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May 13, 2020 at 1pm - 2:30pm

Voices from the Frontline - Public Services

*Time Change - 1 hour earlier*

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic moment, and workers are being seen with a new reverence and respect. We want to make sure we capture our members’ stories, to make sure no one forgets the sacrifices they are making.  That’s why Labour Council, in partnership with the Broadbent Institute, is producing Voices from the Frontline, a 4-part panel series where we pick a theme each week and talk directly to workers on the frontline.

Each event features frontline workers from a given sector (healthcare, service sector, public sector, and social service sector). We’ll be asking them questions such as: What are they seeing on the frontline? Do they feel supported? Why are they doing this work? How is their family dealing with it? And, what kind of toll has this taken on them? Then, we’ll hear from labour leadership about challenges facing the sector as a whole as a result of the pandemic.

The series will be a window into the world of our essential workers: a great way for cross-sectoral learning and building solidarity within our movement.

Episode 3: Public Service Workers

This episode will profile workers in public transit, education, and shelter services.

Frontline Workers:

  • Camella Brown, shelter worker (CUPE Local 79)
  • Ed Cunningham, transit worker (ATU 113)
  • Mary Marcello, elementary teacher (OECTA York Region)

Union reps

  • Carlos Santos, President, ATU 113
  • Filomena Ferraro, President, OECTA York Region
  • Caroline Ambrose, Shelter Services Unit Chair, CUPE Local 79
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