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New members’ package in the mail this week!

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The new bargaining unit certificates for Shared Health and WRHA bargaining units come into effect this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

MAHCP’s newest members – those transitioning from other unions this Friday – will be receiving an information package at their home mailing address by the end of this week. We encourage you to read through it to find out what you need to know.

The welcome package contains the following information: (links to the documents included)

  • Welcome letter from MAHCP President Bob Moroz – here
  • Info on MAHCP Labour Relations Officers
  • “MAHCP welcomes you” (FAQ) – here
  • Bargaining Proposal Form – here
  • December newsletter – here
  • Union card and postage-paid return envelope

Please feel free to send an email to info@mahcp.ca or call 204-772-0425/1-800-315-3331 if you have any additional questions that aren’t answered in the welcome package.

MAHCP looks forward to representing and working with our newest members!

In solidarity,

Your MAHCP Team

 

Operation Christmas Cheer brightens spirits at Voith picket line

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Operation Christmas Cheer brightened spirits as volunteers brought gifts and good will to striking Local 252 members at the Voith Hydro picket line.

“All of the members are grateful to Operation Christmas Cheer for helping to alleviate some of the hardships that the strikers are facing right now on the picket line,” said John Harte, Local 252 Financial Secretary.

Operation Christmas Cheer (OCC) is a non-profit organization driven by volunteers from the labour movement and the community. For 15 years, its mission has been to make sure every worker walking a picket line in Ontario during the holidays receives some cheer.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, Casandra Robinson, Founder of OCC, hand delivered a truckload of toys along with grocery and other gift cards to the striking members on December 9 as they picketed their Voith Hydro workplace in Mississauga, Ontario.

“When you first go out on strike people honk and stop by, but as time extends over the holidays when everyone is not here and you’re walking this picket line it’s real easy to feel cold, to feel alone, to feel forgotten,” Robinson told the strikers. “I bring you a message today that you are not forgotten. There are more than 240 different locals, individuals and councils that support OCC so we can do what we do every single year.”

Members began strike action at Voith Hydro on November 14, 2019 after the company tabled concessions that would reduce benefits, hurt pensions, and eliminate the Cost of Living Adjustment.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Cheer, or to get involved, visit operationcheer.com or follow them on Facebook.

Ontario Regional Council delegates empowered

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Delegates at Ontario Regional Council were empowered to defend good jobs, healthcare, education, and women’s rights in an era of Ford government austerity.

“Now more than ever, we have to come together to carve out our path forward as we continue to fight off this very dangerous government,” Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi told delegates

Council convened on December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. To mark the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre delegates held up their cell phone flashlights in a moving tribute as a candle lit procession carried purple ribbons bearing the names of the victims through the hall. 

Delegates discussed the union’s work to eradicate misogyny and to fight for equality both in our workplaces and in society. The power of women was further emphasized, as Canadian Olympians Sarah Nurse and Natalie Spooner and high school hockey player Danika Gravelle shared their experience fighting shocking inequality in the game.

“When we unite and stand up for what we believe in, then nothing is impossible,” said Sarah Nurse. “Thanks for your support for women in sport and for equality.”

As delegates discussed and debated an action plan for the upcoming year they passed Director’s Recommendations calling on the Ford government to end inaction on climate change, enact better protections for temporary workers and to provide better care for patients and safer working conditions in long-term care facilities.

In an emotional speech Unifor National President Jerry Dias shared his mother's experience in long-term care as he called for action from Premier Ford.

“This time Doug I’m asking you respectively as a man for the people. I want you to join me for just one shift in the long-term care facilities so we can fix once and for all the inherent disrespect of our seniors,” said Dias. 

The hundreds of representatives from Locals across the province also united in a show of public support for education workers as National President Jerry Dias was joined on stage by Harvey Bischof, OSSTF President, Sam Hammond, ETFO President, Liz Stuart, OECTA President and Smokey Thomas, OPSEU President.

“This is personal. It’s personal when they attack our kids,” said National President Jerry Dias. “It was the government’s plan to cut ten thousand teachers jobs.”

Amid chants of “solidarity”, the five union leaders raised arms before the more than 850 Council attendees.

Hammond called for workers and unions to stand together join forces.

“We are being attacked in the education sector and we need you with us as each affiliate starts to move to take a greater stand to protect children and public education in this province,” Hammond said.

Unifor offered its support to Ontario’s teachers and education workers in the fight against budget cuts that will increase class sizes, eliminate education options and career paths for students, and result in the loss of frontline jobs.

“The Minister of Education says we can fix the class size but the teachers and the workers have to pay for it,” said Stuart. “He’s stealing the money from the pockets of your children and he expects them to pay for it.”

Bischof told delegates that workers will not stand by as the Ford government attacks the future of the province.

“We will not allow this government to create a bargain basement education system,” said Bischof. “The only solution will be found at the bargaining table. If not we will work with you and we will drive them out of office.”

While Thomas sounded the alarm of looming threats to the broader labour movement.

“I feel it in my bones, I feel it in my heart that once Doug is done with the teachers he’s coming for the rest of us,” said Thomas.

Delegates voted to support a Ford Fightback Campaign to oppose any austerity measures that slash and burn labour regulations, social services, health care and education, and to continue to win back the provisions that the government removed from employment standards as the union negotiates new contracts with employers.

“We have held fast against this Premier. We have fought back,” said Rizvi. “But our work now is only getting started. We’re here to recommit to the next phase of this campaign and ensure that Doug Ford is a one-term Premier.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Changes and Long Wait Lists at Manitoba Housing

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Manitoba Housing and its future were debated at the Manitoba Legislature in the closing week of the legislative session. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says the comments made by the Minister of Families are a "slap in the face" to those in Manitoba Housing who were recently told that changes are coming, which will affect services and potentially eliminate their jobs.

Busy Legislative Session Wraps Up

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The Manitoba Legislature has wrapped up for another year and it was a busy one with a successful lobby day for members and meetings with the Premier, Ministers, and MLAs. Over a dozen pieces of legislation were introduced. Some were brand new, while others were carried over due to the early election call. Here are a few pieces of legislation that the MGEU is keeping an eye on.

UFCW Applauds House Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act

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America’s Largest Private Sector Union Calls Bill Passage Biggest Victory for Access to Democracy Since Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) applauded passage of H.R. 4, the “Voting Rights Advancement Act” by the U.S. House of Representatives and released the following statement:

“The Voting Rights Advancement Act is a critical step forward in ensuring that every eligible voter across the country has the right to have their voice heard. Further, it will go a long way towards righting years of decisions and efforts by state and local politicians to prevent millions of Americans from voting.

“Together, we can ensure that no one group is singled out and that every person, regardless of their race, economic status or political affiliation, has access to the ballot box.”

Background:

  • Since the 2013 Shelby County vs. Holder decision by the Supreme Court rolling back key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many states and localities have implemented efforts that make it more difficult for lower income people and people of color to vote.
  • In response, the “Voting Rights Advancement Act” or VRAA would modernize and enhance federal protections on access to the vote for all Americans.
  • H.R. 4, the VRAA, passed the house on a December 6, 2019 with bipartisan support.

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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

CAUT Statement on December 6

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Today marks 30 years since the massacre at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal when 14 women were senselessly and violently murdered. On this December 6, we remember Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colga, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.

Their deaths prompted Parliament to designate this date as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, when Canadians honour the memory of the 14, and those who continue to experience gender-based violence.

Until this year, the memorial plaque near the site of the murders did not mention that anyone was killed — instead referring to a “tragic event” — nor the fact that 14 women were gunned down simply because they were women. A new, recently erected plaque now states clearly that the women were killed in an antifeminist act, and explicitly condemns all forms of violence against women.

Naming and condemning gender-based violence is a concrete action against the disproportionate violence that women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals continue to face every day. CAUT supports the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign that runs annually from November 25 to December 10, which calls on each of us to share the concrete actions we are taking in our own communities and in our own lives to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence.

Unifor members at Gesco ratify new collective agreement

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Members of Unifor Local 462, representing warehouse workers at Gesco Industries in Brampton, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year collective agreement.

“Unifor is Canada’s leading union for warehouse workers – we’re ensuring that workplace standards keep up with this rapidly growing industry,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I’m proud of the gains the bargaining committee has made for workers at Gesco.”

The new agreement, ratified on November 30, 2019, includes milestone improvements on emergency and sick leave, enhanced language on equal pay for equal work, adoption of Unifor’s Women’s Advocate Program, new harassment and accident/incident investigation processes, and wage increases.

“We made breakthrough gains during this round of bargaining – importantly, we enhanced sick and emergency leave benefits that go well beyond what the Ford government had recently revoked,” said Charles Redden, Local 462 President. “We’re fighting back against Ford’s attack on workers at the bargaining table.”

In October 2018, the Ford government eliminated mandatory paid sick days. Unifor is advocating for change through federal and provincial lobbying and has adopted a province wide bargaining program to enhance sick and emergency leave benefits in collective agreements.

“The bargaining committee greatly exceeded our bottom line on language and wage improvements in this round of bargaining,” said Larry McIntyre, Local 462 Unit Chair.

The addition of the Women’s Advocate Program in this new three-year agreement means specially trained members will assist members and their families facing domestic violence, and the agreement includes new language that secures up to 26 weeks of domestic violence leave.

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