|Nominee: Local 504 Stewards and Activists
Rationale for Nomination:
We are a very active Local. For example, our
Local Executive Committee has weekly scheduled meetings every
Wednesday at Noon till 1:00pm.
Our mission is to make a difference for our
members and to further the cause and spirit of unionism.
Our members take seriously elections for the
Local Executive Committee and whom they vote for. As a result,
our Local Executive Committee takes seriously the members' concerns/issues
and represents well the spirit of unionism.
Our Local's Concerns and Agenda are dynamic
and more importantly are flexible and responsive to issues that
arise such as those from Head Office and from members' Local concerns.
Our Executive Committee's standard agenda items
are excellent and have included Local Issues (e.g. Surplus members,
Member Issues and Grievances, General Expenses, Local Committees),
as well as Upcoming Events and Training. The officers of the local
recognize the time and effort we all provide to our membership.
Occasion to show our appreciation we reward and acknowledge our
stewards at the meeting by providing snacks, lunch or to celebrate
birthdays or life events.
We work collaboratively to support each other.
We are realists because we recognize that our
employers' work is what keeps us around and accordingly we try
to balance the employers' workload with the members' issues.
We host many events and functions to ensure
that our members are well informed as well as to ensure that some
fun is had. Some of our regular events include: Valentines Solidarity
Breakfast, Holiday Party, and Lunch and Learns. Also, we celebrated
OPSEUs 100th Anniversary in an event where we provided all members
with a loot bag, slice of cake, a light lunch as well as a beverage.