Update: More experts speak up against Liberal “bank of privatization”

When news broke of the Liberal’s 180‑degree turn on an infrastructure bank last fall, reaction was swift. Critics pointed to the bank’s many potential flaws – and dangers.

The more people learn, the less they like the bank.

As more details are revealed (or exposed through Access to Information), and as the Liberals attempt to ram the multi-billion dollar bank through Parliament in an omnibus bill, the criticism is deepening.

EI changes: Bargaining implications for maternity, parental and STD plans

Janet Dassinger​ | CUPE Research

Changes are coming to Canada’s Employment Insurance program, and this means CUPE locals will need to get ready to bargain changes to maternity, parental and short-term disability (STD) plans.

The Liberal government has reduced the wait time for applicants to receive EI benefits, from two weeks to one week. This change applies to all benefits including regular, special (maternity, parental and sickness), as well as workers in the fishing industry.

Why social media is not enough

Stephen Elliott-Buckley​ | CUPE Research

No matter the challenge, community is the answer. That’s why unions and other organizations are rediscovering established techniques of building community – like fostering the skills to improve face-to-face communication, even in the age of digital technology and social media.

Most of us remember a time when we learned about our world largely through the one-way filter of mass media, when interaction was limited to letters to the editor or AM radio call-in shows.

Before the Bargaining Table: How Local 387 made gains for precarious workers

Jordana Feist​ | CUPE Research

As a researcher, I regularly read the agreements that come into the office. Sometimes, it makes for encouraging reading – like when I read about the changes negotiated in the latest round of bargaining between CUPE Local 387 and the City of New Westminster in BC.

Their new agreement featured a long list of improvements, including:

Ring Those Phones – Call your MLA!

The funding cuts in the last provincial budget are putting the public services Saskatchewan people rely on at risk.

We need to take action to ensure these funding cuts are reversed.

May 18 is the last day the legislative assembly is sitting. We need to send a strong message before this session ends: that the people of Saskatchewan demand the government to reverse the harmful budget cuts, reinstate the corporate tax rate, and protect local jobs. 

You can find a sample script below.

Custodian survey: preliminary results show B.C. schools ‘in a mess’

Preliminary results from a survey of CUPE custodians throughout B.C. indicate that a startling number of janitors—55.4 per cent—are not able to maintain schools to meet their own expectations for a clean, safe and healthy school environment.

CUPE issued the comprehensive survey in March after increasing reports of an alarming number of conditions affecting the cleanliness of K‑12 schools. Many school caretakers have detailed degradation in cleaning standards as a result of chronic cuts to public education.

CUPE 2614 is worried about dangers at the Port of Québec

You can feel the anger growing at the Port of Québec. CUPE 2614, representing about 100 longshoremen, is concerned about the dangerous conditions of the wharves and the inaction on the part of the port authorities and the federal government towards fixing them.

The wharves have deteriorated because of a lack of investment in infrastructure. The longshoremen’s union wants a rapid upgrade of the wharves, which have been neglected in federal budgets for the last few years.

Demonstration at the Coteau-du-Lac city council against a potential illegal dismissal

Tuesday evening, CUPE held a demonstration at the Coteau-du-Lac city council meeting. Several dozen people took part in the demonstration denouncing the potential illegal dismissal of a blue-collar employee.

The employee in question suffers from limitations arising from a medical problem. In such a case, the employer is required by law to assess the limitations and then accommodate the employee, to the extent that this can be done without undue hardship.