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Affordable Child Care for All

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Toronto – August 8, 2019 – Add you voice to the call for a national strategy to make publicly funded, quality, affordable child care available for every family who wants it. With a federal election around the corner, it is time for all federal parties and candidates to pledge their support for quality affordable child care for all.

Multi-award winning author Nancy MacLean to speak at Unifor convention

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What led to the rise of libertarianism and the radical right in the United States?

According to award-winning American historian Nancy MacLean, the rich and powerful are trying to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance in the U.S.  In her latest book, 'Democracy in Chains', MacLean says that behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over U.S. politics is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots.

MacLean is a Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. Her research focuses on race, gender, labor history and social movements in 20th century U.S. history.

Although she has written a handful of other books, 'Democracy in Chains' caused an uproar among republicans and media pundits. On Mises Wire, one commenter wrote, "No doubt she’s a rabid feminazi, anti-Southerner, socialist and pathologically focused on race and gender. She’s a historical victimologist who produces nothing of value."

MacLean said she was shocked by the vicious attacks and “such rhetorical bullying would be laughable if it weren’t part of a pattern on the right.”

Delegates will be sure to enjoy her speech and for those who can’t make it to the convention, she’ll be live on the Unifor Facebook page August 19.


Vancouver’s container truckers open negotiations

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Unifor has begun a new round of collective bargaining with several employers servicing Port Metro Vancouver.

“Unifor constantly pushes for fair treatment of container truckers. Our efforts have led to drivers receiving millions of dollars in compensation illegally withheld by unscrupulous company owners,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor B.C. Area Director.

As the largest union in Metro Vancouver’s container trucking industry, Unifor has a very successful record. Container truckers shut down Port Metro Vancouver for nearly four weeks in March 2014 as a result of wage undercutting by trucking companies and long wait times at the Port.

Despite facing back to work legislation, Unifor members refused to back down and truckers only went back to work after a plan was negotiated between the truckers, the Port, the B.C. government, and the federal government.

Unifor was also responsible for a trucker-friendly Container Trucking Act (2014) that has created a Container Trucking Commissioner who investigates companies for wage theft and issues heavy fines for non-compliance with the new law and rates.

Since 2014, Unifor has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to drivers. The Commissioner has levied fines and awarded over $2.3 million in wages to drivers.

With the election of the NDP government in B.C., Unifor successfully fought for further gains including 4.6 per cent hauling rate increases over the past two years and more resources for the Office of Container Truck Commissioner for enforcement and auditing.



MAHCP – Better vacation language

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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

There’s a major difference between MAHCP and our competitors when it comes to vacation language: MAHCP has bargained language in days, not blocks. You earn your vacation in days, you take them in days.

Plus, as an MAHCP member, you keep every dime of your wages after regular dues are paid, even if you are deemed “essential services” during a strike. At our main competitor union, if their members are deemed essential in a strike, they have to give 30% of their wages to the strike fund – that’s not fair.

Here’s an example of another major difference: since MAHCP has a direct-service model, you don’t need to deal with a resource centre that will simply re-direct your calls. In fact, this begs the question, if our competitors have so many resources, why does it take them two to four years to resolve grievances?

This is the last couple days of site visits before the two-week voting period starts on August 8. MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please stop by if you can!


Tuesday, August 6

– Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Boardroom 2, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre Ellice, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Portage District General Hospital, PDGH Classroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Arborg & District Health Centre, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Kin Place Primary Health Centre – Oak Bank, Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Portage, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Johnson Memorial Hospital in Gimli, Hospital Multipurpose Room A, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Wednesday, August 7

– Access Transcona, Meeting Room 163, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Boardroom Second Floor, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Stonewall & District Health Centre, Multipurpose Room A, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Flin Flon General Hospital, Boardroom (4 Flr), 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Primary Care Flin Flon (including EMS), Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Cranberry EMS, Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Public Meeting RM 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.