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MGEU's Healthy Minds At Work Campaign kicks off today

Manitoba Government & General Employees Union -

The Healthy Minds At Work campaign aims to engage MGEU members on workplace mental health, raising awareness of mental health as a workplace issue, helping members have conversations about mental health, connecting members with mental health resources and supports, and providing members with tools and information to advocate for more psychologically healthy workplaces.

Years of lobbying pays off for long-term care workers as Ontario finally commits to four hours of care

Unifor -

November 2, 2020

TORONTO – The Ontario government announced today to finally do what Unifor members and long-term care workers have demanded for years, to establish an average of four hours of direct care for long-term care residents by 2024-2025.

"Today's victory is the result of years hard work, and pure grit from health care workers, unions and families wanting a strong long term care system in Ontario," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Ontario's long-term care system has been in crisis far too long. This pandemic has spotlighted the crisis in long-term care and the urgency to make change. This announcement gives workers and residents hope for brighter days ahead, but we must aim for a faster timeline for implementation and create a plan to attract the thousands of front-line workers who have left the industry."

The government plans to announce details in the provincial budget later this week and layout a long-term care staffing plan next month. In addition to the minimum of four hours of care announcement, the government plans to hire more personal support workers, registered practical nurses and registered nurses in the coming years ahead.

"It has taken an immense amount of hard work to achieve today's victory," said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. "It's a tragedy that it took thousands of deaths and the pandemic for governments to recognize that workers are overworked and undervalued in long-term care. Moving forward, I hope that the government moves quickly to enshrine the four hours of direct care in legislation. We must stop putting monetary values on our elderly and those who care for them."

In 2017 Unifor launched the Six Minute Challenge campaign to highlight the on-going struggles of many personal support workers in long-term care facilities who have only six minutes in the morning to prepare residents for breakfast. This year before the pandemic, Unifor National President Jerry Dias issued a challenge to Doug Ford to spend one shift with him in a long-term care home and see the obstacles facing workers and work together to find solutions to strengthen the sector.

"Though Premier Ford did not spend one shift in a long-term care home with me and witness the dangerous conditions for workers and residents, I am relieved that he listened to our demands and is committed to fixing our long-term care sector," said Dias.

For more information, please visit, www.caretakestime.ca

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

Information about the union's response to the pandemic, as well as resources for members can be found at unifor.org/covid19.

To arrange for interviews, in-person or via Skype or FaceTime, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

 



 

UFCW 1518 calls on province to mandate masks in retail stores

UFCW Canada -

New Westminster, B.C. – October 31, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate in British Columbia and across Canada, UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak recently sent a letter to B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, asking her to require anyone entering a grocery store or retail outlet to wear a mask.

Congratulations to the MAHCP AGM Prize Draw Winners!

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

We would like to thank all those MAHCP members who attended yesterday’s MAHCP AGM, our first virtual AGM!

And now we’d like to announce the winners of the MAHCP AGM Prizes, they were selected by random number generator and list is below. CONGRATULATIONS!

There will be another chance for attendees to win a prize, as an evaluation survey will be sent out next week and those who answer it will be entered.

Also, a big thank you to our prize donors and providers: Canad Inns, Corus Entertainment, Electric Impression, Maloway & Eliason Insurance Agencies and Travel Center Ltd. and Visions on Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.

Note to the winners: we will be getting in touch with you over the next week or two for how best to get you your prizes, due to the new restrictions being implemented. On Monday, Nov. 2, level red is coming for the Winnipeg Metropolitan area and level orange for the rest of Manitoba (that wasn’t orange already).

 

  1. MAHCP TWS Wireless Mini Earphones – Sylvie Berard
  2. MAHCP TWS Wireless Mini Earphones – Glen Espino
  3. MAHCP TWS Wireless Mini Earphones – Jane Bugeja
  4. MAHCP Elink Dashcam with Night Vision – Graham Brown
  5. MAHCP Elink Dashcam with Night Vision – Cathy Langit
  6. Canad Inns $25.00 gift card – Kim Baessler
  7. RCS Insurance Gift basket – Sonia Wolfe
  8. MAHCP Cobra Wasp 4K Sports Action Camera – Julie Brown
  9. MAHCP Cobra Wasp 4K Sports Action Camera – Leanne Janzen
  10. MAHCP Amazfit Arc Activity & HR Fitness – Ashlee Lagimodiere
  11. Maloway & Eliason Ins. Queen Size Comforter Set – Phil Dao
  12. MAHCP Frigidaire 1.7 Litre Digital Air Fryer – Matthew Jasper
  13. MAHCP Ecoxgear Refurb Slate Grey – Joelle Brown
  14. MAHCP Ecoxgear Refurb Slate Grey – Margret Thomas
  15. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Susana Hernandez
  16. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Alan Stern
  17. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Janelle Sylvester
  18. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Colette Klym
  19. MAHCP Frigidaire Retro Style Popcorn – Hazel Abril
  20. MAHCP Cuisinart Compact Air Fryer Oven – Wayne Chacun
  21. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Michael David
  22. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Jill Woods
  23. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Jena Teopaco
  24. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Sharleen Barker
  25. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Tracy Furst
  26. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Linda Gray
  27. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Kim Rempel
  28. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Bill Gibb
  29. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Sherri Pinkerton
  30. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Fawn Bouskill
  31. MAHCP Soundstage Bluetooth 5.0 True – Shayleen Goretzki
  32. MAHCP Hisense 32” 720P Roku LED TV – Dustin Czmola
  33. MAHCP Soundstage Bluetooth/Active-Noise – Bernard Cox
  34. MAHCP Klipsch Soundbar & Wireless Sub – Jaime Pfeiffer
  35. MAHCP Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cordless Vacuum – Shannon Bittner
  36. MAHCP Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cordless Vacuum – Maria Gabriel
  37. MAHCP Hisense 50” 4K UHD Android Smart LED TV – Barbara Kenton
  38. MAHCP Hisense 50” 4K UHD Android Smart LED TV – Christopher Dupont

UFCW EPC Lights the Night at Hotel Halifax to support blood cancer research

UFCW Canada -

Halifax – October 30, 2020 – Due to health and safety restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFCW Canada Eastern Province’s Council (EPC) held this year’s regional Light the Night event at the Hotel Halifax, where activists, friends, and family were able to socially distance in a safe environment while raising funds in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).

Negotiations between Unifor and Loblaw fail to reach strike settlement

Unifor -

October 30, 2020

ST. JOHN’S–Negotiations between Unifor Local 597 and Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw Co.) have failed to reach a settlement of the ten-week long strike at 11 Dominion store locations across Newfoundland.

“It’s disappointing that Loblaw Co. is still unwilling to address the workers’ key concerns, including earning a living wage,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Negotiations broke down today after the two parties failed to come to agreement at a bargaining session in St. John’s. Strike action across the province will continue with stores remaining closed.

“After ten weeks the company has not made one single improvement to their initial three-year offer,” said Unifor Assistant to the National President Chris MacDonald.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor to hold news conference on Royal Newfoundland Constabulary action

Unifor -

October 30, 2020

ST. JOHN’S—Unifor will hold a news conference to outline the union’s response to police action taken by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary during a peaceful picket by striking Dominion workers earlier this week. 

“There was no valid reason for any police presence and certainly none to deploy the tactical and riot units to threaten workers with criminal charges at a legal picket line,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Media are invited to attend the news conference in person. The event will take place outdoors and social distancing measures will be in effect. The media conference will also be livestreamed on fb.com/UniforCanada.

 

WHAT:             Unifor news conference on RNC actions at union picket line

WHEN:            Friday, October 30, 2020 at 3 p.m. NDT

WHO:             Chris MacDonald, Unifor Assistant to the National President

                         Kyle Rees, Partner, O’Dea Earle

     Rosellen Sullivan, Partner, Sullivan Breen

    Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. (livestreamed from Toronto)

WHERE:        Dominion store picket line, 20 Lake Ave, St. John's

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or  416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor to file lawsuit against Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

Unifor -

October 30, 2020

ST. JOHN’S–Unifor, on behalf of striking Dominion workers, is filing a lawsuit against the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) for violating the rights of workers at a legal picket location.

“The RNC brought tactical and riot squads to a peaceful picket location where police officers proceeded to threaten workers with criminal charges,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “This clear intimidation, on behalf of corporate entities, is a gross violation of the workers’ intrinsic right to picket.”

The picket line at the Weston’s bakery operated peacefully for two days before RNC officers descended under darkness in the late hours of October 27 to order the workers to break their picket line or face charges under the Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

Unifor will file a notice of civil claim against the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador for breach of Charter Rights, negligence, negligent or willful misrepresentation and intimidation.

“The police clearly overstepped their legal duties and attempted to enforce a section of the Criminal Code that was not applicable to the circumstances,” said Dias. “They failed to respect our members’ Charter Rights to freedom of expression and association.”

The union is seeking damages and an admission that the police action was unwarranted.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

Unifor and long-term care workers thrilled to see the Ontario Time to Care Act unanimously passed

Unifor -

October 29, 2020

TORONTO – Today, members of Ontario's provincial parliament unanimously passed second reading of Bill 13, the Time to Care Act.

"We are thrilled to see Members of Provincial Parliament come together and vote in favour of this much-needed legislation," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "For decades, the lack of a legislated minimum, measurable, enforceable standard of care in long-term care homes resulted in residents not receiving the care they deserve and workers getting burnt out and leave the sector in droves. Today's victory brings us all one step closer in rebuilding Ontario's long term care sector."

NDP MPP and Long-term care and home care critic Teresa Armstrong introduced the Bill 13 Ontario Long Term Care Act to establish a four-hour minimum of care in long-term care homes. Based on the latest pre-pandemic estimates by the Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario's long-term care homes average about 2.7 hours of daily care for each resident.

"The pandemic showed many Ontarians just how valuable long-term care workers are, and the lengths these workers will go to deliver the best possible care to the most vulnerable among us," said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. "Today’s victory is a result of the years of advocacy and co-operation from workers, their unions, residents and Ontarians who recognize the need for change in long-term care and our efforts won’t stop till this is enshrined in legislation.”

Ontario’s long-term care sector has not had a minimum care standard since the Ontario Progressive Conservative government eliminated it in 1996. Since then, health care unions and advocacy groups have consistently called for a restoration of the staffing requirement amid worsening conditions.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

Information about the union's response to the pandemic, as well as resources for members can be found at unifor.org/covid19.

To arrange for interviews, in-person or via Skype or FaceTime, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).

Join us in celebrating RT Week, Oct. 24-30, 2020!

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

The importance of Respiratory Therapists has been highlighted in Manitoba this week, which is actually Respiratory Therapy Week across Canada.

At MAHCP, we salute our members in this field, thank you for your dedication!

The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists proclaims the last week in October as Respiratory Therapy Week in Canada, to celebrate the respiratory therapy profession and the outstanding dedication and passion of RTs.

For more information on RTs, please see click here.

 

SMS Equipment layoffs grow to 99 workers in Fort McMurray

Unifor -

FORT MCMURRAY—Dozens of members of Unifor Local 707A working at SMS Equipment have been laid off as the global oil price slump continues to impact the Wood Buffalo economy.

“Canada’s oil and gas companies and their workers are suffering. It is causing real hardship in communities across Alberta and across the country,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Alberta’s energy industry needs investment now so it can be a key part of the economic recovery.”

SMS Equipment is an international manufacturer of heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, and mining. It laid off 28 workers this week, bringing the total to 99 workers laid off over the past six months. SMS layoffs exacerbate the wider damage done to the regional economy by layoffs across the oil and gas sector and associated industries. While the federal government cannot control the global price of oil, Unifor is urging it to make strategic investments to help the industry weather the price slump while maintaining employment levels.

The federal government recently helped support the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil industry with a $320 million investment.

“We are fighting for good jobs in the energy industry. The OPEC price war and the COVID-19 economic slump have been difficult, but our industry is too important to abandon,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “The Canadian energy sector has been a source of good jobs for decades and it deserves our support.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom, or Skype please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

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