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By Gerard Di Trolio Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s volte-face on liquified natural gas (LNG) projects in British Columbia is a welcome development. The policy reversal seems to stem from the recent victory of the Green Party in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election on May 6 which… Read More

MAHCP a sponsor of this Saturday’s Solidarity Forever free concert

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As a proud sponsor, MAHCP is encouraging all members to come out and enjoy the Solidarity Forever Community Concert at Memorial Park this Saturday!

The Solidarity Forever event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m. features a free concert hosted by Bruce Steele and with performances by Sierra Noble, James Keelaghan, David Rovics, Heather Bishop, Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson, Red Moon Road, Nathan Rogers and Joe Jencks. Please see the poster here.

There will also be a Food Court, which is being sponsored by MAHCP, and a Family area.

Before the concert is a parade, at 11 a.m., which will run from the Exchange District to Memorial Park.

The Solidarity Forever concert is one of several events being organized by the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s strike commemoration committee for the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, during which an estimated 30,000 workers in our city walked off the job to protest for better working and living conditions.

On Saturday, June 8, there will be another free concert, this one starting at 2 p.m. and called Rise Up 100: Songs for the Next Century, at The Cube in Old Market Square with major headliners Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, John K Samson, Leonard Sumner, Sweet Alibi and Two Crows for Comfort.

For more on the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike commemoration, please see this article in our March 2019 MAHCP newsletter: https://issuu.com/mahcp/docs/march_news_2019/10

The Executive Council and staff at MAHCP invite all members and your family and friends to attend these wonderful events. Please share this information with your colleagues, thanks MAHCP members!

 

 

We salute EMS!

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It’s National Paramedic Services Week – May 26 to June 1, 2019 – and we at MAHCP would like to salute our EMS members as well as all first responders across Canada. Thank you so much for the important work that you do each and every day!

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Successes”.

Please visit https://www.paramedicchiefs.ca/paramedic-services-week-2019/ for more information.

 

Unifor encourages participation in #CureCongestion campaign

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VANCOUVER—British Columbia’s largest transit and transportation union is calling on all Metro Vancouver voters to make their voices heard in a new campaign to relieve congestion in the region.

“This region needs permanent and predictable funding for public transit infrastructure,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor B.C. Area Director. “Congestion is not inevitable—the federal government can make choices today that will have a tangible impact.”

Unifor representatives were present today at the launch of the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council’s new online mobilization tool that enables voters to send a message to their local Member of Parliament or candidate. The Council is joining municipalities nation-wide through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to call for a federal “Congestion Relief Fund”.

“Both the research and transit operators have made it clear that our system is badly over-crowded and will only get worse without public investment,” said Steve Sutherland, President of Unifor Local 111 representing transit operators.

The Mayor’s Council research shows that the number of overcrowded bus trips increased by 36% between 2016 and 2018. Unifor says that the regional economy and quality of life will decline if residents cannot efficiently make their way around the region, which is expected to grow by one million people by 2040.

“Effective transit and transportation is a non-partisan issue, so it is important that voters of all political stripes call on federal political parties to make a commitment to cure congestion,” said Mike Smith, President of Unifor Local 2200 representing skilled trades and support workers at Coast Mountain Bus Company.

UFCW: Amazon Must Address Practices that Harm Workers and Customers

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Ahead of Amazon Shareholder Meeting, Largest Private-Sector Union Backs Resolutions to Strengthen Accountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, ahead of the annual Amazon shareholder meeting in Seattle where a vote will be held on nine resolutions aimed at holding the company accountable for its practices that put employees and customers at risk, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“The growing frustration and anger with the way Amazon and Jeff Bezos do business is real. Year after year, Amazon earns billions in profits on the backs of American taxpayers and its own workers, while ignoring the company’s responsibility to do what is right.

“Today’s shareholder meeting is an opportunity to hold Amazon accountable. These resolutions are about sending a clear message to Amazon and Jeff Bezos that the American people are sick and tired of subsidizing billionaires and huge corporations at the expense of workers and consumers. It’s time for companies like Amazon to realize that they succeed because of their workers – not in spite of them.”

BACKGROUND

Today’s Amazon shareholder meeting will consider nine resolutions supported by a broad coalition of socially responsible investors focused on holding the company accountable for its practices that pose direct threats to employees, customers, and the broader public. A list of the resolutions to be voted on today is below:

  1. Risks of Sales of Facial Recognition Software: Open MIC, Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
  2. Independent Study of Rekognition: Harrington Investments
  3. Report on Efforts to Address Hate Speech: Nathan Cummings Foundation
  4. Amazon’s Plans for Disruptions Posed by Climate Change: Amazon Employees
  5. Reduce Food Waste: JLens Network
  6. Executive Pay-Incorporate Diversity & Sustainability Metrics: Zevin Asset Management
  7. Independent Board Chair: SumofUs
  8. Majority Vote: Investor Voice
  9. Gender Pay Equity: Arjuna Capital

In November 2018, investors sent a joint letter to Amazon to underscore their concerns and request meaningful dialogue with the company.  The letter was endorsed by 114 investors representing over $2.6 trillion in assets under management, many of whom had varying degrees of prior engagement with Amazon.

Additional concerns were raised by Amazon’s decision to petition the SEC to omit many of the proposals from its proxy. Many investors see the fact that the company has actively sought to avoid addressing these problems in a constructive manner with the investment community as highly troubling.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org

 

South Asian Heritage Month - Week 2

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President of Local 6006

Pearl Almeida has been a Union activist since 2005. She has held the position of steward, Vice-President and now President.  She is active in union campaigns.  She has been a discussion Leader since 2014.  She is an advocate promoting Human rights, Women’s Rights and equality.  Pearl is active in the community working with Second Harvest and various other food banks and shelters.

 

Community Advocate

Born and raised in Vancouver, Pall Beesla is a community advocate who calls South Vancouver home with his Wife and two small children. In his spare time, Pall assists his dad and uncle in their family gravel truck business, Beesla Trucking (since 1985).

During his day job as a city Bus Driver, Pall gets to see and connect with Vancouverites every day. Driving in the city affords Pall the opportunity to not only meet with people, but to also see the changes in the city’s landscape first-hand. Through his job, Pall has assisted co-workers through his previous union activism with Unifor 111 as a Job Steward and understands what it takes to represent a peer group.

While trying to maintain a work-life balance, Pall volunteers his time as an elected board member at the faith-based Khalsa Diwan Society (Est. 1906). Serving for the past 7 years as Senior Assistant Treasurer, Pall has had the responsibilities of helping raise funds, maintaining financial transparency, project management, and coordinating the annual Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade. Through his outreach work, Pall has also built bridges with fellow religious and community-based groups to show a united front against hate and intolerance and to collaborate on common interests of community building. Pall looks to his faith for guiding principles on how to stay grounded and lead a good life while serving others.

Unifor members at Newport frozen food processing plant secure their first collective agreement

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Unifor members working at a Newport frozen food processing plant in Gaspésie voted 96 per cent in favour of the terms of their very first collective agreement during a general meeting held late last week.

Unifor was accredited in the spring of 2018 to represent the employees of the plant. An agreement in principle followed after ten face-to-face bargaining meetings and several telephone meetings as the owners of the plant, Quebec Wild Blueberries, are based in Lac-Saint-Jean.

The new 28-month collective agreement not only lays the groundwork for a first employment contract, but provides the union and employees with all the tools they need to gain respect. This agreement significantly enhances the working conditions of employees and offers them better protections. The gains include: better rules to ensure the health and safety of employees, respect for seniority, two more days of sick leave in addition to those provided by law, overtime pay, improved employee earnings, bereavement leave, bonus system for shifts and special assignments. The wage increases will total 4.25 per cent for 2019 and 2020. In addition, a first salary increase will be applicable as of May 2019 which represents, depending on the occupation, a wage increase between three and eight per cent of current hourly rates.

"We are very proud of the result of the negotiations and support our members have given us,” said Martin Lambert, Unifor’s National Representative responsible for the negotiations. “We believe that we have met their expectations while establishing a constructive dialogue with this employer and setting the basis for discussions for the coming years."

Asian Heritage Month - Week 2

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Proud Member of Local 1106

Maricar Camblin is a wife and mother. She is from the Philippines and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In September 2006, she came to Canada as a Live-in Caregiver. In March of 2015, she graduated from Toronto Health School as a Personal Support Worker.

From March 2015 to present, Maricar has been working at Ventra Plastics in Kitchener where she is a Certified Health and Safety Rep, who is also a certified in first aid. In addition, she is one of the Harassment Investigators for Unifor Local 1106.

Maricar has taken Ergonomics, Human Rights, Harassment Investigations, and Women’s Activist courses through Unifor. She was one of the guest speakers at last year’s Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Conference in Port Elgin where she shared her experiences of coming to Canada through the Live-in Caregiver program.

 

Proud Member of Local 1090

Jamie Martinez is a member of Local 1090's Executive Board Member serving as a Trustee. Jamie was elected as a member at large on the Ontario Regional Council Executive Board in 2018. Jamie believes that member education is vital to make our Union stronger. She is thankful that she was given an opportunity to attend and complete the Discussion Leader Training offered by Unifor.  Jamie believes in giving back to the community that gave her an opportunity when she immigrated to Canada in 2000, so she volunteers at the community hospital and other organizations.

Unifor launches member survey on pensions

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If you are a Unifor member on our mailing list, you should have received an email this week with a link to the union’s survey on pensions. Part of an initiative to ensure Unifor members have access to a reliable retirement plan, the survey aims to evaluate member interest in a Unifor-driven plan.

“We’ve known for some time that pension benefits differ greatly from employer to employer and at the same time we know that retirement security is a top priority for our membership,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “Unifor is taking the initiative to create better options around pensions, with our members’ input, we expect it to be a significant step forward in building a more adequate and secure retirement for all Unifor members and retirees.”

When Unifor was created in 2013, members identified retirement security as a top priority. Last year in Port Elgin, the union brought together members from across the country for our inaugural Pension Summit. Following the Summit, we collaborated with retirement security firm Common Wealth, and focused on building a retirement security action plan under the direction of the National Executive Board.

A crucial part of this action plan is hearing from members about your needs and challenges when it comes to retirement security, and how Unifor can best ensure those needs are met.

“The Pensions and Benefits Department has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw from and our partnership with Common Wealth has only deepened our understanding of where Canadians’ expectations and needs for retirement stand,” said Corey Vermey, Director of Pensions and Benefits. “But where the rubber meets the road is really with the membership, so this survey is a crucial step in offering a retirement plan tuned to the needs of today’s workers.”

If you have not received a link to fill out the pensions survey, please email communications@unifor.org

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