The time for a universal, public Pharmacare plan is now

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:

Flawed Liberal anti-terror legislation adds new problems

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.

Statement from CUPE National President Mark Hancock on Ontario Bill 70

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.

Strike/lockout deadline now set for all Cornwall city workers

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.