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Great Wolf Lodge UPDATE

This is an update that the deadline to book the July UWOSA Great Wolf Lodge discount rate is July 2, 2018.

Minimum room bookings to receive this great group rate is 10 and we are shy 3 rooms. The new booking deadline date is July 2, 2018. Beat the heat with indoor waterslides today! A final update will be provided after July 2nd.

For complete details, visit the Member Area ----- Great Wolf Lodge

Columbia Sportswear UWOSA Invitation (Until July 8)

Visit the Member AreaColumbia Spring Invite for more details.

Stratford Festival Savings – book by July 9

Visit the Member AreaStratford Festival Savings for more details.

SFL OH&S Conference opportunity: Apply now!

SEIU West -

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT The SEIU-West Worker Safety Committee is pleased to sponsor five delegates to attend the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Conference being held at the Delta Hotel in Regina, September 12-14, 2018. All SEIU-West ...

Win of the Week! June 17 – 23

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Congratulations to the SEIU-West bargaining team for achieving a renewed agreement for our members at the Saskatchewan Impaired Drivers Treatment Centre (SIDTC). We are pleased that our members have ratified the agreement that has several language improvements and future increases through wage reopeners over the next couple of years.

UFCW Statement on House Passing Partisan Farm Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill.

“This exact bill failed last month for good reason.

“It puts hundreds of thousands of good jobs at risk of being eliminated and makes it more difficult for hard-working people to feed their families.

“The House needs to take a cue from the Senate and immediately come together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill.”

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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.

March With Us in Saskatoon’s Pride Parade!

SEIU West -

SEIU-West will be marching in the Saskatoon Pride Parade on Saturday, June 23rd at 1 pm. The marshalling time is at 11.00 am and will take place on Spadina Crescent under the University Bridge. Take out your purple gear and join the march to show your support! You will be able to find us by searching for purple and SEIU-West flags.

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC -

Jun 21, 2018 FPSE News

Since 1996, we’ve recognized National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, the longest day of the year. Today we celebrate the many cultures and languages of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, and renew our commitment to healing from the trauma of the past while continuing our shared journey to reconciliation.

It’s been gratifying watching faculty and staff at BC’s post-secondary institutions heed the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) by revising curriculums, reviewing pedagogies, and working everyday towards decolonizing our institutions. You have risen to the challenge of reconciliation and our federation shares your commitment through our FPSE Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Standing Committee, which continues to look at procedures and structures that may also need to be decolonized. You promoted and shared our book Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization, launched earlier this year.

As Senator Murray Sinclair said: “Education got us in to this mess, and education will get us out.” Through educating your students about residential schools, challenging your administration to engage in decolonization with faculty, staff, and students, and participating in your decolonization committees, we all move closer to reconciliation.

At our recent AGM, we renewed our commitment to the rights of Indigenous Peoples to sovereignty and self-determination. Let’s continue to be guided by the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the TRC’s Calls to Action as we work to make education a tool of decolonization and reconciliation, today and every day.

In solidarity,

George Davison
President, FPSE

NUPGE Pension Webinars available on YouTube

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“NUPGE’s pension webinars provide our members with the tools and information they need to protect and improve our members’ pensions.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

Ottawa (25 June 2018)  — The second series of NUPGE’s pension webinars has been posted on NUPGE's YouTube channel. This will give all NUPGE members access to the information.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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"So, today, we want to encourage our 390,000 members across the country to reflect on these abuses and recommit to fighting continuing acts of oppression. If we are on a path of reconciliation, we need to work with our allies to ensure our Indigenous brothers and sisters enjoy the equality we all strive for."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President

CAUT Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

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(Ottawa — June 21, 2018) On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) takes the opportunity to reflect upon the enormous contributions of Aboriginal Peoples, and also the historic wrongs committed against First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada.

Many recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission still need to be implemented and we press all levels of governments to act. As the report points out, education policy can play a critical role in supporting the reconciliation process, but to do so we need to invest and be invested in the reconciliation process.

In the last federal budget, the federal government announced small amounts of funding for the post-secondary education (PSE) sector to develop a national framework to address gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions and to support Métis students to attend PSE. As well, additional funding was announced to enable Aboriginal representatives to participate in international discussions on rights to traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, something CAUT has encouraged through its efforts on copyright.

This is a start, but it is not enough. Indigenous rights, including the right to education, are inherent rights enshrined in treaties, the Canadian Constitution, and international agreements. CAUT is committed to restoring, renewing, and regenerating Indigenous practices, languages, and knowledge.

CAUT also urges academic staff associations, universities and colleges to support the Indigenization of the academy by working together to establish equitable policies and practices that involve Aboriginal Peoples and Indigenous knowledge in all aspects of campus life.

UFCW Statement on ICE Raids in Ohio

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raiding Fresh Mark plants in the Ohio towns of Canton, Massillon and Salem, which are represented by the UFCW. 

“Tearing hard-working men and women apart from their children, families, and communities is wrong. The people who do these incredibly difficult jobs have the right to due process, and to be treated with respect and fairness. Today’s actions will only drive this nation further apart, while also spreading unmistakable pain among neighbors, friends, coworkers, and loved ones. 

“Our top priority is to provide whatever assistance and counsel we can to any of our impacted members and their families. The broken policies that led to these and other workplace raids must be addressed immediately. They are creating a climate of fear where workers across this country are too afraid to stand up for their rights, report wage theft, dangerous work conditions, and other workplace issues.  

“We urge President Trump and members of Congress to work together to fix our broken immigration system, and to keep the demands of due process and family unity at the forefront. As a nation of immigrants, we must and can do better than this.” 

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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.

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