MNU is thrilled to announce our return to in-person education. This fall, Solidarity School will host a 2-day Fall Education Conference in Winnipeg.
Solidarity School's two-day event will include one full-day workshop for all attendees to take part in together. This workshop will focus on team building and creating a system for peer support in challenging times. The workshop will be hands on and engaging and will challenge attendees to get creative and foster new relationships.
On the second day, members will begin with a greeting from MNU President, Darlene Jackson, before taking part in two short but informative presentations; one on Workplace Health and Safety and one on Diversity and Inclusion.
After lunch members will attend one of three workshops of their choice. Options include:
Indigenous Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is an interactive educational program that teaches the history of colonization in Canada. Based on using Indigenous methodologies, the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and continue into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later, Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.
In this workshop, Manitoba Federation of Labour President, Kevin Rebeck, will help MNU members gain insight and get answers to some of their burning questions like “what does my union do for me?” and “why are unions important?” Members will learn where unions began and why, how they can engage with their union, their rights and responsibilities as union members, as well as a discussion about some of the “wins” MNU has seen over the past couple of years.
The Basics of Labour Relations
In this workshop, led by MNU Labour Relations Officers, members will learn the basics of Labour Relations including how to find out who your LRO is, what your LRO can help you with, when you should contact your LRO and how, as well as what is a grievance and what is not. Members will leave this workshop having gained important knowledge needed to successfully understand and navigate day-to-day labour relations issues that all members face.
Spaces for the Fall Education Conference are limited and will be chosen by Worksite/Regional Presidents. If you are interested in attending this year’s Fall Education Conference, please reach out to your worksite President.