Unifor will hold its first Canadian Council meeting in Vancouver from September 12 to 15, where delegates and staff will reflect on the union’s first year, and plan for the future. “Unifor has had an incredible first year. We have begun to change the debate in this country, but there is still much more work to do. Canadian Council will be where we talk about doing that,” Unifor national President Jerry Dias said. Canadian Council will begin with a Unity Team Caucus meeting on the evening of Sept. 12, followed the next morning by a welcome from BC Federal of Labour President Jim Sinclair.
Dias will address the council Saturday morning.
Issues facing Canada’s Aboriginal peoples will be the focus of much of the morning of Sept. 13, with address from Grand Chief Philip Stewart and Michelle Audette of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Audette will discuss what needs to be done the address murdered and missing Aboriginal women.
Actor and activist Danny Glover will address council the morning of Sept 14, discussing the legacy of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Also speaking will be federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World Stephen Lewis, author Linda McQuaig and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff.
There will also be reports and updates from Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy and Quebec Director Michel Ouimet, as well as discussions about organizing, political action, the coming federal election, health care, and more.
Elections will be held for the National Executive Board, the Western Director and several Industry Councils.