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February 8, 2011

General

Unions Alive and Well in Sunny Manitoba

- Kevin Rebeck, MFL President

I choose to think that Dan Lett was being deliberately provocative when he wrote “Public Sector unions not exactly in a heyday - Governments' tough stands reflect waning clout” (Free Press February 18, 2011) in order to spark public debate about important issues. But what we debate must be factual.

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December 21, 2010

MFL News

Flaherty Breaks Promise - Dooms Seniors to Poverty

“Out of touch Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty breaks his promise and lets down Canadians,” says Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck. The Minister had an opportunity to help all Canadians through the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan.

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December 14, 2010

General

Outgoing Labour Council President Honoured

Outgoing Labour Council President Honoured

The MFL Executive Council Meeting held on December 13 and 14 will the last Larry Pelzer will attend as the Winnipeg Area Representative on the Council. He stepped down from that position as part of his decision to retire as president of the Winnipeg Labour Council effective December 31, 2010.

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December 9, 2010

General

Groups Say Stay away from New West Partnership

The Manitoba government should stay as far away as possible from the New West Partnership, says the Council of Canadians and Manitoba Federation of Labour. Both groups are concerned by information released on December 9 stating that Manitoba has held "exploratory discussions" with Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia about joining the unnecessary trade and investment pact.

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November 19, 2010

WCB

WCB Office to Open in Brandon

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) has announced that it plans to open a new location in Brandon in early 2012. The office will service workers and employers located in Brandon and surrounding areas.

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November 11, 2010

Health & Safety

Your Views Wanted on Opioid Medications

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Manitoba is committed to supporting injured workers during their return to health and work. The use of opioid medications can be an effective treatment for pain. However, opioid use presents risks and potential harms that must be assessed and minimized by prescribers, dispensers and the WCB.

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November 10, 2010

General

EI Benefits Won for Former Tembec Workers

When Tembec workers were locked out by their employer in September 2009, they applied for Employment Insurance and were advised they would not be eligible for benefits during a labour dispute. The two unions representing the workers, USWA and COPE contacted the Community Unemployed Help Centre (CUHC) for assistance.

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November 8, 2010

WCB

New Manitoba Study on Welders' Exposure

The MFL Health and Safety Committee has received the findings of a new Manitoba study on welders' exposure. The two year study, commissioned by the Workers Compensation Board, was conducted by OHG Consulting in 40 workplaces across Manitoba.

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November 5, 2010

WCB

Remembrance Day Act Hours And Pay Regulations

Manitoba Labour and Immigration reminds everyone that most non-essential businesses are required to close on November 11 as Manitobans honour the contributions of Canadians in war and peacekeeping efforts. The Remembrance Day Act permits retail businesses to open as long as they are closed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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November 4, 2010

General

MFL Comes Out in Support of Accessibility Rights Legislation

Dear Premier Selinger:

Did you know that about 40% of complaints made to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission are related to the rights of Manitobans with disabilities? I know you find that as shocking as I do and will support the measures that the Manitoba Federation of Labour is undertaking in support of the advocacy group known as Barrier-Free Manitoba.

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