Sept. 14. From Unifor:
Unifor retirees from across the country participated in the first virtual Retired Workers Council, which took place online September 7-9, 2021.
“Retirees have learned a new way of doing activism, as we have learned a new way to deliver workshops, programs and in fact this Council,” said Barb Dolan, Unifor Director of Retired Workers, as she welcomed the delegates. “We’re moving forward and doing the business that we need to do of our union and of the retired workers.”
The annual Retired Workers Council traditionally takes place starting on Labour Day weekend at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario but the in-person gathering was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.
The 2021 Retired Workers Council was moved online with 154 participants representing 46 chapters/locals and 10 area councils Canada wide.
“Every region is represented at this council, surpassing numbers ever seen before at previous councils. It is also the first Council to include participants from Alberta and Newfoundland,” said Les MacDonald, Chairperson, Retired Workers Council Executive. “While we would love to be able to meet in person the move to conduct the Council virtually has enabled retirees who typically would not travel to attend to have a voice as we address key issues and set a course for the next year.”
During his address, National President Jerry Dias encouraged retirees to take an active role in the ongoing federal election campaign as he acknowledged the significant role of Unifor retirees, past, present and future.