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REMINDER - General Meeting December 11, 2018

Do you wonder where your union dues go? Would you like to meet your union executive and stewards? Would you like to learn more about how your union protects your interests and about the work they do every day on your behalf? Then come to the UWOSA General Meeting on Tuesday, December 11 from 12 - 2 pm in Middlesex College room 110! There will be reports from the Executive Officers and committees and opportunities for you to ask questions. As per article 7.07 of the collective agreement, you are entitled to time away (including your lunch break) to attend this meeting:


All employees will be entitled to two (2) hours without loss of pay or reduction in benefits, up to twice per calendar year, to attend UWOSA’s general membership meetings.  These two

(2)  hours include the employee’s  regularly scheduled meal period. For employees who work off the main Western campus as defined by this Agreement, this period shall be extended to allow for reasonable travel time not to exceed one (1) hour in total.

UWOSA is collecting donations of non-perishable items and cash for the London Food Bank. You can bring food or donations with you to the General Meeting or you can drop- off food donations to the UWOSA office (UCC, Room 255) by December 13, 2018  Invitations

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Invitation UWOSA members (and up to four guests) have been invited to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from December 7 - 31, 2018. Please visit the Members Area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca) for more information and to download the invitation flyer.

Great Wolf Lodge Discount February 18 & 19, 2019 UWOSA members receive more than $100 off the regular room rate for a standard family suite at Great Wolf Lodge on February 18 and 19, 2019.

What a great way to celebrate Family Day! Booking deadline is January 18, 2019. Please visit the Members Area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca) for more information.

Organizing the suburbs

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By Justin Kong, Edward Hon-Sing Wong, and Veronica Yeung During the 2018 Ontario elections, a campaign pamphlet for Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate Raymond Cho was distributed with the words “為人民服務” – “Serve the People” – in bold. The phrase is one of the most iconic… Read More

Congrats to our inaugural MAHCP Window Sticker contest winner

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

We have our first winner!

Congratulations to Tara Fillion, an MAHCP Member Advocate, for being our November Window Sticker contest winner.

The Window Sticker contest is open to all MAHCP members and the monthly prize is a $50 gift card of the winner’s choice.

Here’s how to enter: Please place this sticker in a safe, unobtrusive part of your vehicle’s windows, take a selfie of yourself (or ask a friend to snap a pic) with the sticker visible, and send it into mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca for your chance to win a gift card.

If your name isn’t selected, it stays in the pot for the following month, so those who entered after October’s AGM and through November still have a chance to win.

The goal of this contest is to increase our visibility day-to-day among our fellow Winnipeggers around the city and beyond the Perimeter.

We’re planning on keeping this contest going over the next few months, so enter as soon as you can for more chances to win. There will be stickers available at upcoming site meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz. Please visit our website mahcp.ca often to view our calendar, located right on our home page. Events will be added as meeting rooms are booked.

In addition, members can pick up stickers at the MAHCP office located at 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Good luck to all who enter!

CAUT statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women


(Ottawa — 6 December 2018) — Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women — is not only about remembering victims but is also a call to action.

On this day in 1989, 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered in an act of gender-based violence (GBV) that shocked our nation.

CAUT condemns all forms of violence and marks this day as a reminder that women and girls in Canada, and around the world, continue to face levels of violence that are disproportionate and unacceptable.

In Canada, spousal/family violence consistently remains the most common form of violence against women, with 7 in 10 people experiencing such violence being women and girls. Trans people and lesbian and bisexual women and women with disabilities report even higher rates of intimate partner violence.

The stark reality is that every six days in Canada a woman dies at the hands of her intimate partner.

The first federal strategy to prevent and address GBV was introduced in 2017, in an effort to prevent such violence, and also to support survivors and promote better legal responses. CAUT applauds the government’s strategy and the further injection of funds in Budget 2018 which will target additional problems including teen dating violence and cyberbullying.

While some progress is beginning to be measured against the strategy’s goals, it will take much more effort before significant reductions in GBV are realized.

CAUT calls for continued government investment to stamp out GBV, and reminds individuals and organizations to take strong stands against misogyny and sexism which fuel such hate-filled acts. It is only once a true culture of respect is fostered in homes and workplaces that women and girls will no longer have to face such alarming and needless violence.

Remembering Montreal, and all the women's lives lost since


"I'd like to see a day when the justice system works in favour of abused women and children. A day when we commemorate the end to domestic and stranger violence. A day where we celebrate an end to harassment and discrimination based on gender." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

National Union supports CUPW in fighting back-to-work legislation


"That the Prime Minister, instead of allowing you the chance to resolve these issues at the bargaining table, has chosen to support the employer by legislating your members back to work is outrageous. This attack on workers’ rights is something that all of us in the labour movement must take a stand against." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President