Dwight Ball’s Crossroads – A game of budgets and cuts for Newfoundland and Labrador

A new ad campaign by public service workers in Newfoundland and Labrador will be shown on TV screens across the province beginning today. CUPE’s public services workers launched the ad to voice their concerns about the Ball Government’s strategy for job growth (or lack thereof) and threats the Province is making to freeze wages and slash benefits.

Watch the television ad during NTV Evening News, NTV First Edition, as well as CBC News at 6 and 6:30 p.m. You can also watch it on our website at nl.cupe.ca/action-centre/crossroads.

Wear pink to stop bullying

You might notice more people wearing pink on April 12 than usual. That’s because people around the world wear pink to mark the second Wednesday in April as The International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia.

In communities across Canada and around the world, people are wearing pink to call for an end to bullying in all its forms, especially bullying targeting members of the LGBTTI community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, or intersex persons).

Manitoba health care workers concerned with Pallister's health care cuts

Health care workers in Manitoba are deeply concerned with the Progressive Conservatives’ approach to the province’s health care system. The April 7th announcement outlining the closure of emergency rooms at Concordia, Seven Oaks, and Victoria hospitals, and closing the urgent care centre at Misericordia, could potentially put public safety at risk, and is sending a shock-wave of uncertainty amongst the province’s health care workers.

Thousands rally for libraries at Drop Everything and Read events across Saskatchewan

Over 4000 people in over 70 communities participated in “Drop Everything and Read” actions to stand up against the devastating library cuts from the provincial government.

In the latest budget, Brad Wall and his Sask Party government cut 58 percent for regional libraries and completely eliminated funding for libraries in Regina and Saskatoon.

Future of Newfoundland and Labrador public libraries remains uncertain

No hope was offered to public library workers in the provincial budget announced today by Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Cathy Bennett. Workers anticipated a definitive answer on what the province intends to do with the 54 libraries slated to be closed – or if they will continue to have a job. Those questions remain unanswered.

CUPE has been calling on the province to reverse the decision to close 54 of the province’s 95 public libraries and restore funding at least to 2011 levels.

Drop everything and read – A day of action for Saskatchewan libraries

A “Read In” will be taking place at MLA offices across the province on Friday, April 7. All residents of Saskatchewan who value their public library are encouraged to gather outside their MLA’s office and read a book. There are over 50 events happening across the province. Unless otherwise noted, all events are happening from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Government documents: new flight attendants ratio reduces air safety

Government rules that allow for airlines to cut the number of cabin crew on aircraft were implemented by the Conservatives right before the election against the clear advice of Transport Canada’s assessments and experts, documents obtained by CUPE show.

An analysis of the submissions provided to Transport Canada, obtained by CUPE through Access to Information Requests, provides no reasoning to reduce the number of flight attendants from a safety perspective.

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