Latest Labour News

Dustin Czmola joins MAHCP LRO team

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

MAHCP welcomes our newest Labour Relations Officer Dustin Czmola.

Dustin was born into a union family and began his official involvement in the labour movement in 2004, when he was voted in as Vice President of his union’s local.

From there, he climbed the ranks and accepted his first paid union position in 2010 with the Teamsters.

Dustin also spent six years representing unionized workers from 17 autonomous trade unions in northern Manitoba on the various Hydro projects.

Most recently, he was the campaign coordinator for one of the unions involved in the Representation Votes, which took place in the summer of 2019.

Dustin is an avid movie and concert enthusiast, and enjoys attending them with those he considers family.

Laurentian University administration violated academic freedom

CAUT -

(Ottawa – November 21, 2019) The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) has won an important legal battle in asserting the right to academic freedom across the country.

In December 2015, Dr. Michael Persinger was abruptly removed from teaching a psychology course after the administration received a student complaint. An arbitrator concluded that the administration violated the late professor’s rights.

“It was improper and contrary to the Collective Agreement for the University to have removed Dr. Persinger from teaching (…) and to have issued the related email (…) to students in that course and in doing so to have failed to consider Dr. Persinger’s academic freedom,” writes arbitrator Kevin Burkett in a consent award rendered on November 6.

The decision also binds the administration to follow a proper consultative process going forward and prior to the removal of a professor from the classroom, including assessing the responsibilities and duties of academics, and their right to a full and proper investigation. The University has also agreed to “not publicly invite complaints against faculty members, and (…) never again utilize a stand alone telephone number for complaints”.

“This is an important and precedent-setting award for academic staff across the country,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Academic freedom is a necessary condition for the free pursuit of knowledge and understanding.”

LUFA president Fabrice Colin added that the Association is “Pleased with the decision because it sends a strong signal to our members, but it is a bittersweet victory because Dr. Persinger is no longer with us. We are happy that the University has agreed to award a yearly scholarship in his name to celebrate Dr. Persinger’s internationally recognized contributions to neurosciences and the field of psychology. A staunch defender of academic freedom, Dr. Persinger also received prestigious awards for his teaching and research accomplishments.”

-30-

Media contacts : Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), 613-293-1810

Fabrice Colin, President, Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) 705-698-6763

Stand! A movie inspired by Winnipeg General Strike set to premier in Canada on November 29

Unifor -

Set against the backdrop of the Winnipeg General Strike, the new movie Stand! features an immigrant Romeo and Juliet story, as they fight for love amidst social upheaval, and Unifor members are encouraged to check it out this weekend.

“Stand! Is a reminder of the importance of collective action and community building,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We’re in the fight of our lives for equality, acceptance, and the protection of unions, just like we were 100 years ago.”

Stand! Is the screenplay adaption of acclaimed stage musical Strike!, inspired by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike – one of the most influential strikes in Canadian history where more than 30,000 workers left their jobs, put economic activity in the region to a standstill, and stood together in solidarity for labour reform.

Unifor proudly sponsored the production of the feature film that is set to open across Canada on November 29.

“This movie inspires a new generation to fight for workers’ rights and reminds us where those basic rights came from and that solidarity and friendship are powerful tools to unite workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer. “We can never take our right to a union for granted, the moment we do is the moment these rights are lost.”

Stand! centers around Stefan Sokolowski (played by Marshall Williams), who fled to the New World from Ukraine with his father Mike Sokolowski (played by Gregg Henry), and Rebecca Almazoff (played by Laura Wiggins), his Jewish suffragette neighbor. They take action as the impoverished conditions of the city’s working class become unbearable.

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike has reached its centennial, reminding audiences across the globe that the power of collective action and solidarity are essential to sparking long-haul change. Workers to this day are faced with prevailing social inequalities including poor wages, rising costs of living, and unstable employment.

Here’s how you can get tickets to the opening weekend of this timely new film. Opening weekend is November 29 – December 1, with group tickets available for Local Unions or more than 8 people.   

  • Group tickets (with 20 or more participants) can be specially purchased by calling 1-800-313-4461 or via email at groupsales@cineplex.com

For more information about Stand!, visit stand-movie.com.

MGEU's Melissa Dvorak elected Winnipeg Labour Council President

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

Last night, the Winnipeg Labour Council held elections for positions on its executive. Melissa Dvorak, an MGEU activist out of MacDonald Youth Services, was elected President. With Dvorak’s election in Winnipeg, MGEU members now hold the position of Labour Council president in Brandon (Kirk Carr), Portage (Ed Miller), and Selkirk (Susan Smerchanski). MGEU members Liz Dodds and Jesse McNeil also serve as the elected are representatives from The Pas and Southeast on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council.

MGEU's Mellissa Dvorak elected Winnipeg Labour Council President

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

Last night, the Winnipeg Labour Council held elections for positions on its executive. Melissa Dvorak, an MGEU activist out of MacDonald Youth Services, was elected President. With Dvorak’s election in Winnipeg, MGEU members now hold the position of Labour Council president in Brandon (Kirk Carr), Portage (Ed Miller), and Selkirk (Susan Smerchanski). MGEU members Liz Dodds and Jesse McNeil also serve as the elected are representatives from The Pas and Southeast on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019

NUPGE -

“Transgender and gender-expansive people are valued members of our communities. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and enjoy full equality of rights and freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

UFCW Statement on Amazon Launch of Cashierless Grocery Chain

UFCW Press Releases -

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) announced its opposition to Amazon’s launch of a cashierless grocery chain reported to open next year. UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“Amazon has one agenda – to eliminate as many jobs as possible to enrich one multi-billionaire, Jeff Bezos. The takeover of Whole Foods was just the beginning of a ruthless strategy to fundamentally change our country’s grocery industry. Despite a widespread consumer backlash to Amazon Go stores, Jeff Bezos is doubling down on the cashierless business model in food retail as he seeks to eliminate millions of good American jobs.

Make no mistake, Amazon represents a clear and present danger to working and middle class Americans. It is long past the time for our leaders to wake up and act before Amazon and Jeff Bezos do long-lasting damage to America’s economy.”

###

The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

 

Manitoba Throne Speech leaves health care questions unanswered

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

Winnipeg —The Government of Manitoba, led by Premier Brian Pallister, delivered today’s Speech from the Throne outlining the Pallister government’s priorities for the next year.

When it comes to health care, this underwhelming Throne Speech raises more questions than it answers and makes no mention of the Allied Health Professionals that make health care delivery possible.

The Speech made reference to a “$2-billion Health Care Guarantee,” but the reality is that recent health care spending in Manitoba has not kept up with the rate of inflation.

“We are concerned that further cuts are coming, particularly in rural health care, while we’re still dealing with the fallout from recent cuts and closures in Winnipeg,” said MAHCP President Bob Moroz.

In recent weeks, the Pallister government has announced welcome investments in mental health and addictions, and the Speech promised more. However, much more significant investment is needed in this critical area to meet the pressing needs in our province.

The Speech announced 200 more nursing positions over four years. “We’re waiting to hear how many new professional-technical positions this government will create – more nurses and doctors can’t do their jobs without more Allied Health Professionals,” said Moroz. “MAHCP’s Allied Health members are already stretched and need reassurance from this government that they will have the resources to provide the care patients expect and deserve.”

To ensure stability for those working in health care, MAHCP is also encouraging the Provincial Government to return to the collective bargaining table as soon as possible.

“MAHCP is deeply concerned about the path the Provincial Government is taking when it comes to our health care,” said Moroz. “Manitoba is already facing recruitment challenges and our members are feeling the crunch with more mandatory overtime. They are being asked to do more with less, and many are dealing with lack of training and resources, chronic understaffing and high turnover.”

 

More tax cuts, vague buzz words not enough to protect the services Manitobans deserve

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

Today’s Throne speech was full of buzz words — progress on a public service “Transformation Strategy,” establishment of a health care “Front-Line Idea Fund,” improving “procurement processes” at Crown corporations, agencies and boards — but no concrete plan to preserve the vital services Manitobans rely on day-in and day-out.

Report: Academic Freedom Breached at Thompson Rivers University

CAUT -

(Ottawa – November 19, 2019) An investigation into the suspension of Dr. Derek Pyne by Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has concluded that the administration’s actions breached academic freedom.

The committee of investigation, established by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), found that TRU “appears to suffer a broad institutional weakness when it comes to understanding academic freedom.”

The investigation looked into actions taken in July 2018 by the administration to suspend Dr. Pyne and bar him from campus. Dr. Pyne found himself at the centre of controversy for his research into the use of deceptive journals by administrators and academics at TRU, and for his public criticism of the University and his department, the School of Business and Economics.

The committee notes that the right of academics to criticize their administration and their institution is a widely recognized feature of academic freedom. However, the committee found that at TRU there was a failure to understand academic freedom beyond a “narrow application to support faculty members’ freedom to pursue what they expect to be fruitful avenues of research and publish their results.”

“Our investigation finds that the TRU Administration’s approach in managing workplace complaints against Dr. Pyne failed to properly consider his academic freedom as it applies to his…criticisms of the School of Business and Economics, its administrators and its faculty,” the committee concludes.

The committee makes a number of recommendations, including removing the constraints placed on Dr. Pyne’s speech as a condition of his continuing employment as a faculty member.

The members of the investigatory committee were Dr. Mark Mac Lean, Professor of Mathematics, University of British Columbia (Chair); and Carla Graebner, Librarian for Data Services and Government Information, Simon Fraser University.

-30-

Media contact: Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)

Unionizing a Montreal Kitchen

Rank and File - latest news -

Over the past summer, Montreal had heatwaves. Temperatures approaching 40 degrees with humidity prompted the city to issue warnings—stay hydrated, don’t spend too much time outside. Mohamed Ahmed was working during one of them, as a driver for Aux Vivres Cuisine. His job was to bring the company’s well-known vegan food to retailers across the Continue readingUnionizing a Montreal Kitchen

Pages