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Police attacks on Hong Kong university campuses condemned


(Ottawa – November 18, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is condemning the violent siege of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by police authorities.  

“Hong Kong police forces have launched military-style attacks against protesters on the two campuses, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at people trying to flee and preventing medical personnel from assisting the injured,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Attacks on educational institutions are always unacceptable and in this instance are fueling the flames of violence when authorities should be exercising restraint.”

According to reports, hundreds of students have been injured in the police attacks. At CUHK, which has 20,000 students, witnesses say the police raid seemed deliberately provocative, as there was no campus protest before the police launched their assault.

Amnesty International has reported that Hong Kong police forces are using indiscriminate brutality and torture against pro-democracy protesters.

“The latest developments represent an intolerable breach of human rights,” said Robinson. “CAUT and its members demand that Hong Kong authorities immediately end their indiscriminate and violent attacks on protesters, and respect the rights and freedoms of citizens as guaranteed by international standards.”  

The Police Budget is Bleeding Winnipeg’s Community Services Dry

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Read the Community Services Budget https://winnipeg.ca/interhom/Budget/2020Budget/pdfs/2020-Multi-year-Budget-Presentation_Community-Services_20191116.pdf Stop the Cuts to Winnipeg Transit – Community Forum https://www.facebook.com/events/567333177358988/ Sign Up to Speak Nov 27 & 28 https://winnipeg.ca/clerks/council/delegation.stm Winnipeg Police Cause Harm https://www.facebook.com/pg/winnipegpolicecauseharm/ Transit Users Solidarity Coalition Winnipeg Twitter.com/TUSCWinnipeg Bolivia Solidarity Draft Resolution http://rankandfile.ca/no-to-the-coup-in-bolivia-draft-resolution/ Climate Justice Edmonton climatejusticeedmonton.com… Read More

Toronto Janitors Beat Lockout

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For nearly four months, the five Filipino janitors at the Icon condominium in downtown Toronto were locked out of their workplace. For almost four months, Emma Llanes, a cleaner at the building with six years of service, was forced to purchase her heart medications out-of-pocket, because she didn’t have access to her benefits plan. For Continue readingToronto Janitors Beat Lockout

Important Updates from MAHCP

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The Bill 29 Commissioner will be issuing interim bargaining unit certificates to successful unions in the recent representation votes, effective as of December 13, 2019 for the new WRHA and Shared Health bargaining units.  A new interim bargaining unit certificate will also be issued for the NRHA effective December 8, 2019, but there will be no change for MAHCP members in the NRHA Professional/Technical/Paramedical sector.

The new certificates will mean significant growth for MAHCP – our membership will be growing by 66%, and we will represent 85% of Allied Health Professionals in Manitoba.

It will also bring significant change for our union.  For example, we will be taking on new Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging and Rural Paramedic members in all Manitoba regions (we currently represent these classifications only within the boundaries of the NRHA and some within the Southern Health region).  We will also be gaining members at WRHA-affiliated community sites, such as Access Centres and Community Health Centres like Klinic, as well as all Professional-Technical employees at Grace Hospital and Riverview Health Centre.

We are excited by the opportunities and challenges this growth represents, and we look forward to working with all current and new members to achieve our shared goals.

In addition, Monday, November 18, 2019 marks the next step in our fight against Bill 28, Pallister’s unconstitutional wage-freeze legislation that fundamentally undermines our Charter-protected right to free and fair collective bargaining.  MAHCP is joining with other public-sector unions to fight Bill 28 in court, and that challenge will be heard at Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench beginning Monday.  This court challenge affects us all, and we will keep you updated on the outcome.  Regardless of the court’s decision, we expect the losing side to appeal and the case is likely to go to the Supreme Court of Canada for a final decision at some point in the future.

Please stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks and months, including important information regarding collective bargaining for our central-table members and President’s tours.  And please feel free to contact us at info@mahcp.ca or your Labour Relations Officer with any questions.

In solidarity,
Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

Flying and driving pickets show support for striking UNBC faculty


(Prince George — 15 November 2019) Marking the end of the first week of a labour dispute at the University of Northern British Columbia, members of the CAUT Defence Fund flying pickets from across the country are in Prince George today to show solidarity with their colleagues fighting for a fair contract. “We are here to show our unconditional support.

The UNBC faculty association’s negotiating team is working hard to obtain a fair deal for their members, but the administration is still demanding unacceptable concessions on maternity and parental leave, on job protections for contract instructors, and on tenure and promotion,” explains CAUT Treasurer, Yalla Sangaré.

UNBC offers amongst the lowest salaries across the country for assistant, associate and full professors.

“This job action action can be over soon if the administration withdraws its concessionary demands and negotiates a deal that recognizes and respects the important work that academic staff do for their students and their community,” added Sangaré.

For updates and to send letters of support, go to unbcfa.ca