EVENTS Weekly Update – February 12, 2020

Nurses Have Heart. Tomorrow UNA is holding events across the province: rallies, info walks and events. Please click here to find a location nearest you.

Celebrate your love of the labour movement this weekend with a Valentine’s gift of tickets to Workshop West’s I Walked The Line. A play written and performed by Allen Morgan at the Backstage Theatre in Edmonton as a part of the Chinook Series with performances daily on February 14, 15, and 16, 2020.

Meet us at the clock tower in front of Canada Place for a rally in solidarity with PSAC in Edmonton on Wednesday, February 19th at noon for the 4th anniversary of the Phoenix disaster.

Save the Date! The Friends of Medicare are hosting a townhall event on March 4, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Centre in Edmonton. Public Health Care: Public Solutions Townhall will discuss what solutions can be found to improve and expand our public health care system.

A new volunteer opportunity is available, please see the Job and Volunteer Opportunities section at the bottom of this email.

As always, we would love to know what you are up to and we are happy to promote your events. If you have items for the update (upcoming events/ conferences/ seminars/ educationals) feel free to send them to me, with AFL UPDATE in the subject line, at

In Solidarity,




Workshop West – I Walked The Line (Play) – February 14 – 16, 2020

A Bread & Roses Production, Sponsored by The Other Guys Theatre, Presented by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Part of the Chinook Series, by Allan Morgan, I Walked the Line‘s a play about Unions, Treachery, Solidarity, Porta Potties, Baked Goods, and Hope.

Performance Dates: Friday, February 14th @ 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15th @ 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 16th @ 4:00 p.m. (Relaxed Performance on Sunday, scroll down for a definition here)

Running Time: 70 Minutes

Venue: The Backstage Theatre, 10330 – 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB

For more information about I Walked The Line, please visit

UNIFOR – CO-OP Gas Information Pickets – Camrose

Camrose Schedule, Contact & Volunteer Coordinator: Larry

Thursday, February 13th: 3910 – 48 Avenue, Camrose (Co-op Gas Bar & Car Wash) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 14th: 4818 – 51 Street, Camrose (Co-op Grocery Store & Gas Station) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) – Rally at Canada Place – February 19, 2020

February 19th is the 4th anniversary of the Phoenix disaster. The government still fails to deliver on its commitments to public sector workers. The government has offered inadequate compensation for the suffering endured because of Phoenix and it has failed to conclude a fair settlement at the bargaining table. PSAC asks that we join their Rally at the clock tower in front of Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

If you have any questions, please contact Oneil at 780-423-1290.

CUPE, Calgary’s City Workers – Public and Proud Campaign Launch – Calgary, Alberta

City Council is talking about you these days.

More specifically, they’re talking about replacing you (replacing us) with private contractors to save money.

We want them talking about how indispensable and irreplaceable you are, and how vital you are to maintaining Calgary’s #1 spot of the list of North America’s most livable cities.

Our goal is to stay active and vocal right through the City Council vote on privatization, and to push council towards a “no” vote.

The Public and Proud campaign has launched as a joint project with CUPE local 37 and CUPE local 38.

We made a quick video further explaining the situation, our position as a union and idea behind our proposed response.


Take Action

As a union member, your role in getting a “no” to privatization is invaluable:

The success of our efforts will come down to how far and wide can spread our message, ​and how well we demonstrate the flaws of privatization.

Pharmacare – Federal Minister of Health Letter Writing Campaign – 2020

On behalf of the Alberta Pharmacare Working Group, and the Edmonton Area Council of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) ask that you take up the Pharmacare fight by writing a letter or using signing their sample letter to the Federal Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, MP.

Judy Lederer, President, Edmonton Area Council, CURC is collecting the signed letters from the AFL Office and mailing them out. Please click here for the letter, and here for the instructions.

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities (VAD) – Disability Awareness Program – Available Now

VAD is now offering a Disability Awareness Program perfect for staff and clients. VAD believes these presentations are valuable for people of all ages and professions. Please review the poster below and contact Michelle Bissell, Education Coordinator if you are interested.

CDLC – Letter Writing – February 25, 2020

The Calgary and District Labour Council invites you to come out to their free Letter Writing evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the CDLC Office at #321, 3132 – 26 Street NE, Calgary on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. They have also added new dates in March, please see the Poster below for more details.

AFL – Open House – March 3, 2020


Friends of Medicare – Public Health Care: Public Solutions Townhall – March 4, 2020

Please click here for more information, and here for the Facebook event page.


United Way – Labour Community Advocate Training Program – Level 2 – March-April 2020

The United Way of the Alberta Capital Region has an upcoming training program, please click on the link for more information and to register.

Labour Community Advocate Training Program – Level 2 runs from March 11 to April 29, 2020

United Way – Labour Appreciation Night 2020 – April 18, 2020

You are invited to honour the recipient of the Jim Shewchuk Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre (11050 – 90 Street) in Edmonton. Please click here to purchase your ticket! Please click here for the Jim Shewchuk Award Nomination Form.

SFL – Prairie School for Union Women (PSUW) – June 7 – 11, 2020

The Prairie School for Union Women (PSUW) offers trade union women an intensive four days of learning and sharing in a supportive environment. The goals of the school are to develop women’s personal and leadership skills and to build solidarity among women workers. The school provides on-site child care and is committed to child-friendly attitudes.

Whether you are a woman who is a long time activist or just starting to get involved in your union, this school is open to you. Enrollment is limited to 150. Participants will be registered on a first-come first-served basis. Your registration fee must accompany your registration form in order to qualify.

Click here for the 2020 PSUW Brochure.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

University of Alberta – Volunteer – Senate Member

Position(s): Senator

Location: Edmonton

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020

For more information, follow this here.

United Way, Alberta Capital Region – Coordinator, Labour Programs

Position(s): Coordinator, Labour Programs

Location: Edmonton and surrounding area

Deadline to Apply: Open until they find the right candidate

For more information, follow this here.

Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) – Research, Evaluation and Member Support Co-ordinator

Position(s): Research, Evaluation and Member Support Co-ordinator

Location: Edmonton, with some travel throughout the province.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled

For more information, follow this here.

Alberta Federation of Labour