There are several rallies in the next 10 days that we encourage MNU members to attend if you are off-shift or on vacation.

The Manitoba Child Care Association is holding a rally to make childcare a priority during this fall’s provincial election.

This rally takes place tomorrow, August 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the front steps of the Manitoba Legislative Building. All are welcome to attend and there will be an ASL interpreter present.

And on Thursday, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) is rallying to raise awareness about the impact of seven years of government underfunding on public education, and to encourage voters to elect a government that supports a strong public education system.

The Rally for Public Education takes place on Thursday, August 24 at 3:30 p.m. also on the front steps of the Manitoba Legislature.

If you are able to attend, we encourage you to do so, as there is much mutual support between teachers and nurses in our province!

The social media hashtag for the event is #PublicEducationMatters, so you can still show your support online if you are unable to attend.

MNU’s charity of choice at this year’s AGM, the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network, let us know about an event taking place on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, and this event at the Legislative Building will include a harm reduction fair with more than 15 agencies in attendance, as well as Sunshine House’s Mobile Overdose Prevention Site (MOPS) van for the public to come and see what it’s really all about.

There will be a rally at noon with speeches organized by Moms Stop the Harm, which is a network of Canadian families impacted by substance-use-related harms and deaths. They advocate for the change of failed drug policies, provide peer support to grieving families, and assist those with loved ones who use or have used substances.

The Winnipeg and District Labour Council is hosting this year’s Labour Day event on Monday, Sept. 4, and this one includes a new location: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights!

The event starts at 3 p.m. with a rally at Memorial Park and will then be followed by a march to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights where there will be additional programming, including free admission to the museum’s displays.

Together, let's celebrate the accomplishments of our movement and continue the fight for all workers in our community.

In related Labour news, the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) is once again holding its Women’s Conference in September.

This conference is open to women and gender diverse folks, and the theme builds on the famous words of the late feminist U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

In an unexpected coincidence, this MFL Women’s Conference takes place on the same days as the MNU Fall Education Conference (September 26 and 27), so if you have already signed up for that, then please ignore this part of the message.

For those who are not attending the MNU conference and are interested in the MFL Women’s Conference, the deadline to register is September 15, 2023, or until full capacity is reached. Please click this link for the registration page.