"This is an exciting time for British Columbians, but also for people across the country who are fighting for quality public services, good jobs, labour rights and overall fairness. We look forward to the government's progress and becoming a progressive voice at the national level." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Regarding the labour provisions, it’s a step in the right direction to see that the U.S. government is promoting core ILO standards such as the right to collective bargaining. And the proposal that labour and environmental standards should be enforceable is also a positive development. But the other language makes the burden of proof too high, and the scope too limited. No labour violation complaint would ever be successful if violations of labour rights must be proven in a ‘sustained or recurring’ manner, and the environmental provisions offer no objective standards to enforce. And all these obligations should not merely apply in a manner affecting trade or investment.” — Larry Brown
Edmonton – July 19, 2017 – UFCW Canada Local 401 members working at the Agropur - Lucerne Foods plant have recently ratified a new five-year collective agreement.
“The Sask Party is making our most vulnerable residents pay for government’s mistakes.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
"When the employer saw that workers were determined to get a deal that respected their professionalism and commitment, they came back to the table at the 11th hour." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
On July 18, 2017, Premier John Horgan and his cabinet were sworn-in and are now the official new government of British Columbia. Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC President George Davison was in attendance to witness this historic moment, and had the following to say on behalf of the Federation:
“Over the past 16 years, government funding of post-secondary education has massively declined, placing an unsustainable burden on students and families across BC. On behalf of the member locals of our federation, we welcome The Honourable Melanie Mark, M.L.A., to her new role as Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. We are confident that the new government is committed to improving the lives of all British Columbians with a renewed commitment to providing better choices and opportunities in post-secondary education.”
We look forward to working with the minister on issues such as free access to Adult Basic Education and ESL, reducing student debt including the elimination of interest on student loans, support for rural colleges, and indigenization of the curriculum.
FPSE has always worked to ensure post-secondary education remains affordable and accessible and that it meets the needs of people throughout the province. We look forward to working with Premier Horgan and his government to address the challenges ahead.
Dear MAHCP members,
We want your say! This September, MAHCP will be holding an election for Vice-President, and we need your current home or personal email addresses.
The reason is simple: in 2016, MAHCP moved to electronic voting to give as many members as possible the chance to vote in as convenient and easy a manner as possible.
This initiative has proven successful, as we’ve had more engagement in votes involving electronic ballots.
Informing us can easily be done by sending an email from your home or personal address to firstname.lastname@example.org and including your full name (so our staff can find you in our database to update an email or add you to our database).
Please share this information with as many of your MAHCP colleagues as possible so that we have as many members as possible voting in this important election!
Also, please make sure to check your spam folder, as sometimes MAHCP emails end up there, even though our staff tries to avoid this as much as possible from our end.
The MAHCP Vice Presidential election will run Sept. 5-12, and a VP Debate will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Canad Inns HSC. For those members who can’t attend the debate in-person, it will be recorded and available for viewing soon after.
There are two candidates running for Vice President: Tanya Burnside and Janet Fairbairn. Their bios are available on the MAHCP website: http://mahcp.ca/2017-mahcp-vice-presidential-election/
Chair- Nominations Committee
Orford, Que. – July 18, 2017 – Young UFCW members from across Quebec recently gathered for the latest session of the 2017 UFCW Canada Young-Workers Internship Program (YIP).
"This investment in power-lifting equipment will prevent injuries and save money in the long run, because it’s always much cheaper to keep workers healthy and on the job than to have them off work and needing treatment.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“The people of the province deserve to know what this government is spending to outsource and duplicate efforts on the negotiations front. Our members deserve to know what their employer is paying to have a law firm take them on at the bargaining table.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Fellow UWOSA Members:
If you have not already done so, please visit our UWOSA website, www.uwosa.ca, under the Member Area "Strike Preparedness Information" for an important request for information.
Lori Johnson, Chair
Strike Preparedness Committee
Today, MAHCP representatives met with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services (PHLRS.) The purpose of this meeting was to begin procedural discussions regarding impacts of the WRHA announced changes on our members. The PHRLS is the body responsible for all labour relations matters within Manitoba’s Health system.
We were expecting to be provided with specific information that would allow us to understand the Labour Adjustment Strategy (number of positions affected and/or deleted, vacancy opportunities, etc.) However, no details were provided which resulted in a conceptual discussion around how we can best minimize the impact on members as these changes are rolled out.
There is another meeting being scheduled where we have been told that this information will be available to us. Without this specific level of information, it is not possible for us to meaningfully discuss what processes would look like.
I am aware that specific individuals have been informally notified by managers that their positions will be deleted because of these changes. Please feel free to email me or your Labour Relations Officer if you have had this conversation with your manager.
Once we have the details regarding the actual staffing impacts, we will be arranging member meetings where we can discuss these changes and how MAHCP will continue to ensure your employment rights are being respected.
More information will be shared early next week as we receive a clearer picture of the entire situation.
In the meantime, MAHCP will continue to publicly demand answers from government about how privatizing outpatient services and causing chaos within the system benefits Manitobans.
Terrebonne, Que. – July 17, 2017 – UFCW Canada Local 500 members working at Rona in Terrebonne, Quebec have ratified a new six-year collective agreement that provides wage increases, new full-time positions, and much more.