Union Bug Blog
Mar 06, 2013 -
March is National Social Work Month
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with other organizations in recognizing March as National Social Work Month (NSWM). This year's theme of "Social Workers Defending Social Programs for a Stronger Canada" is one NUPGE feels is particularly appropriate at this time.
Feb 21, 2013 -
Young Canadians Facing Retirement Challenges
A new report by CIBC Economics raises a cautionary flag with regard to retirement savings and future generations of Canadians.
Feb 08, 2013 -
Programs Won't Solve Jail Crisis
Recently, the NDP government released a report from the adult corrections capacity review committee, a group that was formed to provide recommendations to government on how to ease chronic overcrowding in Manitoba jails. Far from providing realistic solutions to overcrowding, however, the committee's report threatens to exacerbate the problem for decades to come.
Feb 01, 2013 -
The Folly of Corporate Tax Cuts
The Canadian Labour Congress has produced a report entitled “What Did Corporate Tax Cuts Deliver” as a backgrounder for Corporate Tax Freedom Day, which fell on January 30 this year.
Jan 28, 2013 -
Common Causes Coalition and Idle No More Rally on Parliament Hill as MPs Return to Work
People in communities across Canada are coming together under a banner of “Common Causes” on January 28 as Members of Parliament head back to work and Parliament resumes.
Jan 18, 2013 -
Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
Continuing with their series of documents addressing the increasingly important issue of mental health in the workplace, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has recently released its “Action Guide for Employers.”
Jan 02, 2013 -
Top 10 Reasons to Be Worried About Social Impact Bonds
Social Impact Bonds are the latest magical solution for governments with deficits. Like other privatization schemes, they are intended to help governments shift costs off their balance sheets. They try to do that by allowing the private sector to run services to make profits for investors.
Dec 14, 2012 -
Conservative MP Opposes Bill C-377
Bill C-377 – An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) was passed by the House of Commons this week. The labour movement, other organizations and individuals ranging from the Canadian Bar Association and several Conservative MPs have voiced opposition to the spirit of the bill.
Dec 10, 2012 -
Something Stinks at RRC
This past June, the administration at Red River College (RRC) notified the MGEU of concerns they had regarding salaries of its food service workers. Simply put, the College believed its workers were overpaid and wanted to open up the contract to make changes.
Nov 21, 2012 -
Cutting Government Jobs Not the Answer
The latest blow against public sector workers came in the Throne Speech earlier this week where the Manitoba NDP announced 600 jobs would be cut in the next three years. The result would obviously mean a decrease in services that Manitobans rely on to deliver health, justice and many other programs we on to keep our families healthy and safe in our communities. Apparently these drastic measures weren’t enough for anti- government lobbyists who criticized the government for not cutting enough. They allege that because the number of people employed by the civil service has increased since 2008, the staff cuts are meaningless.