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Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support

Unifor -

October 26, 2020

TORONTO – Aviation workers will hold a rally and distribute leaflets in two provinces on Friday, to urge the federal government to create a national aviation recovery strategy.

Media are invited to attend the events that will feature Unifor leadership and front line workers.

“Over the past seven months we have seen a transformation in the aviation sector like no other,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The facts are now clear. If we want to save our aviation industry from total collapse, we need the federal government to implement an aviation strategy that focuses on workers and building the sector as a whole.”

Who: Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, Front line aviation workers
When: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Where: Toronto - Pearson International Airport Terminal 1

Montreal – Minister of Transport Marc Garneau Constituency office
4060 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Westmount QC 

Additional details will be provided to media on Friday morning. 

To arrange in person, phone or FaceTime interviews or for more information please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

Striking Dominion workers relocate secondary picket to Weston’s Bakery

Unifor -

October 26, 2020

ST. JOHN’S–Striking Dominion workers have relocated their secondary picket line from the Loblaw Distribution Centre to Weston's Bakery, located at 17 Bruce St., Mount Pearl. The bakery is owned by George Weston Ltd., which also operates Dominion’s parent company Loblaw Companies Limited.

“Strike activity will continue to escalate as long as Loblaw Co. refuses to come to the negotiating table in good faith,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

A ruling on the injunction application filed by Loblaw Companies Limited to prevent picketing at the distribution centre is expected to be handed down at 11 a.m. NDT this morning.

Unifor will reach out today to ask government appointed mediator Susan Whitten to bring the parties back to the negotiating table to settle the ongoing strike.

“Loblaw Co. has seriously underestimated their workers, both in value and determination,” said Unifor 597 President Carolyn Wrice.

The workers are now in week ten of strike action, after overwhelmingly rejecting Loblaw’s offer. More than half of the workers earn the provincial minimum wage of $12.15, despite serving their communities during COVID-19.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor welcomes B.C. election results

Unifor -

VANCOUVER—Unifor members are celebrating the provincial election results in B.C. as expectations remain high for the BCNDP’s second term.

“Unifor members worked very hard for a BCNDP majority government,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Electing John Horgan’s team is the means to an end. There is still a lot of work to be done to undo the damage from 16 years of B.C. Liberal cuts.”

Unifor members spent hundreds of hours volunteering on campaigns across the province. Unifor also undertook an extensive third-party advertising campaign exposing B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson’s out-of-touch views on issues such as domestic violence and the housing crisis.

“John Horgan accomplished a lot in just 3.5 years in the last government. We’re eager to work with his new government to build a more affordable B.C. that treats workers fairly and does its part in the urgent fight against climate change,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom, or Skype please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

Health care unions welcome Ontario Long-Term Care Commission’s recommendation to institute a four-hour care standard

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TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Long-Term COVID-19 Commission released an interim report today, calling on the government to implement a minimum daily care standard of four hours of hands-on care per resident.

“We thank the commission for their work and for recognizing the need to institute a staffing standard,” said Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario’s Secretary-Treasurer. “Residents and workers cannot wait any longer for appropriate and safe care in our long-term care homes. The government must take action now.”

“While the commissions’ findings on staffing standards is nothing new to health care workers it’s my hope that the government takes these recommendations seriously and acts swiftly,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The alarm bells on the crisis of long-term have been blaring for decades with little to no action from provincial governments. Next week Premier Ford has an opportunity to pass a minimum standard of care that is much needed for residents and workers.”

CUPE, SEIU and Unifor are calling on the government to take action on Wednesday evening during the second reading of Bill 13, the Time to Care Act. The legislation calls for an average minimum of four hours of daily care per resident.

“As stated within the Commission’s interim report, the time for study is over. Real action can start with all parliamentarians at Queen’s Park voting unanimously next week to pass Bill 13 to raise the standards of care. The time to care is the tool staff and families have been demanding,” said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare.

“We thank the Commission for the interim report and ask they take the next step to shine a light into the closed-door decision making by government and nursing home operators who failed to protect people living and working in long-term care homes. Justice for the families we lost in this pandemic demand real accountability and complete transparency into a system that continues to put corporate shareholders before quality care.”

Earlier this week, Pat Armstrong, the distinguished professor of sociology at York University and the leading researcher on long-term care in Canada, released an Open Letter to the Ontario Legislative Assembly, calling on them to institute a four-hours of care standard. The letter was co-signed by 24 other academics involved in an inter-disciplinary, multi-jurisdiction study on long-term care.

Rapid testing at Calgary airport first of many steps in saving aviation industry

Unifor -

October 22, 2020

TORONTO – Unifor welcomes the Federal Government's announcement to provide the option of rapid COVID-19 tests for international air passengers. 

"This announcement is a good step forward in saving our aviation industry while protecting Canadians amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "International aviation bodies are urging countries to follow universal standards for passengers. With current trials showing that 14-day quarantines are longer than necessary, it made no sense whatsoever for Canada to have different requirements than many other countries."

This morning the federal government and the Alberta provincial government announced that a new pilot program starting November 2, 2020, will the option for a rapid COVID-19 test for travellers returning home at Calgary International Airport. The government plans to roll out the new testing protocol in phases, with Calgary being its first airport location.

"Canada needs to think nationally and strategically for our aviation sector to emerge from the COVID-era able to compete and once again contribute to the thriving country it helped create," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. The federal government must ensure workers are not left behind."

Unifor is lobbying the federal government to establish an aviation recovery strategy that focuses on a safe and science-based approach to border controls, an industry support package and a vision for the future that ensures a safe and thriving industry for passengers and workers.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

Information about the union's response to the pandemic, as well as resources for members can be found at unifor.org/COVID19.

To arrange for interviews, in-person or via Skype or FaceTime, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

Court ruling on secondary picket reserved until October 26

Unifor -

October 22, 2020

ST. JOHN’S – After hearing from Unifor and Loblaw Companies Limited legal representatives today in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Valerie L. Marshall has reserved her decision on the injunction application against striking Dominion workers secondary picket at the Loblaw distribution centre in St. John’s.

“These workers are about to enter their tenth week on the picket line and we will continue to legally picket in our effort to get Loblaw Co. to come back to the negotiating table,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Judge Marshall will deliver her decision at 11 a.m. NDT on Monday October 26,2020.

“Until we have a ruling from the court our picket lines will remain in place,” said Chris MacDonald, Unifor Assistant to the National President.

The 1,400 workers from 11 Dominion stores across Newfoundland have been on strike since August 22, 2020.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

 



 

Unifor continues to promote equity with federal Anti-Racism grant

Unifor -

October 23, 2020

TORONTO – Unifor was selected as one of 85 organizations by the Federal government’s Anti-Racism Action Plan

“This funding will further assist our union’s work to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of Black, Indigenous and racialized people across the country,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We started our anti-racism plan long before applying for the grant and will extend this work far beyond the grant. We are committed to promoting equity within our union and in our communities.”

The Anti-Racism Action Program is part of the Government of Canada Anti-Racism Strategy. The program exists to help address barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities.

“Unions are key to achieving racial justice, and Unifor being selected is an honour and  a responsibility to make real lasting change,” said Christine Maclin, Unifor Human Rights Director. “Programs and grants like this will help us all build a strong and inclusive Canada.”

Unifor summited an application in November 2019 and will receive $147083 in funding for an anti-racism plan from now until March 2022.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.



Information about the union's response to the pandemic, as well as resources for members can be found at unifor.org/COVID19.

To arrange for interviews, in-person or via Skype or FaceTime, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

We are all teachers

CAUT -

(Ottawa – October 21, 2020) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) join their voices with those of all French educators to condemn the savage murder of a history teacher in France.

History and geography teacher Samuel Paty was killed for using caricatures of Mohammed to stimulate discussion in the classroom. This senseless attack is a reminder that teachers potentially place their lives at risk in practicing their profession; this murder not only constitutes an attack against the entire teaching profession, but also threatens freedom of expression and academic freedom.

Educational institutions and their staff must, at all costs, resist the temptation to self-censor or to avoid broaching any subject, including the most controversial words, concepts or theories, as indicated in a recent statement by Education International.

The CAUT and the FQPPU offer their most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Paty, and to his loved ones, colleagues and students. In memory of Samuel Paty, we must take a stand collectively and continue to fight so that schools, from preschool to higher education, will remain places of learning, where free discussion and ideas play a fundamental role in educating informed citizens who are capable of critical thinking, tolerance and humanity. Professors, teachers, and their institutions must never give in to such acts of terrorism.

Everywhere across the world, colleges and universities must continue to produce research and to disseminate knowledge, and must remain places where debate is encouraged. To achieve this, academic freedom must be supported and defended loudly and clearly, as a matter of public interest. In order to properly fulfill their roles, professors and teachers from all countries must have the right to teach, learn, study and publish without fear of being censored, targeted by fundamentalism, or threatened with reprisals or discrimination, both within their institutions and in the public space.

Only when our institutions unreservedly uphold academic freedom will it be possible for knowledge to continue to advance.

More than ever, we are all teachers.

 

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MAHCP hosting virtual AGM on Oct. 29, 2020

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

Join us for the inaugural MAHCP virtual AGM, taking place the evening of Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of service and have a full agenda, including updates on union business and some great door prizes.

To register, please visit www.MAHCPevents.ca

Important Note: All members are eligible to attend the meeting. However, to vote you must have a signed membership card. If you are not sure if you have one on file, or need to get one, please contact: info@mahcp.ca or call 1.800.315.3331

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