July 22, 2020
TORONTO – Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Unifor, unions that represent healthcare workers across the long-term care sector, will unveil the next stage of their joint advocacy, calling for profound change to improve the conditions of work and care through an end to for-profit care.
Media are invited to RSVP to ask questions of the union leaders. A powerful new advertisement will be premiered during the media conference. The complete, high-resolution broadcast and the ad will be available for download following the event.
Sharleen Stewart Candace Rennick Jerry Dias
President Secretary-Treasurer National President
SEIU Healthcare CUPE Ontario Unifor
SEIU Healthcare, CUPE, and Unifor, unions that represent healthcare workers across the long-term care sector, will hold a press conference to unveil the next stage of their joint advocacy to improve the conditions of work and care, and where priorities and investments must be focused going forward.
Virtual press conference event will be streamed live on the Unifor, SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Ontario Coalition of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) Facebook pages:
Thursday, July 23, 2020
10:00 A.M. ET
Media are invited to RSVP to participate and send questions in advance or during the broadcast to the labour leaders by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macdonald Youth Services (Alternative Parent Home Program) - Local 369, recently went to arbitration to settle the outstanding terms of their collective agreement. This morning the arbitrator issued their decision and imposed wage increases over the two-year collective agreement.
Windsor, Ont. – July 21, 2020 – UFCW Canada recently presented to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to advocate for better health and safety protections for migrant workers labouring in the Windsor, Ontario area as it grapples with multiple COVID-19 outbreaks at local farming operations.
“Canada must honour its commitments to human rights for all and take immediate steps to intervene in this situation.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Montreal, July 20, 2020 — UFCW Local 501 members working as park guardians in the Lac-de-la-Boiteuse ZEC territory have achieved a new collective agreement that provides wage gains and more.
With the Manitoba government’s relaxing of public health restrictions, the union is once again making changes. Today the MGEU introduced an in-person meeting protocol that puts health and safety first.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest food and retail union, stood with the 1.3 million workers it represents in grocery stores, meatpacking plants, and many other essential industries for a Black Lives Matter national day of action to demand racial and economic justice in the workplace and the communities we serve.
UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:
“As America’s largest food and retail union, representing workers of color across the country on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, UFCW is proud to stand with its members and millions more in a national day of action to say with one united voice that Black Lives Matter.”
“Our country’s elected leaders and giant corporations have stood by for too long as racial injustice has plagued our communities and hurt so many hardworking families who are the backbone of our economy. UFCW members work at some of the biggest companies in the country and live in every Congressional district. Nationwide our members will be making their voices heard as we stand with SEIU and all labor unions to say the time for action is now.”
UFCW is joined in the Black Lives Matter national day of action by a wide range of labor and advocacy organizations. Participants in today’s action include the Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, American Federation of Teachers, Jobs with Justice, Working Families Party, Greenpeace USA, Sunrise Movement, Indivisible, MoveOn, Sierra Club, MomsRising, and Demand Justice . Click here to view the full list.
The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.
(Ottawa – July 20, 2020) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) says the recent federal announcement of $19 billion for provinces and territories for a “safe economic restart” is a welcome beginning. The priority areas identified in the agreement, such as paid sick leave, child care and long-term care, are insufficiently funded, and it leaves other vital public services out all together.
“The new agreement is a promising start but it leaves out the post-secondary education sector,” says CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson. “Universities and colleges are key partners through research and education in solving the current health and economic crisis, but are facing tremendous financial pressures as a result of the pandemic.”
“Our universities and colleges have been working hard to protect the health and safety, livelihoods and educations of millions of Canadians, but without assistance they will be forced to make more difficult choices. Already we have seen institutions forced to cut programs or raise tuition fees, just when Canadians can least afford it. Without greater federal investment in post-secondary education, we will see less educational opportunities and less research, compromising Canada’s recovery.”
CAUT represents 72,000 academic staff working at universities and colleges across the country. CAUT called in April for emergency operating funding to continue to deliver the high-quality, affordable and accessible education that underpins Canada’s prosperity.
It’s not good enough to just be not racist; to be an ally—you must be actively anti-racist.