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Kenney’s attack on unions makes corporate bosses even more powerful

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July 7, 2020

EDMONTON—Premier Jason Kenney’s Bill 32 attempts to undermine the voice of Alberta’s working people while ensuring corporations remain as powerful and unaccountable as ever, says Unifor.

“When unions use free speech rights to speak out against injustice, we’re standing up for all workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Combined with criminalizing protest under the new Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, Jason Kenney is using the power of big government to silence the voices of working people.”

Bill 32 proposes to limit unions’ public advocacy campaigns with a government-imposed “free-loader” union dues model that lets union members benefit from union advocacy without paying for it, says Unifor. The union also says that Bill 32 would hamstring Kenney’s most effective critics and consolidate his own power.

“In this new attack on working peoples’ rights, Jason Kenney is using government regulations to benefit his friends in big business,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Fixing the rules to give even greater power to the rich and powerful will only hurt Alberta’s economic recovery. Working people must be heard if we’re going to build a more fair and sustainable society.”

Unifor says that, much like is expected with the undemocratic Critical Infrastructure Defense Act, Bill 32 will eventually be ruled unconstitutional by courts.

“Rather than admitting that his weak economic plan has made matters worse, Kenney would rather pick ideological fights using bad laws that will be thrown out by courts,” said McGarrigle.

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.

To arrange for interviews, in-person or via Skype/Facetime, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

Unifor and Gateway Casinos announce return to operations agreement

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July 7, 2020

BURNABY— After weeks of discussions, Unifor and Gateway Casinos are pleased to announce a return to operations agreement was reached between both parties.

“The COVID-19 crisis has hit Canada’s gaming industry particularly hard, all but shutting down this vital sector affecting thousands of workers and their families,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This agreement with Gateway Casinos is an important step in the right direction towards providing our members with certainty in these uncertain times.”

The scope of the agreement includes hundreds of Unifor members at Gateway Casinos properties in Ontario and British Columbia including:

Ontario:

  • Cascades Chatham
  • Starlight Point Edward
  • Gateway Casinos Sarnia
  • Gateway Casinos Sudbury
  • Gateway Casinos Innisfil Security
  • the Centralized Technical Operations

British Columbia:

  • Chances Kamloops
  • Chances Williams Lake
  • Grand Villa Burnaby Surveillance

The agreement provides an extension of benefits while also improving job security. As part of the agreement, Unifor members will also have an option to elect a retroactive paid leave partially funded by the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

“Gateway has taken an approach to leverage CEWS to offer employees paid leave during this crisis,” Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway Casinos. “We are very pleased that we have been able to work together to offer this significant opportunity to gaming employees working for these Gateway operations.”

Additionally, the agreement includes a number of items to assist Gateway’s business to more quickly and efficiently return to operations and to get as many Gateway employees and Unifor members back to work as soon as possible. Both parties look forward to working together on preparing the businesses to re-open as soon as provincial governments deem it safe to do so.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 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.

Information about the union’s response to the pandemic, as well as resources for members can be found at unifor.org/COVID19.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview via Skype or FaceTime, contact Unifor National Communications Representative David Molenhuis: David.Molenhuis@unifor.org or (416) 575-7453.

Media Contact for Gateway Casinos & Entertainment:

Tanya Gabara, Director, Public Relations at 604-296-5052 or tgabara@gatewaycasinos.com

Ontario’s fiscal policies have wrecked long-term care

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A one per cent budget increase could pay for appropriate staffing in long-term care homes By Zaid Noorsumar A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives demonstrates how the fiscal policies of successive Ontario governments have led to immense pain and hardship for long-term care residents, their families and the workforce. For decades, Continue readingOntario’s fiscal policies have wrecked long-term care

Fired while pregnant: Former LaFarge worker blows whistle on sexism

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By Lisa Cameron A former employee of LaFarge Canada is accusing the company of gender discrimination after years of poor treatment she attributes to her sex. Cindy Lawrence was hired in December of 2011 at Lafarge Canada’s Brookfield plant just south of Truro, Nova Scotia. She worked until January of 2019. Just four weeks into Continue readingFired while pregnant: Former LaFarge worker blows whistle on sexism

Unifor welcomes Northwood COVID-19 government review

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HALIFAX—Unifor welcomes the announcement by Nova Scotia’s Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey of a review of the COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood’s Halifax campus.

“For years front line health care workers have demanded the employer address the lack of adequate staffing levels at the home," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This review gives health care workers and residents another opportunity to go on record, voice concerns, offer solutions to address poor staffing at the home. I expect Northwood to take the recommendations from Minister seriously and immediately act upon them.”

Minister Delorey appointed infectious disease consultant Dr. Chris Lata and former British Columbia associate deputy minister of health Lynn Stevenson to analyze the outbreak and the response to determine what factors contributed to the spread of COVID-19 at Northwood.

“The review allows the long-term care sector to be better prepared for a possible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Linda MacNeil, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “I believe all health care workers and residents are looking forward to the seeing the recommendations and improvements to the home and generally to all LTC facilities.”

The Northwood review will consider if preparedness for and response to COVID-19 infections were appropriate and timely. It will also look at staff scheduling practices and best practices during each stage of the outbreak. Staff will be interviewed about how to effectively control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care settings.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 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.

Information about the union’s response to the pandemic, as well as resources for members can be found at unifor.org/COVID19.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview via Skype or FaceTime, contact Unifor Director of Communications Natalie Clancy: Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or (416) 707-5794.

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