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Public Service Alliance of Canada Message

Please see the message below from our fellow union members on campus  in the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC):

I am sure you have heard by now that the university has proposed a tuition increase for graduate students at a rate of 10% per year for the next 5 years.  Nearly a thousand of the affected graduate students are PSAC members.  We recognize that all graduate students struggle to make ends meet at times.  We fear that this will put many of our members that are already in a precarious position in a very difficult situation. 

There is a petition being circulated around campus to urge the Board of Governors to reconsider this proposal and the affects it will have on students and programs across campus.  I would ask that you please take the time to sign it.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecWCKu8GvJIgAqP3314iyHjoq1qjXvx–uhI-bquGjRKq7zw/viewform

In solidarity,

Jesse Todd

Regional Representative PSAC

Union of Graduate and Postdoctoral Workers

University of Saskatchewan

Labour in the News

How Does the Dispute Between Unifor and Co-op Compare to Past Labour Battles in Sask.?

Written by Bryan Eneas · CBC News · Posted: Feb 06, 2020 5:00 AM CT | Last Updated: February 6

Labour disputes are part of the historical fabric of Saskatchewan.

Regina’s mayor and chief of police are both keeping public safety at the top of their minds in discussions with the union representing locked out employees and their employer. (Bryan Eneas/CBC)

It’s been two months since employees of the Co-op Refinery in Regina were locked out, but how does the lockout compare to other labour disputes in the province’s history?

From the Regina Riot, to the 1997 dispute between the Retail Wholesale and Departments Store Union and Pepsi, to the 1999 Saskatchewan Union of Nurses strike, to the most recent dispute between the province and Crown employees, labour disruptions are part of the historical fabric of Saskatchewan. 

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University of Calgary to Slash 250 Jobs After Provincial Funding Cuts

Written by Sarah Rieger, CBC News

The University of Calgary says 250 jobs will be impacted by recent provincial funding cuts.

Of those, 100 jobs will be cut through closing vacancies, retirements and resignations — meaning there will be 150 layoffs.

“Of course, this is painful for all of us to talk about,” said U of C provost and vice-president Dru Marshal during a budget town hall meeting Monday on campus. 

She said there will be two rounds of layoffs, the first starting at the end of this month and the second in mid-January.

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The Case for A 4-Day Workweek

Written by Alexia Fernandez Campbell

Americans once worked 100 hours a week, six days in a row. Then, in 1940, came the five-day workweek.

Now labor unions are making the case for even less work: dropping days worked down to four.

That’s one of the changes unions are proposing as part of their vision for the future of work, which is outlined in a report to be released Friday by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the US. (Disclosure: I am a member of the Writers Guild of America East, which is part of the AFL-CIO.) The report, which was shared in advance with Vox, focuses on finding ways to make sure workers can best benefit from automation and other technological changes.

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UNBC’s Chief Strike Negotiator Talked of Plans to Permanently Close University

Written by Amanda Follett Hosgood, November 20, 2019.  | TheTyee.ca

In an address to peers last year, a senior administrator involved with the ongoing faculty strike at the University of Northern British Columbia described the challenges of running a university in the north as “pretty scary stuff” and alluded to a 10-year plan to shut down the institution.

“Universities don’t typically die, but there’s always a first,” says Barb Daigle, UNBC’s interim vice-president of finance, people, organizational design and risk, during a presentation called “Leading from the Middle” that she gave at the Canadian Association of University Business Officers conference in Vancouver in June 2018. The talk was recorded and posted online (under “Concurrent Sessions 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.”).

“We have all these wakeup calls that would indicate UNBC’s in trouble,” she says 27 minutes into the talk. “We were at the beginning of developing the 10-year plan to shut UNBC down, because we had some significant issues that needed to turn around and budget, certainly, was one of them.”

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A Briefing Note to the Canadian Labour Movement, Stand! Movie Release

Written by Danny Schur

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with much gratitude to the labour movement that I announce the Stand! movie musical Canada-wide release at the Cineplex theatres listed below – on Friday, November 29th. The movie, already called the “next Norma Rae”, is the result of a partnership between the labour movement in Canada and the United States, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the movie’s producers.

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