Saskatoon Youth Conference engages and inspires young members


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Saskatoon, Sask. – June 17, 2014 – Over two dozen young activists recently participated in an engaging and inspiring two-day youth conference conducted by UFCW Canada's National Office and Local 1400 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

On Day One of the conference, Local 1400 President Norm Neault provided participants with a brief introduction to UFCW Canada, explaining who we are and what we do as Canada's leading food and retail union. This was followed by a presentation, workshop, and group discussion facilitated by UFCW Canada National Representative Pablo Godoy.

Brother Godoy discussed the current status of young workers in Canada, what young people can do to make a difference in their workplace, and the Student Against Migrant Workers' efforts to raise awareness of issues facing migrant workers in Canada. Conference attendees then participated in a community outreach workshop and watched a screening of the documentary "The Take."

On Day Two of the conference, activists participated in a Together Fairness Works workshop facilitated by UFCW Canada National Representative Lily Olson, and also heard from local NDP MLA Danielle Chartier. Conference attendees then toured the employee-owned Original 16 beverage factory.

To conclude the conference, Local 1400 Secretary Treasurer Darren Kurmey informed participants of various opportunities to become more involved in their Local Union.