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Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in New Zealand

CAUT -

(OTTAWA -- 15 March, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) expresses profound grief and extends deepest condolences to the families and victims of the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We condemn in the strongest terms possible the racist ideology and hatred that motivated the attacks.

We urgently call upon our elected political leaders and officials to take immediate actions  to counter the rise of far-right extremism and hatred, and to speak out without equivocation against all those who support or promote racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.

BCGEU celebrates announcement to bring home support workers under government employment

NUPGE -

"Today's news is a real victory for home support workers and the B.C. seniors who rely on their care. Bringing these workers into the health authorities will finally address the precarious nature of contract-based work with private providers and will enable more of a team-based multi-disciplinary approach to providing care at home." - Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president

Bill 12 Amendments Continue Pallister Government’s Concerning Trend of Weakening Workplace Health and Safety Rules: MFL

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

After receiving reports from the now-eliminated Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health, as well as from stakeholders in labour, business, health and other areas, the Pallister government has elected to ignore the advice it received and barrel ahead with its own agenda of putting workers’ safety last.

Forestry leadership focuses on sustainability of jobs and environment

Unifor -

Unifor Forestry Council members, comprised of leaders from forestry locals across the country, gathered in Vancouver on Monday to plan a national forestry campaign that stands up for good jobs, supports communities and defends a sustainable forest sector.

“We learned members across the country are tuned into similar issues and are eager to take action regionally and nationally to promote pride in our sector,” said Yves Guerette, President of Local 299 and Chair of the Forestry Council.

Much of the day’s agenda focused on the many challenges and opportunities in what is a renewable industry that must be an important part of greening Canada’s economy, providing good jobs for generations to come. The Council resolved to make forestry industry and our union’s demands part of the upcoming federal election.

The Council resolved to refine a list of forest products made in Canada by Unifor members and deepen the union’s involvement on sector working groups and coalitions.

“Forestry has changed a lot in the last twenty years and our members are eager for the union to promote these advances and talk more about how an already-sustainable industry is becoming greener,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Jerry Dias. “This industry is an important source of jobs for hundreds of communities. Standing up for those jobs and our communities is our main priority.”

Forestry locals in the western region are fighting to protect forestlands against the invasive mountain pine beetle. The beetle has already killed trees across 16 million hectares in British Columbia and is destroying huge areas of Alberta’s boreal forest.

“Inaction on the part of the federal government led to devastation across Jasper National Park and beyond,” said Joie Warnock, Western Regional Director. “We stand to lose thousands more acres, harming habitats, parks and industry unless our government takes immediate action.”

Another issue weighing heavily on members of the Forestry Council is the community division surrounding the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

“Unifor forestry sector members across Canada stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers at Northern Pulp,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “The support we’ve had from the Forestry Council and the western wage caucus is a reflection of the solidarity we build in our union. Make no mistake, we are going to do what whatever is needed to save these jobs and also protect the environment.”

Unifor will continue to promote sustainable forestry with new and exciting initiatives in the months to come.

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