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May is Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

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Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted. Yet the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. Each year the month of May is dedicated to raising public awareness about communication health issues and highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication health issues.

Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Pallister Government plans to remove 1,000 more units from Manitoba Housing

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The Manitoba Government is sending 1,000 more affordable housing units from Manitoba Housing to community-based organizations over the next year, according to a story published yesterday by CBC News. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky fears that the government's dangerous austerity agenda will make it even harder for those who depend on the additional services provided by the provincial agency.

UFCW Statement on Amazon Using Machines to Fire Workers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone released the following statement in response to a new report that Amazon is using technology to track and automatically fire workers without a human supervisor’s involvement: 

“Who needs real human beings when you have Amazon? It’s one thing for Jeff Bezos and Amazon to use a ruthless business model to destroy jobs for profit, but it is surreal to think that any company could fire their own workers without any human involvement. Is this really the America we want to live and work in? 

“It is time for America’s elected leaders, Republicans and Democrats, to wake up to the economic and social damage of Amazon’s business model, and to the fact that Jeff Bezos is determined to destroy what makes America – the people who actually do the work.” 

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. 

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

CAUT Statement on the National Day of Mourning 2019

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(Ottawa – April 26, 2019) This April 28, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) stands solemnly with unions and employee associations across Canada to mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.

It is saddening to note that the most recent statistics from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) reveal that in 2017, 951 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada, an increase of 46 from the previous year. 

Especially devastating is the fact that among these deaths were 23 young workers aged 15-24.

It is inexcusable that these types of workplace tragedies are not just continuing year-on-year, but even increasing in numbers. The trauma experienced by the friends, family members and co-workers of killed or injured workers is horrendous.

On this Day of Mourning, CAUT urges provincial and federal governments to closely examine why so few employers are held to account in meaningful ways; to invest in training for police and crown prosecutors to enforce workplace safety; and for provincial labour ministries, police forces and other involved authorities to improve collaboration so that workplace deaths can be minimized, and present and future generations of workers protected.

NUPGE sends letter to Premier of Quebec criticizing Bill 21

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NUPGE stands with the Quebec public sector employees impacted by this ban and those aspiring to pursue a career in the public sector who will be impacted in the future: hardworking employees who are part of our communities, and who deliver quality public services every day to the citizens of Quebec.

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