Hamilton/Niagara Region: Racism and Our Labour Movement (2 days – IN PERSON) NEW DATES: August 9-10, 2024

August 9, 2024 - August 10, 2024


Hamilton/Niagara Area - Address TBD

Understanding Historical Legacies and Addressing Current Challenges
In this two-day pilot course, members will review key moments and often forgotten histories of racial exclusion in Canada’s labour movement. Members will explore contemporary manifestations of anti-Black racism and racism in the labour market and our labour movement. We will reflect on how the persistence of such racism impacts racialized workers and their communities and also undermines our collective capacity to advance social democracy, social justice and economic liberation of the working class. To win for workers we must build solidarity through racial justice. Participants will discuss how racialized trade unionists can organize and mobilize to advance racial justice and how white/non-racialized trade unionists can support, be allies and collaborators in efforts for racial justice. Participants will be connected to important groups and initiatives advancing racial justice at various levels and make an action plan for themselves on advancing the work of racial justice in their own life, in their union, and in society at large.

Racism and Our Labour Movement is an Introductory (Basic) course with no pre-requisite.

This in-person course will be delivered on new date:
Friday August 9, 2024 AND Saturday, August 10, 2024 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Hamilton/Niagara Area – Address TBD
*Note: The exact start and end times are currently tentative and may be subject to change.

Upon successful completion of the course, members will be reimbursed as per approved PSAC policy. The course must be completed in its entirety before the per diem is issued.

Loss of Salary: Eligible loss of salary reimbursement will be paid to members attending the Racism and Our Labour Movement (2 days) course during hours in which they were scheduled to work. Any eligible loss of salary will be reimbursed upon confirmation of full attendance and completion of the course and in accordance with the applicable PSAC policy.

The following policies are in effect at all PSAC Events:

This event is covered by the PSAC Statement on Harassment. Please familiarize yourself further with this policy at: http://psacunion.ca/harassment.

The PSAC is committed to ensuring that the accessibility requirements of our members are respected. Please indicate your needs and provide any necessary explanation that will assist us in meeting them.

The PSAC Family Care Policy will be in effect for the event. Please note that on-site childcare will not be available. For additional details, please see the PSAC Family Care Policy.

All members in good standing in the Toronto Regional Office service area are welcome to register. Please note a different date for members in the Toronto Area for July 12-13, 2024.

The course will be limited to 20 participants. Approvals will be given on a “first come, first served” basis, so please register early to secure your spot.

For more information, please contact: PSAC_toronto_Mail@psac-afpc.com

Registration Deadline: July 26, 2024

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The PSAC is committed to ensuring that PSAC Education Programs are accessible to ALL members. The information requested in this section will help us assess our success in reaching members who belong to groups identified in the PSAC Human Rights Policy.


The PSAC Accommodation Policy strives to ensure that union activities are barrier-free for participants with different abilities. Upon acceptance to the School, registrants may be required to further specify their accommodation requests to facilitate their participation in the course.


The PSAC Family Care Policy will be in effect for the School. Please note that on-site childcare will not be available. For additional details, please see the PSAC Family Care Policy. If you require family care and have any questions, please contact the PSAC Toronto Regional Office by email: kirinm@psac-afpc.com National Family Care Policy: http://psacunion.ca/family-care-policy


All PSAC events are harassment free. We can neither condone nor tolerate behavior which undermines the full and equal participation of all participants in all union activities. Harassment Free Policy https://psacunion.ca/PSAC%20Statement%20on%20Harassment


Please Submit your completed application to the PSAC Toronto Regional Office by: Friday, July 5, 2024 Contact Person: Marion Kirin PSAC Toronto Regional Office Attention : kirinm@psac-afpc.com
Applicant: With this registration, I agree to attend and participate in all course sessions. I have read the PSAC policy documents on human rights and harassment, and I understand my responsibilities in accordance with them. By submitting the registration form, you are indicating your agreement.