New Health Canada report on paid plasma a threat to our public blood system

Health Canada’s expert panel on Immune Globulin Product Supply and Related Impacts in Canada just released its final report and disappointingly, it fails to support our public blood system.

The panel states: “…the move to collect more source plasma by Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and Héma-Québec (H-Q) needs to be based on solid business principles and learnings and/or partnerships with the private sector who have significant expertise.”

Save the Date - CUPE’s National Bargaining Conference in Saskatoon

Join CUPE local leadership from across the country at our National Bargaining Conference in Saskatoon, March 18-21, 2019.

The National Bargaining Conference will provide local leadership with opportunities to develop skills and share strategies for success in bargaining. Stronger bargaining means more effective unions, better working conditions and healthier communities.

Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, save the date!

Rally of striking city workers delivers strong message to the City of Cornwall: “Come back to the table and negotiate a fair deal”

Hundreds rallied at Cornwall City Hall today, in support of the now four Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals who are on strike. Inside workers joined the three other locals (paramedics, outside workers and library workers) who have been out on strike for nearly a week. As of this morning, roughly 400 city workers are now on strike.

CUPE Seeds of Change - building community in the Kootenays

CUPE Seeds of Change, a community action committee, continued its volunteer efforts in supporting local community at Cranbrook’s Children’s Festival held on May 12. Sunny skies brought out the crowds and the booth featuring a button-making machine kept them busy.

The booth was a big hit with children and parents alike. Buttons included illustrations of butterflies, dogs, cats, rainbows, and the ever-popular Minecraft video game.

Bargaining tip: Employer savings on injury claims should go to strengthen sick plans

Doug Allen | CUPE Research

Is your employer saving money on reduced injury premiums?

Find out! If they are, remember to account for that as you prepare for bargaining.

In Ontario, WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) premiums are going down for almost every employer in the province. Overall premium rates were cut 9 per cent for 2017 and 2018. This means employers are saving money in labour costs – on average about $300 per minimum wage employee per year and even more for higher-paid employees.

REM: A streetcar named delirium

Mathieu Vick | CUPE Research

The government of Québec has just set the table for the largest privatization project in the history of the province, and a crown corporation is looking to cash in.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the crown corporation that manages most of Quebec’s pension funds, founded CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary that is now the principal contractor building the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project, an electric and automated train similar to Vancouver’s SkyTrain.