“It’s strange that on the one hand, the government is asking MLL to generate more profit, while on the other hand taking away the corporation’s ability to do that by sending more profit to private retailers."— Michelle Gawrornsky, MGEU President
"By creating this fund, the union is playing an active role in the continued development of skills and tools members need to meet the changing and challenging practice of psychiatric nursing." — Val Avery, HSABC President
Unifor members who work at CN (formerly CN Savage Alberta Railway) have voted 92 percent to ratify a new collective agreement. The agreement was reached on March 29th and covers 70 members who work as Conductors and Locomotive Engineers based in Grande Prairie and Grande Cache, Alberta.,
The new 5.14 agreement includes a $1000 signing bonus to active members upon ratification, wage increases of 2.5 per cent effective April 1, 2019; 2.5 per cent effective January 1, 2020; 3 per cent effective January 1, 2021, and 3 percent effective January 1, 2022. There are also several benefit improvements and increases to training allowances, to name some. The new contract expires December 31, 2022.
“These members operate trains on CN subdivisions in northwestern Alberta and haul several commodities, including lumber, grain and the increasing shipments of frack sand used for the growing demand for shale gas,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The work and dedication of our members is what makes CN the highly successful company it is today and they are entitled to a share of the Company’s profits.”
“I wish to thank our members for their support throughout the bargaining process and at ratification,” said Dave Judge, President of Local 4001. Dave Kissack, President of National Council 4000 echoed Judge’s comments. “We are very proud of our Agreement 5.14 membership and the local leadership, who have done good work over the years in representing our members and bargaining strong agreements that address the needs of our membership,” said Kissack.
Ratification voting continues for the other Council 4000 members at CN (Agreement 5.1, 5.1 Supplemental and 5.4) and CNTL.
MAHCP President Bob Moroz, board members and staff will be in attendance at the Save The Concordia ER rally taking place this Wednesday, from noon until 12:30 p.m.
We invite any and all MAHCP members at the Concordia Hospital on lunch break or any member-at-large on an off-shift to join us and make our collective voice heard!
It’s a critical time right now, as the Pallister government has backtracked on a closing date for the Concordia ER and late last week announced that the author of the Peachey report, Dr. David Peachey, has been brought back to review the planned closure.
CBC Manitoba and the Winnipeg Free Press interviewed President Moroz regarding the uncertainty around the Concordia Hospital ER. Here are the links:
President Moroz also wrote an email to MAHCP members at Concordia Hospital, which is available for viewing here: https://mahcp.ca/mahcp-president-responds-to-health-ministers-concordia-hospital-comments/
More information on Wednesday’s Save The Concordia ER rally can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/669969780130856/
If you have family, friends or colleagues who might be interested in attending, please pass this information along to them, thank you!
MGEU member Ngaire Abernethy was the winner of this year’s Social Action & Community Service Award at the annual Westman Women of Distinction awards in Brandon on May 2nd.
Toronto – May 6, 2019 – Every May, workers across Canada honour Asian Heritage Month, which celebrates the long, rich, and ever-growing history of Asian Canadians and their continuous contributions to the cultural fabric of our country.
"This attempt to block much-needed reform to a sector in crisis and to better support home support workers is appalling. We realize the business interests of the BCCPA will be affected by this change, but it's time to put the well-being of people over profit and address the damage resulting from almost 20 years of privatization and underfunding in the sector." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
HSABC/NUPGE sees these as long-overdue reforms and welcomes the news to see the government take these first steps to restoring balance and fairness for working people. While these reforms do not cover everything — this is only the start — HSABC/NUPGE will continue to advocate for more changes going forward.
“I’ve yet to come across a poll in which Ontarians say Doug Ford is headed in the right direction. Polls may be just a snapshot, but there are enough snapshots of unhappy Ontarians to fill a photo album.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Unifor’s National President told leading U.S.business leaders that workers must not be left behind in the wave of industrial automation and that managing workplace technological change and just transition is critical.
“There’s no question automation puts jobs at risk but we have to confront that risk head on and exploit the opportunities new technology presents to allow us to work smarter and safer,” said Jerry Dias at the Industrial Exchange conference in Miami.
Dias was the only North American Labour leader invited to speak at the conference, which is exploring the impact of automation on workers and society.
“Workers must navigate new ground breaking technology and understand the importance of driving operational efficiency, but does it have to be at their expense?” asked Dias of 500 business owners and investors during a Future of Work Panel at the conference.
“In Canada we represent members in 20 of the key sectors of the country, all of which are impacted by automation. We are seeing the implementation of full automation of ore-hauling trucks in the Alberta oil-sands and we have public transit authorities testing autonomous buses. We have faced automation for decades in the major manufacturing plants, including auto, forestry and others. The transportation and aviation sectors are facing new technology and automation at an alarming rate. Our members are not naïve, or passive about what is at stake here,” said Dias.
Dias warned the business leaders not to use automation as a weapon for greed against workers and unions, who have a right to negotiate decent work and living wages and address income equality, because our society will be worse off. Dias went on to underscore that Unifor members will not be exploited.
“We know automation is going to have an impact on the Canadian job market and we should all be worried about the bigger impact on our social programs and our social safety net.”
Jobs are changing but workers should not live in fear that automation and robots are taking over explained Dias because people will always be the force behind successful businesses.
He said more support from governments and employers is needed to train workers for new tasks in what he described as a transformation of work. All levels of the education system need to respond with new programs and skills training to ensure society still has workers who will drive future business and economy.
Dias stressed that workers need to be informed in advance of technological changes in the workplace and must be involved in planning and bargaining transition plans that protect workers as businesses evolve and transform.
Unifor is not sitting idle. In 2018, the union hosted a national conference on the Future of Work in the face of technical change and automation. The conference brought together members from every sector to engage in discussion and work to develop strategies and solutions. The union continues to be engaged in this issue at bargaining tables and in conversations with legislators in Canada.
Unifor recognizes the outstanding contributions of nurses during National Nursing Week May 6 - 12, 2019.
"The Health Care system is an integral part of our social fabric we value the professional life-saving, and compassionate care nurses provide day in and day out," Jerry Dias Unifor National President. “RPNs and LPNs are instrumental in ensuring positive health outcomes of people in Canada."
Unifor represents 4000 Registered or Licensed Practical Nurses (RPNs/LPNs) who work in hospitals, private and municipal long-term care homes.
Nurses work together in high-functioning teams to provide patient care in hospitals, long-term care homes and communities. They receive specialized training and education, but both are a vital part of the health care system.
Through their unions across the country and around the world, nurses raise standards that benefit all workers, defend strong healthcare systems, and advocate for patients’ rights.
As governments in Canada and around the world embrace austerity measures and attack public services, nurses are continually asked to do more with less funding and see their jobs cut. The result of these short-sighted measure always leads to increases in injuries and violence and is unacceptable.
In Ontario, the Conservative government, led by Doug Ford, passed Bill 74 which will result in a major restructuring of the health care system and has the potential to open the door to further privatization of services.
Privatization hurts patients and undermines the health care system in Canada. The quality of care seniors receive in for-profit homes is consistently weaker than public, not for profit care. Privatization also hurts health care workers who are often overworked in homes that are understaffed. Workers are forced to cut corners so their employer can turn a profit.
"Unifor has been at the forefront of the fightback against the privatization of health care. As a union, our commitment is to increase staff-to-patient ratios, improve working conditions and demand governments invest in health care," said Dias.
Here are three actions you can take to show your appreciation and solidarity to nurses this week:
- Throughout this week post our Facebook shareable to highlight the work of RPNs and LPNs
- At your next general membership meeting play our Nursing Week 2019 video [insert hyperlink]
- Thank a nurse that you know in your life!
For more information please visit www.caretakestime.ca