MNU figured prominently at the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Change Starts With Us political action conference on June 15 and 16 at Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre.
This conference brought together activists from dozens of unions to learn about the importance of participating in elections at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
MFL President Kevin Rebeck delivered an address titled ‘Labour Can’t Leave Politics Alone Because Politics Won’t Leave Labour Alone’ and referenced examples such as the wage-freeze Bill 28 that affected thousands of public sector employees for years, including nurses.
During this conference, MNU Vice-President Val Wotton participated in a fireside chat with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, asking him about the dental care gains at the federal level, which includes a first phase covering children and then the next phase that will cover seniors by the end of the year, and where Pharmacare is at.
MNU’s current campaign Vote Like Your Life Depends On It: The State of Health Care is OutRAGEous was also singled out during a workshop called ‘Lobbying 101: Pushing Politicians to Work for Working Families’ by Erin Selby, UFCW Local 832 Director of Education and Training, as an example of good, effective lobbying.