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UNBC faculty signs collective agreement ending lengthy labour dispute with university

Disclaimer – The views in this article are not necessarily the views of, nor express our reality in, ASPA.  The purpose of highlighting this article is to provide members with varying viewpoints and information about Labour and the happenings around campus, provincially, nationally and internationally.

The 4-year contract raises annual salaries by 2 per cent, retroactive to July 2019.

The faculty association of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has reached its first collective agreement with the university administration since 2014, putting an end to unrest that has led to two strikes and closed classrooms.

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Coronavirus Crisis Poses Risks and Opportunities for Unions

Disclaimer – The views in this article are not necessarily the views of, nor express our reality in, ASPA.  The purpose of highlighting this article is to provide members with varying viewpoints and information about Labour and the happenings around campus, provincially, nationally and internationally.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout pose serious challenges for Canada’s workers.

Naomi Klein’s 2007 bestseller, The Shock Doctrinedocumented how political and economic elites have exploited crises to advance an agenda of privatization and austerity.

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University of Manitoba Faculty Association’s bargaining unit to hold strike vote

By Shane Gibson  Global NewsPosted October 29, 2020 5:49 pm Updated October 29, 2020 5:52 pm

The union representing faculty at the University of Manitoba is moving one step closer to a strike at the province’s largest post-secondary institution.

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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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