PEI Provincial Budget 2018-2019: Some near hits and several misses

As talks of a late spring election are circulating, this provincial budget is certainly not attempting to dispel these rumours. CUPE PEI notes the positive investments made in child care, health and education. However, the rollout remains questionable.

“I commend the initiative to invest in our front-line workers, such as educational assistants, child care and health-care workers. I hope this will mean tangible wage increases,” noted Leonard Crawford, President of CUPE PEI.

K-12 Education Support Workers Call on Premier Moe to Reinvest in Saskatchewan’s Future

Despite increased student enrollment, K‑12 Education in Saskatchewan has been underfunded for years. Last year’s Saskatchewan Party budget doubled down with a dramatic $54.2 million in cuts to Saskatchewan schools and classroom supports. Annual funding was slashed by $500 for every student. At the same time, the government raised $67 million in education property taxes that was funneled into general revenue instead of into education.

CUPE 416 and PortsToronto reach tentative agreement

PortsToronto and the Union representing 91 of its hourly and salaried employees have reached a tentative agreement.

In a joint statement issued today, the Toronto Civic Employees Union (TCEU), Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 416), and PortsToronto stated:

“PortsToronto and CUPE 416 are pleased to announce the parties have reached a tentative collective agreement subject to ratification. The ratification vote will be held on April 11, 2018.”

The parties reached the agreement early Friday morning, following a lengthy bargaining session.