Union Bug Blog
Jul 04, 2008 -
Carbon Tax Isn't The Answer
A new study shows that Canada has a lot of work to do when it comes to addressing global warming. The Group of Eight (G8)Climate Scorecard, released by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) ranks Canada second to last among G8 countries, with the United States coming in last.
Jun 27, 2008 -
NUPGE Takes Saskatchewan Government to ILO
A blog about six weeks ago addressed the anti-labour bills that the relatively new provincial government in Saskatchewan had passed. These two bills introduced by the Brad Wall government really have nothing to do with improving balance and cooperation between workers and employers and moreso will only serve to weaken workers’ rights and to tilt the balance in favour of employers.
Jun 20, 2008 -
Employees Forced to Subsidize Government
The escalating gasoline prices we’ve been seeing over the last while have not only affected individuals. The effects of these dramatic increases are now resonating in the public sector as well. Prices have gone up so much that the MGEU member reimbursement rate for mileage incurred when using personal vehicles for work has become insufficient to cover actual costs.
Jun 16, 2008 -
Canada Needs to Conserve
With the seemingly unending escalation in gasoline prices of late, it’s little surprise that public debate has once again shifted to discussion of greener technologies, such as alternative fuels and mass transit options like rapid transit.
Jun 10, 2008 -
Extended Hours Not Convenient For Everyone
In the last few weeks, negotiations between the MGEU and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) have stalled. While there are monetary and other issues that remain to be negotiated, the main point of contention is management’s insistence on extending working hours. Management not only wants MPI claim and service centres open on Saturdays, but they will not guarantee employees two consecutive days off.
Jun 06, 2008 -
Auto Sector Continues to Stall
Last weeks’ announcement by General Motors Canada that it will shut down a pickup truck plant in Oshawa and put 2600 employees out of work has reignited debate about the state of Canada’s floundering automobile manufacturing industry.
Jun 02, 2008 -
Public Financing For Political Parties?
Much has been made in the media of late of the Provincial Government’s introduction of Bill 37, which is essentially a series of changes to electoral-financing and party-advertising laws. Aside from the fact that it caught the opposition and others by surprise, it has stirred debate at a time of year when things are starting to quiet down.
May 27, 2008 -
NUPGE Presents Brief to National Health Commission of Canada
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has presented a brief to the Mental Health Commission of Canada recommending broad change in four key areas – the national public health care system, health human resources, community-based social services and the criminal justice system.
May 22, 2008 -
A Brief Overview of Census 2006
May 16, 2008 -
Saskatchewan Party Rams Anti-Labour Bills Through Legislature
The right-wing government of Saskatchewan Party Premier Brad Wall has now rammed both of its anti-labour bills – introduced as its first priority after winning power last fall – through the provincial legislature.