Toronto – March 12, 2019 – March 14 is National Potato Chip Day, a time when Canadians across the country celebrate the country’s Number 1 snack food.
The provincial government may have had a change of heart when it comes to providing security officers in hospitals, and other public places, with powers to detain violent people. In response to rising violence, the province introduced Bill 17: The Police Services Amendment Act yesterday that would give security officers, deemed Institutional Safety Officers, additional authority to enforce provincial laws in cases where public safety is at risk.
Unifor activists from across Alberta gathered in Edmonton on March 7 and 8 to fine tune outreach skills and review the plan for the approaching provincial election.
“Elections are a critical time to mobilize fellow union members,” said Megan Tyner, a Unifor member at Local 101-R who has been booked off to help coordinate member outreach. “It’s so important to work as hard as possible to protect what workers have gained under the Rachel Notley government.”
During the two-day training, members reviewed the new legislation governing third-party spending and advertising. The activists also received information about the latest public opinion polling conducted for Unifor and discussed what issues are going to be front and centre in the union’s election materials for the campaign.
Throughout the meeting there was a special emphasis on practical skills, such as canvassing techniques, initiating political conversations, and story-telling. Member activists were encouraged to stay in regular communication with the campaign coordinator.
“Rachel Notley has made remarkable progress on building the transition towards Alberta’s future economy while also strengthening the core public services on which our members rely,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “She’s the only party leader in Alberta who is standing up for what matters.”
Unifor was an important contributor to the historic Alberta NDP election victory in 2015, both in terms of grassroots mobilizing and financial contributions. Since then, Unifor has been an active participant in policy consultations ranging from the energy sector to Just Transition and climate change.
“More than 70 per cent of the people who provide health care in this province are women. It speaks volumes that 60 per cent of the board members overseeing their work are men," — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Saskatoon, Sask. – March 11, 2019 – Labour activists, community allies, and family members came out in large numbers on March 8 to show solidarity with striking UFCW Local 1400 members at Saskatoon Co-op.
"We have to remain competitive and this fee increase and levy are just one more reason for them to question if it’s best for them to stay in Manitoba." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Toronto – March 9, 2019 – Activists from UFCW Canada’s National Office and UFCW Local 1006A recently attended a special event with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, at Ryerson University ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day.