This month, there are multiple marches at that may be of interest to UMFA Members.

Rally for Workers

April 21, 2017
Manitoba Legislature Building
12:15 p.m.
Conservative governments in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are putting the responsibility for deficits on workers.

Join the Public Service Alliance of Canada as we protest austerity agendas and attacks on labour.

Speakers include:
- Hassan Yussuff, CLC President
- Robyn Benson, PSAC National President
- Tom Lindsey, Official Opposition Labour Critic (MB)
- Kevin Rebeck, MFL President
- Carl Gannon, UVAE National President


March for Science - Winnipeg
Organized by Science First and the UM Faculty of Science

April 22, 2017
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Manitoba Legislature

On April 22, we march for science! We will gather in front of the steps of the Manitoba Legislature at 1pm for a rally with guest speakers tba.

Science First will be organizing a March for Science in Winnipeg, in solidarity with the March for Science DC and satellite marches planned across the United States, and the world.


Communities Not Cuts

April 22, 2017
Gather at 11:30 am at
Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks
Rally 12-1 pm

Concerned with provincial budget cuts? ER closures? Elementary school class size? University and college affordability? Respect for Indigenous rights? Arts and libraries funding? Accessbility Act implementation? And much more. You are invited to join this family and child-friendly event to stand up for community priorities. Together we are stronger.


MNU Rally for Safe Patient Care
April 26, 2017
12:30-1:00 pm.
Manitoba Legislature Building

The Manitoba Nurses Union will be holding a rally at the Manitoba Legislature to speak out against recent front line service cuts, including the announcement to close three Winnipeg Emergency Departments.
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National Day of Mourning
April 28, 2017
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Union Centre – 2nd floor auditorium (275 Broadway)

Join the Manitoba Federation of Labour in marking the National Day of Mourning with a special candle light memorial service to remember and honour workers killed or injured on the job.  To be followed by the Safe Workers of Tomorrow Leaders Walk starting at the Union Centre at 11:45 a.m.


May Day March
Say no to the agenda of austerity, privatization and cuts to jobs and social spending
May 1, 2017
Assemble at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Park
March begins at 6:00 p.m.

Organized by the Winnipeg Labour Council.  Call 942-0522 for more information.

In-House Legal Counsel, University of Manitoba Faculty Association

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association in Winnipeg is seeking to hire full-time Legal Counsel to provide in-house legal and strategic support. The position will begin June 26, 2017.

UMFA is the certified bargaining agent for 1200 full-time academic staff at the University of Manitoba. Our Legal Counsel will be joining a dedicated team of staff helping to achieve the goals of our Executive, Board of Representatives, and Membership:

• To promote the interests of teachers, researchers, and librarians at the University of Manitoba, to advance the standards of their professions, and to improve the quality of higher education in Canada;
• To bargain collectively on behalf of members of the Bargaining Unit;
• To represent all members of the Bargaining Unit in employer-employee relationships with respect to such matters as salaries, pension, working conditions, leaves, promotions, job security, and grievances.

Counsel’s primary contributions to UMFA will be:

• working directly with our members on contract administration and grievance handling;
• providing legal and strategic advice in collective bargaining; and
• providing support for UMFA committees as needed.

They will report directly to the Executive Director, and work closely with UMFA’s Grievance Officers and committee members as necessary. A full job description is available at

Qualifications and Competencies:

• A Law degree from an accredited law school (LLB or JD);
• Member, or eligible member, of the Provincial Bar;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to provide support and advice in high-pressure decision-making processes; and
• Ability to pay close attention to detail.
• Experience with grievance processes, contract administration, and/or experience drafting collective agreement language is desirable.

Compensation and Application Dates:

UMFA offers a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package with career progress increments. Salary is subject to negotiation, and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from all qualified men and women, including indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Applications, in confidence, including a cover letter and a complete curriculum vitae together with the names of three references, are requested by March 31, 2017, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be sent by mail or email to:

Chair, Counsel Search Committee
University of Manitoba Faculty Association
100-29 Dysart Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2M7
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UMFA’s in-house Legal Counsel is accountable for the provision of Member services in the University of Manitoba Faculty Association. The Position reports to, and works under, the general direction of the Executive Director. Duties are as follows and are subject to amendment:

1. Responsibilities in contract administration and grievance handling. In this area, Legal Counsel:

a. provides legal advice and recommendations to individual members and to appropriate officer(s) on the interpretation, application, and administration of the Collective Agreement, and facilitates the decision-making process;

b. provides legal advice to individual members and to appropriate officer(s) with regard to grievance matters to ensure that full consideration is given to policy/legal issues, evidence, and conflicting arguments in the decision-making process. Legal Counsel participates in each stage of the grievance process, and in conjunction with the elected officer prepares and presents arguments on behalf of the Member;

c. provides advice and recommendation as to conflict resolution to the appropriate officer(s) in situation of conflict between interests of individual members and Association policy;

d. works co-operatively as a member of a team with staff and elected officers in grievance handling, contract administration, and other duties. In particular, Legal Counsel works closely with the Grievance Officers;

e. may conduct legal research and analysis in the areas of administrative law, civil procedures, rules of evidence, labour relations generally, duty of fair representation, legislation, university policies and collective agreement provisions and other areas as required, both on one’s own initiative and as directed;

f. drafts grievances or assists members in drafting grievances or appeals as appropriate. Legal Counsel also conducts investigations, interviews witnesses, and accumulates documentary evidence for individual grievance cases;

g. maintains ongoing records for individual cases and assists outside counsel in developing cases;

h. provides legal and strategic advice, information and assistance to Members with regard to employment matters, working conditions, University policies and the collective agreement provisions.

2. In supporting the work of Association committees, Legal Counsel acts as staff support and resource person as assigned.

3. The Legal Counsel will review proposed university policy and develop an UMFA response, in consultation with other staff members and association officers, as appropriate.

4. Other duties may be assigned from time-to-time.

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