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CAUT welcomes settlement on equity targets for Canada Research Chairs Program

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(Ottawa – July 31, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is welcoming today’s announcement that an agreement has been reached to ensure more robust equity targets, transparency, and accountability within the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program.

Today’s settlement builds upon recent government changes to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in the CRC program, and caps a process started in 2003 by eight academics who, with the support of CAUT, filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over the program’s failure to reflect the diversity of Canada’s university researchers.

“Canada’s research community owes much to the eight women who came forward 15 years ago to challenge systemic bias in the CRC program and who persevered in holding the program to account,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Over the past four years, the government has ushered in several initiatives aimed at increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the research and university sectors, and today’s settlement helps to further advance that work.”

The new agreement establishes a ten-year framework for the CRC program to reflect the diversity of the Canadian population, setting institutional targets for the representation of women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Additionally, the under-representation of members of the LGBTQ+ community will be addressed for the first time.

“This is an important step towards ensuring that the Canadian research field both reflects Canada’s rich diversity and benefits from the talent and perspectives of those who were previously denied a seat at the table,” says the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Marie-Claude Landry.

Consistent with other recent changes, today’s announced settlement enhances accountability mechanisms for institutions that fail to consistently meet targets.

“The changes being made to the CRC program recognize that under-representation arises not from a lack of qualified candidates but from discriminatory and exclusionary principles or practices in society and in academia itself,” says Robinson. “By addressing these barriers we can better encourage excellence, innovation, and fairness in the research environment.”

The women academics who initially challenged the CRC program before the Canadian Human Rights Commission with the legal representation of CAUT are: Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Louise Forsyth, Glenis Joyce, Audrey Kobayashi, Shree Mulay, Susan Prentice, and the late Wendy Robbins and Michèle Ollivier.

Media Contact: Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-293-1810 (cell); dufour@caut.ca

Backgrounder statements by some of the complainants:

“I am thrilled that this settlement addresses all the gaps in the 2006 settlement”

- Shree Mulay

“Too often, equity and diversity initiatives have been restricted to availability in a currently discriminatory pipeline. Under this new agreement, the Canada Research Chairs Program will move quickly towards reflecting the full and actual diversity of Canada. This is a path-changing understanding, for universities and other Canadian institutions.”

- Susan Prentice

“This exciting agreement will change for the better what we know or think we know about ourselves, the natural world and the people in our world. It will throw doors open to everyone and welcome ways of seeing/thinking/being that have not yet found their place in schools, colleges and universities.”

- Louise Forsyth

“When the agreement is in full force, the representation of the groups named will reflect their representation within the Canadian population – not just their representation in universities.  This is a significant expansion of the concept of equality and something that has the power to effect significant change, especially if it is expanded to other groups and applied more widely in public institutions in the future."   

- Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Unifor continues to support Indigenous community in Winnipeg

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For the second year in a row, Unifor is proud to sponsor the No Stone Unturned concert in Winnipeg.

Claudette Osborne-Tyo was 21-years old when she disappeared from Winnipeg’s north end. Claudette’s family has been organizing the No Stone Unturned free concert for eleven years in honor of all of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered. It features local musicians, free food, a candlelight vigil, and fireworks.

Unifor volunteers showed up to pitch for set up, distributing t-shirts, serving elders, and clean up.

“No Stone Unturned is an event that builds community bonds and celebrates the lives of those who were taken too soon,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “It is very important to Unifor’s reconciliation efforts that we be as involved as possible at the grassroots level to support Indigenous communities and families.”

See the gallery here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UniforCanada/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3055006424570833

Unifor lance des publicités préélectorales au Manitoba

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Unifor a ajouté à sa campagne des panneaux publicitaires, des publicités dans les abribus, des publicités à la radio et des annonces dans les journaux pour défaire le premier ministre conservateur Brian Pallister. Les publicités mettent en lumière les antécédents de Brian Pallister en matière de soins de santé et de mauvaise gestion de Manitoba Hydro et invitent les membres du public à visiter le site Web de la campagne à l’adresse https://mb.uniforvotes.ca/.

Bien que les élections à date fixe établies par la loi manitobaine n’auront pas lieu avant l’automne 2020, Brian Pallister a laissé entendre qu’une élection pourrait être déclenchée dès le 6 août, la date du scrutin étant fixée au début de septembre 2019.

« Brian Pallister espère que les Manitobains seront trop occupés par leurs vacances estivales et la préparation de la rentrée scolaire pour s’intéresser de près à son passé trouble en tant que premier ministre », a déclaré Jerry Dias, président national d’Unifor.

Les nouvelles publicités s’intègrent à la campagne de membre à membre que mènent les militantes et militants d’Unifor dans l’ensemble de la province et qui prend de plus en plus d’ampleur. Comme toujours, Unifor considère l’élection comme une occasion de favoriser directement la mobilisation et l’engagement des membres.

« Brian Pallister a saboté Manitoba Hydro et fermé des salles d’urgence, a indiqué Joie Warnock, directrice de la région de l’Ouest d’Unifor. Il représente une catastrophe pour le Manitoba. Nous sommes impatients de participer aux efforts déployés dans toute la province pour élire un premier ministre qui appuie les travailleuses et travailleurs. »

Unifor launches pre-election ads in Manitoba

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Unifor has added billboards, bus shelter ads, radio ads, and newspaper ads to its campaign to defeat conservative premier Brian Pallister. The ads raise the profile of Pallister’s record on health care and mis-managing Manitoba Hydro and direct members of the public to visit the campaign website at mb.uniforvotes.ca.

Although the fixed election dates set by Manitoba legislation are not until fall 2020, Pallister has hinted often this summer that an election could be called as early as August 6, with the election date falling in early September 2019.

“Brian Pallister is hoping that Manitobans will be too busy with summer vacation and back-to-school preparation to take a close look at his troubled record as premier,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

The new ads compliment a growing grassroots member-to-member campaign that is being conducted by Unifor activists across the province. As always, Unifor is treating the election as an opportunity for face-to-face member engagement and mobilization.

“Brian Pallister has undermined Manitoba Hydro and closed emergency rooms,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “He’s been a disaster for Manitoba and we’re looking forward to the province-wide fightback to elect a premier that stands with working people.”

Listen to the radio ad here

Congrats to the 2019 MGEU Bursary Winners!

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The MGEU is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of nearly $30,000 in MGEU educational scholarships and bursaries. “We’ve had a record number of applicants this year for our Area Bursaries. It’s great to see so many MGEU members and their families put their names forward,” said MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky. “Our union is about building a better life for our members and these bursaries give people the chance to pursue an education and upgrade their skills.”

MAHCP welcomes new LRO Cory Szczepanski

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MAHCP is pleased to announce that Cory Szczepanski has joined our team as a Labour Relations Officer.

Cory is an experienced LRO, with 15 years in labour relations, who most recently worked with COPE in Saskatchewan. He’s also a three-term local president with the United Steelworkers.

A graduate of the Canadian Labour College in 2012, Cory has spent the last three years in Saskatchewan fighting a government-mandated bargaining scheme and standing up for public sector workers across the province in the battle to stop the privatization of Crown corporations.

However, his roots are in Manitoba: Cory has run for office in the Westman region and is a former president of the Brandon and District Labour Council.

MAHCP considers Cory’s vast labour relations knowledge to be an asset and we’re appreciative that he’s come on board in a time of upheaval in health care.

Cory has three beautiful children under the age of 10, and loves hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.

Join us for MAHCP’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ party!

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The campaign period is quickly wrapping up, with voting set to start at 12 p.m. next Thursday, August 8. So many of our members have given freely of their time and energy to make our campaign a success. We want to keep up that momentum, and we want to thank you and all the volunteers who have made this campaign happen!

Please join us for MAHCP’s “Get Out the Vote and Volunteer Appreciation” event (poster attached):

When: Wednesday, August 7, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – drop in when you can!

What: Fired Up Pizza Truck, Snacks and Refreshment

Where: MAHCP Office, 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. (outside, weather permitting)

Why: Thanking our members and volunteers for your support!

Please RSVP by this Friday, August 2, to info@mahcp.ca 

For those members not in Winnipeg, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you all for your support.

 

Your MAHCP Team

 

 

What NFLD’s Cod Moratorium Means for Green New Deal Organizing

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Drew Brown, EIC of The Independent.ca, explores what lessons Green New Deal organizers can learn from Newfoundland’s 1992 cod moratorium. Cod and the Fishery: Down, but Not Outtheindependent.ca/2019/07/02/cod-a…own-but-not-out/ CBC Archives: The Cod Moratoriumwww.cbc.ca/archives/entry/cod-…g-science-subverted ABCs of the Newfoundland Fisheryyoutu.be/9hWG_iZ_ykE

MAHCP – Grievances resolved quicker

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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

We have a proven track record when it comes to fighting for our members at arbitration and we created the Grievance Investigation Process (GIP), a quicker and more efficient way to resolve grievances.

With the help of our in-house legal counsel, we’ve notched recent wins in arbitration cases involving wrongful terminations, overpayments, denial of union leave, unauthorized pay deductions and many more. Our legal counsel has taken arbitrations all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada – and won for our members.

For GIP cases, MAHCP members are not forced to have their grievances vetted through a committee in order for them to be brought forward. YOU deal directly with YOUR LRO.

This week, MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please swing by if you can!

 

Monday, July 29

– St. Boniface Hospital, Main Floor Atrium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Deer Lodge Centre, Auditorium on Main Floor, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Oak Lake EMS, Station meeting space, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Swan River Community Health, Swan Valley HC Boardroom #1, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Virden Health Centre/Virden Health Unit, Virden Health Unit Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 30

– Misericordia Health Centre, MHC Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon NR Lecture Theatre, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, July 31

– HSC, across from the Tunnel Cafe, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. OR HSC Chown Conference Room FE019 below the Community Services Building (accessible by tunnel), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Victoria General Hospital, Outside Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Klinic Community Health Centre, Room B10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Community Health & Social Services Centre, 755 Portage Ave. RM 110, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre 165 St. Mary’s Rd, Lower Level Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Boundary Trails Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 1

– Seven Oaks Hospital, Lower Level across from elevators, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Pan Am Clinic, Main floor hallway, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Ile Des Chenes, Ems Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Snow Lake EMS, Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Beausejour Health Centre, Multipurpose RM Side A, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Snow Lake Health Centre, Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Friday, August 2

– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre 228 Maryland, Lower Level Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Ste. Anne Hospital, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Kinosota Trails – Sandy Bay, EMS Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– St. Anthony’s General Hospital in The Pas, 1st Floor Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Gladstone Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– The Pas EMS, Training Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– EMS Oak Bluff, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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