CUPE to continue fight against Liberal privatization bank

Canada’s largest union vowed to continue challenging the Liberal government’s infrastructure bank of privatization, and making the case for fully public infrastructure. On June 22, the government’s budget implementation legislation was passed in the Senate without amendments, despite repeated warnings from CUPE that the Canada Infrastructure Bank will lead to more privatization and higher costs for Canadians.

Will robots steal your job?

Several recent studies have made headlines with their findings that nearly half of all jobs in industrialized countries, including Canada, are at threat of being automated, or replaced with robots.

There are already over 1.5 million industrial robots in operation, with more than half being used in the auto and electronics industries. These robots are expected to multiply, tripling or quadrupling to more than five robots in operation for each thousand American workers by 2025.

Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman.

The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor.

Kati and Lori will appear in person on Friday, June 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Kati Wightman, 21, is battling lymphoma and requires transfusions for her fight.

Estevan Aboriginal Day

CUPE 5999 hosted Estevan’s first ever National Aboriginal Day celebration. The event featured a free barbeque lunch, Aboriginal dances, and many community tables. The event was open to everyone in the community.

“Our union is proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day and to host this event in Estevan,” said Wanda Edwards, acting president of CUPE Local 5999. “Today and every day it is important to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples and to commit to the reconciliation process.”