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Pre-register by Oct. 2 for 2019 AGM to be eligible for Calm Air prize

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Pre-registration for the upcoming MAHCP Annual General Meeting is fully underway and there’s a fabulous prize to be won.

Those who pre-register before Oct. 2 will be eligible for the CALM Air $1,000 flight pass draw! (You must attend the AGM to win.)

This year’s MAHCP AGM takes place Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. Registration starts at 4:30 pm that day, with the meeting at 6pm and refreshments at 8pm.

There will be printed copies of the AGM booklet available on the day of the AGM, and we will be sending booklets to our satellite AGM sites in Thompson, Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas.

If you are planning to attend the AGM, don’t forget to pre-register by calling our office (204) 772-0425 or emailing info@mahcp.ca

Pre-registration is necessary to ensure an accurate count for catering and room bookings.

Unifor celebrates great gains made at bargaining tables this year

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Unifor continues to make strong gains for members at bargaining tables across the country. This year’s accomplishments are being celebrated in a new video that highlights innovative language for inclusivity, pushing back against intrusive and sometimes demeaning employer programs, and achieving wage gains for hard-working members.

“We bargain 700 collective agreements per year – this is what we do and we’re good at it. Strike actions, social media, news papers, TV ads, we do whatever it takes,” said Scott Doherty, Unifor’s Executive Assistant to the National President

The union is committed to doing whatever it takes to make workplaces better for members. Through collective action at the bargaining table and with every level of government, Unifor bargaining committees leverage their collective strength to create a better society for all – and it works.

At the recent Constitutional Convention in August 2019, Unifor set new bargaining priorities and outlined the challenges ahead, including the need for better public health care, education systems, just transition supports for workers adjusting to market changes, and robust investment in public and social infrastructure. As always, the goal is to raise the floor for everyone; in effect, building a stronger economy and more prosperous Canada.

“The recipe for success at Unifor is people like myself who come up through the ranks and we fight. We know the industry, we know the culture, and we also know what we’re entitled to,” said Laura Hazlet, Regional Representative of Local 4002. “We bear down until we get it.”

Unifor will continue to push back against corporate greed and competing government interests to fight for gains for members. One of these gains included Unifor succeeding in getting rid of stacked ranking in the Sales Group at Bell.

“Essentially at Bell Canada, there’s this system called stacked ranking and it ranks people against each other, pits them against each other, and then the bottom 25% are declared to be underperformers” said Chris MacDonald, Assistant to the President at Unifor.

The union put an end to the unfair practice.

Unifor also earned improved pattern setting wages at Suncor; and at Loblaws, mandated work was eliminated and a new diversity and inclusion committee was formed to address issues in the workplace.

Watch the Strength in Bargaining video here:

 

Trench Electric workers ratify collective agreement

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Members of Unifor Local 303 at Trench Electric Limited in Pickering, Ontario have ratified a 3-year collective agreement with their employer.

 “We wanted to see improvements across the board for our members and that’s exactly what we got,” said Anand Boodhai, Unifor Local 303 President. “The results clearly show the strength our union has when it comes to bargaining.”

The new contract was ratified by 92% and it replaces the previous one which had expired in March 2019, and brings a round of difficult negotiations to a close. The new contract includes gains in virtually all areas of the members’ collective agreement. They include wage increases of 6% over the term of the contract as well as improvements to paramedical, vision and dental care benefits, shift premiums, and funds for safety boots and uniforms.

“I wish to thank the bargaining committee members for all their hard work in achieving the improvements won in this round of negotiations,” said Boodhai.

Workers at Trench Electric manufacture electrical products for use in power utilities, engineering, procurement and construction companies and high energy usage industries.

Unifor members make plans for worker-centred Just Transition

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More than 150 Unifor members and staff gathered in Saskatoon from September 22–24 to convene the inaugural Just Transition conference.

Just Transition is the term used to describe progressive policies that protect workers during an industry’s transition to a more sustainable model. It is most often applied to sectors with heavy greenhouse gas emissions, but Just Transition can apply to virtually any sector.

“The transition to a more sustainable economy is the critical challenge of our lifetime, but it will not be done by casting workers aside,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director in opening remarks to participants. “So much of the discussion so far has simply been about targets and about reducing emissions—workers are often an afterthought. That’s wrong. We must fight to be at the very centre of these discussions and fight for good jobs for all going forward.”

Following McGarrigle, the conference opened with a presentation by former Unifor Senior Economist Jim Stanford on what a Green New Deal could look like in Canada. Stanford emphasized that Canada has been through resource boom and bust cycles too many times before, and the environmental imperative to reduce fossil fuel dependence can ultimately lead to better jobs in a more stable economy.

Unifor National Secretary Treasurer Lana Payne opened the second day of the conference with remarks on the importance of unity among workers. She said false narratives of scarcity by employers threaten to pit workers against each other, but building a just society will rely on solidarity to keep all workers’ concerns front and centre.

Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili spoke about his party’s work in opposition to Premier Scott Moe’s conservative government. He pointed to specific examples of the ways that the government’s malaise and corruption has hurt the province’s workers and has actively blocked green jobs efforts.

Meili was followed by a diverse panel of guests invited to discuss “Getting it Right”, focusing on principles and examples of democracy and working peoples’ involvement in decision-making. “Nothing about us, without us” was the common refrain among both panelists and Unifor member discussions on the issue.

Later in the day, participants heard from the Alberta Federation of Labour’s Gil McGowan and Steelworker Roy Milne about the experience in Alberta working with the NDP government on Just Transition initiatives.

McGowan stressed that while many more “doors were open” in the worker-friendly government of Rachel Notley, unions still had to drive the agenda and play a key role in policy development and pushing aggressive timelines. Milne said that what was accomplished under the Notley government in coal transition was truly unique and could have never been accomplished under Liberal or Conservative governments.

On the final day of the conference, participants heard from University of Saskatchewan professor Priscilla Settee, who discussed the often ignored but essential perspectives of Indigenous communities and the role of partnerships in making green economic transitions truly just. She stressed that building meaningful relationships with Indigenous groups is mandatory and that unions should join in opposing resource grabs that ignore land and title of First Nations.

The remainder of conference time was spend in various group discussion exercises that let participants share experiences from their own lives and how the lessons and principles from speakers could be integrated into Unifor’s next steps.

Gender Equality Week

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Toronto – September 24, 2019 – In June of last year, the Parliament of Canada gave Royal Assent to Bill C-309, which designates the fourth week of September as Gender Equality Week. This year’s theme is #EveryoneBenefits, a message from Status of Women Canada that focuses on achieving fairness, economic prosperity, health, and happiness as aspirational goals for realizing gender equality.  

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