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UFCW: Health and Economic Well-Being of American Workers Must be Protected Amidst Coronavirus

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America’s Largest Private Sector Union Calls on White House and Congress for Immediate Action to Protect Workers and Address Economic Impact of Coronavirus 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), is calling for immediate action by our nation’s elected leaders to develop and implement policies to ensure that workers – salaried and hourly – do not have to choose between their health and making ends meet. In a letter to elected leaders UFCW President Marc Perrone said the following:

“Nearly 80 million American workers – or 59 percent of the entire U.S. workforce – are hourly employees who only get paid for the hours they work. As the financial impact of the coronavirus is felt across every community, these hard-working men and women are on the front lines.

“I am urging each of our nation’s elected leaders to develop immediate policies that ensure that workers – salaried and hourly – do not have to choose between work and their health. These policies should not only protect workers against financial loss (from loss of hours or job loss), but should further ensure that workers seek out immediate medical attention if they feel sick or believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus.

“Now, more than ever, it is time that we all focus on what matters most – protecting our families, our communities, and this nation.”

BACKGROUND:

Top policy priorities UFCW is calling on elected leaders to consider as part of any package to address the economic impact of the coronavirus include:

  • At least two weeks of paid sick leave for all workers;
  • Extension of unemployment benefits for workers temporarily laid off or whose work hours have been disrupted;
  • Payroll tax cuts for all lower- and middle-income workers; and
  • Protection against unfair termination or discrimination for those suspected of being exposed to the coronavirus.

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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 healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

 

UFCW Statement on Amazon Cashierless Tech Expansion

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America’s Largest Retail Union Calls Amazon Platform Threat to 16 Million Jobs, Trojan Horse to Access Customer Data of Competitors 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union announced its opposition to Amazon expanding its cashierless technology to other retailers, the latest move by the company to force this platform on more consumers and companies. UFCW International President Marc Perrone issued the following statement:

“Let there be no doubt that Amazon represents a direct threat to 16 million American retail jobs and is part of a ruthless strategy to eliminate as many good jobs as possible.

“This so-called cashierless technology is nothing but a trojan horse that will let Amazon control and monopolize competing retailers and give Jeff Bezos direct access to their customer data. It is time for regulators and our elected leaders to act before Amazon does lasting damage to our already-fragile economy.

“Every politician running in 2020 needs to tell voters whose side they are on. Will you roll over for billionaire CEOs like Jeff Bezos or will you stand up and fight for good American jobs?”

Background: 

As reported today by Reuters, Amazon will sell the technology behind its cashier-less stores to other retailers. In Amazon Go stores, this technology faced a national backlash from customers and lawmakers for discriminating against low-income shoppers and threatening good jobs.

Amazon expanding its cashierless technology to other retailers would likely:

  • Discriminate against over 24 million U.S. households are underbanked
  • Threaten the jobs of America’s 16 million retail workers
  • Grow the cashierless retail tech market to $50 billion and force widespread adoption
  • Give Amazon unfair access to its competitors’ customer data, raising privacy concerns

This comes less than two weeks after Amazon opened its first full-size cashierless grocery store in Seattle, the company’s biggest move yet in a ruthless strategy to take over America’s $800 billion grocery industry.

Together, these recent moves are part of a broader and aggressive campaign by Amazon to further dominate the U.S. retail industry and force its competitors to rely on Amazon technology to stay in business.

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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 healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

The CAQ is treating immigration like a Temp Agency

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By Jon Milton Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, was inside the Montreal Chamber of Commerce on November 22, speaking to a who’s-who of Quebec’s business owners. The atmosphere, inside, was tenser than it usually is between the business sector and representatives of Quebec’s ruling right-wing party, the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). In his speech, Continue readingThe CAQ is treating immigration like a Temp Agency

MAHCP announces Western Tour March 17-20, 2020

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MAHCP will be heading to Western Manitoba from March 17 to 20, 2020, for meetings in Brandon, Neepawa, Dauphin, Swan River, Russell and Virden!

This is an opportunity for members in these communities and surrounding areas to learn more about your new union and meet MAHCP President Bob Moroz, Vice President Tanya Burnside, Labour Relations Officer Cory Szczepanski and Tim Smith, Executive Liaison.

Here’s the list of events:

  • Tuesday, March 17, in Brandon
    EMS Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Victoria Inn, Private Dining Room

    General Membership Meeting
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Victoria Inn, Private Dining Room

  • Wednesday, March 18, in Neepawa
    General Membership Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Neepawa Health Centre Boardroom
  • Wednesday, March 18, in Dauphin
    General Membership Meeting
    4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Dauphin, Pizza Hut

    EMS Meeting

    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Dauphin, Pizza Hut
  • Thursday March 19, in Swan River
    General Membership Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Swan Valley Health Centre, Therapies Room
  • Thursday, March 19, in Russell
    General Membership Meeting
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Russell Inn, Asessippi Room
  • Friday, March 20, in Virden
    General Membership Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Virden Health Centre, Boardroom

Food and refreshments will be provided at each of the meetings.

More meetings will be scheduled across the province, so stay tuned to our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and check our website calendar, as it is updated often.

Please RSVP for any of the above events that you can attend by emailing info@mahcp.ca or calling 204-772-0425 or toll free 1-800-315-3331.

And please help spread the word to your MAHCP colleagues!

We don’t have contact info for most new members, so if they didn’t receive this email, please encourage them to provide their personal email address by emailing info@mahcp.ca or by filling out this web form.

We look forward to meeting you!

Your MAHCP Team

Unions Representing Health Care Professionals Call on CDC to Reconsider Protections During Coronavirus Outbreak

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union joined the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers in calling on the Centers for Disease Control to strengthen protections for first responders fighting the coronavirus outbreak. These unions represent thousands of these health care workers in Washington who are on the front lines of COVID-19 response.

“Health care workers represented by UFCW are bravely stepping up to help so many communities confronting the coronavirus,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “Keeping our patients and families safe starts with strong leadership. UFCW’s 1.3 million members and workers across the country are calling on the CDC and both parties – Republicans and Democrats – to work together to take the bold steps needed to strengthen the government’s response to this crisis, before it’s too late.”

“Our members are displaying extraordinary courage and dedication at the front lines of this outbreak in Washington State, and both the safety of our community and the integrity of our health care system depends on their ability to do their work safely,” said UFCW Local 21 President Faye Guenther in Seattle. “By caring for patients with COVID-19 health care workers are putting themselves at higher risk, and they deserve the highest level of protection.”

“The Trump administration has left healthcare workers in the dark by spreading misinformation, delaying the release of guidelines and best practices developed by public health experts, and is putting the health of the stock market above the health of people,” said Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry. “Nurses, lab techs, environmental service workers, dietary aides, caregivers and doctors in our hospitals, nursing homes and communities are in direct contact with patients, meaning these workers are at high risk of contracting or spreading illnesses. In the face of a health emergency, it is more important than ever to ensure these workers are prepared with the right equipment and ready to take action—not left wondering how to keep themselves, their patients and their families healthy.

“Furthermore, everyone on the frontlines of care—from hospital workers to home care workers—must have affordable healthcare and paid sick time they can count on. No one should have to go to work sick because they are worried about being penalized or missing a day’s pay; and no one should have to postpone or forgo treatment because they can’t afford the bill,” SEIU’s Henry added. “The Trump administration, the CDC and OSHA must put worker and patient safety—not cost reduction —first. As the largest union of healthcare workers, SEIU will continue to push the Trump administration to improve its response. This situation shows the power that working people have when we join together in unions, and it is a good example of why every worker should have the opportunity to join a union—no matter where they work.”

“Nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and the other workers supporting patient care are at ground zero of this public health crisis, and their voices must be a key part of developing a national plan. Failing to provide adequate protection to healthcare workers increases the risk that those workers themselves will spread the infection and failing to protect them weakens our response,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Unfortunately, both the CDC and OSHA have done little thus far to engage with workers, and to make sure they’re clear on the protocols for respiratory protection and exposure to infectious disease. That, coupled with these rollbacks, is a troubling sign of our government’s ability to manage this threat this our communities.”

“As frontline caregivers, we are the experts in keeping our patients safe. Not providing adequate protections for healthcare workers not only puts caregivers at risk but puts patients at risk as well,” said SEIU 1199 Executive Vice President Jane Hopkins, RN. “We are calling on the CDC to make the safety of healthcare workers, and thus our patients, the first priority.”

“Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers stand ready to respond to this crisis, but they should not have to sacrifice their own health, or risk infecting their loved ones.  The CDC has not heard from these frontline workers who will carry out the work, who need assurance from the federal government that they’ll be protected. We are calling on the CDC to rationally target the supply of respirators and use other controls to reduce the risk of infection in healthcare workers, knowing that our professionals are at the highest risk of infection,” said Washington State Nurses Association Executive Director Sally Watkins. 

“The federal government should do all in its power to increase the supply of N95 respirators., which includes releasing the national stockpile and targeting that stockpile to areas where the outbreak has already occurred; incentivizing US-based companies to produce more N95s; and promoting the use of powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) in healthcare settings. Healthcare professionals also need training in real time on how to properly use the respirators, with opportunities to ask questions and practice,” WSNA’s Watkins added. “The CDC should also do more to promote other key controls, such as isolation protocols, adequate nurse staffing, delaying unnecessary procedures, telemedicine, and improved air ventilation to reduce the presence of viral particles in the air. This crisis requires vigilance from all of us.”

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PSAC celebrates women’s power to create change

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International Women’s Day is a time to look back on the victories and struggles that have led to greater gender equality in Canada and around the world. It is also a day to remember that there is still much more work to be done to achieve equality...

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