Union Bug Blog
Mar 20, 2008 -
City Unfriendly to Upper Fort Garry
The ongoing debate about the future of the Upper Fort Garry site took another important step recently as Winnipeg City Council denied Councillor Dan Vandal’s motion to extend the time given to the group trying to raise funds to develop the location of the birthplace of Winnipeg into an interpretive centre.
Mar 13, 2008 -
The Other Side of Voluntary Reduced Workweek
The Government of Manitoba has recently announced that it is once again encouraging civil servants to take more time off through an expanded Voluntary Reduced Workweek (VRW) program. You should know that this could have a negative impact on you or others within your department.
Mar 10, 2008 -
The Economy is Soaring High, So Why Aren't Wages?
A recent column in the Winnipeg Free Press argued that divisions in Canadian society no longer run across language or religious lines, but rather economic ones. Today, Canada is divided by where people live, how much education they have, and the amount of money they make. And things are not getting better for working class Manitobans, just as they aren’t across the rest of the country.
Mar 07, 2008 -
International Women's Day 2008 Marks a Special Anniversary
In 1977, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling upon member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace.
Mar 03, 2008 -
Advantages to "Parallel" System a Myth
Those who advocate for the increased privatization of the medicare system in Canada now often resort to the promotion of what is referred to as “parallel health care.” This is the notion that we can have two separate and relatively independent health systems – one private and one public – coexisting and, most importantly, having a positive effect with regard to reducing wait times in the public system. But history has shown us that not only are such parallel systems no better in terms of wait times than purely public ones, they often make the public system less efficient and wait times even longer.
Feb 25, 2008 -
Is it Time For a Carbon Tax?
As Dan Lett observed in the Winnipeg Free Press recently, it wasn’t all that long ago that the notion of gasoline prices crossing the one dollar per litre threshold sent a shudder up the backs of Manitobans and was expected to cause everyone to head to their nearest gas station to refill before prices went up.
Feb 20, 2008 -
Consultations and legislation needed to protect net neutrality
Feb 12, 2008 -
Give Hope on Valentine's Day
The National Union of Public and General Employees is encouraging Canadians this year to not only give flowers and chocolate for Valentine's Day - but also hope to two African communities in need.
Feb 06, 2008 -
Farmers Deserve Say in Wheat Board's Future
It appears that the federal government is prepared to introduce legislation in the next few weeks that will allow western barley producers to force the Canadian Wheat Board to open the market on prairie barley sales.
Jan 29, 2008 -
Just Because it CLACs Like a Duck...
Not all unions are what they appear to be. Or what they claim. A case in point involves the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). Although they call themselves a union, they really have very little in common with other organized labour movements.