Union Bug Blog
Nov 22, 2007 -
Our Cup Runneth Over
This Sunday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will make their first appearance in the Grey Cup since 2001. After a promising but uneven season, their impressive road victory over Toronto last weekend has put them in position to once again claim the Cup in this 95th anniversary of the league final.
Nov 20, 2007 -
Canada's Tax System Inequitable
A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has demonstrated that the overall tax system in Canada no longer meets the test of fairness across income groups. Canada’s upper income earners are paying less of their fair share of taxes than they were some 15 years ago.
Nov 13, 2007 -
CAW Deal Sets Dangerous Precedent
A few weeks ago, Buzz Hargrove, President of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), proposed an agreement with Magna International that sacrificed some fundamental rights that organized labour has utilized for decades in bargaining collectively for better wages and working conditions. The agreement gives CAW the right to organize all Magna plants – a possible 18,000 employees in total.
Nov 07, 2007 -
United States Needs Single-Payer Health Care System
Washington (6 Nov. 2007) - Time has validated Canada's publicly-funded national health care system and the United States should move toward a similar system, says James Clancy, president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
Nov 01, 2007 -
Tax Cuts Are The Wrong Approach
On October 30, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled the government’s economic statement. It calls for $60 billion worth of tax cuts over the next five years, including a further one percent reduction of the GST to five percent. Personal income taxes will be retroactively cut to January 1, 2007, and the lowest marginal tax rate will decrease as well. The basic personal tax exemption (the amount Canadians can earn before paying tax) will also be raised by $700 to $9600.
Oct 26, 2007 -
Outsourcing Not The Answer
About two years ago, the Government of Manitoba began looking at ways of centralizing some of its payroll, invoicing and employment record-keeping services. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) was facing a multi-million dollar cost to upgrade computers and software and to centralize these functions into one main office. Presently, accounting services are done by each hospital and personal-care home.
Oct 22, 2007 -
Net Neutrality an Issue of Equality
Recently, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) called on the Canadian government to take action to expand broadband internet access and to ensure something called “network neutrality.”
Oct 17, 2007 -
Maclean’s Overlooks Unions on Top 100 Employers List
Once again, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has been selected by Maclean’s magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2008. This is in addition to being selected as one of Manitoba’s Top 15 employers for the same year.
Oct 12, 2007 -
Use Common Sense in Cyberspace
With the growing popularity in social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace over the last few years, it was only a matter of time before employers became concerned about employee usage of company time for recreational use. Some have decided to block employee access to such sites, while others think this is too draconian a step and argue instead for clearly-defined office policy on computer and internet usage.
Oct 05, 2007 -
Harper's Tax Cut Folly
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently indicated that his government’s new agenda will include substantial tax cuts for Canadians, and that the federal Conservatives will signal their intention to reduce taxes when Parliament reconvenes on October 16.