TO: Presidents and Administrative Officers
Local and Federated Associations
FROM: James L. Turk, Executive Director
RE: Labour Day – September 3, 2012
Across the country, labour rights are under attack, as are social justice, environmental protections, equity, and democratic practices.
This September 3rd on Canada’s 139th Labour Day, CAUT member associations are called upon to unite with students, general staff and others in your community and the broader labour movement to celebrate labour’s achievements and to renew our commitment work for labour rights and social justice.
We encourage your association to participate in local or regional Labour Day activities organized by other local unions, your community’s labour council or your provincial federation of labour. You may also want to consider issuing your own statement on Labour Day. Finally, if your association has not considered membership in the National Union of CAUT (NUCAUT), this September would be a good time to do so.
Attached you will find a copy of the CAUT Statement on Labour Day which is posted on our website at: http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=1099&lang=1&txtSearch=&nid.
It is important to remember on Labour Day, that our ability to have one of the best post-secondary education systems in the world is partially a result of academic staff having one of the highest rates of unionization in the country, Strong faculty associations a vital guarantor of good working conditions for the staff and good learning conditions for our students.