Union Bug Blog
Jan 15, 2014 -
Reducing ER Wait Times
Two recent fatalities have once again thrust the issue of emergency room wait times into the spotlight. Both men who tragically passed away were on their way home after being discharged from hospital. News reports have speculated that hospitals have been discharging patients to reduce backlogs in ER’s.
Jan 10, 2014 -
Public Services Don't Stop for Bad Weather
The recent cold spell has made it difficult for everyone to do whatever they have to do outside, whether it be to drive, walk or exercise. When it wasn’t extremely cold – even for this climate – huge snowfalls made it even more challenging to engage in any activity outdoors.
Dec 23, 2013 -
A Fairness Test to Address Income Inequality
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is asking affiliates and opinion leaders to draft letters to their provincial governments in support of the idea of a “fairness test” to assess the impact of tax and spending policies in provincial budgets on income inequality.
Dec 03, 2013 -
Dec. 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
More than 4.4 million people in Canada live with disabilities – over 14 per cent of the population. But even those who have jobs are twice as likely to be living in poverty as people who do not have disabilities.
Nov 15, 2013 -
Short-Staffing is Jeopardizing Patient Care
A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a rally at the Manitoba Legislature to bring attention to the issue of short-staffing in our health care facilities and personal care homes.
Oct 30, 2013 -
CETA: Canadians Will Bear the Brunt of Costs
Imagine a union leader, who was being investigated for misuse of union funds, suddenly announcing that he had reached the best collective agreement ever. But when his members asked what exactly was in this historically wonderful collective agreement – timed so conveniently while the official was embroiled in a spending scandal – the union leader said he couldn't tell anybody what was in the deal! In fact he didn't even have a piece of paper confirming that the deal was reached.
Oct 17, 2013 -
One-Size-Fits-All View of MDC Absurd
Recent editions of the Free Press have carried pieces by Will Braun and others regarding the Manitoba Developmental Centre at Portage la Prairie. Braun's piece is most provocative because it is superficial and smacks of zealotry.
Oct 11, 2013 -
Number of Provincial civil servants drops
The latest report from The Civil Service Commission confirms what the MGEU and its members have been saying for quite a while now: the total number of provincial employees has dropped.
Oct 08, 2013 -
NUPGE Launches "Why Unions Matter" Contest
Do you know how unions make a difference? Do you have a story to share? The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) wants to hear from you.
Aug 30, 2013 -
Labour Day 2013 - Unions Matter More Than Ever Before
As we enter the Labour Day weekend, we are likely to hear from several media pundits about the relevance and value of unions in society today. This isn't a surprise, such statements have been around for well over a century. Back in 1886, the predecessor to the Globe and Mail, The Daily Globe, published an editorial with a headline that read “Unions were good at one time, but haven't they outlived their usefulness?”