This morning’s Executive Board report reinforced a number of important areas for our union today.
The challenges of precarious workers – part-time, temporary and casual workers who have less job security, lower take home wages and less, or in some cases no, benefits. Precarious work is a growing trend in Canada and at VIU. This work has a higher proportion of young workers, minority and immigrant workers and women. This is a concerning trend and something we need to continue working against.
CUPE has always fought for fair wages, benefits and health and safety for all workers, not just unionized workers. How much harder should we fight for our own workers who are working in precarious situations?
Our national Unite for Fairness campaign is another hot topic at our convention. This campaign focuses on having conversations with CUPE members about what our union is, what it does, and why it’s important. Even more importantly, it’s about finding out what is important to the members of our union. What challenges are you facing as a member?
As noted last night, if unions didn’t matter, they wouldn’t attack us – they’d just ignore us.
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