Dear Fellow Members of YUSA:
October is upon us; we are in the most colourful time of the year, and I hope you are enjoying our beautiful Canadian season! Once again, I am very grateful to address the members of our Union as the Treasurer of YUSA. It has been a very rewarding and productive year in managing the financial functions that support our Union organization. As well, I have been an active participant in training programs to learn more about other areas of our Union: Steward Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Violence and Harassment in the Workplace.
Steward Training was very informative and helped to broaden our knowledge of the strength and lawfulness of our Collective Agreement. As a new Steward, it was a valuable learning experience to provide guidance and assistance to our members. – Mental Health and First Aid training program was very informative. Although it is not a simple subject for discussion, mental health disorders are the number one burden of disease in Canada. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this course and to be able to assist and guide others to support centres and professional assistance. – Conference on Violence and Harassment in the Workplace is of great interest to local unions, health and safety representatives, and women and equity activists. Thanks to the labour movement, these issues are now recognized and addressed in the social sector of health and safety, human rights, and criminal law offenses. Statistics and reports provided a valuable review of the legislative changes and activities for action, best practices and reform.
I am happy to report that the financial functions of our Union business are being maintained on a timely basis. Monthly financial reports that reflect our budget and current actual figures are prepared and distributed at the Executive Board meetings, and our financial record keeping and reporting are up-to-date. This is my third year serving as Treasurer and I am greatly appreciative for your support and confidence in me, and to be able to participate as an Officer on the Executive Board. Thank you!
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Vera Murano Treasurer, YUSA