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Unifor and CN Rail donate $250,000 to the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

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Unifor and CN Rail have donated $250,000 to the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) to support the expansion of an innovative program that uses Indigenous toys and stories to enhance language development in children.

“Unifor is proud to partner with CN to assist BCACCS’s work to deliver a spiritually enriching, high quality, early learning program that is based in the child’s Indigenous culture, language and history,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

BCACCS plans to adapt and expand its popular Moe the Mouse™ Speech and Language Development Program to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of on and off reserve Indigenous early childhood development programs in the six regions of Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, and the Maritime Provinces.

“As a long-time leader in the creation of Indigenous early learning and child care resources like the Moe the Mouse Speech and Language Development Program, the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society is honoured to receive this generous donation from the Unifor Social Justice Fund and CN Rail,” said Mary Teegee, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Board President.

Unifor represents approximately 6,000 CN employees. The donation was jointly presented by Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, and Tristan Jenkin, CN Account Manager, at Unifor’s BC Regional Council in Whistler.

In the coming months, BCACCS will network with its regional partners and community sites to integrate local Indigenous culture and language content while maintaining the integrity of the Moe the Mouse curriculum.

“This funding will support our joint efforts for social justice and strengthen collaboration across Canada. It will help Indigenous children, families and communities strengthen early learning and child care programs, revitalize Indigenous languages, and promote the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action," said Teegee.

 

Dustin Czmola joins MAHCP LRO team

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MAHCP welcomes our newest Labour Relations Officer Dustin Czmola.

Dustin was born into a union family and began his official involvement in the labour movement in 2004, when he was voted in as Vice President of his union’s local.

From there, he climbed the ranks and accepted his first paid union position in 2010 with the Teamsters.

Dustin also spent six years representing unionized workers from 17 autonomous trade unions in northern Manitoba on the various Hydro projects.

Most recently, he was the campaign coordinator for one of the unions involved in the Representation Votes, which took place in the summer of 2019.

Dustin is an avid movie and concert enthusiast, and enjoys attending them with those he considers family.

Laurentian University administration violated academic freedom

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(Ottawa – November 21, 2019) The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) has won an important legal battle in asserting the right to academic freedom across the country.

In December 2015, Dr. Michael Persinger was abruptly removed from teaching a psychology course after the administration received a student complaint. An arbitrator concluded that the administration violated the late professor’s rights.

“It was improper and contrary to the Collective Agreement for the University to have removed Dr. Persinger from teaching (…) and to have issued the related email (…) to students in that course and in doing so to have failed to consider Dr. Persinger’s academic freedom,” writes arbitrator Kevin Burkett in a consent award rendered on November 6.

The decision also binds the administration to follow a proper consultative process going forward and prior to the removal of a professor from the classroom, including assessing the responsibilities and duties of academics, and their right to a full and proper investigation. The University has also agreed to “not publicly invite complaints against faculty members, and (…) never again utilize a stand alone telephone number for complaints”.

“This is an important and precedent-setting award for academic staff across the country,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Academic freedom is a necessary condition for the free pursuit of knowledge and understanding.”

LUFA president Fabrice Colin added that the Association is “Pleased with the decision because it sends a strong signal to our members, but it is a bittersweet victory because Dr. Persinger is no longer with us. We are happy that the University has agreed to award a yearly scholarship in his name to celebrate Dr. Persinger’s internationally recognized contributions to neurosciences and the field of psychology. A staunch defender of academic freedom, Dr. Persinger also received prestigious awards for his teaching and research accomplishments.”

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Media contacts : Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), 613-293-1810

Fabrice Colin, President, Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) 705-698-6763

Stand! A movie inspired by Winnipeg General Strike set to premier in Canada on November 29

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Set against the backdrop of the Winnipeg General Strike, the new movie Stand! features an immigrant Romeo and Juliet story, as they fight for love amidst social upheaval, and Unifor members are encouraged to check it out this weekend.

“Stand! Is a reminder of the importance of collective action and community building,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We’re in the fight of our lives for equality, acceptance, and the protection of unions, just like we were 100 years ago.”

Stand! Is the screenplay adaption of acclaimed stage musical Strike!, inspired by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike – one of the most influential strikes in Canadian history where more than 30,000 workers left their jobs, put economic activity in the region to a standstill, and stood together in solidarity for labour reform.

Unifor proudly sponsored the production of the feature film that is set to open across Canada on November 29.

“This movie inspires a new generation to fight for workers’ rights and reminds us where those basic rights came from and that solidarity and friendship are powerful tools to unite workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer. “We can never take our right to a union for granted, the moment we do is the moment these rights are lost.”

Stand! centers around Stefan Sokolowski (played by Marshall Williams), who fled to the New World from Ukraine with his father Mike Sokolowski (played by Gregg Henry), and Rebecca Almazoff (played by Laura Wiggins), his Jewish suffragette neighbor. They take action as the impoverished conditions of the city’s working class become unbearable.

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike has reached its centennial, reminding audiences across the globe that the power of collective action and solidarity are essential to sparking long-haul change. Workers to this day are faced with prevailing social inequalities including poor wages, rising costs of living, and unstable employment.

Here’s how you can get tickets to the opening weekend of this timely new film. Opening weekend is November 29 – December 1, with group tickets available for Local Unions or more than 8 people.   

  • Group tickets (with 20 or more participants) can be specially purchased by calling 1-800-313-4461 or via email at groupsales@cineplex.com

For more information about Stand!, visit stand-movie.com.

MGEU's Melissa Dvorak elected Winnipeg Labour Council President

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Last night, the Winnipeg Labour Council held elections for positions on its executive. Melissa Dvorak, an MGEU activist out of MacDonald Youth Services, was elected President. With Dvorak’s election in Winnipeg, MGEU members now hold the position of Labour Council president in Brandon (Kirk Carr), Portage (Ed Miller), and Selkirk (Susan Smerchanski). MGEU members Liz Dodds and Jesse McNeil also serve as the elected are representatives from The Pas and Southeast on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council.

MGEU's Mellissa Dvorak elected Winnipeg Labour Council President

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Last night, the Winnipeg Labour Council held elections for positions on its executive. Melissa Dvorak, an MGEU activist out of MacDonald Youth Services, was elected President. With Dvorak’s election in Winnipeg, MGEU members now hold the position of Labour Council president in Brandon (Kirk Carr), Portage (Ed Miller), and Selkirk (Susan Smerchanski). MGEU members Liz Dodds and Jesse McNeil also serve as the elected are representatives from The Pas and Southeast on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019

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“Transgender and gender-expansive people are valued members of our communities. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and enjoy full equality of rights and freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

UFCW Statement on Amazon Launch of Cashierless Grocery Chain

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) announced its opposition to Amazon’s launch of a cashierless grocery chain reported to open next year. UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“Amazon has one agenda – to eliminate as many jobs as possible to enrich one multi-billionaire, Jeff Bezos. The takeover of Whole Foods was just the beginning of a ruthless strategy to fundamentally change our country’s grocery industry. Despite a widespread consumer backlash to Amazon Go stores, Jeff Bezos is doubling down on the cashierless business model in food retail as he seeks to eliminate millions of good American jobs.

Make no mistake, Amazon represents a clear and present danger to working and middle class Americans. It is long past the time for our leaders to wake up and act before Amazon and Jeff Bezos do long-lasting damage to America’s economy.”

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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. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

 

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