The letter provided a summary of the research on mental injury and requested a meerting to explore what role the federal government might play in improving the situation for justice workers who experience mental injury.
Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Montreal – December 16, 2019 – Across the country, UFCW Canada activists stepped up to raise awareness at various Shoe Memorials and events to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
“It’s shameful that Canada has relied on a patchwork of provincial legislation for so long with nothing in place at the federal level. NUPGE applauds the Prime Minister for finally moving forward on this issue to protect LGBTQI2S citizens.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Washington, D.C. – December 14, 2019 – Every year the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship program offers nine scholarships worth $8,000 each to UFCW members and their immediate family members to help with the costs of post-secondary education over a period of four years.
Toronto – December 13, 2019 – Each year on December 18, citizens around the world recognize International Migrants Day to honour the millions of migrants living across the globe.
Toronto – December 12, 2019 – The contributions and fundraising initiatives of UFCW Canada throughout its 34-year partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) were commemorated on UFCW Canada Thank You Day, held this past Friday, December 6.
(Ottawa – December 12, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is expressing concern over the University of Montreal’s decision to choose a closed search process for its new president.
In a letter (in French only) to the Chancellor, CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith notes that it is very disturbing that the short list could include candidates who will be kept secret from the University community. “It is also troubling to see that the Senate will not be consulted before establishing this short-list and that there will be no public forum for the community to question the potential candidates or for the candidates to present their program and vision,” writes Austin-Smith.
CAUT is calling on Chancellor Louis Roquet to revoke the decision so the Senate can be part of the process to short-list candidates, and to make the list of candidates publicly available. CAUT is also urging the University to organize a public forum with each candidate so that the University community can learn about each candidate’s vision for the future of the University of Montreal.
For more information, please contact:
Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, CAUT, 613-293-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“With this foundation, I expect to see the agency develop robust best practices to make the industry safer.” ― Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Leading up to December 6, Unifor members across the country delivered donations from Unifor’s Social Justice Fund to women’s shelters to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Donations of $2,000 were given to 74 shelters nation-wide for a total of $148,000.
“Unifor takes the commitment to ending gender-based violence very seriously,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We’ve stepped up to fill a great void with these donations and direct initiatives such as assisting with shelter renovations through our skilled trades members. This supplements the broader work the union does through political advocacy, collective bargaining and grassroots collaborations and coalitions to support survivors and create workplaces and communities safe from gender-based harassment and violence.”
Members from coast to coast presented cheques to shelters to fund crisis services to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
“We all long for a day when refuges and domestic violence survivor programs are no longer needed,” said Lisa Kelly, Unifor Women’s Director. “Our members’ activism gets us closer to that day through their continuing work to promote greater awareness and education and win stronger workplace and legislated supports like paid domestic violence leave.”
In addition to continuing to bargain Women’s Advocates and other workplace resources, Unifor will be pushing for Canada’s ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention to eliminate violence and harassment in the world of work. This new global standard recognizes the right of everyone to a world free from violence and harassment and sets bold goals for workplaces everywhere.
See photos of this year’s cheque presentations on the Unifor Canada Facebook page.
"Addressing violence and harassment in the world of work is a crucial step in the fight against gender-based violence and inequality.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President