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National President Meinema appears on Global TV’s The West Block

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Ottawa – May 5, 2020 – UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema appeared on Global TV’s The West Block this past Sunday to discuss the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 at two Alberta meat-packing plants represented by UFCW, and to talk about the measures that our union is calling for to better protect the health and safety of workers at the plants.

Couriers block traffic to protest Foodora’s withdrawal from Canada

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by Anna Bianca Roach Foodora workers laid their bikes on the ground, stood two metres apart, and blocked Richmond Street traffic in front of the company’s office on Friday afternoon. The workers chanted and gave speeches protesting Foodora’s recent decision to withdraw from the Canadian market. Foodora couriers won the right to unionize roughly two Continue readingCouriers block traffic to protest Foodora’s withdrawal from Canada

Demands grow louder in Ontario to end for-profit nursing homes

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By Zaid Noorsumar The Ontario Health Coalition is holding an online Day of Action today, May 1, to demand the Ontario PC government and Premier Doug Ford fix long-term care. The hashtag #FixLTCFord is being used by the Coalition and its supporters on Twitter and other social media platforms. In addition to demanding the elimination Continue readingDemands grow louder in Ontario to end for-profit nursing homes

RadioLabour interviews UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema

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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.

International Workers' Day Solidarity


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.

Post-secondary educators issue urgent call for support to offset impacts of COVID-19


(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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