CUPE community health members in Victoria and Metro Vancouver showed up in big numbers this past week for two evening workshops aimed at tackling the growing problem of workload in their sector.
While CUPE is encouraged by a recent House of Commons committee report, we still have a lot of work to do to make Pharmacare a reality. The Standing Committee on Health (HESA) published a report that supports CUPE’s long-held belief that our governments need to do more to ensure that prescription medications are accessible to all Canadians.
Most importantly, the committee recommends that:
The Trudeau government tabled Bill C‑59, the National Security Act, last June. They claimed it would fix the “problematic aspects” of Stephen Harper’s Bill C‑51 which undermined civil liberties in Canada. Bill C‑51 handed sweeping new powers to Canada’s spy and security agencies and broadened the definition of “security” in such a way that could criminalize peaceful protests.
CUPE National President Mark Hancock made the following statement on the Ontario government’s Bill 70:
The Canadian Union of Public Employees is disappointed at the Ontario Liberal government’s attempt to force back-to-work legislation on our 3,000 members at York University on the eve of an election call.
Bill 70 says “post-secondary education serves a critical public function.” If the Ontario Liberals truly believed that, then they would have funded it accordingly.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case over the last 15 years of Liberal government in Ontario.
Jason Kenney’s proposal to bring back a flat tax is a gift to Albertans making high salaries, but it won’t put a dime into the pockets of regular Alberta families, said CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts today.
On the weekend, delegates to the United Conservative Party voted to return to a flat tax, meaning all Albertans would pay the same rate of tax, regardless of income.
The Ministry of Labour now has issued a “no-board report” for CUPE Local 3251, representing inside workers at the City of Cornwall, Ontario. A strike or lockout deadline is now set for them at 12:01 a.m., May 23rd, following the May 17th deadline for paramedics, outside workers and library workers.
The inside workers work in water and wastewater, as bylaw officers, building inspectors, child care workers, in social services, in the finance department, and more.
CUPE Local 2020 will have new members driving school buses in Haida Gwaii next school year, as School District 50 has decided not to renew its contract with private company First Student Canada and will instead bring student transportation in house.
The K-12 Presidents Council met May 1 – 3 in Burnaby. CUPE BC President Paul Faoro and Secretary Treasurer Trevor Davies attended. Faoro brought greetings from CUPE BC and announced that the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education will, for the first time, have a category for “Outstanding Support.”