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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Registration
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New delegates
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Getting the most out of the Conference

This session is designed to provide new participants with an opportunity to discuss how the Conference works, the use of adult education techniques and information to allow full participation in discussions.

Opening plenary
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greetings and Keynote Speaker
Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE NL
Opening keynote
Paul Moist, CUPE National President
Reception
9:00 pm
Lobby – Convention Centre

Friday, October 24, 2008

Registrations Continued
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Plenary speakers
9:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • Cathy Walker - Former National Health, Safety and Environment Director, CAW, will be speaking about the importance of worker participation in health and safety, the “union health and safety effect”, where studies show that unionized workplaces are safer and will provide an international perspective and lessons learned from her health and safety work in Australia, China, South Africa and India.
  • David Bennett - Former National Health, Safety and Environment Director, CLC will provide a historical perspective on health and safety regulations, the right to know about toxic chemicals and will link using environmental successes as a model to deal with health and safety problems.
Lifestyle break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
  • Dr. Katherine Lippel - Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law. Dr. Lippel will give a presentation on psychological harassment and bullying. She will present data which provides a gender analysis of battles and successes in the areas of harassment, bullying and violence.
  • Dr. James Brophy - Former Executive Director OHCOW and Researcher at the University of Windsor, will discuss the importance of community and worker based research in occupational and environmental health. He will provide examples of tools and successes in health and safety in Canada and internationally.
Lunch (on your own)
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Workshops
1:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Lifestyle break
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Evening Social
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Plenary speakers
9:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • Dr. Barbara Neis – Co-Director Safety-Net, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Memorial University, St. John’s, will discuss her work bringing the natural and social sciences together to analyze the impact of restructuring and globalization on women.
  • Larry StoffmanUFCW Director of Health and Safety, Chair, National Environmental and Occupational Exposures Committee, will provide information on the worldwide asbestos epidemic, cancer –related workplace illness and death and international efforts to prevent exposures to toxic materials.
Lifestyle break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
  • Charley Richardson – Director, Labor Extension Program, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, will address health and safety and work organization, current health and safety challenges such as de-skilling and multi-tasking and the loss of solidarity resulting from work re-organization.
  • Nancy Lessin – Health and Safety Coordinator for the AFL-CIO, will explore what she calls “management’s plans” to isolate workers by using a variety of programs that end up hurting workers physically and mentally. She will address the U.S. experience with contracting out and privatization.
Lunch (on your own)
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Workshops
1:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Lifestyle break
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Plenary wrap-up
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Lifestyle break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Closing keynote
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Claude Généreux, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer

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