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Parks Canada: Negotiations progress gradually

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This week, negotiations continued towards securing a new collective agreement for over 4,000 Parks Canada members. Bargaining teams from both sides met in Ottawa from April 30 to May 2. PSAC’s Parks negotiating team saw some movement at the...

Premier Does Not Seem Concerned by Provincial Employees’ Growing Dissatisfaction

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A new survey conducted recently by the Manitoba Government shows that provincial employees are significantly less happy with their jobs than they were just three years ago. Employees were about 16 percent less satisfied with their respective departments, while only 38 percent say they feel valued as a Manitoba government employee.

Win $100 – Celebrate Allied Health Week!

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This week, May 12-18, is Manitoba’s first annual Allied Health Care Professionals Recognition Week, a week of our own to celebrate our professions and our incredible contributions to health care.  MAHCP worked hard to get this special week enacted, and we want to make a splash!

You can help celebrate, show your pride AND enter to win a $100 Visa gift card!

MAHCP is giving away TEN $100 GIFT CARDS to celebrate the week!  All you have to do is take a selfie or picture with a homemade poster (sample) that says:

  • #IamAlliedHealth
  • #MAHCP, and
  • the name of your profession.

Post your pic to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. You can also tag @MAHCP.MB on Facebook, @MAHCP_MB on Twitter or @MAHCP_MB on Instagram.

Then just fill out a ballot at https://mahcp.ca/allied-health-week-photo-contest/ to enter the contest.

Not on social media?  You can still enter the contest by emailing your photo to mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca and filling out a ballot through the link above.

You can enter each time you post or email a photo, up to four times per day (see ballot link above for full contest rules).

***Please note that these photos MUST NOT be taken at your worksites due to employer restrictions***

MAHCP was proud to get Allied Health Care Professionals Recognition Week into law in Manitoba, and we’re especially proud of our members and the work you do every day. Help us celebrate the very first Allied Health Week by entering to win!

Contact mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca or 204-772-0425 with any questions.

#IamAlliedHealth!

 

 

Urgent support needed to make UNDRIP law

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Unifor is urging members to send a letter to senators who are holding up the long-awaited adoption of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as Canadian law.

“Canada is offside and stalling on the worldwide effort to respect and empower First Nations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “It’s time to make things right.”

The Bill formally adopting the UNDRIP as law is accompanied by Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages and Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. Dias says the three bills are important to reconciliation and are concrete steps the federal government can take to help Indigenous communities thrive.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission gave policy-makers a clear template for a path to reconciliation,” said Dias. “

Initiated by the Stephen Harper government in response to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) undertook the most comprehensive Indigenous-led investigation into what actions should be taken to achieve reconciliation. The TRC’s recommendations speak explicitly to adopting the UNDRIP and reviving Indigenous languages.

Read more about Unifor’s position on UNDRIP

Pride conference ready to build an inclusive union and society

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Unifor LGBTQ activists from across the country attended the third Unifor national pride conference from May 10-12 in Port Elgin, Ontario.

The more than 80 delegates attended a series of panel discussions led by LGBTQ activists, received bystander intervention training and had the opportunity to discuss current issues affecting queer and trans workers.

National President Jerry Dias spoke of having a conference where LGBTQ members can come together to engage, learn and discuss the multifaceted issues facing the LGBTQ community.

“I am thankful to be in a room with our LGBTQ Unifor members who embody the union’s commitment to equity and social justice,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “I am always amazed by the work that can be done by a dedicated group of LGBTQ trade unionists.”

Refugee activist Carlos Idibou personal story of fleeing persecution in the Ivory Coast led what was to be a busy Saturday. “Refugees are bold and brave,” said Idibouo. “Only a bold and brave person would speak out against injustices and risk everything they have for an equitable world."

Idibou outlined the struggles he encountered as a refugee in Canada and what workers can do to support refugees.

Delegates also heard from Sociologist Dr. Morgan Holmes and Tammy Bonney, parent of an intersex child, on what it means to be intersex, how intersex people navigate the world and how best to support the intersex community.

“Unifor is the first union and organization to my knowledge to have a conversation on understanding what intersex is and how best to be an ally to intersex people," said Dr. Morgan Holmes.

Rajean Hoilett and Nicole Desnoyers community activists conducted Bystander Intervention Training for conference delegates. “As active bystanders, you must decide if you will speak up, step in, or offer assistance to those impacted," said Desnoyers.

The training offered activists the tools and resources when witnessing hateful situations.

Sunday morning delegates broke up by region to discuss current issues facing queer workers and start planning for local pride events.

“This conference has allowed LGBTQ members to have space where queer members can feel safe, welcomed and open to discuss any issue affecting our community,” said Dana Dunphy, Unifor Ontario LGBT Committee Chairperson and Hospitality and Gaming National Executive Board Member. 

“LGBTQ members are not present only during pride events but are active in all aspects of our union. This conference has strengthened our activism and furthered our motivation to get back to our communities and build the equitable society that we all desire,” continued Dunphy.

Delegates left informed, connected, and committed to go out and bring Unifor’s dedication to social justice to communities all over this country.

This conference, like all of the work of the LGBTQ regional standing committees, is part of the vital work that Unifor is doing to promote equity, challenge homophobia and transphobia within our union and communities.

To learn more about the efforts underway in Unifor or upcoming pride events, please visit www.unifor.org/pride.

UFCW Members Help to Stamp Out Hunger in Communities Across the Country

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Union Representing Grocery Workers Across the Country Donates 7 Million Bags of Food to Nation’s Largest Single-Day Food Drive

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union released the following statement on participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 11. 

“Every year, Stamp Out Hunger unites Americans across the country to donate food to millions of families in need. With more than 46 million Americans struggling to put food on the table, there has never been a more important time for us to give back. 

“Our members work in grocery stores across the country and know firsthand the impact hunger has in the communities they serve. UFCW is proud to continue serving as a national partner in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Together, we can ensure that millions of Americans are able to receive the food they need to feed their families.”   

UFCW Local Unions across the country supported this incredible cause by collecting food and holding local area events that encouraged people in their communities to donate to Stamp Out Hunger. UFCW represents more than 600,000 grocery workers across the country.

In the last 25 years with support from UFCW and other organizations, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected 1.5 billion pounds of food that was donated to local food banks and other organizations helping to feed the more than 46 million Americans who struggle with hunger.

In the United States, hunger impacts 12 million children, nearly 5 million seniors, and 2.4 million rural households. Additionally, 20 percent of households struggling with hunger include veterans who have served our country. Click here to read more about the communities most impacted by hunger.

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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.

 

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