Over 400 delegates met at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City May 3-5 for the Unifor Quebec Council. Quebec Director Renaud Gagné reported on the union's many actions since last fall. Among other things, he stressed the importance of conducting political campaigns with the decision makers of our society.
"Whether it's Lumber, Delastek, Timber, Alstom, Eska Water or all the others, we have to put pressure on the elected officials and the decision-makers to protect jobs and defend our values of social justice," said Gagné.
Unifor National President Jerry Dias also spoke to delegates on a number of topical issues, including the thorny issues of trade relations with the United States.
Daniel Boyer, President of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), focused on the last Quebec provincial budget, pointing out that Quebec has the means to acquire good public services, but that it is primarily a matter of choice for society.
During one of the workshops for delegates Christian Nadeau, Professor of philosophy at the Université de Montréal, addressed the issue of democracy within our locals. For over an hour, members exchanged views on barriers and solutions to ensure members' participation in union life.
Charles-Philippe David, a professor at UQAM in the Department of Political Science, also gave a lively and appreciated presentation on the "first 100 days of Trump".
A Unifor march in favor of protecting jobs was held on Thursday, which culminated in a large rally in front of the National Assembly of Quebec.