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Saint-Hyacinthe, Que. – April 27, 2017 – Workers at the Liberté yogurt plant in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec are the newest members of UFCW Canada Local 1991P after saying “Yes!” to joining the union.
A week from today, there will be a rally in favour of saving the Urgent Care Centre at Misericordia Hospital.
On April 7, 2017, the WRHA announced changes to our hospital system in Winnipeg. What we know is that emergency and acute health services will be consolidated at three sites: Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Grace Hospital.
Seven Oaks Hospital and Victoria Hospital will become two Urgent Care centres, while Concordia, Misericordia, Deer Lodge and Riverview will be “specialized” community hospitals and health centres.
This is a big transformation to the way the WRHA delivered health care in Winnipeg and there are still many questions on the implications of these changes that we’re seeking answers to.
In the meantime, local community groups have been rallying to save the ER departments at Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals, and next week, there will be one at Misericordia.
The ‘Help Save Misericordia Urgent Care Centre’ event takes place on Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Mulvey School Playground, 750 Wolseley Avenue (see attached poster).
The organizers of this rally are three MLAs from the surrounding community: Wab Kinew and Rob Altemeyer of the NDP, and Dr. Jon Gerard of the Liberal Party, making this a truly non-partisan, joint community effort.
MAHCP President Bob Moroz will be there and will deliver remarks. If you are not scheduled to work or have time over a lunch break, we encourage you to attend!
The National Day of Mourning is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents. Please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety website for more information.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the primary union for 70,000 poultry workers in the United States, applauded Tyson Foods for pledging to create a better workplace at its production facilities with new and expanded initiatives on safety, transparency, and compensation.
“Tyson Foods’ commitment to worker safety and workers’ rights should not just be applauded — it should serve as a model for the rest of the industry,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “Through our ongoing partnership with Tyson Foods, we have already made valuable progress. We look forward to these new and expanded initiatives and to continuing to work together to provide a better, safer workplace for the hard-working men and women at Tyson Foods.”
Tyson Foods worked in collaboration with the UFCW on its efforts. In its announcement, Tyson committed to continuing its collaboration with the UFCW on a workplace safety and illness and injury prevention initiative that will be rolled out to all plants and be released publicly. Other highlights in the company’s announcement include:
- A new initiative on transparency stating that the company will begin publicly sharing results of its third party social compliance audits.
- A new initiative on compensation stating that Tyson Foods will make sure it’s providing competitive wages and benefits.
- Reaffirming its commitment to allowing regularly scheduled breaks, as well as restroom breaks, as needed.
- Reaffirming its commitment to running its processes at a speed according to the number of people available to work.
- Reaffirming its commitment to a policy allowing workers to stop the line at any time for worker or food safety issues.
- Reaffirming its commitment to having Team Member safety councils in place at all plants.
The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.
Toronto – April 26, 2017 – UFCW Canada recently joined the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and its affiliates at a press conference held at Queen’s Park to call on the Ontario government to reform the province’s labour laws and address the rise of precarious work.
On behalf of 10,000 post-secondary educators at BC’s colleges, institutes, and teaching universities, we call on the BC government to respect the Aboriginal rights of the Treaty 8 First Nations, especially the indigenous peoples of the Peace River watershed.
We further call on the BC government to uphold that principle and immediately to refer the Site C dam project for review and recommendations under Section 5 of the BC Utilities Commission Act, and additionally, to delay issuance of any further permits or authorizations until such review has been completed and until the courts have decided on First Nations’ land issues at stake. The principle of free, prior and informed consent is an inherent right of Indigenous peoples that helps ensure their survival, dignity, and well-being. There can be no reconciliation without respect for fundamental human rights.
We urge the BC government to pay heed to the Treaty 8 First Nations, who are opposed to the proposed Site C Project for a number of reasons, including the cost to ratepayers, the environmental impacts, and the loss of sacred archeological and burial sites, as well as the impacts on their Treaty rights.
The Peace River Valley is home to Treaty 8 First Nations’ hunting, fishing, and trapping grounds, fertile agricultural lands and farms, old growth boreal forests, and is one of the most important wildlife corridors in the Yellowstone to Yukon migration corridor chain. The proposed site of the dam also has some of the best agricultural land in northern BC, capable of feeding a million people.
If this project is not stopped, the Site C Dam will destroy wildlife-sustaining habitat that has supplied generations of First Nations people with food and cultural sustenance for thousands of years. It will destroy one of the largest and most important wildlife corridors on the continent, and submerge valuable carbon sinks instead of promoting food security and the need to adapt to climate change. This project will cause irreparable harm to the environment, while costing British Columbians an estimated $8 billion in the process. It will also destroy the site of the earliest European occupation in BC.
The Peace River Valley is a special and unique place and cannot be replaced. The impacts of the project are significant, far-reaching, and cannot be mitigated.
Please join us in the call to stop this project before it is too late.
Dear UWOSA Members,
For those of you that were not able to attend today’s Annual General Meeting, the membership in attendance voted overwhelmingly to increase our monthly dues by 0.45% from 1.25% set in 1998 to 1.7%.
This increase will ensure that UWOSA will continue to be able to represent our members and has allowed us to pass a balanced budget for 2017-2018. As per Article 6.01 of the Collective Agreement, we have sent written notice of this change to the University and expect the change to be reflected on our May pay.
On behalf of the UWOSA Executive, Stewards Council and Finance Committee, I would like thank all the members who attended this important meeting and participated in the discussion.
The 2017 edition of Lace Up for Diabetes takes place on June 4 and MAHCP is once again putting out the call for members to participate!
Members interested in signing up for this event, which starts at 8 a.m. and includes a 10 km timed run, 5 km walk/run, 3 km walk/run and a Kids Fun Run, can do so at the Team MAHCP page:
There are 15 sponsored spots available on Team MAHCP for members and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to food, beverages, medals and prizes for the top fundraisers, members will also get MAHCP T-shirts to wear on the day of the event.
We also need a few more members to volunteer at the food and refreshment tent. It’s a great opportunity to provide encouraging words and smiles for all of the participants.
The Lace Up for Diabetes event is for a wonderful cause; funds raised go towards Diabetes Canada’s programs and services, research, education and advocacy. The Canadian Diabetes Association became Diabetes Canada this past February.
If you would like to volunteer in the tent, please contact Team Captain Erin Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org .