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Education For All

The Education for All campaign is a joint initiative of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the National Union of Public General and Public Employees. Together, our combined memberships of more than one million students and workers are putting forward a vision of a more affordable, accessible, high quality, publicly-funded post-secondary education system in Canada; a system that is ready to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow.

For more information, visit educationforall.ca.

BIPOC Caucus for MUNFA Members

While MUNFA recognizes and supports Memorial University’s efforts to champion Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, we also recognize that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Academic Staff Members (ASMs) may wish to have their own, distinct space to come together, share their experiences, and articulate how their workplace conditions can be improved.

The MUNFA Executive Committee has approved supports for the creation of a BIPOC Caucus for ASMs, including, but not limited to a number of course remissions. It is also important to note that “an ASM’s service to the Association shall be deemed academic service…” as outlined in Clause 1.20 of the MUN/MUNFA Collective Agreement.

BIPOC members who are interested in forming a caucus to discuss issues of importance to them, and to 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 membership.munfa@mun.ca. MUNFA can organize an initial meeting and commits to providing ongoing support for meetings and other initiatives.

MUNFA Decarbonization Working Group

In 2019 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 membership.munfa@mun.ca.

Canadian Labour Congress

Visit the CLC’s COVID-19 Resource Centre and its Take Action page for actions and resources to support workers.

 

Support $15 and Fairness

15 and FairnessNewfoundland 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.

CAUT’s For our Future Campaign

For our FutureJoin 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.