Valerie Illingworth Report July 2017

I was re-elected to the position of Northern Saskatchewan Geographic rep at the 2017 Prairie Region Triennial Convention.  The convention was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from April 21–23, 2017 with a registered total of 336 in attendance, including 296 delegates, 7 guests, 4 NBoD, and 29 Observers.  It was a great tool for networking and I was able to meet many activists.

Day one of the convention, at lunch, hundreds of delegates took buses from the Fairmont Winnipeg to the Manitoba Legislative Building to protest austerity agendas and attacks on labor at the Rally for Workers.  Many other unions joined PSAC at the rally and it was a successful  rally which included the following speakers:  Hassan Yussuff, CLC President; Robyn Benson, PSAC National President; Tom Lindsey, Official Opposition Labor Critic for Manitoba; and Kevin Rebeck, MFL President. 

National public service week was held from June 11-17, 2017.   UTE Local 40023 and the Saskatoon area council hosted a lunch event.  We had over 150 people attend from different unions in support of the Fix Phoenix Campaign.  Sandwiches, soft drinks and cookies were handed out.  We also gave out stickers and post cards and asked the members to send in their postcards

The Prairie Region Council will be meeting in Saskatoon on July 7.  I will be able to meet the new council members and bring any member issues to the table.

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Illingworth

Northern Saskatchewan Geographic Rep