Stand strong, stay union

Welcome back to the school year. I hope that you all had a restful and relaxing break.

I am adjusting to the heat, smoke and windy weather as I return from my exchange at Dr Hamman Elementary School in Taber, Alberta. The temperature difference was often more than 60o. Best wishes for returning exchangers as they settle back into their schools, and welcome to the new exchangers – hopefully I will get to catch up with you during the year.

Many of our school staff have been affected by the bushfires this season. Some members have lost their homes. The IEU is providing support services for members. Details are available on the website or contact your local IEU officer who will be able to direct you efficiently.

The 2020 school year will continue to be challenging as the union continues to clarify work practice agreements. Members need to continue to inform your organiser of the implementation process in your workplace. I encourage you to attend your chapter and sub-branch meetings to keep up to date and keep others up to date.

If you have new people starting at your workplace, direct them to your union rep so they can update records and join up if they do not belong to the IEU.

Bernadette Baker
Vice President