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Members of the North Bay and District Labour Council. Left to Right. Rejean Amyot, Jared Hunt, Pauline Teal, Tammy Martel, Ian Mizzi, Henri Giroux, Dave Vadnais. Not picture: Amanda Farrow-Giroux, Andy Mitchell, Rick Belisle.
Congratulations to Brent Lavigne CUPE 122 for winning the Prevent Link WSIB Award.
Congratulations to Jim Aldridge OPSEU 635 for winning the WHSC Award. Jim has dedication much of his career to Health and Safety in his workplace.
Henri Giroux, President of the NBDLC, was the honoured recipient of our first annual Community Activism Award. Henri has dedicated years of service to helping people in the North Bay and area.
Nipissing University and proud NUFA member, Dr. Kristen Ferguson was an amazing guest speaker. Dr. Ferguson shared her academic story about researching the stress demands of public education teaching. She is part of a $1.4 million multi-sector study, with particular focus on work place mental health relating to leaves of absence and return to work programs.
Unifor Rally in North Bay
Regional and local Unifor members and supporters rallied outside of MPP Fedeli’s office Friday December 7th. Local union members wanted MPP Fedeli to know that he’s making terrible decisions as the Nipissing representative, and that the focus of Unifor members will not change. Just because Bill 47 passed doesn’t mean unions have stopped the fight to help low wage workers. Andy Mitchell (Unifor 103 President) explained to local media that he and other Unifor negotiators plan to bargain for $15 and other low wage worker demands. Read the North Bay Nugget article here.
Strategy, Tools, Actions
Organizers Jared Hunt, Shawn Moreton, Catherine Murten Stoehr, and Lena Ross hosted a fabulous panel discussion November 29th. Over 50 people attended to listen to Erin Reyce, Candace Ghent, and Erika Lougheed (pictured below, left to right, with organizer MC Lena Ross) speak about the ups and downs of organizing for equity and social change. Although not an easy topic to frame, these amazing humans spoke to importance of working together to bring about positive change. After the panel discussion the group divided into three highly constrictive workshops: Writing for Change, Creating Online Content, and Organizing for Turnout. Pictures by Shawn Moreton.
Family and Friends Board Games Day
December 15th at OPSEU Hall, 2:30-5PM. Save the date, friends! Some Labour Council organizers want to host a Saturday afternoon board games get-together. Why not finish off the 2018 Labour year with friendly games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Euchre, Wizard, or any other fun game you really enjoy playing. Anyone is welcome–members, friends, neighbours. Snacks, tea, coffee, pop will be provided. See you there!
Want to keep up-to-date with activism related action? Visit ActivismNB.ca for the deets. A local organizer created an awesome website to inform people about important events like rallies, town halls, panels, etc… Find ActivismNB on Facebook here.
The Workers Health and Safety Centre
Looking for information about amazing certified health and safety training? Look no further, the WHSC is a leading training agency in meeting and exceeding work place safety requirements. Employers across the province recognize WHSC as excellent value for top notch classroom-based training. WHSC is union supported and relies on the expertise of union and locally-based trainers.