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Victory at OMERS

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On November 15, representatives from employers and unions with members in the OMERS pension plan came together to vote on changes proposed in June. The result was 50% plus one in favour of the changes, a thin majority that fell short of the two-third majority… Read More

Sign the Petition to Keep Churchill’s Liquor Mart Public

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The province is shutting down Churchill, Manitoba’s only public Liquor Mart, eliminating quality jobs in this northern community. For many years, our public Liquor Marts have balanced great selection and competitive pricing with social responsibility. Let’s continue to put the health of our communities and public safety before profits. Let’s keep Churchill’s Liquor Mart public! Please sign the petition.

Hockey success runs in family of UFCW 12R24 activist

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Whitby, Ont. – November 26, 2018 – Trevor McQuigge, a longstanding UFCW Canada Local 12R24 activist, is elated that his daughter, Rachel, has been named Goalie of the Week in the ECAC Hockey conference, one of six conferences that compete in NCAA Division ice hockey in the United States. 

Unifor ratifies collective agreement with Nutrien

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LANIGAN—Unifor Local 992 members will enjoy solid wage gains and pension benefits under a new collective agreement ratified on November 21.

“Unifor members make a significant contribution to the mining sector in Saskatchewan,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This contract makes progress towards sharing the gains in this sector with workers.”

The three-year contract includes wage increases of 2.5 per cent in year one and 2.25 per cent in years two and three. Local 922 also achieved a pension plan enhancement and increases to several wage premiums.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of the membership,” said Shawn Wolfe, Local 922 President. “Unifor members keep Nutrien working, and this contract recognizes our important role.”

Globe and Mail workers ratify new collective agreement

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Unifor members at the Globe and Mail have ratified a new two-year collective agreement. 

Local 87-M represents 320 reporters, editors, plus staff in circulation, operations and advertising sales across Canada.

The agreement was reached after members voted in favour of strike action two weeks earlier. 

The main issues were pension security and a perceived gender pay gap. 

The new contract contains a commitment from the employer to make its “best effort” to address a wage gap between men and women.

It also includes a commitment to investigate a more secure, multi-employer, defined benefit pension plan leading up to the next round of bargaining starting in about 15 months.

 

Investigation into Potter case finds McGill violated academic freedom

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(Ottawa – November 24, 2018) An investigation into the controversial resignation of Dr. Andrew Potter from the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) has found that not only did the University fail in its duty to protect Professor Potter’s academic freedom, but that its justification for his resignation has undermined the academic freedom of all academic staff at McGill.

The report, prepared for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), is calling on the University to develop policy to give full protection of academic freedom to academic administrators.

Professor Potter found himself at the centre of controversy in March, 2017 after writing a blog post for Maclean’s Magazine in which he suggested the response to a snow storm in Montreal was reflective of a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” in Quebec. He later resigned his position as director of the MISC.

“The central academic freedom issue in this case arose from the McGill administration’s claim that academic administrators do not enjoy the same protections as academics without administrative positions,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “It is well understood that universities have as their fundamental commitment the search for knowledge and understanding. This requires an environment free from institutional censorship against any academic.”

The CAUT investigation found no conclusive evidence that the McGill administration put pressure on Professor Potter to resign as Director of MISC, but concluded such pressure would not have been inconsistent with the University’s belief in the conditional academic freedom of academic administrators.

CAUT is the national voice of more than 72,000 academic and general staff at 125 universities and colleges in Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, 613-222-3530 or keller@caut.ca

CUPW and CLC issue joint statement in support of workers

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“We are calling on the federal government to allow for a fair process by encouraging workers and the employer to come to an agreement that works for everyone. This back-to-work legislation is a clear violation of workers’ Charter rights. CUPW successfully fought to have this right explicitly upheld by the Supreme Court.” — Hassan Yussuff, CLC President

Win with MAHCP! Video, sticker contests heating up this winter

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MAHCP members, there’s a little over one month left to get your videos in for the chance to win wonderful cash prizes!

The submissions deadline for the MAHCP Video Contest is Dec. 31, 2018. This contest, which was officially announced at the MAHCP AGM in October, has the goal of sharing with the public the important work that our members do every day.

The prizes for this contest are spectacular: First prize is $1,500, Second prize is $1,000 and Third prize is $500. Please visit mahcp.ca/videocontest for more information on the rules.

Once the video submissions’ deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, has passed, we will post the videos to our Facebook page and they will be judged on the number of “likes” received.

We welcome submissions from individual members or groups of members. Please keep in mind that if you are doing a group video and yours happens to win, it is the responsibility of the main submitter of the video to disperse the funds as the group sees fit.

To kick this video contest off, MAHCP staff recorded a comical video of their own that was shared at the AGM and can be viewed on our Facebook page for the next while. This can be found at https://www.facebook.com/manitobaahcp/

 

MAHCP’s second contest taking place right now is the Window Sticker Contest.

The goal of this contest is to increase our visibility day-to-day among our fellow Winnipeggers around the city, Manitobans beyond the Perimeter and beyond the southern half of the province.

Please place this sticker in a safe, unobtrusive part of your vehicle’s window, take a selfie of yourself (or ask a friend to snap a pic) with the sticker visible, and send it to mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca for your chance to win a gift card.

There will also be stickers available at upcoming site meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz and Labour Relations Officers. Please visit our website mahcp.ca often to view our calendar, which is located right on the home page. Events will be added as meeting rooms are booked.

In addition, members can pick up window stickers at the MAHCP office located at 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

This is an ongoing contest, which means there will be several chances to win a gift card – at least one per month. We’ll keep it going as long as we’re receiving new pictures.

Thanks and good luck, everyone!

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