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In midst of health restructuring, all front-line staff should be treated equally and fairly

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At a news conference today, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky told reporters that as many as 40 MGEU members who work at the Victoria General Hospital as health care and dietary aides, as well as in housekeeping and clerical, are unfairly losing their jobs as part of the government’s health care restructuring.

SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update No. 7

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Your SEIU-West bargaining committee was back at the table with SAHO on September 5, 6 and 7 after having a great four weeks of meeting with members, talking about the current state of bargaining and listening to your feedback. We appreciate you sharing your concerns and assessment of how this incredibly lopsided and unfair collective bargaining proposal package, presented by SAHO (Government of Saskatchewan), would affect you in your community, your ability to raise a family, and your ability to provide quality care.

Budget update demonstrates renewed commitment to post-secondary education

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Sep 11, 2017 FPSE News

September 11, 2017 | VICTORIA, BC—The Budget Update announced today by the BC government demonstrates the government’s commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education. Following the recent announcement to eliminate tuition fees for adult basic education and English language learning classes, the Budget Update outlines the funding for these programs.

“Students and faculty have been calling for the elimination of tuition fees for adult basic education for several years,” said Simka Marshall, Chairperson of the BC Federation of Students (BCFS). “The removal of financial barriers for adult education programs will allow some of the most marginalized people in our communities to access basic upgrading and education.”

The Budget Update allocates $19 million in funding for adult basic education and English language learning in the post-secondary and K-12 sectors for the remainder of the 2017-18 year. The government has not provided forecasts for the following years, saying that appropriate funding will be budgeted based on enrolment changes in this current academic year.

“After 16 years of neglect from the previous government on issues related to post-secondary education ranging from tuition fees to working conditions to funding, this government has taken the refreshing position of listening to stakeholders and acting quickly to make improvements for both students and educators,” said George Davison, President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE). “While there is still much work to do, including reinstating funding for Adult Special Education programs, we commend the government for their action thus far. We look forward to working with them to continue improving the choices and opportunities in post-secondary education for all British Columbians.”

The BC Liberal government eliminated $6.9 million in funding for post-secondary adult basic education programs in December 2014. At the same time, they allowed tuition fees of as much as $1,600 per semester be charged. Since that time enrolment in these programs has declined dramatically—by as much as 60% at some institutions. Since 2013, roughly $15 million has been cut to English language learning programs offered through post-secondary institutions.

The BC Federation of Students represents over 150,000 post-secondary students at 14 universities and colleges in every region of BC. The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC represents 10,000 faculty and staff at BC’s colleges, universities, and institutes.

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For more information, please contact:

Simka Marshall, BCFS Chairperson (604) 733-1880

Nicole Seguin, FPSE Communications Officer (604) 831-6684

New NAFTA Advisory Council on the Environment: serving the interests of industry?

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Ottawa (11 Sept. 2017) — There is great concern, apprehension, and suspicion from labour and environment groups following a recent announcement by the federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna, on the creation of a 10-person advisory council on NAFTA and the environment. The apprehension has to do with what appears to be a clear ideological bias in favour the resource sector, private sector, and privatization.

The council includes

Workers’ Comp is a Right!

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By Aidan Macdonald For years now, injured workers and frontline advocates have been sounding the alarm that Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) has been “getting its financial house in order” through austerity and cost-cutting measures. Whether it be from slashing compensation for lost… Read More

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