I’ve gotten a reply after using the general contact form on AUPE’s website:
Have you tried reaching Rosemary by telephone? The Local 39 telephone number is at http://www.aupelocal39.com/contact.
I can’t speak for the Local, or for SAFA, which is co-hosting, but I would guess that the party will have nothing to do with religion. You would have to confirm that with the Local and SAFA of course.
So, I’m told that the party won’t be religious and I guess that I used the wrong method of contact? I’ve replied to Mark (below) and I guess that’s the end of that.
Thank you for your reply.
I have not contacted Rosemary by telephone because email is my preferred method of communication, especially on an issue like this. I would like to have documentation of the response, if any.
While I’m hopeful that this party will not be religious it is the name of the party that I wanted to express my concern about. I find that calling the event a “Christmas Party” to be exclusive and not representative of AUPE members who do not celebrate Christmas, myself included.
Thank you for responding,
(name redacted because internet)
I’m probably going to leave it at that. I’ve had bad experiences with my local preciously (exactly why I wanted documentation) and this isn’t a hill worth dying on. It’s disappointing that my union can’t be inclusive in naming events, especially when the local membership is so diverse. I like to think that in Canada, where labour laws are so much more fair than many countries, unions should be progressive organizations that work to enact change. I guess my union can’t even be inclusive in naming a party that’s funded with my dues.
Below is the email reply I sent to my AUPE local Chair Rosemary Read on Friday, November 16 upon receiving an invitation to the AUPE/SAFA Christmas Party:
Thank you for the invitation to this event but I have concerns about the name. Is it really appropriate for a union to use the exclusive term “Christmas” in their events? Can’t AUPE be more inclusive to their non-Christian members and hold a party that is welcoming to all membership?
I understand that SAIT also holds an annual “Christmas Party” but I hold the union to higher, less discriminatory standards. I’m not happy to see my union dues fund a party that is counter to my values of inclusion.
I have yet to receive a reply and today received a reminder email for the event. I will am now contacting the AUPE general contact because I am concerned with both the name of the event and lack of response from my local.
I wish to voice my concern that AUPE should work to be more inclusive of it’s non-Christian membership and to express displeasure at my union dues funding an event that is not representative of my inclusive values.
I look forward to your reply. A copy of this will be posted online at wordpress.com
AUPE Local 39