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CARE WORKERS ORGANIZE: LANDED STATUS NOW!

By Chloe Rockarts

Today, March 21, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, bringing together migrant justice organizations, activists and communities to unite against racism and call for permanent status, an end to deportations, and decent work and fair wages for migrant workers.

The Caregiver Program

In November, migrant care workers in Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa launched the national “Landed Status Now!” campaign, calling on the federal government to replace the existing Caregiver Program that is set to expire in November 2019.

The campaign demands to improve the conditions of migrant workers through demanding decent work, open permits, and permanent landed status on entry for workers and their families, removal of secondary medical examination requirements and high English language test, and removal of the Canadian post-secondary education requirement. Read more!


LIBRARY SECURITY & HARM REDUCTION IN THE WORKPLACE

On February 25, 2019, Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg implemented new security measures – a bag check and metal detector at the front entrance. Library workers and management have cited safety concerns regarding weapons, substance use and “inappropriate behaviour.” To the general public, the security screening came as a surprise. Read more!


BASIA SOKAL RESIGNS AS WINNIPEG LABOUR COUNCIL PRESIDENT

“I just wanted to talk about my report verbally. Normally, what I do is I report on what’s been going on in the last month, but I realized that I haven’t actually had an opportunity to talk about some of the things that have been going on over the term that I’ve been here for. And, I just wanted to tell everybody how I started here and how I ended up in this position and why I’m here. Read more!


HOW TO USE GRIEVANCES TO ORGANIZE

By Mike Parker & Martha Gruelle

The difference between a truly democratic union and one that follows a servicing model is stark when it comes to grievance handling. In a strong democratic union there may not even be many grievances; members organize to convince supervisors to stop violating the contract without having to use the formal procedure. Read more!

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