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03.27.20

Labor Strong: SPEEA and IFPTE Legislative Efforts Deliver for Members During the COVID Pandemic Crisis

SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001 Legislative Director Brandon Anderson updated staff this week on the union’s legislative progress on the latest COVID relief package moving through Capitol Hill, noting “SPEEA and IFPTE worked closely together over the last week to ensure that our priorities of protecting jobs, CBAs and worker safety were included in the final version passed by the Senate.”

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03.27.20

Broad Coalition of Stakeholders Joins NAIJ's Call to Close the Immigraiton Courts

Rep. Jayapal and Washington State Dems, Chairman Nadler, and Senators Feinstein, Warren and Markey join attorneys, civil rights group, NAIJ/JC 2, AFGE Local 511, and American Immigration Lawyers Assoc. in requesting immediate of suspension of hearings in the name of public safety.

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03.26.20

Manitoba, Saskatchewan Federations of Labour Keep Heat on Provincial Lawmakers

Manitoba Labour Federation President, Kevin Rebeck, continues to urge Provincial leaders to approve 14 days of paid sick leave, saying that, “This protection needs to be available to all workers…”, while the Saskatchewan Labour Federation has called their government’s response, “boutique benefits that apply for narrow groups of people.”.

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03.26.20

IFPTE Supports Big First Step Easing Financial Woes of Workers

IFPTE President Paul Shearon released the following statement applauding last night’s unanimous passage in the Senate of HR 748, a bill funding a wide range of federal initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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03.26.20

IFPTE Responds to 2019 Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

IFPTE is monitoring and advocating for resources and regulations to protect workers in their workplaces, expanded worker protections to ensure economic security and to allow workers to stay home when sick, and other appropriate measures to protect our members and their livelihoods.

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03.25.20

TEAM Office and Members Join the Many Millions Now Working from Home

Preparations were already underway when at the urging of the Canadian government two weeks ago, the TEAM staff vacated their office and setup operations from home.

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03.25.20

IFPTE Applauds Bipartisan Kilmer/Fitzpatrick, Cardin Executive Order Repeal Legislation

Key officers of IFPTE issued a statement applauding the Kilmer/Fitzpatrick bill to repeal the Trump Administration's Executive Orders aimed at eliminating collective bargaining rights in the federal sector rendering federal workers as at-will employees into the Houses COVID3 relief bill.

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03.25.20

AFL-CIO, CLC Call for Worker Centric Aid Packages in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The AFL-CIO Executive Council, which IFPTE President Paul Shearon serves on, approved a comprehensive statement this week demanding “action at the scale and with the urgency that this pandemic demands,” while the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), which Canadian Area VP/Local 160 President Scott Travers serves on, is “calling on all levels of government to provide adequate supports for workers and their families as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic reverberate in communities and throughout the economy.

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03.24.20

Provincial Budget Must Implement Sweeping COVID-19 Response Focused on Workers

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is calling on the provincial government to implement a sweeping COVID-19 response focused on workers.

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03.23.20

IFPTE Message to Congress: Put Workers First

As Congress continues to negotiate the latest coronavirus relief package, IFPTE urges Congressional leaders that, “The COVID-19 relief legislation should focus first, second, third, and last on working people…”.

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03.23.20

As the Domestic Aerospace Industry Faces A Dire Financial Crisis, IFPTE Supports $60 Billion in Federal Assistance

In a letter to the House of Representatives, IFPTE urges lawmakers to pass a $60 billion federal assistance package stating, "IFPTE fully supports a $60 billion federal assistance package for our domestic aerospace workforce. This federal aid supports the industry’s supplier network, which stretches across the U.S. and includes Kansas-based sub-assembly manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems, where our union represents over 2,600 workers."

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03.21.20

IFPTE Authors List of Priorities to Washington State Reps on Behalf of Aerospace Workers

In a letter to Senator Maria Cantwell and the Washington delegation, the leadership of SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001 and IFPTE outlined our list of priorities for workers in the aerospace industry impacted by our current public health crisis.

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03.20.20

IFPTE Joins NNU, AFT and Other Healthcare, Public Health, and Frontline Unions on Push for H.R.6139, the COVID-19 Health Care Worker Protection Act

“Because this coronavirus does not respect state lines, we strongly believe that private and public sector workers at high risk of exposure must be protected regardless of whether they live in a state with federal OSHA jurisdiction. The effective slowing and containing of the spread of COVID-19 depends on these workers being protected.”

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03.20.20

After Pressure from WAPSO/Local 162 and Allies City of Winnipeg Increases Protections

These protocols came on the same day as the province of Manitoba declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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03.20.20

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information and Guidance for the Workplace

This page lists resources for general information and appropriate precautions for workplaces. Under Canadian and U.S. law, all employers have a general duty to provide a safe workplace for their employees.

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03.19.20

IFPTE Authors Letter Supporting Aerospace Industry Workforce

IFPTE urged congressional leaders to support the aerospace industry workforce as they consider the upcoming $60 billion aid package saying, "We urge Congress to ensure that the economic security of workers in this strategic industry be prioritized."

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03.18.20

City of Saskatoon and SCMMA Local 222 Tackling COVID-19

The City of Saskatoon sent out a communication to all city staff encouraging them to do everything they can to stop the spread of COVID-19. This was on the same day that the province of Saskatchewan declared a State of Emergency in response to the pandemic.

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03.18.20

IFPTE Applauds House Judiciary Chair Nadler's Call for DOJ to Close Immigration Court Hearings During Pandemic

NAIJ/IFPTE Judicial Council 2, government layers union, immigration lawyers, and migrant organizations have all called for ceasing in-person hearings for the sake of public and occupational health.

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03.17.20

IFPTE Calls on Administration to Mandate Agency Compliance to Protect Federal Workers, the Public

In a letter to OMB and OPM, IFPTE informed the Trump Administration that, “voluntary implementation of OMB and OPM guidance by Agencies has been spotty, quite good in some places, but sadly subject to the whims of recalcitrant or incompetent management at others.”

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03.17.20

WAPSO/IFPTE Local 162 Joins With Other City Unions to Call on Winnipeg Mayor to Postpone Budget Due to COVID-19

In a joint statement with CUPE Local 500 and ATU Local 1505, the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO/IFPTE Local 162) President Richard Mahe stated that “The Mayor and Councillors need to postpone this process, and if that includes asking the Premier to hold any inhibiting legislation, then that call needs to be made today.”

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