Union Busting AFIMAC out City of Fredericton and CUPE 508 Reach Tentative Agreement

The City of Fredericton and CUPE Local 508, which represents the City’s outside workers, have agreed to a tentative wage package tied to the Consumer Price Index for New Brunswick (CPI NB).

The five-year agreement is retroactive to January 2019 and will see the outside workers get a one-time wage adjustment of one dollar per hour, plus 2.13% CPI for 2019 in year one of the contract. Wage increases for the remaining four years of the contract will be based solely on CPI NB and aligns the CUPE 508 contract with the City policy of granting future wage increases equal to CPI.

Additional details related to the contract will be formally ratified at a future meeting of City Council. No other details of the agreement will be released until that time. CUPE Local 508 outside workers will return to work on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

City of Fredericton hires internationally known union-busting firm to put local 508 in their place

by André Faust (Feb 17, 2020)

It is a common phenomenon in Canada and in all industrial nations to bust unions by any means necessary.

One of the major union-busting firms is AFIMAC according to their web site they have been successful in undermining union negotiations for many businesses and corporations including many Fortune 500 corporations. The city of Fredericton has hired AFIMAC to sabotage the negotiations process with union local 508. The issue is when did AFIMAC get involved with advising the city on what strategies to use against the union and supply replacement workers during the lockout. If consultations between the city started during or before negotiating with the union, that would imply that the decision for a lockout was made long before the notice of strike was given by local 508. If this is the case then the council has come forth with unclean hands.

This would not be the first time that the city of Fredericton has used underhanded tactics. They were sued for unlawfully dismantling the occupy camp, A successful lawsuit was launched by activist Julian Renault, where the city had to pay 15,000$ in damages to the plaintiffs. Another red face incident is when the council held a secret meeting to send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau for support for the Pipeline. The city of Fredericton in attempts to shut social activist blogger/journalist Charles Leblanc by haveing google shut down his blog that failed because within six hours a blog went into production.

One has to question the credibility of the council.

The conflict between the city and the union is over 850,000$ spread over 4 years. The cost for the professional services of AFIMAC may well surpass 850,000$. The longer the lockout the more expensive it will be for the taxpaying Frederictonians.

CCLA at Supreme Court in Trinity Western Case – Hearing This Week

November 29, 2017

TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”) will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada.

The case concerns a private evangelical Christian university which requires all students and faculty to sign a Community Covenant based on evangelical Christian notions of Biblical teaching and morality. The Covenant prohibits, among other things, sexual intimacy outside of “marriage between one man and one woman.” Trinity Western University (TWU) would deny admission to any student who refused to sign the Covenant. The Law Society of Upper Canada (and the Law Society of British Columbia) denied accreditation to TWU’s prospective law school because of the discriminatory nature of its Covenant.

CCLA is an intervenor in the case, and will argue before the Supreme Court that accreditation of a law school confers upon the host university a significant public benefit – financial and reputational. As such, any law society must take into account the fact that the Covenant discriminates, and must make its decision about accreditation in light of human rights, Charter rights and Charter values. These include liberty, privacy, and equality, all of which would be violated if accreditation is granted.

CCLA will argue that accreditation of the proposed TWU law school will lead to a myriad of rights violations, unresolvable privacy and disciplinary issues for the Law Society if TWU law school graduates were to face academic penalties or complaints based on any same sex relationship students or alumni may have had during their studies.

“[T]he inquiry into one’s private sex life and the ongoing “monitoring” of one’s personal life is unwarranted, discriminatory and completely divorced from the requirements of a law school education, and individuals’ reasonable expectation of privacy.”


UPDATE (Feb 05, 2020)

The case concerned a private evangelical Christian university which requires all students and faculty to sign a Community Covenant based on evangelical Christian notions of Biblical teaching and morality. The Covenant prohibited, among other things, sexual intimacy outside of “marriage between one man and one woman”.

Trinity Western University (TWU) would deny admission to any student who refused to sign the Covenant – so where exactly did that leave queer students and teachers?

The Law Society of Upper Canada (and the Law Society of British Columbia) denied accreditation to TWU’s prospective law school because of the discriminatory nature of its Covenant.

We were in Court and argued that TWU would have a lot to gain from having an accredited law school, and that any law society should note the discriminatory nature of the Covenant.

An academic institution seeking a significant public benefit is not entitled to violate the equality, privacy, liberty and other fundamental rights of its students and faculty. TWU having established a law school would lead to various human rights violations, and unresolvable privacy and disciplinary issues if students or faculty were to face penalties based on any queer relationship they may have had while attending TWU.

The Supreme Court agreed with us that the Covenant was discriminatory against LGBTQ+ students, faculty and others.

Faust uses right to information to get answers about removing the residents of Tent City

On Tuesday I will be presenting the right to information to the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and infrastructure, the Department of Social Development and the City of Fredericton.

The reason for such action on my part is that there several conflicting stories behind the removal of the residents through the trespass act. The only way to get a clear understanding is to put all two departments and the city of Fredericton under the microscope.

When the story first broke it looks like it was the city of Fredericton that initiated the removal of the tent city dwellers, but the city of Fredericton said it was so, that it was the province and that the city was working on their behalf.  There was to notices the one in December was an advisory that the tent dwellers were to vacate the premises shortly before Christmas in the following Video Mayor Mike Clarifies what happened there and why the department of social services put a stop to it.

The Final day when the province forced the trespass act against the residents of “tent city”

Charles Leblanc in the first video after the first advisor was given interviews with several members of “tent city” which gave a snapshot of what life is like living in a “tent city”.

Trump The Harbinger of Death

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By André Faust

(Jan 12, 2020)

Trump, following the deadly assault on Iran, has changed. I noticed that he is now using teleprompters, I saw two types of eye behaviour that suggests that he is reading a prompter, one is the frequency that he squints his eyes, the other the scanning of the eyes. I suspect that he has been ordered to tone down. However, this is just an inference. What I think maybe going behind the senses is that his republican supporters have told, “If you don’t do what we tell you will vote for your removal of office.

One day, he threatens to obliterate their cherished cultural centers. Then next day tells the Iranians how great of a people they are how rich their culture is and that he is not going to target Iranian cultural centers. Yet, at the same time, impeached president Trump tells them that more sanctions are coming against them. However, these sanctions do not affect the ruling class of Iran, but it is the people of  Iran who end up suffering economically from the sanctions placed against them.

The only possible consequence of the sanctions levied against Iran is a revolt against the current Iranian regime blaming the regime for their economic hardships.

The revolts that that has recently taken place have demonstrated the consequence of past the prior sanctions and trade embargoes has had on Iran, for example, the price of fuel went beyond affordability for the average Iranian; they took out their frustrations on the government. So one can speculate that placing sanctions is get the Iranians to topple their government.  Should the Iranians take aggressive action against their elites, you can expect a deadly response from the elites, which if this is the case, then Trump accomplished his end game of destabilizing that country to advance the American economic interests.

Taking everything into account that has developed over the last several months. It appears that “Trump dude” is stacking the deck to ultimately have a favourable outcome for himself, enabling him to crush his upcoming impeachment trial and winning a second term at the oval office. A second term, he will be free to do as he pleases.