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CAUT Council passes motion of censure against the University of Toronto

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(Ottawa - November 30, 2020) The national association representing Canada’s academics has moved a step closer to censuring the University of Toronto over a hiring scandal in the Faculty of Law.

According to a report prepared by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the University offered Dr. Valentina Azarova the position of Director of the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the Faculty of Law on August 11, 2020. The hiring process was abruptly aborted following outside political pressure from a sitting judge concerned about Dr. Azarova’s academic work on human rights in Israel and Palestine.

“The facts that have emerged strongly suggest the decision to cancel Dr. Azarova’s appointment was politically motivated, and as such would constitute a serious breach of widely recognized principles of academic freedom,” the report concludes.

Following the decision of CAUT Council, the University has six months to address concerns before censure is formally imposed. Censure is a sanction in which academic staff are asked to not accept appointments or speaking engagements at the institution until satisfactory changes are made.

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Media contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-222-3530; keller@caut.ca

Canada’s fiscal update points toward future economic recovery, but workers need additional support today

Unifor -

November 30, 2020

OTTAWA – Unifor applauds steps taken in today’s fiscal update that seek to start the COVID-19 economic recovery, and build back better.

“This government is starting the long but critical work of economic recovery today, with support for Canada’s public services and the private sector,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This fiscal update shows that Canada’s workers are being heard, and must continue to advocate for the lasting changes required to secure a fair, resilient and inclusive economic recovery.”

The union commends the increase in CEWS coverage, as well as new funding for provinces’ long-term care sectors.

The fiscal update also included a commitment to make international streaming giants register and collect GST/HST, making a longstanding demand of media workers in Canada a reality.

“While this forward-looking funding will help Canada’s workers beat back the coming recession, the fact remains that many are falling through the gaps that remain while the pandemic rages on,” continued Dias.  

Unifor advocates for additional, targeted measures to support workers in Canada’s hardest hit sectors including airlines and aviation, hospitality and gaming, and transportation.

These industries face projections of multi-year downturns, and long-term layoffs that are costing workers income and benefits.

Unifor supports the government’s efforts to invest today to prevent further hardship tomorrow. Federal spending in times of economic downturn helps ensure a faster, stronger recovery

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 a follow up FaceTime, Zoom or Skype interview in English please contact Unifor Communications Representative Sarah McCue at sarah.mccue@unifor.org or 416-458-3307.

Temporary compensation agreement extended again for health care workers disrupted by staffing shortages

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

The MGEU has agreed to another extension of the Reassignment/Redeployment Interim Premium Agreement. The temporary agreement with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Secretariat (PHLRS) provides additional compensation for health care workers who've been disrupted by staffing shortages. It was to be in place until November 27 but has been extended to December 4, 2020 while the PHLRS, employers and unions work to revise the Redeployment MOA.

UFCW Canada priorities made loud and clear to MPs

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Ottawa – November 27, 2020 – UFCW Canada activists met with government ministers and Members of Parliament over the last two weeks to advocate for policies and programs that could help working people, including universal childcare, increased protections and supports for frontline workers, and reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Manitoba announces Caregiver Wage Support Program

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

Today the Manitoba government announced a new $35-million Caregiver Wage Support Program for front-line workers in long-term care and other settings. The province, which is cost-sharing the program with the federal government, says it will be available to more than 20,000 Manitobans currently working full-time or part-time on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible MGEU members will include many government community workers and direct service workers; health care aides, recreation workers and housekeeping staff in long-term care; as well as staff at community agencies that provide social services to at-risk youth and families.

MAHCP Responds to Caregiver Wage Support Announcement

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This morning, the Government of Manitoba announced a $35 Million front-line Caregiver Wage Support Program.

The media release describes the program as one that will help thousands of eligible front line workers with a wage top of $5/hour between November 1, 2020 and January 10,2021.

Here are a couple of quotes from the government news release:

“This program recognizes the efforts of those who are serving on the front lines of our battle with COVID-19,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. “They have exemplified true professionalism and courage while caring for Manitobans, and doing their best to protect us all from this virus.”

“Every day, thousands of Manitoba workers make our province a better place by showing compassion, care and dedication as they support some of our most vulnerable citizens, such as seniors, people with disabilities, children in care and people at homeless shelters,” said Stefanson. “Their commitment has not wavered, despite the challenges and fears caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Caregiver Wage Support Program, our government is recognizing their ongoing commitment and the value of their critical work.”

These statements are 100% true for each and every MAHCP member as well.  Yet again, this government has turned its back on Allied Health Professionals.  There can be no doubt whatsoever that MAHCP members are as front-line as one can get and have received little or no consideration in any program announced to date by Government.  Today’s announcement is yet another slap in the face for Allied Health.

MAHCP calls on the Premier and Cabinet to finally and meaningfully acknowledge the dedication, courage and tireless efforts put forth by every Allied Health Professional in the Province, not only during this pandemic, but every day.  Allied Health is there for Manitobans every day and it is past time that our Government is there for us when we need them most.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

Pallister government tables bill to allow minors to help enforce liquor/cannabis laws

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

As the Pallister government continues down its risky path to further privatize Manitoba liquor sales, the government has introduced legislation that would allow the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority to hire minors to help enforce the laws that keep liquor and cannabis out of the hands of underaged Manitobans. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, says the amendments to enforcement legislation are connected to the government’s privatization scheme (Bill 40) and are simply a weak smokescreen to support their plans to privatize more liquor sales.

Unifor calls for additional transit security to enforce mask requirement

Unifor -

November 27, 2020

VANCOUVER – As British Columbia’s largest transit worker union, Unifor is calling for additional transit security resources to enforce COVID-19 mask requirements.

“Insufficient transit security and police presence has put drivers in the dangerous position of dealing with passengers who refuse to comply with public health regulations that require masks onboard public busses,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The drivers are responsible for the safe operation of the vehicles to get members of the public where they need to go but not at the risk of their own health and safety.”

The British Columbia Office of the Public Health Officer has mandated that passengers must wear masks on public transit, with a $230 fine for those who refuse to comply or engage in abusive or belligerent behavior. Unifor believes that stricter enforcement of penalties are needed now in order for mask requirements to be taken seriously.

“The masks are there to protect everyone onboard, both passengers and drivers, but there have been instances where transit workers have faced verbal confrontation or risk of physical assault,” said Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle. “This cannot be tolerated. An increased and more visible security presence would help to address the threat posed by anti-maskers who choose public transit as a venue to protest health regulations.”

Unifor represents more than 6000 members at Translink and B.C. Transit across British Columbia, including Victoria, Whistler, Squamish, Kamloops, Vernon, Campbell River, Courtenay, and Duncan.

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 a Skype, Zoom or FaceTime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

MGEU issues statement on Grandview Health Centre Temporary Closure

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

Today the Manitoba Government and Prairie Mountain Health announced that the Grandview Health Centre in is being temporarily closed and all staff from the Health Centre are being redeployed to work in the Grandview Personal Care Home, where there is a COVID-19 outbreak. In response, MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky has issued a statement.

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