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BDM Scholarship helps UFCW 247 member focus on school

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Kelowna, B.C. – January 21, 2020 – Krista Buder is one of eighteen winners of the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship. Currently enrolled in the Kinesiology program at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus, Krista is a proud UFCW 247 member who works at Real Canadian Superstore.

Solidarity with locked out Co-op Refinery workers and arrested leaders


The Co-op Refinery in Regina locked out its employees in an odious attempt to force the union to accept major concessions. Then they flew in scab “replacement workers,” to keep the refinery operating. UNIFOR is fighting for the rights of the locked-out workers by preventing fuel trucks from crossing the picket lines. They have our support. Arresting union leaders for fighting for their members’ rights is ugly and unacceptable in a democracy where workers have rights. ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

MAHCP welcomes Katrina Zado to our LRO team

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MAHCP is proud to welcome our newest Labour Relations Officer Katrina Zado.

Katrina graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2014, with a Human Resources Management diploma.

Her most recent role had her working in the finance sector, as a People & Culture Specialist, for four years.

Katrina has worked in many facets of Human Resources, spending most of her career in the following areas: Employee Relations, Recruitment and Selection, and Learning and Development.

She enjoys spending time with her family and watching football. Her favorite NFL team is the Chicago Bears.

Katrina says she’s definitely a cat person. She has two cats, one of which is the size of a small- to medium-sized dog, about 30 lbs.!

Australian bushfires solidarity


The bushfire crisis currently gripping Australia has had a devastating impact on wildlife and people. CAUT’s sister organization, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), is reporting that the fires have directly affected some of their members who have suffered loss of their homes and other financial hardships. Some universities have also provided members with additional leave so that they can defend their homes and communities and provide volunteer support in response to this national disaster.

CAUT associations and members can show their solidarity with the NTEU by donating to the Australian Council of Trade Union’s Bushfire Relief Fund or the Australian Red Cross.

Beyond this direct support, the NTEU is urging colleagues around the world to call out the fact that the severity of the bushfires is a direct result of climate change, and that any serious response must include a comprehensive approach to tackle the climate crisis both in Australia and around the globe.

CAUT and the NTEU have as one their core values the principle of sticking together and supporting each other in times of hardship. Please take a moment to show your solidary with all our Australian colleagues and communities affected by this disaster.

MGEU welcomes home firefighters from Australia


The wildfires tearing through Australia are an unprecedented national disaster. At least 26 people have died, along with millions of animals, while nearly 15 million acres have burned and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed since October.

Unifor presents Ontario budget recommendations

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Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi voiced Unifor’s strong opposition to the deep financial cuts and overall economic strategy of the Ford government as she presented the union’s budget recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.  

“This budget is tabled at a time when Ontarians have lost confidence in this government. We have seen an aggressive agenda of funding cuts and legislative attacks on the vulnerable and on workers, and the people of Ontario have expressed their outrage,” said Rizvi. “Let’s be clear - the attack on the most vulnerable people in this province is nothing short of a disgrace.” 

At the January 17 pre-budget consultation hearing at Queen’s Park, Rizvi cited damaging government policies including the cancellation of the $15 minimum wage, the rolling back of sick days and the elimination of equal pay for equal work.

Rizvi also called out Doug Ford for opening the door to for-profit health care services, attacking school board workers and creating chaos in education, and for his Conservative government’s ongoing neglect of manufacturing workers.

“In recent months, this government has stood by while approximately 2,300 highly skilled assembly line workers and 1,200 independent parts supplier workers have lost their jobs in the Durham region,” Rizvi said. “Our communities are being decimated by the huge loss of manufacturing jobs.”

During her address to the Committee, Rizvi stressed the need for investment in electric vehicle technology and manufacturing, and repeated the union’s warning about lack of production orders at the Bombardier facility in Thunder Bay.

“It is time for a strong commitment to a “Buy Ontario” strategy that will put workers first and grow the province’s manufacturing sector into the future,” Rizvi stated.

Read Unifor’s Ontario Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs here.