The assertion that workers are lazy or don’t want to do their jobs flies directly in the face of the tremendous work we’ve seen done during this pandemic.
Hamilton, Ont. – May 2, 2020 – Julian Filippi is one of eighteen winners of the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship.
MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says that, while creating STEP summer jobs for students is important, it should not be done in a way that makes the province's recent layoff and work share scheme even worse.
What makes companies registered in Canada attractive to those wanting to dodge taxes or launder money obtained from criminal activity is how easy it is to set up anonymous companies in this country.
Toronto – May 1, 2020 – UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema recently spoke with RadioLabour, an internationally web syndicated radio station, to talk about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on UFCW members working in the food retail and meat processing sectors, and to discuss the actions that our union is taking to protect the health, safety, and dignity of workers on the front lines.
May Day has long been a day to rally and march for a better world. This May Day we cannot march but we can rally ourselves around that better world and commit ourselves to action. We must ensure that the lessons of today lead to change tomorrow.
(Ottawa — May 1, 2020) The federal government must address the significant financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on universities and colleges with a series of bold measures to strengthen public funding and to maintain enrolment levels, says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
“Universities and colleges are integral to the solving of Canada’s current and future challenges. We urge you to take immediate steps to further close the gaps in emergency support and commit to making changes to improve the affordability and sustainability of post-secondary education as part of a recovery plan that ensures a stronger and more just post-Covid-19 Canada,” wrote CAUT President, Brenda Austin-Smith, and CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson, in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
CAUT is asking the federal government to act on three recommendations in order to ensure Canada’s post-secondary institutions weather the pandemic and are well-positioned to assist the country in recovery:
- Allow universities and colleges access to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy;
- Work with the provinces and institutions to implement tuition waivers to ensure that any qualified student will be able to get the education and training they need without taking on additional debt;
- Increase the federal transfer to the provinces for post-secondary education with agreements on shared priorities to improve affordability, accessibility and quality.
CAUT argues that the extending the federal wage subsidy program will help secure jobs for the summer and the fall for thousands of academics. Providing tuition waivers gives students and those workers currently unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to get the education and training they need without taking on debt. The final recommendation focuses on building long-term, stable, and predictable public funding for Canada’s universities and colleges.
“This pandemic has brought into sharp relief the unsustainability of the current financing of post-secondary education in Canada. Support for students must be complemented with a commitment to stable and predictable core operating funding. This will allow colleges and universities to focus on their core academic mission,” concluded Austin-Smith and Robinson.
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May 1, 2020
VANCOUVER—Unifor locals from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia have marked International Workers’ Day by making donations to local food banks across Western Canada.
“Layoffs resulting from the pandemic means workers everywhere are hurting. From lobbying to improve safety at work and government emergency programs to community donations, Unifor is working to help all workers, union and non-union,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “At the local level, Unifor members have taken action to help reduce hunger during this challenging time.”
A total of $50,000 was pledged from more than 20 locals across the prairies and B.C.
Unifor local unions representing workers in many sectors participated, including transportation, forestry, media, manufacturing, telecommunications, mining, rail, energy, and aerospace.
“When crisis strikes, workers come together to support other workers, whether they are unionized or not,” said Leanne Marsh, chairperson of Unifor’s B.C. Regional Council.
Unifor’s Social Justice Fund and Canadian Community Fund pledged the seed donations to start the May Day project. The B.C. Regional Council and Prairie Regional Council followed suit by pledging their own donations.
“Many Unifor local unions have suffered from layoffs during the pandemic, but they’re still digging deep to contribute to the community-wide effort to help struggling families,” said Guy Desforges, chairperson of Unifor’s Prairie Regional Council.
Earlier this month Unifor’s Canadian Community Fund donated commercial-grade refrigerators to the Bear Clan Patrol’s food security project in Winnipeg’s North End.
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May 1, 2020
ST. CATHARINES—Members of Unifor Local 1999 working at Mr. Furnace have been served notice that they could be locked out of their jobs on Monday, in the midst of a public health and economic crisis.
“It’s a new low for labour relations to see an employer issue this notice during a pandemic,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “COVID-19 is already responsible for hundreds of thousands of layoffs. Locking out workers that still have their jobs is an especially heartless move right now.”
Mr. Furnace, a subsidiary of Right Time Heating and Air Conditioning Canada, has been bullying workers since bargaining began says Unifor. The employer filed for conciliation before a single bargaining meeting had taken place. The bargaining offers from the company attempt to re-write virtually every clause of the collective agreement by erasing seniority and established wage structures.
“Mr. Furnace is using the pandemic to try to break the union,” said James Tauvette. “Before bargaining even started, the company was overturning seniority rights and contracting out. This company was spoiling for a fight and had no interest in good-faith bargaining.”
Unifor points to the 13 outstanding grievances for a company of 19 workers as an example of the company’s disrespectful behaviour.
“The way a company treats their workers tells you a lot about the values of the owners,” added Dias. “Mr. Furnace customers should consider other providers if this is going to be a pattern at Mr. Furnace and Right Time Heating and Air Conditioning.”
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