Union Bug Blog
Jan 25, 2012 -
The Impact of Federal Cutbacks
A new study by David Macdonald of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) takes a look at the three waves of cuts to federal programs, staff, and operations since the Harper government came into office in 2006. And he finds that these cutbacks will slash services and increase unemployment.
Jan 16, 2012 -
Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor
Although the Occupy Wall Street movement has dissipated and no longer occupies Wall Street, the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the American national consciousness.
Jan 04, 2012 -
Wage Gap Continues to Grow
The gap between Canada’s best-paid CEOs and the average Canadian worker continues to grow. A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has shown that it takes the average member of Canada’s top-paid chief executives a half-day of work to make the same amount of money ($44,366) as the average Canadian’s annual pay.
Dec 22, 2011 -
Happy Holidays From Lois Wales
It’s a busy time of year for everyone and the union is no exception. The 2011 annual report has been hitting mailboxes over the past week and the union has been busy negotiating a number of great discounts just for MGEU members. As you head out to find those last minute gifts, I encourage you to support all of these local merchants who choose to offer deals for MGEU members.
Dec 16, 2011 -
Study Debunks Myths About Public Sector Wages
A new study released by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has found no evidence the average pay of public sector workers in Canada is consistently higher than comparable occupations in the private sector.
Dec 09, 2011 -
Human Rights Day Opportunity to Highlight the Positive Role of Unions
The 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is using December 10, International Human Rights Day, as an opportunity to promote the fact that labour rights are human rights.
Dec 02, 2011 -
Wage Gains Falling Behind Inflation
A recent study by Statistics Canada shows that Canadian workers are failing to keep up with the rising cost of living as real wages continue to fall dramatically.
Nov 25, 2011 -
Public Sector Essential to Healthy Economy
A November 24 Winnipeg Free Press editorial entitled “How NDP ‘pause’ was made sweet” criticized the provincial government’s “concessions” in light of its mandated two-year wage freeze for certain unions, including the MGEU.
Nov 17, 2011 -
Speaking Truth to Power - The Occupy Movement Has Already Won
The response of the mainstream media, business class and political establishment to the Occupy movement has been dismissive, patronizing and hostile.
Nov 10, 2011 -
Health Care Spending to Reach $200 Billion in 2011
Health care costs in Canada doubled over the past decade and will cross the $200 billion threshold for the first time this year, a report released last week reveals.