After 16 months of meetings, debates and discussions, Unifor launched a major new effort at Convention to continue the growth of the union and its revitalization of the labour movement with adoption of the Local Union Task Force final report.
“This report cannot sit on a shelf. It must be a living, breathing document,” said Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne as she presented the report with Assistant to the President Katha Fortier and Western Regional Director Joie Warnock.
“This is your report, this is about the future.”
The LUTF process was launched in April 2015 with an eye to continuing to build the labour movement in Canada, recognition that Unifor needed to hear from its local unions about the challenges they face – and to learn from each of their best practices.
The final report of the task force, adopted unanimously at Unifor’s convention, contained 28 recommendations to strengthen the union through increased member engagement.
Among the recommendations:
•Expanded educational resources, including more technology courses and an expanded Paid Education Leave program
•State of the art communications resources
•Increased collaboration between locals in the same community
•A strong profile in the community
•Stronger ties between generations
•Outreach to locals that did not participate
The task force has been one of Unifor’s largest undertakings, with 49 town hall, attracting more than 2,000 members from 350 locals from across Canada.
The action plan includes timelines for implementing the recommendations of the report.
To read the full report and all its recommendations, go to unifor.org/lutf.