Approximately 200 were in attendance at the Annual National Retired Workers Council which was held at the Family Education Center from September 1-6.
2,500 union members participated in the Annual Unifor / Grey Bruce Labour Council Labour Day Parade as thousands of adults and children lined the street to view the parade in Port Elgin, Ontario. Following the parade everyone returned to the Centre for a BBQ lunch which featured remarks from affiliate labour leaders, retired CAW National President Buzz Hargrove, Deb Tveit, Unifor Assistant to the National President and Councilor Mike Gade on behalf of the Town. Activities for the children included face painting and balloon animals, puppet and antique classic car show. Retirees also traveled from London, Kitchener, Woodstock, Oakville, and Oshawa to join the festivities.
The Council provided the retirees an opportunity to hear from a number of guest speakers including; Deb Tveit, Assistant to the National President Jerry Dias, Frank Graves President from EKOS Research providing current polling data, Maureen Dawson Political Action presenting Unifor’s strategy in the upcoming Federal Election and Fred Wilson author of ‘A New Kind Of Union’, they were also joined by Erin Little from Liv-A-Little Foundation.
Elections were held for the Retired Workers Council Executive and Council committees and delegates debated and voted on 31 resolutions ranging from National Pharmacare, Environment, Politics, Housing, Suicide Prevention and Pension Funding Protection.
Delegates also celebrated Gary Parent RW Local 444, this year’s recipient of the 19th Outstanding Retired Worker of the Year Award.