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Manitoba government plans to cut more workers


"They have been hired by governments across Canada, and their reports have been used to sell a number of privatization schemes. Manitobans need to know this is the firm that the PC government worked with in the ‘90s when they tried to privatize home care in Manitoba, and they helped privatize Hydro One in Ontario." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President

The Economics of $15: A Reader

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The demand for a $15 minimum wage is hugely popular. However, doubts remain about whether raising the minimum wage to $15 would benefit or hurt workers and the economy. These doubts have been sowed by conservative politicians, right-wing think-tanks, employer groups, and a largely uncritical media.… Read More

CAUT calls on federal government to stand for decent work


(Ottawa – 6 October 2017)  On this day as we mark the 10th anniversary of World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to highlight the role which the federal government can and should play in realizing and implementing a decent work agenda in Canada.

In this effort, CAUT joins with trade unions around the globe calling for government action promoting economic growth that puts people first.

As with many workers in different sectors throughout our country and the world, an increasing number of teachers at Canada’s colleges and universities are employed on short-term contracts with low pay, few benefits and no job security.

Such precarious employment undermines the quality of post-secondary education and unfairly compromises the future of talented researchers and teachers.

“Federal leadership is essential to promoting fair work conditions that support workers and tackle inequality,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson.  “Canada could serve as a model for best practices for other countries around the globe with the right effort.”

Give the gift of life – become a living donor


A member of our PSAC family needs a liver transplant. Our sister Diane, from the Union of Solicitor General Employees (USGE), is battling both Lyme Disease and a badly damaged liver, which was attacked four years ago – probably by the Lyme Disease...

Sign Up for Job Evaluation Information Sessions

University of Western Ontario Staff Association -

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

As the July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021 Collective Agreement has been ratified by the Board of Governors, and as stated during our Ratification Vote meeting in August, Western Human Resources will be holding education sessions on the Job Evaluation System (JES2013) Implementation.

Sessions will be held as follows:
October 25, 2017 – 9am to 11am – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)
November 1, 2017 – 1pm to 3pm – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)

To Register
• Log on to My Human Resources at
• Select "Manage Training Registration"
• Select "Enroll in Internal Training Courses"
• Select "Search by Course Name" and type in "UWOSA Job Eval"
• Select "View Available Sessions"
• Choose your preferred session
• "Submit" and "Save" your registration

Please note: You do not have to take vacation time to attend these sessions. If your supervisor is not allowing you to attend, please email us at

If your PDQ was submitted between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017: Western Human Resources will communicate the results of your PDQ evaluation in writing by January 1, 2018. If you agree with the evaluation, then, if applicable, retroactive compensation will be paid out to you. If you do not agree with the evaluation, then you maintain the right to appeal (as per Article 44: Job Evaluation).

If your PDQ was submitted after June 30, 2017 or is still outstanding:
As per Appendix L of our new collective agreement, Western Human Resources has committed to contact departments where PDQs were not submitted, to ensure they are completed by November 30, 2017. Western Human Resources will provide your supervisor the resources and training to complete your PDQ. If your supervisor asks you to fill out the PDQ, or does not allow you to review the PDQ prior to its submission to Human Resources, please email right away.

Finally, Western has created a website for the UWOSA job evaluation which provides further information as we all move through this process.

If you have any questions, please contact


UWOSA Executive Committee

Minimum wage focus for World Day for Decent Work


“Governments have recognized that decent work is essential to reducing inequality, but most have been slow to take the action needed to promote it. The growth of decent work requires action by the labour movement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President