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CAUT disappointed with Federal Court copyright ruling against York University


(Ottawa – 12 July 2017) In a setback for balanced copyright, the Federal Court has sided with Access Copyright in a court case against York University.

The case centred on the question of whether copying practices at York were subject to an Access Copyright tariff, and whether copies made within York’s fair dealing guidelines meet the test of fair dealing under the Copyright Act.

“We are very disappointed with the decision, and believe the court erred on the application of fair dealing and the mandatory nature of the tariff,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson. “We hope the decision will be appealed and that we will have an opportunity to intervene.”

Robinson says fair dealing allows the use of copyright-protected works, without permission from or payment to rights holders, if the material is used for research, education and other specified purposes, and meets certain fairness standards.

“It’s important that the education community work to preserve the principle of fair dealing and the rights of users to use copyrighted material for education and research,” Robinson added.


Media contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers

(o) 613-726-5186 (c) 613-222-3530


Win of the Week! July 9-15

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A member who was returning to work from medical leave status was advised by their care provider that they were able to work a 9 hour shift. Yet the employer wanted the member to work 12 hour shifts. The member notified the employer that they could not work a 12 hour shift. The employer did not request medical information, rather they scheduled the member to work 6 hour shifts. The member’s SEIU-West Rep then began the grievance process at Step 1 for the lost wages (of three hours each day) based on the four days the member was scheduled 6 hour shifts and was successful. Way to go!

Let’s All Go To The Movies Contest!

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SEIU-West is proud to sponsor commercials which will air at all Saskatchewan Cineplex Theatres from June 30 - Aug 17. These commercials are a great way to reach a wide audience and let them know about the importance of solidarity and how we need to protect, and not defund, our valued health care. In recognition of these new commercials, SEIU-West is hosting a contest where we’ll be giving away Cineplex movie passes!

WRHA announcement raises more doubt about the future of health care

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The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has announced another round of sweeping changes to meet the provincial government’s mandate to cut $83 million from its budget. Today the WRHA announced it will close four QuickCare clinics, raise service fees, reduce staff, contract out services, and transfer community cancer clinics to CancerCare Manitoba.

MAHCP President’s message on PT/OT changes that WRHA announced today

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Today the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority released more information regarding changes to health delivery in our province.

Some of these changes are going to have a significant impact on our members.

The release indicates that adult outpatient Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy will be moved out of hospital and into private practice (ie: privatization). This will be an enormous hardship on Manitobans who rely on these outpatient services. The release makes no mention of the Professionals who provide these services and how they will be individually affected.

At a meeting with WRHA officials and other unions this morning, I asked the question regarding the continuing lack of a labour adjustment plan for workers in the Professional/Technical/Paramedical sector. We still do not know the overall impact on EFTs within the system.

MAHCP’s commitment is to continue to press for this information and to ensure that each member is treated within the scope of the collective agreement and as professionals dedicated to their patients.

To that end, we are arranging a meeting within the next few days with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services to specifically discuss these changes and what it means precisely for those members affected.

I know that there will be many, many questions about this announcement. More information will follow as we continue to receive it.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz
MAHCP President

“Prime Day” for America to Consider Impact of Amazon’s Business Model

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents over one million retail workers, released the following statement on Amazon Prime Day:

“While Amazon touts its sales, today is a ‘prime day’ for America to examine the high cost of Amazon’s business model.

“Amazon’s brutal vision for retail is one where automation needlessly replaces good people and good jobs. With the proposed acquisition of Whole Foods, workers will undoubtedly lose jobs and their families will pay the price to enrich Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is already one of the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

“Today we should have a real debate about Amazon’s business practices. We need to confront this undeniable truth – what is good for Amazon, is bad for America’s hard-working men and women.” 

Over 800,000 members of the UFCW work in food retail. Perrone, wrote an op-ed for CNN explaining why Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods could lead to thousands of Whole Foods workers losing their jobs.


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.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

Join an SEIU-West Committee!

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SEIU-West Committees keep us at the forefront of the Labour movement in Canada, and provide an excellent opportunity for members to learn from each other. Committee members serve for two years, and we have now approached the end of a two-year term so we are requesting SEIU-West members and all current committee members to submit their Expressions of Interest should they wish to serve or remain on committees.