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Discussion Leaders ready to act, empower and educate members across the country

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More than 100 Unifor Education Discussion Leaders from across the country attended the first ever Discussion Leader Conference, held on March 29-31 at the Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.

Deb Tveit, Assistant to the National President, opened the conference and discussed the vital role Discussion Leaders play in providing members with the tools to succeed in the workplace and their locals.

“Our education program is often the gateway for members becoming life-long union activists,” said Deb Tveit. “Discussion Leaders are knowledgeable, passionate and determined activists strengthening our union through peer education.”

The conference featured a candid and informative discussion from writer and activist Desmond Cole who spoke about the need to challenge the rhetoric of hate in the media, in our workplaces and in our communities.

“Marginlized communities are under attack in Canada,” said Cole. “As Discussion Leaders, you have the  responsibility and privledge in ensuring Unifor members actively challenge all forms of hate.”

Director of Education Roland Kiehne spoke to Discussion Leaders about how the department is building our union through increasing member communications, developing an e-learning platform and the creation of the Discussion Leader Portal.

“The department’s goal has and will always be to make our members’ educational journey a memorable one,” said Kiehne. “The e-learning platform, new course curriculum and department rebrand will reach more members and increase participation in our education programs.”

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"There are millions of people who are without the vital drugs they need because drug costs are so high. Not everyone can afford private coverage, especially young people, workers in precarious jobs, the unemployed and seniors; we need a system that is there for everyone." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

UFCW Canada celebrates Refugee Rights Day – April 4

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Toronto – April 1, 2019 – Each year on April 4, people across the country celebrate Refugee Rights Day to honour the progress that has been made in protecting refugees seeking a new life in Canada. According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who has left their home country due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted based on race, religion, nationality, or membership in a social or political group.

No Disruption in Pay for Government Employees as Supply Bill Passes

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Members of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly passed an interim supply bill today to ensure the province’s hard working government employees receive their next paycheque. MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky was on hand at the Legislative Building, accompanied by representatives from the union’s civil service components, to witness how everything unfolded.

Government says it will use Rarely-invoked Provision to Pass Interim Supply Bill

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Media reports today say the Manitoba government plans to use a "rarely-invoked provision" when the legislative sitting resumes Monday to ensure an interim supply bill passes and civil servants get paid. The move arises from the government’s inability to pass the bill last week, which would allow for government money to be spent in the new fiscal year.