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04.17.20

Ontario Observes Moment of Silence for Healthcare Workers

SUP/IFPTE Local 160 paused for a moment of silence on April 17 at 11:00 am to recognize a hospital worker who died of COVID-19 at William Osler Health Centre and the nearly 1000 healthcare workers who have contracted the virus in Ontario.

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04.16.20

Shearon Joins AFL-CIO Affiliated Union Leaders in Urging Congress to 'Put Workers First'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka led a letter signed by many of America’s labor leaders, including IFPTE President Paul Shearon, informing Congress of the five economic essentials that must be at the center of the CARES 2 package.

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04.15.20

IFPTE Joins Federal-Postal Coalition Unions in Outlining COVID Related Issues Impacting Federal Workers

IFPTE was one of 28 Federal-Postal Coalition organizations signing a letter to all Congressional lawmakers this week urging Congress’ “prompt response,” to the “challenges facing the federal and postal community related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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04.14.20

Reps. Norcross and Smith Lead Bipartisan Bicameral Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Including Relief for Unions in Paycheck Protection Program

Congressmen Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01) and Chris Smith (R-NJ-04) led a bipartisan letter cosigned by the entire NJ Congressional Delegation to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Kevin McCarthy, Leader Mitch McConnell and Leader Chuck Schumer as part of their effort to amend the critical COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program to include both labor and business member organizations, allowing them to tap into the loan program and sustain staff during the economic crisis.

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04.13.20

Support Joyce's Campaign for the Kansas Legislature

IFPTE encourages union members to support the campaign of SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001 member Matthew Joyce in his run to the Kansas legislature.

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04.10.20

An Interview with Richard Mahe, President of WAPSO Local 162

Richard Mahe, president of the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO/IFPTE Local 162) sat for interview discussing his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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04.10.20

Aviation Subcommittee Chair Larsen and Washington State Democrats Seek Answers from Boeing on Impact to Workers

The Boeing Corporation is reportedly contemplating refusing to accept the taxpayer-funded bailout due to minimal requirements.

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04.10.20

President Shearon and Union Presidents Voice Workers' Priorities on Call to Fed Reserve Board of Governors

President Shearon and Secretary Treasurer Biggs also sent a letter to the Fed Reserve requesting its "lending facilities include robust protections for workers and help stabilize and sustain state and local public services."

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04.09.20

NAIJ/Judicial Council 2 Urges Congressional Appropriators to Include Telework Funding in Upcoming Relief Bill

The request follows IFPTE's recommendation to Congressional leaders that the next relief bill include "maximum use of telework" whenever possible for federal employees.

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04.08.20

SOLIDARITY ALERT: SUP/IFPTE Local 160 Donates Thousands in Support of Ontario Food Banks

The Society of United Professionals (SUP/IFPTE Local 160) donated $40,000 to community food banks across Ontario.

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04.08.20

"Does This Make Any Sense?" - As Millions Lose Jobs, TVA -Owned by the Federal Government- Plans to Ship IT Jobs to France and India

Despite millions of workers losing jobs due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) continues to move full steam ahead to unnecessarily outsource hundreds of IT jobs.

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04.07.20

IFPTE Outlines Our Priorities As Congressional Leaders Craft A Fourth COVID-19 Relief Bill

In an extensive letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer regarding the fourth COVID-19 pandemic relief bill, IFPTE outlined our list of priorities and recommendations to assist our diverse membership.

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04.06.20

ACTION ALERT: CLC Asks Banks to Lower Interest Rates

Join the Canadian Labour Congress’ campaign asking big banks and credit card companies to lower interest rates.

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04.03.20

Shearon Speaks with Senators Cardin, Van Hollen Regarding Federal Workers Impacted by COVID-19

IFPTE President Paul Shearon participated in a conference call today organized by Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen regarding the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on federal workers across the nation.

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04.02.20

Mobilization Alert: Manitoba Federation of Labour Launches Campaign to Support Working Families

Because Manitoba is the only Provincial government in Canada not offering financial assistance to workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL), of which IFPTE Locals 161 and 162 are affiliated, is asking activists and members to call on Manitoba premier Brian Pallister to “help working families at a time when they need it most.”

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04.02.20

NAIJ Details Steps for Conducting Immigration Hearings Remotely and Without Endangering Public

As civil rights groups and immigration attorneys file separate lawsuits to close the Immigration Courts and move proceedings remotely, NAIJ proposes options for remote hearings.

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04.01.20

Manitoba Unions Hear From Scared Workers During Pandemic

Manitoba workers who fear the spread of COVID-19 while on the job, including postal workers who are deemed essential, are bombarding unions and labour groups with their concerns

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04.01.20

CLC Statement Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), issued a statement in regards to the COVID pandemic that provides an outline of the work that the CLC has been doing to respond to the pandemic on behalf of workers and their families.

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04.01.20

An Open Letter to the Top 10 Private Health Insurance Companies

A host of organizations signed a joint letter urging America's top 10 private health insurance companies to commit immediately to waiving all cost-sharing for patients, including all co-payments, deductibles and coinsurance, for any and all care associated with preventing, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19 and its symptoms.

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04.01.20

SUP Letter to Solicitor General: Make Corrections System Safe and Effective During COVID-19

The Society of United Professionals President (SUP/IFPTE Local 160)/IFPTE Canadian Area Vice President Scott Travers, representing 8,000 Ontario workers including upwards of 400 lawyers and legal professionals at Legal Aid Ontario, sent a letter to Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones expressing concern about crowding in provincial detention centers.

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