Participation Roundtable - Insights & action 2021 - Beamsville
Beamsville, Lincoln, ON L0R, Canada
The National Executive Board (NEB) is excited to invite you to be a part of the ongoing discussion about the future of OUR union, the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers (CUSW) on July 14th from 6:30 - 8:30pm via Zoom.
Just prior to the arrival of the pandemic we held a series of nine regional grassroots Participation Roundtable Discussions.
During the roundtables we all had the opportunity to talk with our fellow members and their families about the union that we are building and the ways that we can work together on behalf of our families, communities and country, ensuring a stable, prosperous, healthy and democratic future for ourselves and future generations.
Now it's time to share the ideas collected and decide on what actions we would like to take.
Ideas will be shared relating to following themes that were discussed at the in person meetings:
Our values and beliefs
Issues and projects we'd like to tackle
How to continue to build our free and democratic union
Ways to improve the quality of life of our members and all Canadians
Our Trusts, funds and programs
Issues and opportunities for legislative change
Training and mentorship within CUSW and out communities
Human rights in and outside the union
Righting wrongs, charity and helping people in need
Ensuring Canada continues to be a free and democratic country
Improving our workplaces and those of all Canadians
In 1999 the founding Constitution opened the opportunity for hundreds of members to connect in kitchens, basements and even over tailgates to join together to support each other, their families and the larger community. This approach is nothing new to CUSW, our roots are in our community. Although these roundtable discussions and our Zoom meetings are not the kitchens, basements and tailgates that united us in 1999, they provide all of us the same opportunity to come together, talk about who we are and how we want to move forward.
Please RSVP by registering for your ticket.
Please note that your spouse or significant other is also welcome to attend and participate. This is about all of US. WE are CUSW.
The National Executive Board
Online via Zoom. The link will be sent out automatically and hour before the meeting starts at 6:30 pm on Wednesday July 14th.
6:30 pm - Welcome, Traditional lands acknowledgement, Format review6:45 pm - Breakout 1 - discussion on recommendations7:15 pm - Summary from Breakout 17:45 pm - Breakout 2 - discussion on recommendations8:00 pm - Summary from Breakout 28:15 pm - Thank you & next steps8:30 pm - FIN
BACKGROUND: OUR ROOTS BEGAN IN COMMUNITY
In January of 1999 a group of 12 individuals came together to form a new union in Canada called the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers (CUSW). At the Founding Meeting the group adopted a Constitution that set out the rules and guidelines for operating the new union. Under these rules the individuals present became the first 12 members.
In the beginning there were no bargaining rights and no collective agreements. These members started CUSW with nothing more than a vision of building a union that put Members and their families first. The founding Constitution opened the opportunity for hundreds of members to connect in kitchens, basements and even over tailgates to join together to support each other, their families and the larger community. Within a short-time the community grew significantly and together they chose to apply to the Ontario Labour Relations Board for the bargaining rights to represent 380 electrical workers at Ontario Hydro. The rest is History.
20 years later we have more than 2,500 members inside and outside the trades and in an increasing number of sectors. Our membership is very active and is still that coming together and building the future by putting Members and their families first. Since the beginning of CUSW, WE the members have formed the building blocks of the union. We have a Constitution that leads the way in setting standards for our members and society as a whole. We now have benefit plans, retirement programs, social activities and community events all built by members for members. We have our own education and training Trust Funds focused on providing the members with access to information about the way that we operate our internal affairs and how we participate in the community around us.
In April of 2018 we held our 7th Convention where 120 Delegates, elected by the membership, came together to confirm the original Vision of building a member supported democratic union. Changes in structure were implemented to assure that as we continue to grow, WE THE MEMBERS, and not just those that we elect to govern, have the voice to set the direction for moving forward.
The Members at the Convention recognized that to maintain the grassroots participatory democracy established back in 1999, we would need to ensure our democratic model provides access for every member to be involved and engaged in building their own future and the future of our community, our union.
*Please note that this is an alcohol free event
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Grassroots Participant - Member and family - Beamsville