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December 2020 MAHCP Newsletter

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The December 2020 edition of the MAHCP Newsletter is now available, which features a message from President Bob Moroz, information on an upcoming Special Meeting, our Vice President’s report and an article on our current awareness campaign that has been hitting the airwaves.

You’ll see that this edition of the newsletter has an entirely new and modern look, this is the second edition with this look, which was a project that we spent the summer of 2020 working on. Enjoy!

Unifor urges all parties to support NDP’s new anti-scab bill

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December 3, 2020

OTTAWA—Unifor is urging all members of parliament to support Canada’s workers and swiftly pass a private member’s bill introduced today by Scott Duvall, NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain, to ban employers in federally regulated sectors from hiring scabs during a legal strike or lockout.

“Any federal politician who claims to stand up for working people and their families, needs to back this private member’s bill,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Ending the use of scabs in federally regulated workplaces will go a long way to balancing the scales that are unfairly tipped in the employer’s favour.”

Unifor has long argued that scab labour only serves to prolong labour disputes, undermines the right of unionized workers to take strike action and removes any incentive for employers to negotiate fairly to end any strike or lockout.

“It’s just not good enough to talk about standing up for workers. Politicians from all parties need to get behind this bill now because the whole idea behind collective bargaining is to level the playing field between workers and employers and this legislation helps do that,” said Dias.

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared the right to strike a fundamental right protected by the Constitution – but the union believes that right is lost when an employer can hire replacement workers to steal another workers job.

Unifor is also calling on all provincial governments to enact similar legislation to ban scabs, just as British Columbia and Quebec have done.

Unifor also supports a second bill introduced by the NDP to protect retired workers by fixing federal bankruptcy laws so pension and health benefits are given the same consideration as banks, investors or parent companies during bankruptcy proceedings. It also includes much needed provisions to restrict companies from issuing dividends or share buy-backs when a pension plan is in a deficit.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via ZOOM, FaceTime or Skype, please contact Unifor’s Director of Communications, Natalie Clancy at Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or 416-707-5794 (cell).

Unifor urges all parties to support NDP’s new anti-scab bill

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December 3, 2020

OTTAWA—Unifor is urging all members of parliament to support Canada’s workers and swiftly pass a private member’s bill introduced today by Scott Duvall, NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain, to ban employers in federally regulated sectors from hiring scabs during a legal strike or lockout.

“Any federal politician who claims to stand up for working people and their families, needs to back this private member’s bill,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Ending the use of scabs in federally regulated workplaces will go a long way to balancing the scales that are unfairly tipped in the employer’s favour.”

Unifor has long argued that scab labour only serves to prolong labour disputes, undermines the right of unionized workers to take strike action and removes any incentive for employers to negotiate fairly to end any strike or lockout.

“It’s just not good enough to talk about standing up for workers. Politicians from all parties need to get behind this bill now because the whole idea behind collective bargaining is to level the playing field between workers and employers and this legislation helps do that,” said Dias.

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared the right to strike a fundamental right protected by the Constitution – but the union believes that right is lost when an employer can hire replacement workers to steal another workers job.

Unifor is also calling on all provincial governments to enact similar legislation to ban scabs, just as British Columbia and Quebec have done.

Unifor also supports a second bill introduced by the NDP to protect retired workers by fixing federal bankruptcy laws so pension and health benefits are given the same consideration as banks, investors or parent companies during bankruptcy proceedings. It also includes much needed provisions to restrict companies from issuing dividends or share buy-backs when a pension plan is in a deficit.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via ZOOM, FaceTime or Skype, please contact Unifor’s Director of Communications, Natalie Clancy at Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or 416-707-5794 (cell).

Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Speak Out Against Layoff and Service Reduction

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December 2, 2020

OTTAWA - Over the past three months, NAV Canada has announced their intention to close seven air traffic control towers and reduce the level of service at their respective airports. Additionally, NAV Canada has served the Union notice of their intent to further reduce the air traffic control workforce outside these units.

The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA) represents Canada’s 1900 controllers and is vehemently opposed to these initiatives as they are contrary to the mission statement and purpose of NAV Canada, which runs Canada’s Air Navigation Service. The safety of the flying public both current and future, and the service NAV Canada is required to deliver, is being sacrificed as a reactionary measure to the current pandemic, both of which will not be recoverable in the near future.

Despite chronically understaffed air traffic control units across the country, Canada has enjoyed the safest levels of air travel in the world since NAV Canada’s inception in 1996. To further reduce these staffing levels will debilitate the air navigation system’s ability to sustain its previous capacity and safety, and will impede Canada's airlines’ ability to recover moving forward.

CATCA will continue discussions with both Stakeholders and the Government in an effort to find a sustainable solution for the continued provision of this essential service. The reduction in services NAV Canada is attempting to introduce within the system is reckless and unacceptable. We remain committed in maintaining the integrity of our profession as well as the trust the public has in the service our Members provide.

Doug Best                                                                               Scott Loder

President                                                                                 Executive Vice President

CAUT welcomes supports for students in the Fall Economic Update

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(Ottawa – December 1, 2020) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) welcomes measures in the Fall Economic Update to help vulnerable Canadians, including students, but calls on the government to make more concrete, robust and transformative commitments to research and post-secondary education in Budget 2021.

“This Update recognizes that students are struggling, but it falls short in laying out a detailed plan to fix critical issues in post-secondary education,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “We need federal leadership to ensure stable funding for universities and colleges, which are integral to solving Canada’s current and future challenges.”

CAUT urges the government to commit to a national plan for post-secondary education, which strengthens science and research, and improves accessibility, affordability, and quality of post-secondary education.

The Fall Economic Update is a mix of new and renewed commitments and includes:

  • Elimination of the interest on repayment of the federal portion of the Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans for 2021-22, which will benefit 1.4 million Canadians burdened by student debt;
  • Funding to ensure a safe restart in Indigenous post-secondary education institutions;
  • Enhanced skills training for marginalized and displaced workers;
  • Creation of a task force to modernize the Employment Equity Act.

“The pandemic is causing immediate and long-term negative impacts on Canada’s higher education sector, and the innovation and knowledge that support a strong, stable and resilient Canada. Without greater federal investment in post-secondary education, we will see quality, access and affordability further compromised and less research, slowing Canada’s recovery,” Robinson concludes.

CAUT Council condemns publisher’s reversal as violation of academic freedom

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(Ottawa – December 1, 2020) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is speaking out against Springer Nature after it cancelled a book deal about Canadian mining companies, allegedly due to legal threats by an un-named third party.

At a meeting of CAUT Council, delegates from across the country unanimously passed a motion denouncing Springer’s decision to cancel publication.

“The book’s content deserves scrutiny by the world, and suppressing its publication is a serious threat to the academic freedom, and the right of academic staff to conduct and disseminate research,” says CAUT Executive Director David Robinson.

The book, Canadian Mining in the Aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala, details mining company-linked human rights violations, forced evictions, repression, health and environmental harms, and corruption.

Springer reviewed and accepted the book for publication, but then suddenly reneged on the contract by citing unspecified libel concerns.

Legal counsel engaged by CAUT conducted a libel read of the manuscript and could find no basis for Springer’s decision to forgo publication.

“The academic community in Canada and internationally should be gravely concerned about Springer’s actions,” says Robinson. “Springer needs to be held to account. Academic publishers should stand up against censorship and not be bullied into suppressing content that the powerful may find uncomfortable.”

Health care workers rally for a fair collective agreement at Brouillette Manor

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December 1, 2020

WINDSOR– Health care workers at Brouillette Manor held a rally outside the facility demanding a fair and equitable collective agreement after contract negotiations came to a standstill.

"This employer is treating these essential long term care workers with such disrespect at a time when we all know they are COVID heroes,”," said Tullio DiPonti, President of Unifor Local 2458. "To be seeking unfair concessions shows they are not serious about wanting to negotiate a collective agreement."

Contract negotiations opened with Brouillette Manor on October 27, 2020. The union proposed modest changes to the collective agreement that were immediately rejected by the employer's legal representatives. The employer's representatives further stated that it would only be willing to settle a contract that met the Arbitrated awards from 2019.

On the day that the Ontario Legislature was debating the "Time to Care Act", the employer presented the union with more than six pages of concessions that include concessions in wages, health care benefits, time off, forcing of more hours of work.

"These front line workers have risked their lives to care for residents, and they have been working tirelessly long before this pandemic," said Katha Fortier, Assistant to Unifor National President. "They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, not demeaned, disheartened and disrespected by an employer who chooses to call them heroes in the public but treat them as zeroes at the bargaining table."

"I saw nothing but hurt and pain on the faces of these COVID heroes when the bargaining agent diminished their worth and referred to them as, 'administrative burdens', which was genuinely disheartening said," Chris Taylor, Unifor National Staff Representative. "Long term care workers look after the most vulnerable in our society, and they do it with compassion, pride and selflessness, and when they come in front of Brouillette Manor to bargain a fair agreement they are made to feel worthless."

The union is steadfast in its resolve to bargain an agreement that fits the needs of the members working at Brouillette Manor and delivers them the respect and dignity that they deserve.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

To arrange in person, phone or FaceTime interviews or for more information please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

Canada’s fiscal update fails to support all airline workers

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December 1, 2020

OTTAWA – Airline workers remain in the dark following yesterday’s financial update, wondering when the government plans to establish a national aviation recovery strategy.

“Though yesterday’s announcement offers supports to airports and makes critical investments in health and safety infrastructure, it fails to offer a plan to save this industry from total collapse,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Canada's aviation workers and airlines need the federal government to be agile and responsive and we have given them the solutions, but government is moving at a snail’s pace to stop the industry from bottoming out.”

The financial update provides rent relief for airports, financial support for regional airports and carriers and investments in security, safety and transit infrastructure. However the union believes it misses the mark by providing little to no help for large aviation employers that employ the bulk of front line airline workers.

“The decisions of governments today will be felt long into the future. Now is not the time to abandon Canada’s aviation workers who keep the travelling public safe. We need a national aviation recovery strategy that strengthens our aviation sector for years to come,” continued Dias.

The union is advocating for recovery strategy that focuses on an updated approach to border controls that is rigorous, safe and reflects scientific evidence, an industry-specific corporate support package that ensures benefits flow to workers, government support programs for furloughed employees until the industry recovers and continued training for pilots and NAV Canada employees to ensure their skills are maintained for when travel resumes.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

To arrange in person, phone or FaceTime interviews or for more information please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

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