Kirsten Strachey Reports
I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of this council. The depth of knowledge is vast and the enthusiasm to get things done is contagious.
I have attended (by phone), the Calgary Regional Women’s meeting on Nov 25 & Feb 3, Calgary Area Council meeting Nov 20 and plan on attending the next Calgary Human Rights Committee on Feb 26. I have attended the Regional Strike training for executives, which was perfect as my bargaining component UTE has called for a strike vote for members. I have also attended a Prairie Regional Council teleconference on Jan 30.
I have been active with the Red Deer District and Labour Council attending meetings when my schedule allows. I am looking forward to attending the Alberta Federation of Labour meetings on March 3&4, and their open house March 3. It has been educational to be surrounded by such passionate activists. I am part of the childcare committee meeting and they have recently launched a facebook site, Childcare for All. Working with the UNA,HSAA, & CUPE has been eye opening, they really know how to rally! They also have a facebook page Friends of Medicare and recently organized – The Peoples bus on Feb 12.
Although my calendar is packed with upcoming union events, conferences, celebration days and rallies, I couldn’t be prouder to be an activist, side by side with my union sisters, brothers and friends.
Due to the global pandemic the opportunities and ways to engaged have changed, as have I and my family. These past months have been filled with anxiety, information overload, cancelled events and uncertainty, not my usual way of living. This has taken a toll on me and although my commitment in representing members remains strong, I haven’t been able to do most things on my to-do list. I am still seeking how I can be of service without burning out from all the online meetings or putting my health at risk.
I have attended numerous online meetings for the Alberta Federation of Labour. The UPC government has continued to make it clear that they are not a friend to workers, and it seems like there are too many fronts to fight. Being at the table of these passionate unionists still gives me hope that we can make a difference.
The AFL is also helping to align like-minded activists on the childcare front, creating a working group called ChildCareNow, which will be meeting later this month.
As always, in solidarity,
Southern Alberta Geo Rep
2020 feels like a lost year to me. It was the year of forced slowdowns, with work, friends, kids and union activities. However, that was last year, and as a Union leader and activist I have been diving headfirst into the new year. While we are still adjusting to our ‘new normal’, I have been working hard on your behalf, feeling reenergized and ready to keep tackling and discussing our issues.
Red Deer District Labour Council
- Dec 8
Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL)
- Dec 18 Executive Council
- Jan 26&27 Executive Council and Committee
- Feb 24&25 Executive Council and Committee
- Dec 7
- Dec 8
- Feb 9
- Jan 14 (All Area Council, Geo Reps)
- Feb 10
- March 5&6
PSAC Health & Safety
- Jan 12
- Feb 3 webinar Workplace Violence Prevention
- Feb 19
- Feb 23
PSAC Regional Women’s Committee
- Jan 17 (Calgary-AGM)
- Jan 19 (All RWC reps)
- Feb 2 (Lethbridge-AGM)
- Feb 22 (Calgary-Paint night)
Southern Alberta Geo Rep