Vigils are held annually on October 4 as a way to offer support to families who have lost loved ones and create opportunities for healing. To date, 103 vigils across Canada have been registered for this year’s vigil.
Toronto – September 20, 2017 – UFCW Canada's ground-breaking online education program, webCampus, is launching a brand new course for the month of October.
(OTTAWA– 20 September 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has issued a challenge today to the four NDP Leadership candidates to Get Science Right, pledge to invest in basic research and join the campaign to call on the government to restore science’s important role in creating a prosperous and innovative country.
The government of Canada has failed to keep pace with other countries in supporting the pursuit of knowledge. Scholars, scientists and students wishing to pursue independent research have seen a decline of available resources of about 35 per cent. Canada is no longer in the top 30 nations worldwide when it comes to total research intensity.
Canada must and can do better. With increased federal funding, researchers will be able to ask bold questions and seek the knowledge we need to enhance the quality of life for all Canadians. The federal government must catch up to the rest of the world by boosting its investments to grow our knowledge and talent advantages.
There is a path forward. The Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science has recommended a federal increase in investment in independent research of $1.3 billion for basic research, with better balanced allocation across the three research granting agencies.
CAUT is calling on Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton, Guy Caron and Jagmeet Singh to step up and join the Get Science Right campaign. Canadians know too well what a decade of underfunding and muzzling scientists can do. With a strong federal partner, academic researchers can create the knowledge we need to improve the quality of life for all Canadians and help face local and global challenges. We hope NDP Leadership candidates agree.
Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers
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“The employer is replacing highly skilled, highly experienced, and highly invested staff — experts in the field who know their clients and the community. This will inevitably have an adverse impact on the children and parents we serve.” — Candice Copeland, Vice-President of OPSEU's Local 148
(Ottawa - 19 September, 2017) Members of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) have voted ninety-one percent in favour of job action in the event that a new collective agreement cannot be reached with the University’s Board of Governors.
“We are most grateful for this strong show of support from our members,” says LUFA president Jim Ketchen. “We don’t want to strike, but will if the administration isn’t willing to negotiate a fair collective agreement.”
LUFA is fighting concession demands that would erode core faculty rights, reduce salary scale competitiveness and diminish eligibility for parental/pregnancy leave. The parties are scheduled to meet September 24 in Toronto with a mediator. Negotiations are also set for later in the month and into October.
The union’s previous contract expired on June 30. LUFA represents 367 full-time faculty and over 200 sessional staff, who will be in a legal strike position on September 28.
Winnipeg – September 19, 2017 – UFCW Canada Local 832 members working at Gate Gourmet in Winnipeg have ratified a new five-year collective agreement.
Bring your friends, family and co-workers to the Repeal Bill 148 rally on September 21. Show your support for workers' rights.
“The Minister has indicated his office will be in touch with me to set up a meeting. I’m still waiting for that phone call." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Northern MGEU members joined President Michelle Gawronsky last night to celebrate the grand opening of the MGEUs newest office in Thompson.
Quebec City – September 18, 2017 – UFCW Canada Local 500 members working at the IGA Super-Marché Pierre Jobidon in the Limoilou neighbourhood of Quebec City have ratified a new collective agreement.
“We are delighted to offer these scholarships each year to recognize the outstanding talent of the youth of our province and our union." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President