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Black History Month: Unifor members speak on activism Week 2

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Keston John is a member of the Local 222. He is born in Trinidad and Tobago, and now a Canadian Citizen. He is a proud father, who believes unity is strength and strength is power and with power comes responsibility.

Keston believes if united we can change the future for the next generation by creating more opportunities for growth while educating members of their rights in the workplace. 

For the past seven years, Keston has been working at CEVA Logistics in Oshawa, Ontario where he is a union representative working towards solidarity amongst our Brothers and Sisters. Educated in Human Rights and Collective Bargaining he looks forward to negotiating a better collective bargaining agreement for all.

Keston’s goal is to see every workplace free of harassment and discrimination and to have equal opportunities for all, no matter colour, creed or race. As a member of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee, he takes on the responsibility of trustee.

Tricia Brown is an activist supporting equity and social justice issues in her day to day work. Currently working as the Peel organizer for the Local Union Task Force, Tricia is also the chair of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee and co-chair for the GTA caucus for several years. She is a trained Discussion Leader for Unifor delivering courses in Human Rights and leadership courses for Aboriginal and Workers of Colour.

In her local community, Tricia has sat on the Peel Regional labour council as the financial secretary and serves as the 2nd VP of the Brampton East Soccer club. As 2nd Vice President Tricia oversees the youth house league program and helping support the development of soccer players and coaches.

Astraea Sam is a committed activist who brings what appears as limitless energy to each of her union roles. Having moved back to Regina Saskatchewan to pursue her passion in the aviation sector work for Jazz in 2009, Sam found herself becoming an active member of local 2002. 

Astraea is an activist with a passion who is always trying to learn more and do more within the Union. After her 3rd child she decided to become a workplace rep, starting as the base Vice Chair Representative. Not long after she became a Bargaining Representative to help combat the inequities and injustices she saw at work.

Astraea is on the Local 2002, Saskatchewan and National Political Action committees. Astraea is also on the AWOC Committee, in her first term on the Local Election Committee, on her second term as Jazz Western Bargaining Committee Representative and most recently appointed to the Prairie Council Executive Board as a member at large.

Highlighting the work of Unifor Black labour activists.

Unifor -

Keston John is a member of the Local 222. He is born in Trinidad and Tobago, and now a Canadian Citizen. He is a proud father, who believes unity is strength and strength is power and with power comes responsibility.

Keston believes if united we can change the future for the next generation by creating more opportunities for growth while educating members of their rights in the workplace. 

For the past seven years, Keston has been working at CEVA Logistics in Oshawa, Ontario where he is a union representative working towards solidarity amongst our Brothers and Sisters. Educated in Human Rights and Collective Bargaining he looks forward to negotiating a better collective bargaining agreement for all.

Keston’s goal is to see every workplace free of harassment and discrimination and to have equal opportunities for all, no matter colour, creed or race. As a member of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee, he takes on the responsibility of trustee.

Tricia Brown is an activist supporting equity and social justice issues in her day to day work. Currently working as the Peel organizer for the Local Union Task Force, Tricia is also the chair of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee and co-chair for the GTA caucus for several years. She is a trained Discussion Leader for Unifor delivering courses in Human Rights and leadership courses for Aboriginal and Workers of Colour.

In her local community, Tricia has sat on the Peel Regional labour council as the financial secretary and serves as the 2nd VP of the Brampton East Soccer club. As 2nd Vice President Tricia oversees the youth house league program and helping support the development of soccer players and coaches.

Astraea Sam is a committed activist who brings what appears as limitless energy to each of her union roles. Having moved back to Regina Saskatchewan to pursue her passion in the aviation sector work for Jazz in 2009, Sam found herself becoming an active member of local 2002. 

Astraea is an activist with a passion who is always trying to learn more and do more within the Union. After her 3rd child she decided to become a workplace rep, starting as the base Vice Chair Representative. Not long after she became a Bargaining Representative to help combat the inequities and injustices she saw at work.

Astraea is on the Local 2002, Saskatchewan and National Political Action committees. Astraea is also on the AWOC Committee, in her first term on the Local Election Committee, on her second term as Jazz Western Bargaining Committee Representative and most recently appointed to the Prairie Council Executive Board as a member at large.

Congrats to our MAHCP Video Contest participants

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

We’re full of gratitude to you, our MAHCP members!

There are 14 participants in the inaugural MAHCP Video Contest, and we’re so pleased with the effort of our membership. For that we say a tremendous THANK YOU.

The wonderfully creative entries that we have received include members in the fields of occupational therapy, speech language pathology, radiology technologist, medical laboratory, dietitian, sonography, nuclear medicine and child life specialists, and more, for a huge array of professions.

The prizes for this contest are spectacular! First prize is $1,500, Second prize is $1,000 and Third prize is $500.

We have posted the videos to our Facebook page, where they will then be judged on the number of “likes” received during the rest of the month of February.

You can share the posts with family and friends, however, please make sure that they “like” the original post on the MAHCP Facebook page.

Please note that “likes” on Facebook shares or the original YouTube pages will not count towards the overall number, only the “likes” on the video posts on the MAHCP Facebook page will be counted.

MAHCP will announce the winner on March 1, 2019.

As a quick recap, the MAHCP Video Contest was officially announced during the MAHCP AGM in October. For members, this was your chance to share with the public the important work that you do each and every day, and that’s exactly what you did.

Good luck to all those who entered, and may the voting begin!

NAPE statement on Jesso Report

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“Improved mental health support systems and pathways, a new correctional facility to replace the HMP, additional health professional staff, improved training, and increased staff allocations and presence are all things that need to be implemented to improve the outcomes of our correctional facilities.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

REMINDER -UWOSA Annual Winter Luncheon - February 13, 2019

University of Western Ontario Staff Association -

REMINDER Join UWOSA for our Annual Winter Luncheon

You are invited:  Annual UWOSA Winter Luncheon (formerly known as Valentine's Day Lunch)

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time:  Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                                                

Location: Great Hall, Somerville House

How to Pick up Your Ticket:

Please pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC room 255 from:

Noon – 2:00 p.m. on Friday February 8, 2019  OR

Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019

Please bring your Western ONECard with you.

If you are unable to pick up your ticket, please email your Area Steward for assistance.

Dietary Requirements:  If you have any special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc.), please email great.hall.catering@uwo.ca by February 8th with the subject “UWOSA Lunch” and which seating you plan to attend (Noon to 1 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.).

Winter Luncheon Menu:

Salad:              Market greens with two types of dressing; rolls and butter

Entrée:            Lasagna (beef or vegetarian)

Dessert:           White & Chocolate Cupcakes with Blue or White Icing Topped with Sprinkles

Drinks:            Fire Roasted Fair Trade Coffee (regular and decaf), tea, fruit punch

UWOSA Charity:  UWOSA will collect items and monetary donations for Ronald McDonald House (https://www.rmhc-swo.ca/). Some wish list items include:

  • Breakfast Items: Full Sized Cereal Boxes, Jam, Peanut Butter, Cheese Whiz, Coffee Sweetener 
  • Packaged Snacks: Granola Bars, Fruit Cups, Applesauce, Go-Go Squeeze, Microwave Popcorn 
  • Kitchen Staples: Parchment Paper, Tin Foil, Saran Wrap, Scouring Pads, Liquid Dish Soap, Ziploc Bags (Medium and Large)
  • Baking Supplies: Sugar, Parchment Paper, Maple Syrup, White Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Rolled Oats
  • Bottled Water and Hot Chocolate (Individual Portions/Packs)
  • Packaged Meal Items: KD Cups, Mr. Noodle Soup Bowls, Cup-of-Soup, Tuna
  • Lip Balm
  • Pens & Smaller Sized Notebooks
  • Adult Colouring/Sudoku/Crossword Activity Books
  • Toys for 1-3-year-olds
  • Toys for 12-16-year-olds

Members are welcome to bring their donations with then when they come to pick-up their ticket, or they can bring it to the luncheon, or drop it off at the UWOSA Office in UCC 255.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UWOSA Annual Luncheon FAQs:

1.       Q: I took a ticket for lunch, but now I cannot go. What do I do with my ticket?

A:  Please contact Jen Heidenheim at jenh@uwosa.ca and then return your ticket to the UWOSA office, Room 255 UCC.

2.       Q:  I work at Victoria Hospital. How can I pick up my ticket?

A:  Please contact Mia Valastro in the UWOSA office at 519.661.3028 for further instructions.

3.       Q:  I am not a Steward.  Can I still pick up tickets for my department?

A:  Yes, you can. Please bring a list of members in alphabetical order (by last name) to one of the Ticket Distribution dates above.

4.       Q: I have a special dietary requirement. Can I send this to UWOSA?

A:  Please send all dietary requirements directly to Great Hall Catering by February 8, 2019.

5.       Q:  I am very new to UWOSA.  Can I still come to the luncheon?

A: Yes, you can. Please contact Mia at the UWOSA office at ext.85089 for assistance.

6.       Q:  I am on a paid leave. May I still come to the luncheon?

A:  Yes, you can. Please contact Mia in the UWOSA office at ext. 85089 for assistance.

7.       Q:  I will not be on campus during the ticket distribution.  What do I do?

A:  Contact Mia in the UWOSA office at ext. 85089 for assistance.

8.       Q:  I have retired from Western. Can I come to the luncheon?

A:  No, I am sorry, you cannot. The luncheon is only for active UWOSA members.

9.       Q: I am on secondment from UWOSA, can I attend the lunch?

A: It depends, please call Mia Valastro in the UWOSA Office at 519.661.3028 for assistance.

 

PSAC honours Black History Month

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Black History Month is a time where we can reflect, honour and celebrate the many contributions made by Black Canadians and all people of Caribbean and African heritage in the progress and development of Canada, as well as their impact on its history...

PSAC congratulates 2018 scholarship winners

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The Public Service Alliance of Canada congratulates the winners of this year’s scholarship awards!  The winners were selected from hundreds of applications PSAC received from members, and dependents of members, in good standing....

Show your heart on February 14

UFCW Canada -

Toronto – February 9, 2019 – On February 14, activists can show their heart and share their solidarity for a better future for First Nations children, and for justice and safety for women and girls.

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