Union solidarity in Haiti

CUPE leaders are currently in Haiti on a trade union delegation hosted by the Confédération des travailleurs des secteurs publics et privés (CTSP). The delegation includes Brother Denis Bolduc, President of SCFP Quebec, Sister Royse Henderson, provincial vice-president of the Conseil provincial des affaires sociales and member of the SCFP-Québec women’s committee, representatives from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

WRHA announces cuts to frontline workers, more health care closures

The WRHA has once again announced a slew of cuts to patient care and privatization of services that will directly affect Manitobans and the front‑line health care workers who provide the services.

The WRHA announcement cuts deeper than before, with whole clinics being shut down, and promises to reduce staffing levels in WRHA facilities.

Among those clinics being closed are:

CUPE 2087 and the Village of Montrose ratify new collective agreement

CUPE 2087 members (municipal workers in the Village of Montrose) and the Village of Montrose have both voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.

The three-year agreement includes wage increases of $0.65 in each year of the contract, a modest increase to the footwear and working clothing allowance as well as a premium for trades work.

The new agreement runs from March 1, 2017 to February 29, 2020.

Pacific Blue Cross locks out employees

CUPE 1816 members on rotating legal job actions against Pacific Blue Cross found themselves locked out this morning, the result of a company policy announced as the Union held a rally outside the benefit provider’s offices last week.

In an e-mail to employees on June 30, PBC stated that future withdrawals of labour by the Union would result in CUPE 1816 members being prevented from returning to work until the week after the job action.

Pacific Blue Cross locks out employees

CUPE 1816 members on rotating legal job actions against Pacific Blue Cross found themselves locked out this morning, the result of a company policy announced as the Union held a rally outside the benefit provider’s offices last week.

In an e-mail to employees on June 30, PBC stated that future withdrawals of labour by the Union would result in CUPE 1816 members being prevented from returning to work until the week after the job action.

Unions in Manitoba file court injunction against Pallister’s wage freeze bill

This week, CUPE, through the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Partnership to Defend Public Services filed a court injunction to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench against Pallister’s Bill 28, the “Public Services Sustainability Act.”

Bill 28 is also known widely as the public‑sector wage freeze bill.

“CUPE is taking concrete action against Bill 28,” says Lee McLeod, Regional Director of CUPE. “By filing an injunction, we are sending a clear message that we believe the wage freeze legislation is unconstitutional, and must be stopped.”

Unions file court injunction against Pallister’s wage freeze bill

This week, CUPE, through the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Partnership to Defend Public Services filed a court injunction to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench against Pallister’s Bill 28, the “Public Services Sustainability Act.”

Bill 28 is also known widely as the public‑sector wage freeze bill.

“CUPE is taking concrete action against Bill 28,” says Lee McLeod, Regional Director of CUPE. “By filing an injunction, we are sending a clear message that we believe the wage freeze legislation is unconstitutional, and must be stopped.”

Social Impact Bonds wrong direction for Manitoba’s social services

Today the Manitoba government announced the opening of a request for proposals for Social Impact Bonds, a scheme in which private companies profit off social service delivery.

“There was a time when the private sector would simply make philanthropic donations as part of their corporate responsibility to the community” says Terry Egan, President of CUPE Manitoba. “Social Impact Bonds take that corporate philanthropy and turn it into a private money‑making scheme”.

International meetings 2016-2017

UN Commission on the Status of Women

Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work was the theme of this year’s 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61) in New York in March 2017. The Commission on the Status of Women is a global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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