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MAHCP – Better vacation language

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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

There’s a major difference between MAHCP and our competitors when it comes to vacation language: MAHCP has bargained language in days, not blocks. You earn your vacation in days, you take them in days.

Plus, as an MAHCP member, you keep every dime of your wages after regular dues are paid, even if you are deemed “essential services” during a strike. At our main competitor union, if their members are deemed essential in a strike, they have to give 30% of their wages to the strike fund – that’s not fair.

Here’s an example of another major difference: since MAHCP has a direct-service model, you don’t need to deal with a resource centre that will simply re-direct your calls. In fact, this begs the question, if our competitors have so many resources, why does it take them two to four years to resolve grievances?

This is the last couple days of site visits before the two-week voting period starts on August 8. MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please stop by if you can!

 

Tuesday, August 6

– Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Boardroom 2, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre Ellice, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Portage District General Hospital, PDGH Classroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Arborg & District Health Centre, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Kin Place Primary Health Centre – Oak Bank, Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Portage, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Johnson Memorial Hospital in Gimli, Hospital Multipurpose Room A, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 7

– Access Transcona, Meeting Room 163, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Boardroom Second Floor, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Stonewall & District Health Centre, Multipurpose Room A, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Flin Flon General Hospital, Boardroom (4 Flr), 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Primary Care Flin Flon (including EMS), Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Cranberry EMS, Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Public Meeting RM 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Jerry Dias stresses international solidarity in battle for workers’ rights

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Unifor National President Jerry Dias stressed a message of international solidarity in the battle for workers’ rights as he addressed the Constitutional Convention of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA).

Founded in 1940, the UWUA represents 50,000 members across the American energy sector, including the electric, gas, steam and nuclear industries. UWUA members gathered July 24-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada to set the direction of the union for the next four years while acknowledging the past with a theme of “Protecting our Legacy”.

“Protecting our legacy means building a modern labour movement, moving forward and evolving while never forgetting the struggles of the past,” said Dias. “In many ways unions on both sides of the border are being forced to re-fight for the same rights won nearly one hundred years ago.”

Dias spoke of the common struggle in a gig-economy to secure decent jobs, living wages, benefits and retirement security, and the fight to oppose anti-worker trade deals and legislation.

So-called ‘Right to Work’ (for less) laws in many U.S. states make it difficult for unions to organize while undercutting their financial stability, resulting in worker exploitation and lower wages. Just a few months ago, 200 Unifor members working at Tandus Carpets saw their 46-year old plant close and ship work to Georgia, a RTW state.

In light of the migration of jobs to Right to Work states from other across the U.S. and Canada, Unifor actively opposed ‘Right to Work’ laws as a trade-distorting practice during the renegotiation of NAFTA.

“This is your struggle but this is our struggle too. Canadian workers can’t wall themselves off from the bad practices of global employers,” Dias said. “When our American sisters and brothers are hurt, Canadian workers are hurt too. We stand together.”

Dias pointed out that workers are currently facing a Right to Work threat in Alberta, the heartland of Canada’s oil and gas industry and the heartland of Canada’s conservative movement.

Today, Canada’s energy workers are struggling and the Jason Kenney government is looking for scapegoats. The United Conservative Party unfairly blame the one-term New Democratic Party government, environmentalists and unions.

“The Kenney government is looking to bust the door down, introducing “agency fees” – to stop unions from doing the political work that needs to be done,” Dias said. “This is our battleground and this fight is underway. We look to unions like the UWUA for support and solidarity.”

CAUT welcomes settlement on equity targets for Canada Research Chairs Program

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(Ottawa – July 31, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is welcoming today’s announcement that an agreement has been reached to ensure more robust equity targets, transparency, and accountability within the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program.

Today’s settlement builds upon recent government changes to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in the CRC program, and caps a process started in 2003 by eight academics who, with the support of CAUT, filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over the program’s failure to reflect the diversity of Canada’s university researchers.

“Canada’s research community owes much to the eight women who came forward 15 years ago to challenge systemic bias in the CRC program and who persevered in holding the program to account,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Over the past four years, the government has ushered in several initiatives aimed at increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the research and university sectors, and today’s settlement helps to further advance that work.”

The new agreement establishes a ten-year framework for the CRC program to reflect the diversity of the Canadian population, setting institutional targets for the representation of women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Additionally, the under-representation of members of the LGBTQ+ community will be addressed for the first time.

“This is an important step towards ensuring that the Canadian research field both reflects Canada’s rich diversity and benefits from the talent and perspectives of those who were previously denied a seat at the table,” says the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Marie-Claude Landry.

Consistent with other recent changes, today’s announced settlement enhances accountability mechanisms for institutions that fail to consistently meet targets.

“The changes being made to the CRC program recognize that under-representation arises not from a lack of qualified candidates but from discriminatory and exclusionary principles or practices in society and in academia itself,” says Robinson. “By addressing these barriers we can better encourage excellence, innovation, and fairness in the research environment.”

The women academics who initially challenged the CRC program before the Canadian Human Rights Commission with the legal representation of CAUT are: Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Louise Forsyth, Glenis Joyce, Audrey Kobayashi, Shree Mulay, Susan Prentice, and the late Wendy Robbins and Michèle Ollivier.

Media Contact: Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-293-1810 (cell); dufour@caut.ca

Backgrounder statements by some of the complainants:

“I am thrilled that this settlement addresses all the gaps in the 2006 settlement”

- Shree Mulay

“Too often, equity and diversity initiatives have been restricted to availability in a currently discriminatory pipeline. Under this new agreement, the Canada Research Chairs Program will move quickly towards reflecting the full and actual diversity of Canada. This is a path-changing understanding, for universities and other Canadian institutions.”

- Susan Prentice

“This exciting agreement will change for the better what we know or think we know about ourselves, the natural world and the people in our world. It will throw doors open to everyone and welcome ways of seeing/thinking/being that have not yet found their place in schools, colleges and universities.”

- Louise Forsyth

“When the agreement is in full force, the representation of the groups named will reflect their representation within the Canadian population – not just their representation in universities.  This is a significant expansion of the concept of equality and something that has the power to effect significant change, especially if it is expanded to other groups and applied more widely in public institutions in the future."   

- Marjorie Griffin Cohen

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