping you from unknowingly spreading it. If everyone wears a mask at work, the chances of a work related outbreak will drastically decrease. Please do your part -- protect yourself by respecting and protecting others. It's an effortless gesture of solidarity.
Education Opportunities - Local & Regional
Pandemic or not, the struggle continues to empower our workfloors to stand strong against CPC’s attempts at undermining our rights. Please read the descriptions below for education opportunities available to our members:
Advanced Shop Steward Course (Local) - Deadline Oct 15
(Option 1) Oct 26-30 (Option 2) Nov 2-6 - The 5-day advanced shop steward course is an opportunity for committed local activists, who are already active shop stewards, to further refine their knowledge and skills. The basic course gave you the tools, the advanced course challenges you to take more of a leading role in our local as someone capable of mentoring and assisting other activists and stewards in their own development. If you have a serious interest in growing as a leader and powerful advocate for your co-workers, this course is the perfect next step.
Political Action (Regional) - Deadline Oct 16
Oct 30-Nov 1 - This 2.5 day course aims to help members improve their lobbying, canvassing, outreach and campaign capacity with a focus on municipal and federal politics. Participants learn how to have a more effective impact on their elected representative – through a meeting, strategic direct action, or removing a hostile MP at the ballot box.
Fight Back (Regional) - Deadline Oct 16
Oct 30 - Nov 1 - This 2.5 day course dispels the myth of membership apathy. Participants will learn how to organize and mobilize union members into a powerful force for change. The course explores how to do union work in a way that builds the strength and courage of the membership. The skills learned can be applied to all the tough situations facing our members and our union.
Local President's Report - Oct 2020 - Tearing Down The Wall
Excerpt: "This deliberate process of empowering members at the local level will be the foundation for our union building the capacity and cross-local alliances needed to actually have the power to effectively fight back against CPC and the government… Our collective power is the only leverage we have, but we will never realize that power unless we are willing to be honest about the stakes, and what we are all collectively willing to do to improve our lives. The walls fragmenting our membership are just as fragile as the unjust laws disbanding our pickets -- if we can all pledge to stand together, the mountains before us will erode into dust.”
Full report (link here)
Building Community Alliances to Fight the UCP
From the Alberta Federation of Labour: The Kenney government has been taking Alberta in the wrong direction since they took office. They’ve attacked wages, overtime, worker rights, unions, fired thousands of teachers and education workers, are driving doctors out of the province, and the list goes on.
Here at the AFL we are organizing and connecting people who have had enough. We are helping people come together and regularly participate in local actions to show their MLA (or closest UCP MLA) that what their government is doing is wrong and we won’t stand for it.
We will support efforts to coordinate regular actions taking place in your area. Actions will be safe in the context of COVID-19, such as a picket outside the MLA office, chalking outside MLA office, coordinated social media efforts, talking to neighbours and people in your area, and so on.
By signing up, we will keep you informed so you know of the opportunities to participate. We will also be seeking local leaders who can assist in these teams organizing community-based actions.
Are you ready to take action? Sign up HERE!