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PSAC Dental Plan: We have filed for arbitration

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PSAC met with the employer once again to negotiate improvements to the PSAC dental plan, but the employer remains unwilling to agree to any increases. We are asking for reasonable improvements, including: An increase to the yearly reimbursement...

Phoenix questions still loom

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Recent media coverage claims that nearly half of public servants paid by Phoenix have reported problems. However, this new data cannot be accepted at face value. PSAC has been struggling to get accurate data on Phoenix for years and we still haven...

The NAFTA Consensus

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By Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Aeeegui The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with… Read More

Win of the Week! September 10-16

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SEIU-West is happy to report that a member who was owed many hours of pay from 2012 just received news that they won their grievance! Thanks to the SEIU-West Representative and member who pursued this grievance until the goal was achieved. Way to go!

CAUT files intervention in SCC cases involving Trinity Western

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(Ottawa— 13 September, 2017)  The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has filed its argument before the Supreme Court of Canada in two appeals involving Trinity Western University (TWU).

The appeals spring from cases originating in Ontario and British Columbia between the university and those provinces’ law societies, both of which have rejected TWU’s attempts to gain recognition for its Christian law school. The British Columbia Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the Law Society of British Columbia, while the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld denial of accreditation by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

CAUT intervention is based on the violation of academic freedom at the proposed law school.  There are four key aspects to academic freedom: freedom of teaching, freedom of research and publication, freedom to express one’s views in and of the educational institution (“intramural academic freedom”) and freedom to exercise citizenship rights without sanction (“extramural academic freedom”). 

TWU doctrine requires students, staff and faculty to adhere to “historic orthodox Christianity” where Scriptures must be believed and obeyed in their entirety.  CAUT argues that TWU’s faith test that reflects the TWU doctrine which faculty must meet on appointment and renew annually constitutes a violation of academic freedom as faculty are required to recognize and express the doctrine in teaching and scholarship.

“TWU’s Statement of Faith and Community Covenant requires academic staff to commit to a particular ideology or statement of faith as a condition of employment,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Violating that commitment may result in discipline or sanction, and as such is an unwarranted and unacceptable constraint on academic freedom.”

In particular, it is the denial of same sex rights and relationships at TWU that led to the rejection of accreditation by the two law societies.  In the balancing of equality rights and freedom of religion under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at issue in these cases, CAUT takes the position that the violation of academic freedom at TWU would inhibit the promotion and protection of diversity that must be expected in legal education at a Canadian law school.

CAUT is one of 26 intervenors. The appeals will be heard over November 30 – December 1.

To read our factum, click here.

 

Media contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers

(o) 613-726-5186 (c) 613-222-3530

 

Rise Up Swift Current! Rally September 26

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Join us for a rally at Brad Wall’s Constituency Office 233 Central Ave N on Tuesday, September 26. You can meet with SEIU-West members at the local union office at 11:45am - 333 Central Avenue North - followed by the rally where SEIU-West member, Lou-Ellen Murray, will be speaking. Be sure to share widely and invite your networks!

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