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December 20, 2016

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Christmas is only 5 days away! For those of us who celebrate it, that means we don’t have a lot of time left to prepare for the big day. For me, that means I have to get started.

Decorations, gifts, food; all of the usual stuff that goes with the modern Christmas event needs to be sourced, but there is more to it than that. While we are working to ensure our homes are decked out to the level we (and our kids) like, and while we are ensuring we prepare the perfect meal and handing out the perfect gifts, as best we can, now is a good time to consider where we are getting our supplies too.

With a little bit of research, you can feel good not just about what you are purchasing, but where you are buying from. The union movement was built on equality and fair treatment for all workers. Not all stores and not all producers feel the same way. Some refuse pay a living wage to their employees, some do not provide benefits to their staff. Some producers exploit their workers with long hours, minimal pay, or unbelievably, with child labour! In 2016!

Having said that, it is not always possible or practical for you to only buy products created by union hands or to avoid companies that actively fight organized labour. What matters is that we are making informed decisions regarding how and when we spend our money. Put some thought into where you spend your money because each dollar you spend tells the company that you support the way they do business. Choose carefully how you spend your money. And that can help everyone have a good Christmas.

Do you have any comments or questions? Maybe you know of some great labour-friendly products or places to shop that you would like to share. Let us know.

Until then, have a great holiday season and a safe and happy New Year.

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Born and raised here in Edmonton, I started my career in communications as a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools.  While there, I began my MBA, which I completed while working as a School Jurisdiction Liaison for central and southern Alberta with Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.  Following that, I obtained a similar role with Alberta Pensions Services Corporation, where I was responsible for the provincial Employer Education program as well as the Employer Compliance program, helping participating employers ensure that all members eligible for pension benefits received the correct benefit at the correct time.  I then joined Alberta Urban Municipalities Association as the Director of Client Development, continuing to grow as a communications and relationship management professional.

I am proud to be able to work on behalf of the BTA and all her members as the Media and Public Relations Manager as I have always had a deep belief in community and a passion for engagement and this organization clearly believes in the same thing. I have an appreciation for everything that the labour movement has been able to accomplish so far and am excited to be working with you all as we move forward.

When I am not working on promoting the BTA, I conduct leadership development workshops and volunteer with Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS) teaching math to adult students specifically with the goal of helping them pass the provincial trade entrance exam so they can then get to work in the trades and make a better life for themselves.


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