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Indigenous Professors Cite Racism, Lack of Reform in University of Saskatchewan Exodus

Jason Warick · CBC News · Posted: Aug 30, 2020 2:00 AM CT | Last Updated: August 30

A group of Indigenous professors and staff say they’ve been forced to leave the University of Saskatchewan because of racism, a hostile work environment and the slow pace of reforms.

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It’s Going to Take More Than The Courts to Stop Kenney’s Bill 32

Written by Cole Rockarts – Rank and File.ca – August 19, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29, Alberta’s United Conservative Party government passed the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, which aims to control how union dues can finance political activities and legislate restrictions on where unions can picket. The bill claims it will save employers $100 million dollars per year by “reducing red tape”, and enhancing worker “choice” and “promote fairness and productivity”.  

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SEIU – West Worksite Actions

Hello ASPA,

I write to you today on behalf of our 12,000 members who provide health care within the Sask Health Authority, as they are in need of support.  This group of members provide a variety of valuable services on the health care team: they are continuing care assistants, licensed practical nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technologists, maintenance personnel, sterile processing workers, administration, food services and environmental services among others.  They have been without a contract since March 31, 2017 and they are done waiting.  Understandably, in the context of COVID, these members are on the front line – they are faced daily with staff shortages – crushing workloads – far too many overtime demands – denied vacation – and the list goes on.  All the while they are still be paid 2016 rates of pay.  It is entirely unfair – and it is a result of our government stubbornly refusing to provide any added resources (beyond their horrible mandate of 0/0/1/2/2) to resolve our contract.

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Temporary Layoffs at University of Saskatchewan Could Kick off on May 4


Guy Quenneville
 · CBC News · Posted: Apr 28, 2020 3:56 PM CT

The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon says it’s preparing to temporarily lay off an unspecified number of employees as operations continue to slow under the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

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University of Regina Enrolment up Despite Online-Only Classes

BY KAYLEEN SAWATZKY AND THOMAS PILLER GLOBAL NEWS Posted April 20, 2020 6:16pm

The University of Regina’s spring/summer semester will be solely delivered via remote learning, using online resources due to policies enacted to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Even though this is a big change from learning in the classroom, registration for the upcoming semester has actually increased eight per cent from this time last year.

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University of Alberta to eliminate up to 1,000 positions in face of funding cuts

CBC News · Posted: Mar 13, 2020 3:11 PM MT | Last Updated: March 13

The University of Alberta has eliminated 400 positions and could cut another 600 in the coming year in face of government funding reductions, says president David Turpin.

“Over the last four months we have received a reduction in government funding in the order of $110 million,” Turpin told reporters Friday at a news conference. “That is resulting in major changes here.

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U of S Graduate Tuition Hike Could Factor into Bargaining, Union Says

Written by Amanda Short, Saskatoon StarPhoenix. February 23, 2020

Ahead of the board of governors vote on the issue during its March 23 and 24 meeting, PSAC Local 40004 says increases would put an “undue burden” on its members.

The union representing University of Saskatchewan graduate and postdoctoral workers is speaking against a proposed tuition hike headed for a vote by the school’s board of governors.

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 40004 represents all graduate students employed as teaching assistants, teaching fellows, student assistants and research assistants.

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