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Attend The Newspaper Guild’s human rights conference

Yes, it’s a weekend in Vegas, but it’s not about shooting craps, playing poker and one arm bandits. It’s a weekend of talking about human rights and equity issues in the union movement and making a diference in your union.

The Newspaper Guild is holding a one day-session on human rights on Sunday, June 22 and the CBC Branch of the Canadian Media Guild has voted to send two members to the session.

The union will cover the costs of registration, travel, accommodation and meals, and will arrange for travel for the two participants.

This conference is for people with a passionate interest in human rights and equity issues. Members of equity seeking groups, especially those covered by the Employment Equity Act, are especially encouraged to apply. Those groups include Aboriginal People, people of colour, people with disabilities and women.

Among the issues to be discussed:
– Diversity and Economics.
– The Future of Jobs in the communication industry.
– Computers and the future of jobs and how this affects equity issues, especially matters of making the web more accessible.
– Outreach to children in schools.
– The CWA Minority Caucus.
– Scholarships for members of equity-seeking groups negotiated as part of collective agreements.
– Internships in the union movement.

To be considered, members must:
1) Write an essay, of a minimum 250 words, stating why you would like to attend the conference. The successful candidates will be chosen by drawing names from all the applicants who have submitted the essay.

Applications must be received at the CMG national office (info@cmg.ca or by fax: 416-591-7278) by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, April 18, 2008.

After the conference, the two participants will be expected to prepare a report for the union executive of at least 250 words. The final payment covering meals and other miscellaneous expenses won’t be paid until this report is done.

Remember: you need a passport to travel to the United States by air.

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