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MAHCP Video Contest deadline extended to Jan. 31, 2019

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We’ve listened to our MAHCP members and extended the deadline in the MAHCP Video Contest to Jan. 31, 2019!

That means members will have an extra month to get in your videos.

As a quick recap, the Video Contest was officially announced during the MAHCP AGM in October. For members, this is your chance to share with the public the important work that you do each and every day.

The prizes for this contest are spectacular! First prize is $1,500, Second prize is $1,000 and Third prize is $500.

We welcome submissions from individual members or groups of members. Please keep in mind that if you are doing a group video and yours happens to win, it is the responsibility of the main submitter of the video to disperse the funds as the group sees fit.

The videos should be less than three minutes long and can be comical, serious or anything in-between.

Please visit www.mahcp.ca/videocontest for more information on the rules and on how to submit your videos.

Once the video submissions’ deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019, has passed, we will post the videos to our Facebook page and they will be judged on the number of “likes” received.

MAHCP staff recorded a video of their own that was shared at the AGM and can be viewed on our Facebook page for the next while. This can be found at https://www.facebook.com/manitobaahcp/

Thank you, MAHCP members, we eagerly await the videos!

Casino workers negotiate new contracts: BCGEU

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"These workers stuck together to set the industry standard. Our members told Gateway they needed to do better this time and, in the end, they achieved solid contracts with significant wage increases and many other ground-breaking provisions." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer

Health Science professionals start voting on tentative agreement

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Vancouver (12 Dec. 2018) — Details of the tentative agreement reached between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) for the term of April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2022, are now available for review by members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE).

UFCW Statement on Bipartisan Farm Bill Passage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing the 2018 Farm Bill conference report.

“Today’s passage of the bipartisan farm bill is a victory for hardworking families. Earlier versions were deeply partisan and proposed substantial cuts to SNAP, a vital program that not only helps millions in need put food on the table every day but creates sustainable jobs in food processing plants, distribution centers, and grocery stores across the country.

Thanks to the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, Congress has rightly rejected the cuts that would have threatened our economy and good jobs across America.

As the voice of workers who help put food on America’s tables, we are proud to be a partner in this legislation that puts people first by protecting access to food for families in need and making the strong investments in our workers and communities that we deserve.”

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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.

Unifor advocacy helps win domestic violence leave for NS workers

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After two years of dedicated activism by Unifor, Nova Scotia became the latest province to provide paid protected leave for survivors of democratic violence.

This followed a similar and recent decision in Newfoundland and Labrador - also after a lengthy campaign by the labour movement, including Unifor and women’s rights groups. In both provinces, the NDP joined in the campaign.

“Our members, some of whom are survivors of domestic violence themselves, fought long and hard for this in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “Leaving a violent relationship is known to be the most dangerous time for women. Having paid and protected leave and extended job security will make a big difference for survivors, perhaps all the difference.”

Both provinces have provided three days of paid leave. Unifor had advocated for a minimum of 10 days, or at least for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to follow the lead of New Brunswick which set the standard this year when the Gallant government announced five paid days.

Unifor has bargained this paid leave with many employers but made it a priority in its government advocacy work several years ago in an effort to extend this protection to all workers.

According to a study done by Western University researchers, 80 per cent of domestic violence victims report that their work performance was negatively affected. Absenteeism and poor work performance can leave victims vulnerable to discipline and even job loss.

“Domestic violence can happen to anyone, no matter your economic circumstances, and having protected leave ensures women don’t have to worry about their jobs when fleeing a violent home,” said Koren Beaman, chair of the Atlantic Region Women’s Committee and a Women’s Advocate at MWF Local 1, the Irving Shipyard. “Being a survivor myself, this means so much to me. I wanted to see protected leave in every province across Canada and I am glad to see the hard work of Unifor activists and allies has paid off as we have achieved it throughout Atlantic Canada.”

Paid Domestic Violence Leave gives employees job protection and financial support to seek lives free of violence. Unifor is also committed to addressing violence against women at the bargaining table and has negotiated to have more than 350 Women’s Advocates as well as paid domestic violence leave in workplaces across Canada.

Unifor Local 1996-O members ratify new collective agreement

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Economic gains and contracting work into the bargaining unit characterize a new agreement ratified by 64 Unifor members working in a Bell clerical unit in Ontario.

“Local 1996-O’s clerical unit is the nerve centre for many of Bell Technical Solutions’ operations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I’m proud that they were able to achieve a new collective agreement that reverses job erosion.”

The new four-year agreement includes as much as a two per cent wage increase in each year. The agreement creates new full-time work and guarantees hours for part-time workers. Health premium costs to workers will be reduced under the new contract and Personal Emergency Leave will be protected—something slashed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“Premier Doug Ford is making work in Ontario less safe and less stable. It was important to our bargaining committee that we do everything we could to protect workers’ rights that are eroding elsewhere,” said Lee Zommers, Local 1996-O President.

In the new contract, Local 1996-O joins dozens of Unifor locals across the country with the inclusion of an employer-sponsored Woman's Advocate in the workplace.

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