HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday October 3, 2018 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Meeting to be held at our local office 18121-107 Avenue

Agenda:

Every Child Matters (update)
Collecting hygiene products along with mitts, hats, and scarves for the homeless (Sept/Oct campaign) (update)
Ecole Polytechnique (Dec) Persons with Disabilities (Dec) Anti-bullying Day (Feb) Articles for the Inside Out Future meeting dates
Any other Human Rights issues

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CUPW – STTP 

Canadian Union of Postal Workers Edmonton Local
18121 – 107 Avenue Edmonton Alberta T5S 1K4
Ph: 780-423-9000 Fax: 780-423-2883

September 1, 2018

Dear Members:

By the time you read this the results of our nationwide strike votes will either be out or will be very close to being out. No matter what the results of the vote it is important that we take steps to protect ourselves in a few areas before the end of conciliation on September 25th.

If we are pushed into a strike or lockout situation we may lose our benefits should the corporation decided to take that action. Please talk to your doctor about getting any medications you may need prescribed ahead of time. Please do get all your benefit needs taken care of for yourself and your family. Make sure all prescriptions are filled, get those dental, vision, and hearing appointments done and fill any prescriptions needed for new glasses or hearing apparatus. Look after your physio and chiropractic needs.

If you haven’t done so already, please do take care of your financial needs in advance of any possibility of us being locked out or on strike. Talk to your lenders and tell them that you may be without a pay cheque after September 25th. Find out how they can help you through this difficult time. Please contact your utility providers and see what options can be provided for you before you have to miss payments. For more ideas on how to support your financial needs during the time ahead the United Way of Edmonton has provided a booklet, “When the Paycheque Stops”, for us to reference, we have hard copies available in our local office or available on our local website (cupwedm.net).

During the next few weeks at work we may see ‘odd’ things happening within our work places. We may feel that the corporation is doing things that may be as a direct result to where we are in negotiations. If you feel this is happening please keep your cool, document all situations that are questionable, and report it to your Stewards, Chief Shop Steward, or to us here at the office. In cases of health and safety concerns, please do act on them right away. Notify your Supervisor, Stewards and Local Joint Health and Safety Committee Member of any immediate safety concerns. Please be aware that, as always, we must keep our safety and the safety of all of those around us first and foremost no matter how we may be feeling about what may be happening due to negotiations.

Please do keep informed about what is happening with our negotiations. Please do support any activities we may be doing to support our negotiations. The rate of Information coming out will be increasing as negotiations intensify and as we near the end of our conciliation/cooling off period. Please do check our National website at cupw.ca, our local website, cupwedm.net, and your workplace bulletin boards.

Please remember to be kind to each other as we all may be feeling the stressors of not knowing what will be happening during the next few weeks. We all have different ways of dealing with our stress and anxiety, a little bit of support goes a long way. Please work smart and stay safe. Please remember, as scary and difficult as the time ahead may be, we have done this before and we will get through this together, just as we always have.

Together and united.

In Respect and Solidarity,

Nancy

President, CUPW Edmonton Local 730

Helping those in Need

Human Rights Committee and Women’s Committee have decided to work together to help people in our communities. We are collecting new or gently used cold weather items, such as mittens/gloves, hats and scarves. We will also be collecting personal hygiene products, as these items are in high demand.

Donation boxes have been set up in the depots throughout the city and the EMPP. They are located in the lunchrooms so they are easily accessible to everyone. We also have a box set up in our Union Office. If any affiliate offices would like to participate and collect items to drop off at local shelters in your areas, please do! Please take pictures and send them to our Editor for the Inside Out. (editor@cupwedm.net) or text them to Nancy @ 780-719-4555, please let us know which office you are from.

Our campaign is running until September 28, 2018. We will be donating to the Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) in Edmonton.

Depending on the volume of donations, we will be donating to other shelters and people in need. Some people have asked about writing cheques to donate. Please make all cheques payable to Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS).

We have a very large local and together we can help out people in need. As postal workers we are a very large part of the neighborhoods we work in. Building community is our goal.

Thank you to all who donate, or participate in any way to this endeavor.

Human Rights Committee

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