Thunder Bay RO: Racism and Our Labour Movement (IN PERSON-Oct 4&5, 2024)


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 course is open to all members in good standing in the Thunder Bay Regional Office service area.

This 12hr course will be delivered IN PERSON over 2 days. Please read the dates and times carefully.
Location: Thunder Bay RO

Friday October 4, 2024 from 900AM-430PM*

Saturday, October 5, 2024 9:00AM-430PM *

*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.

Travel Policy: The travel policy will be in effect for region members travelling to attend the event. Travel Policy | Public Service Alliance of Canada (

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.

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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.

PSAC Statement on Scent-Free Environments:
In consideration for the health of those who may suffer from environmental disabilities, and with the goal of eliminating a contaminant from the air, the PSAC requests that all participants attending any union function refrain from using scented products. These include scented perfumes, colognes, lotions, hairsprays, deodorants and other products promoted by the fragrance industry.

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Registration Deadline: August 22, 2024. The course will be limited to 20 participants.

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