Future of 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.

Province urged to look deeper at causes of violence, unsafe staffing levels

Failure to protect Ontario long-term care home residents, like James Acker who suffered a severe beating at the hands of another resident at St. Joseph Villa in Dundas from all forms of assaults, “lies with the provincial government. To keep residents safer, the health ministry must look deeper into the systemic causes of the violence, acknowledge the evidence that links higher care with safer care for residents and act to legislate a daily care standard,” says Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) president Michael Hurley.

CUPE calls for expansive disability rights legislation

CUPE is calling on the federal government to put in place proactive and comprehensive regulation for disability rights – and the resources to make those rights a reality.

The federal government is currently consulting on accessibility legislation.

CUPE has participated in public forums in several cities as well as a meeting of Canadian Labour Congress affiliates with the federal government’s Office for Disability Issues.

BC custodians kick off campaign

Chronic underfunding and lack of support for public education by the BC Liberals has created a crisis in our schools. Many CUPE members have faced cuts and layoffs, the services they provide lost to students.

“Who’s to blame for the mess in B.C. schools? (Hint: It’s not the hard-working custodians.)” is the message of a new CUPE campaign identifying custodians as among the hardest hit workers throughout the BC Liberal reign of chronic underfunding for public education.

Custodians kick off campaign

Chronic underfunding and lack of support for public education by the BC Liberals has created a crisis in our schools. Many CUPE members have faced cuts and layoffs, the services they provide lost to students.

“Who’s to blame for the mess in B.C. schools? (Hint: It’s not the hard-working custodians.)” is the message of a new CUPE campaign identifying custodians as among the hardest hit workers throughout the BC Liberal reign of chronic underfunding for public education.

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