Message from the UNA Local 115 Executive (Jan 2008)

Message from Trustees

Happy New Year to all the members of local 115! 2008 promises to be a year of educational opportunities for members and ward reps. Local business meetings will be held every other month starting in January. The alternate months will focus on membership education. All meetings / educationals will be held on the second Thursday of the month in the Coombs Lecture Theatre starting at 1600 hrs. The first educational is scheduled for February 14. Marilyn Vavasour, the local Labour Relations Officer, will be present for a contract interpretation session. Please bring your questions! Your first question is going to be “When are we going to receive our new contract booklets?” We are hoping to have them in the hands of the members by the end of January. They will be distributed by the employer.

Submit your names for educational draws! In 2008 the local will fund a total of eight members (2 per district meeting ) to attend four South Central District meetings. This opportunity will be for members who have not yet attended a District meeting. Although District meetings are open for any member in the district to attend, funding is not available for all members. Funding will allow the member to take a union leave from the employer for the day. Each of the District meetings has time set aside for education. The next SCD meeting is scheduled for February 21st. The educational session will be generational diversity. The deadline for submitting your name is January 25th.

The local is hosting its own special Ward Rep workshop April 8th at the Olympic Volunteer Centre in Calgary. Ward Reps will be funded to attend the daylong session. Ward Reps from our out of town satellite units will be funded for travel expenses as well. If you are interested in becoming a Ward Rep please contact us.

The Canadian Labour Congress is holding its triennium May 25 – 30th in Toronto. Local 115 is able to send two locally funded members to attend this conference. To be eligible to submit your name for this draw, the member must have previously attended a Provincial UNA AGM as a voting delegate.

United Nurses of Alberta is holding its own Labour School June 11, 12, 13 in Red Deer. The local is hoping to send eight locally funded members. We will receive provincial funding for two members plus youth delegates. A youth is defined as “30 and under”. If you fall into this category, let us know.

Two local members will also be drawn to attend the June UNA Executive Board meeting. This is scheduled for June 23 – 26 in AGM. This provides an opportunity for members to know issues and items that will be discussed at the provincial meeting. Preference will be given to members who have not previously attended a UNA Executive Board Meeting.

Please email the trustees (our addresses are located on the back of the newsletter) or call the local office at 670 -9960 if you are interested in any of the educational opportunities.Edmonton. June is the planning meeting for our Provincial AGM. This provides an opportunity for members to know issues and items that will be discussed at the provincial meeting. Preference will be given to members who have not previously attended a UNA Executive Board Meeting.

Please email the trustees or call the local office at 670 -9960 if you are interested in any of the educational opportunities.

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