After years of government underfunding, access to high quality post-secondary education is at risk.
That is why it is Our Time to Act.
Federal transfers for post-secondary education are almost 40 per cent less per student now than they were twenty-five years ago. Thirty years ago, universities received more than 80 per cent of their operating revenue from governments. Today, government funding has shrunk to barely 50 per cent.
Approximately 70 postdoctoral fellows and non-student researchers at the University of Regina have unionized with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). After an organizing drive that began early in 2018, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board issued a certification order for the union on August 7, 2018 following a secret ballot vote that saw the academic workers vote 88 per cent in favour of unionizing.
The postdoctoral fellows and non-student researchers and technicians are seeking to improve their conditions of work on campus over the long term.
Today, mediator-arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award which establishes a collective agreement for more than 6,000 employees in the Health Care Bargaining Unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK.
The award came after five days of mediation-arbitration which took place last week and concludes a process that began in October 2016.
Sarah Jordison | CUPE Communications
Despite 60 per cent of Ontarians voting against Doug Ford and the Conservatives, the party now holds a massive majority government with 76 seats compared to Andrea Horwath and the NDP with 40 seats, the Liberals with seven and the Green Party with its first seat in the province.