Pre-convention events

Join us from June 6 to June 14 for an exciting series of panels.

A Democratic Agenda – Sunday, June 6, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT

This panel will explore the subversive impact of decades of political and economic inequalities on liberal democracies like Canada. As a result, apathy, cynicism and declining engagement have kindled racist, xenophobic and anti-democratic political views once consigned to the fringes of mainstream politics.

As extreme political movements seek to exploit and misdirect popular discontent, what role can unions play in challenging political cynicism, confronting extremism and revitalizing democratic participation in the workplace, community and public sphere?

Host:

  • Angelyn Francis, Toronto Star Equity and Inequality Reporter

Panelists:

  • Kathleen Monk, Communications and Campaign Strategist
  • Mohammed Hashim, Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • Steve Tufts, York University

A Good Jobs Agenda – Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT

Precarious work is spreading rapidly across Canada’s workforce, particularly impacting women, racialized workers and other equity-seeking groups. Due to the intentional policies and actions of governments and employers, no sector or job is safe from this concerning trend.

The session will showcase some of Canada’s most important – yet most vulnerable and systematically undervalued – frontline workers. We’ll hear the stories of gig workers, care workers and those whose jobs are at risk of outsourcing or automation.

A panel of experts will help us dive deeper into how we got here and what the labour movement is, or should be, doing to transform precarious work into decent and socially useful jobs.

Host:

  • Althia Raj, CBC “At Issue” panelist

Panelists:

  • Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Foundation
  • Pablo Godoy, United Food and Commercial Workers
  • Tiffany Balducci, Durham Region Labour Council
  • Jim Stanford, Centre for Future Work

A Climate Action Agenda – Thursday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT

Bold, decisive action on reducing carbon emissions cannot be put off any longer.

Following a stirring keynote call-to-action, this panel will ask how to build an equitable net-zero Canadian economy, where all jobs are both green and decent.

We hope to equip participants with an understanding of the role of workers and unions in meeting the need for ambitious climate action, driven by concrete plans for a just transition for workers and communities, with quality, low-carbon jobs for all.

Keynote:

  • Autumn Peltier, Wiikwemkoong First Nation

Host:

  • Samantha Smith, Just Transition Centre, ITUC

Panelists:

  • Lara Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, New York State Just Transition Working Group
  • Matt Wayland, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Chris Wilson, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Grace Moyo, Toronto Community Benefits Network QuickStart Graduate

A Human Rights Agenda – Monday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT

A keynote interview with celebrated American activist Tarana Burke will set the stage for an in-depth discussion based on applying the lessons she’ll share in our Canadian context.

This panel will explore the need for an intersectional approach that empowers unions to build a stronger, more inclusive, movement to defend and promote human rights at the bargaining table and in our political campaigns.

Keynote:

  • Tarana Burke, Founder of the Me Too Movement

Host:

  • Hadiya Roderique, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate / Journalist / Lawyer

Panelists:

  • Avvy Go, Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice
  • Bochra Manaï, Montreal Commissioner for the Fight Against Racism
  • Sheila North, Former Grand Chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak
  • Sarah Jama, Disability Justice Network of Ontario
  • Adrienne Smith, Social Justice Lawyer