WRHA announces cuts to frontline workers, more health care closures

The WRHA has once again announced a slew of cuts to patient care and privatization of services that will directly affect Manitobans and the front‑line health care workers who provide the services.

The WRHA announcement cuts deeper than before, with whole clinics being shut down, and promises to reduce staffing levels in WRHA facilities.

Among those clinics being closed are:

CUPE 2087 and the Village of Montrose ratify new collective agreement

CUPE 2087 members (municipal workers in the Village of Montrose) and the Village of Montrose have both voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.

The three-year agreement includes wage increases of $0.65 in each year of the contract, a modest increase to the footwear and working clothing allowance as well as a premium for trades work.

The new agreement runs from March 1, 2017 to February 29, 2020.

Pacific Blue Cross locks out employees

CUPE 1816 members on rotating legal job actions against Pacific Blue Cross found themselves locked out this morning, the result of a company policy announced as the Union held a rally outside the benefit provider’s offices last week.

In an e-mail to employees on June 30, PBC stated that future withdrawals of labour by the Union would result in CUPE 1816 members being prevented from returning to work until the week after the job action.

Pacific Blue Cross locks out employees

CUPE 1816 members on rotating legal job actions against Pacific Blue Cross found themselves locked out this morning, the result of a company policy announced as the Union held a rally outside the benefit provider’s offices last week.

In an e-mail to employees on June 30, PBC stated that future withdrawals of labour by the Union would result in CUPE 1816 members being prevented from returning to work until the week after the job action.

Unions in Manitoba file court injunction against Pallister’s wage freeze bill

This week, CUPE, through the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Partnership to Defend Public Services filed a court injunction to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench against Pallister’s Bill 28, the “Public Services Sustainability Act.”

Bill 28 is also known widely as the public‑sector wage freeze bill.

“CUPE is taking concrete action against Bill 28,” says Lee McLeod, Regional Director of CUPE. “By filing an injunction, we are sending a clear message that we believe the wage freeze legislation is unconstitutional, and must be stopped.”

Unions file court injunction against Pallister’s wage freeze bill

This week, CUPE, through the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Partnership to Defend Public Services filed a court injunction to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench against Pallister’s Bill 28, the “Public Services Sustainability Act.”

Bill 28 is also known widely as the public‑sector wage freeze bill.

“CUPE is taking concrete action against Bill 28,” says Lee McLeod, Regional Director of CUPE. “By filing an injunction, we are sending a clear message that we believe the wage freeze legislation is unconstitutional, and must be stopped.”

Social Impact Bonds wrong direction for Manitoba’s social services

Today the Manitoba government announced the opening of a request for proposals for Social Impact Bonds, a scheme in which private companies profit off social service delivery.

“There was a time when the private sector would simply make philanthropic donations as part of their corporate responsibility to the community” says Terry Egan, President of CUPE Manitoba. “Social Impact Bonds take that corporate philanthropy and turn it into a private money‑making scheme”.

Moving Forward 2016-2017

As workers, we must not be divided by forces promoting privatization, racism, islamophobia, forced migration, violence, and war. We must focus instead on the resistance movements in Canada and around the world, and find ways to build alliances and to strengthen our solidarity.

International solidarity is one of the most powerful tools we have to challenge the unjust economic system that is at the heart of the ongoing exploitation and oppression we experience daily in our lives in both simple and complex ways.

Solidarity letters and actions 2016-2017

Canada

  • Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau expressing concern over the Safe Third Country Agreement and the Executive Order issued by United States President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017 Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.
  • Letter of concern to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the violent attacks in Mexico on teachers and their unions defending their rights to proper pedagogical training and effective, formative evaluation principles.

Colombia

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