"On their behalf, I will be working with government to ensure that this budget is implemented in a way that respects not just the British Columbians who rely on these services but the workers who deliver them." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently heard oral arguments on the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is one of the leading organizations bringing the suit. Following oral arguments, UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement:
“Protecting young people who make our country better every day, and who earned the right to live here, is what DACA is and must be about. The victory in the District Court was a victory for the better and more just America that all of us, regardless of party or politics, must believe in. It is absolutely critical that the D.C. Circuit Court do the right, legally and morally, and uphold this decision.
“Even as the legal battle to fix our broken immigration system continues, we urge our elected leaders to find a bipartisan solution and end the nightmare of uncertainty for DACA recipients and TPS holders.”
The UFCW, which represents 1.3 million workers in many industries impacted by DACA, joined the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as co-plaintiffs on the suit led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and brought against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Attorney General, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security in September 2017.
The UFCW is the largest private sector unions 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.
Toronto – February 25, 2019 – Each year, the last day of February marks Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day. The day brings attention to an occupational hazard that affects tens of thousands of people in just about every sector of the economy.
Today, Commissioner Robert Pruden has provided a second update. As you know, Mr. Pruden has been tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, also known as Bill 29, the upcoming health care representation votes.
You will note from the Commissioner’s update that there is no new information regarding the timing of the votes. We are eagerly awaiting that information and we will keep you updated as soon as we know more.
In my travels across our province, meeting and talking to our members, I continue to be in awe of the dedication you show in the face of such upheaval and confusion in our health care system. Keep up the great work!
Please give the Commissioner’s update a read and let us know if we can help answer your questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at onestrongvoice.ca. We are always available to help cut through the confusion.
Bob Moroz, MAHCP President
Niagara Falls, Ont. – February 22, 2019 – UFCW Canada Local 102 member Alicia Evangelisti is one of eighteen winners of the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship.
Saint-Jérôme (Que.) – February 21, 2019 – UFCW Canada Local 1991P members at Riobel have achieved their first union contract, winning important gains such as wage increases, new benefits, and improvements to working conditions.
“We have heard from health care members in multiple locations across the province about the degradation of services in their workplaces and the impact that’s having on service delivery and patient care.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
Toronto – February 21, 2019 – UFCW Canada is encouraging activists and allies to support an urgent global solidarity campaign aimed at protecting the labour rights of food workers in Bangladesh.
"NDP government has already budgeted for 3 per cent increases in the next 2 years, so the freeze suggested by Kenney will take those increases off the table. That means a cut of $621 million in 2019/20 and a cut of $636 million in 2020/21." — Mike Parker, HSAA president
Members of the University College of the North - Local 69 in the Pas and Local 70 in Thompson ratified a new four-year agreement today.
Cornwall, Ont. – February 20, 2019 – UFCW Canada Local 1006A members working at Baxtrom's Your Independent Grocer (YIG) in Cornwall, Ontario have voted to end a 12-week labour dispute by accepting the latest company offer, which includes gains for members.
Unifor proudly recognizes Pink Shirt Day, an annual event on the last Wednesday in February where Canadians across the country come together to support the important commitment to a safe, harassment-free environment at work and school.
Pink Shirt Day began in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 2007 when David Shepherd, Travis Price and a large group of students decided to defend their peer who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, they, and many students turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts.
All members are encouraged to participate in Pink Shirt Day, which happens on Wednesday, February 27 this year. Wearing a pink shirt on that day is both an important statement of solidarity to those who have been bullied. By wearing a pink shirt, and sharing a message or the Unifor image online, you can help to show that the union is committed to speaking out against bullying and harassment.
Help to organize your workplace to participate in Pink Shirt Day this year, but do not let it end there. Take time and familiarize yourself with Unifor’s process of addressing harassment and bullying in the workplace. Make a promise to act, speak out against bullying and offer kindness every day.
Unifor is a proud sponsor of the Leading Change Summit, an initiative of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, running February 19 – 21, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta.
“These shelters play an integral role when it comes to primary prevention work, offering crucial support to women, often as the first point of contact,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We are seeing conversations about sexual harassment, domestic violence, workplace harassment and other forms gender-based violence take place in mainstream media, so it is more important than ever that service providers, such as shelters, are part of that discussion.”
A Unifor delegation of five members are attending summit.
In 2016-17 alone, 9,927 women and children were accommodated by shelters in Alberta. The summit’s theme, “Bold Conversations to End Gender-Based Violence in a Changing World” offers a platform where service providers and users, educators, facilitators, policy makers and leaders in public and private domains can meaningfully engage with each other.
“Consent, gender norms and intimate partner violence are key issues that affect us all and that we must educate ourselves and others about,” said Lisa Kelly, Unifor Director of Women’s Department. “This summit provides an avenue to come together and devise innovative solutions that effectively address gender-based violence.”
Present at the summit is actor, activist, author and 2017 TIME Person of the Year, Terry Crews. Crews will share his own experiences of confronting the pervasive culture of toxic masculinity and will be part of a panel discussion on the topic. Joining Crews on the panel is keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Flood, an internationally recognized researcher on men, masculinities, and violence prevention, and an activist and educator.
About Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters
For 35 years, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has worked with shelter organizations in Alberta to help better serve women, children and seniors. For more information, visit: https://acws.ca/leading-change-summit-2019
The NSGEU/NUPGE is calling on the NSHA to hire more full-time nurses and revert to its long-standing practice of providing nurses with proper compensation.
On February 20, the World Day of Social Justice is observed around the globe. The 2019 theme chosen by the United Nations is If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice.
Social justice is the foundation upon which safe and prosperous relationships between nations are built. With an estimated two billion people living in fragile and conflict-affected situations worldwide, the International Labour Organization (ILO) maintains that decent work is key to achieving sustainable development and social justice.
“Unifor believes the creation of new and better paying jobs with greater access to those jobs helps to construct more equitable and peaceful societies,” said Unifor International Director Mohamad Alsadi.
Unifor advocates for the rights and betterment of workers across Canada and internationally through the Unifor Social Justice Fund, a registered charity predominantly maintained by contributions from Unifor employers negotiated during collective bargaining.
“The Social Justice Fund supports more than 100 projects in Canada and 44 other countries that provide emergency aid, work to alleviate poverty, and promote human rights and equitable development,” said Alsadi. “Through this support, the lives of workers, their families and their communities are improved and advanced.”
For more information visit unifor.org/sjf