“Our Work Matters”: Update on occupational conferences

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After receiving about 1,000 applications for this fall’s HEU occupation- and sector-based conferences, delegates have been named for six of the seven conferences.

Delegates from the locals were chosen based on local size and region. Each local submitted the names of delegates — nominated by their peers — in first, second, third choice order and so on. Delegates were then selected based on the number allotted to that local.

About 600 information packages were mailed out to delegates this week.

“These conferences are an important step in preparing for bargaining in 2006,” says HEU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy. “It will be an opportunity for delegates from across the province to meet, learn more about the bargaining process, strengthen their own skills as HEU activists, and participate in setting bargaining priorities for their job family.”

Under the theme “Our Work Matters”, the conferences will develop bargaining priorities that will go back to union locals, who will then bring recommendations forward to HEU’s Wage Policy Conference on January 9 and 10, 2006.

In addition to identifying bargaining priorities and ongoing advocacy strategies, the conferences will give delegates an opportunity to talk about changes needed within HEU’s structure to strengthen bargaining and the union overall.

Conference dates: Support on September 15 and 16; Trades & Maintenance on September 19 and 20; Clerical on September 22 and 23; Patient Care on September 26 and 27; Patient Care Technical on September 29 and 30; Community Health on October 12 and 13, and Community Social Services on October 19 and 20.

Deadline for submitting Community Social Services delegate names to the HEU Provincial Office is September 9, 2005 at 5:00 PM.