Toronto – August 12, 2017 – Canada is one of the largest agricultural exporters in the world, but close to four million Canadians – including 1.15 million children – experience food insecurity.
Today, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky wrapped up another busy week of meeting with members working in hospitals and personal care homes across the province.
Smiths Falls, Ont. – August 11, 2018 – UFCW Canada Local 175 members working at Broadview Nursing Centre in Smiths Falls, Ontario have recently achieved a new collective agreement.
Public Services International, a Global Union Federation, is recognizing the contribution's of the world's young people and urging support for young workers.
When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where: North Campus Building**, Room 101
1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Information on Tentative Collective Agreement
3. Question and Answer Period
Please bring your Western One ID or photo ID to gain admittance to the meeting.
You are entitled to 2 hours away from work (including your regularly scheduled meal period) to attend this meeting. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.
Polls will open for voting on the ratification of the collective agreement immediately after the meeting until 3:30 pm.
Polls will also be open on Wednesday August 23rd and Thursday 24th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm in UCC Room 255 (UWOSA Office). Highlights of the collective agreement will be available to read prior to voting.
**North Campus Building is located on Perth Drive between the Labatts Visual Arts Centre & Delaware Hall.
Toronto – August 10, 2017 – Around the world, August 12 is recognized annually as International Youth Day, an event established in 2000 as a means of raising awareness of the issues affecting young people globally.
Vancouver and Charlottetown, P.E.I. – August 10, 2017 – UFCW Canada activists from across British Columbia and Prince Edward Island recently celebrated equality, diversity, and inclusion at Pride events in each province.
“Community health workers are trained professionals, and the vital work they do must be coordinated and compensated fairly.” — BCGEU president Stephanie Smith
After years of lobbying, the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) is delighted with news that Premier John Horgan has restored funding to Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in B.C.
Cuts to ESL education announced by Ottawa in late 2013 led to huge tuition fees for ESL students, and provincial cuts to adult basic education, starting in January 2015, shut the door on post-secondary ambitions for many adult learners. The introduction of fees for ESL and adult basic education disproportionately affected low income earners, single parents, newcomers, refugees, and aboriginal students.
FPSE President George Davison attended the funding announcement Tuesday, August 8, at Camosun College in Victoria, where he met with Premier Horgan, Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark, and Education Minister Rob Fleming.
“Premier Horgan’s announcement marks the end of a three-year campaign to ensure that adult learners and newcomers have access to basic education and language training in B.C.” said Davison. “Our members were clear that adult basic education and English language programs provided foundational skills essential to secure employment and further post-secondary learning.”
The premier’s announcement is a victory for our members. Our Open the Doors campaign resulted in pre-election commitments to restore funding for these essential programs from the BC NDP and BC Greens, and from the BC Liberals in their aborted Throne Speech. The announcement is an important step in making sure that our education system is more affordable and accessible for all.
“This is good news for our members, and for anyone who cares about education in our province. But our work isn’t over,” said Davison. “There are a number of serious issues still facing our members in both public and private institutions throughout B.C., and we will continue to press the new government on those issues, including improving the trades training system, addressing affordability for students and student debt levels, the casualization of precarious academic work, and fulfilling the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”