Friday, December 30, 2016

Collective self-governance at University of Manitoba -- a union issue, Canada

Beyond Bread and Butter
by Jen Hedler Phillis, Jacobin Magazine


When we think of strikes, we usually think of disputes over wages and benefits. Strikes make the case that it’s easier for bosses to pay workers more than to run a company without them.
But unions often fight for more than money. Workers can walk off the job to demand new rights at work, fighting for control over their working conditions.
The recent strike at University of Manitoba focused on these issues. At the end of negotiations, the provincial government intervened, demanding both parties sign a one-year contract with no wage increase. The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), which represents 1,200 full-time faculty and librarians, filed an unfair labor practice complaint.

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