Building a Community of Advocacy for Equity Empowerment in the Labour Movement

United Way Winnipeg’s Labour Community Advocate Training Program in action

As part of our shared belief in making sure people have access to community social services, our United Way Winnipeg Labour Program collaborates with the labour movement to facilitate a United Way & Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) certificate training for Union members wanting to become Labour advocates in their community.

The Labour Community Advocate Training (LCAT) program is a 10-week program. It’s designed to train Union members to act as a resource to other Union Members facing workplace, personal, or family challenges.

Program participants also learn how to identify issues where their Unions can play a role and help build resilient, inclusive, and respectful communities through collective bargaining or social action.

Labour Community Advocate Training at the Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women at the University of British Columbia.

Labour Community Advocate Training at the Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women at the University of British Columbia.

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We recently headed out on the road to help two Canadian schools offer supplementary modules and workshops for Union women and equity members working on completing their LCAT program.

Labour Community Advocate Training at the Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women at the University of British Columbia.

Prairie School for Women (PSUW)

Gina McKay, Labour Director for United Way Winnipeg and Andrea Howe, Associate Director, Labour Partnership for United Way Saskatoon, facilitated Level  1 of the LCAT program at the PSUW,  on Treaty 6*, Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan at Prince Albert National Park, June 9-13, 2019.

As supplementary modules to the core training, participants learned about harassment and bullying, mental health, stress, and domestic violence.

Labour Community Advocate Training.

Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW)

Union delegates from all over North America and even Korea attended sessions at the Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women at the University of British Columbia (UBC)** in Vancouver,  July 2 – 6, 2019.

The theme for the session was “Equity. Justice. Reconcili-Action: Building worker power through intersectional feminism and activism.”

One of the workshops offered throughout the sessions was “Solidarity, Activism, and Becoming an Ally: Exploring strategies for building diversity and inclusivity in Union locals.”

For more information on Labour Community Advocate Training, contact United Way Winnipeg’s Labour Director.

*Treaty 6 is home to the Plains Cree, Ojibwa, Assiniboine, Métis, and Dene people.

** UBC is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.

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