Union Bug Blog
Mar 27, 2015 -
Fighting the Good Fight
In the day-to-day business of a union like ours, it’s easy for the “little” victories to get overlooked. When thousands of members need help on issues and dozens of groups are at the bargaining table at any given time, sometimes we can’t take the time to draw attention to the little things that continue to grow our union.
Mar 13, 2015 -
Paramedics' Future is Self-Regulation
MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky wrote the following column in the Winnipeg Free Press expressing her support for the Paramedic Association of Manitoba’s application for self-regulation, and several other issues of importance to paramedics across Manitoba.
Feb 12, 2015 -
Canadian Government Must Support Right to Strike
Canadians from coast to coast are calling on the federal government to seize a unique opportunity next month to take a meaningful stand at the United Nations for a measure that would reduce income inequality and help spread stability and prosperity in our own communities and around the world.
Dec 23, 2014 -
40 Years of Home Care in Manitoba
This past September, the Government of Manitoba recognized the 40-year anniversary of the universal home-care program by proclaiming September 8 to 14 as Home Care Week.
Nov 24, 2014 -
MBLL Concessionary Bargaining Hits a Sour Note
What for the past few years could be considered a disturbing trend seems to be gaining greater traction in Canadian public sector collective bargaining.
Oct 10, 2014 -
Well-Trained, Well-Resourced Workers a Must for At-Risk Youth
Several major news stories have surfaced over the past week revealing problems within Manitoba’s child protection system. Last week, several media outlets ran stories about a private company that was contracted by the Province of Manitoba to care for at-risk youth in local hotel rooms.
Sep 10, 2014 -
Which Pays Better?
The ongoing debate about whether private or public sector jobs pay better continues, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has recently released another study that looks at this very issue.
May 16, 2014 -
When it comes to public pensions, the sky isn't falling
A recent Winnipeg Free Press editorial, Pension Emergency Looming, brings to mind the folk tale of Chicken Little who repeatedly claimed “the sky is falling.” It is becoming clear that the distraction of the public pension falling acorn is really just concealing the fox in the cave: retirement insecurity.
Apr 24, 2014 -
The domino effect of underfunded public services
Our decaying public infrastructure is a symptom that highlights a major problem: many public services are underfunded and when they fail it has consequences on other services.
Mar 12, 2014 -
Canada's Retirement Income System Isn't Good Enough
For the first time in more than a generation, questions about the adequacy of Canada’s retirement income system (and how to address it) have managed to move to the forefront of the national policy debate.