Recent and ongoing demonstrations against police violence and anti-Black racism are responses to deep-seated structural and systemic racism. Our academic institutions are not exempt from these systemic issues and faculty unions across the country must recommit to the fight for racial justice in our own institutions and organizations as well as in the wider society. According to the Canadian Association of University Teachers: “Our universities and colleges must do better. We need to be part of the solution by addressing the inequities that exist and by leveraging the knowledge and expertise of academic staff and students to develop concrete ways to end racism and inequality in our society.”
Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) members who are interested in forming a caucus to discuss these issues at Memorial and identify ways that our union can use collective bargaining and other tools to contribute to Indigenizing the academy and building racial justice at Memorial and more widely are invited to contact MUNFA at email@example.com. MUNFA will organize an initial meeting and commits to providing ongoing support for meetings and other initiatives.
Last year the MUNFA Executive established a decarbonization working group. The work of the group is defined by a commitment to decarbonizing the university in line with what the IPCC has determined is necessary to achieve no more than 1.5°C of global warming. Specifically, this means the university achieving net carbon emissions decline of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. MUNFA members are invited to join the working group to set priorities and advance the work of achieving the decarbonization of Memorial University, including through MUNFA’s participation in the MUN Climate Action Coalition.
If you are interested, please contact MUNFA’s Membership Engagement Coordinator, Travis Perry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the CLC’s COVID-19 Resource Centre and its Take Action page for actions and resources to support workers.
Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the lowest minimum wages in Canada, at $11.65/hour.
30% of our labour force earn $15 an hour or less and women are disproportionately represented, comprising two-thirds of that group.
A $15 minimum wage is a concrete way to help reduce growing inequality, the rise of precarious work, and help move families and individuals out of poverty.
It will also put more money in the pockets of working people that will be spent in the local economy.
Common Front is calling on the province to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage, in line with other jurisdictions that are moving forward on minimum wages.
Join the call for federal support for university and college workers and students. Use CAUT’s on-line template to send a letter to your Member of Parliament (MP) calling for immediate action to improve the affordability and sustainability of post-secondary education.
What we want from the federal government:
- Further close gaps in emergency income supports for workers and students;
- Work with the provinces, universities and colleges to ensure that any qualified Canadian will be able to get the education and training they need without taking on additional debt; and
- Increase the federal transfer to the provinces for post-secondary education with agreements on shared priorities to improve affordability, accessibility and quality.