| 03-30-2021

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Local Dispatch (21/03/30) - Rock The Vote!

Comrades & friends,

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31, 7am-7pm is the first of two voting days for our local executive elections! Regardless who you vote for, a high turnout is very important. Last election, only 200 members out of 2300 bothered to vote. When CPC sees this they know our membership isn’t engaged with the union and can take liberties with how they treat us. We can't afford to look weak as we advance into negotiations.

Also in this dispatch: our April 2021 newsletter (election edition), GMM registration reminder (election results announced), and the next ‘Organizing For Power’ workshop.  

In Solidarity,

(In the spirit of fairness and transparency, this dispatch was reviewed by the Election Committee to make sure it follows election guidelines before being sent out.)



Local Executive Elections - Candidate Materials 

All candidates were provided the opportunity to submit campaign materials according to guidelines established in collaboration with the Election and Communications Committees and in accordance with current C-19 protocols. This upcoming election is an important one. Your vote will decide the approach you'd like to see your local take moving into our next round of contract negotiations and onward. This is a tremendous opportunity to decide your union leadership - come on out and vote! Please check out the visions advocated by the different candidates and vote for who you feel will best strengthen our local to fight CPC.

Voting Details & Candidate Materials:



Local Newsletter - April 2021 Edition 

Highlights for this edition:

1. Executive Elections - Voting Times & Candidate Information
2. Negotiations 2022 - The 97 Demands Proposed By Our Local
3. Building Power To Win - An Update From The Floor
4. Bill MacDonald Memoriam - Remembering A Pioneer Postal Worker

Full digital edition:



(Virtual) GMM - Saturday, April 10, 6pm - Election Results & Floor Elections 

As per the direction given by our CUPW National Executive, locals can hold GMMs via video conference as long as quorum is met and all participants have registered with all the required information by the specified deadline. For our full virtual GMM guidelines, please see the accompanying document below the GMM notice.

Register: www.cupw730.ca/home/calendar or LINK

Deadline: Fri, April 9, 2021, Noon. Registrations are confirmed after the deadline.

Those registering after the deadline will not be admitted. Please respect the time and efforts of those administering these meetings. For extenuating circumstances, or help registering, please contact: union@cupwedm.net before the deadline.

For more details and the official GMM Notice:



Organizing For Power - Free Activist Training  

Workers Rising Everywhere, the fourth instalment of Organizing for Power, kicks off on 18 May. Registration closes on 3 May, so sign up today

Organizing for Power (O4P) is a free—yet invaluable—educational programme to train organizers across the world. The programme focuses on building mass participation in structure-based environments, primarily in the workplace. Though it is open to all serious organizers, O4P is intended specially for those seeking to win the toughest battles by building high participation organizing bodies led by actively engaged super majorities.

To register or learn more:



Ongoing Reminder: Local Office Access

To stay aligned with the newest health guidelines, our office remains locked and available by appointment only. We are trying to conduct all meetings with members over the phone or via video conferencing. Exemptions can be made for unique circumstances. In either case, please call (780) 423-9000 to arrange an appointment with the appropriate officer. We are extremely busy in the office trying to put out a thousand different fires, so please leave a message if you’re unable to catch us on the phone.