Union Bug Blog
Apr 10, 2012 -
NUPGE Endorses April's 'Not Myself Today' Campaign to Support Mental Health
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining a broad range of organizations to support the Not Myself Today campaign initiated by the newly-formed Partners for Mental Health. On hand for the campaign launch was NUPGE National President James Clancy and Vice-President (Ontario) Nancy Pridham.
Mar 27, 2012 -
Air Canada Workers Express Frustration Over Denial of Basic Human Rights
The walkout of several Air Canada mechanics and ground crew at major airports across the country last Thursday and Friday was a clear expression of the frustration they feel at being denied their basic human right to bargain collectively and take job action, according to the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR).
Mar 22, 2012 -
New York Follows Disturbing Trend, Cuts Public Pensions
In the continuation of a troubling trend in the United States, New York became the latest state to dramatically overhaul its pension plan against the wishes of its public employees. Last week the state legislature passed a series of measures expected to save the state $80 billion over 30 years while cutting retirement payments guaranteed to state workers.
Mar 14, 2012 -
When March Break Trumps Democracy; The Harper Government and the Right to Collective Bargaining
Evidence is mounting every day that the Harper government is contemptuous of democracy; they are not just undemocratic, they are actively anti-democratic.
Mar 06, 2012 -
Bill C-10 Isn't The Answer
Not long after winning a majority in the last federal election, the Conservative government tabled Bill C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act. It was passed in the House of Commons in early December and has now proceeded to the Senate.
Feb 24, 2012 -
Canada Can Afford OAS
The Harper government recently created a significant level of concern with its admittance that it is considering raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) to 67 from 65 because the system is “unsustainable.”
Feb 09, 2012 -
It's Time to Stop the Corporate Gravy Train
We’re living in tough times and our political leaders are calling for “shared sacrifice.”
Feb 03, 2012 -
Caterpillar Rolls Over Workers, Closes Plant
Caterpillar has announced that it will soon close its Electro-Motive plant in London Ontario, where locked out employees have been off the job since January 1 of this year.
Jan 27, 2012 -
Harper Government Threatening Cuts to Pensions
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is attempting to deflect increasing criticism over his recent comments about planned cuts to government-funded pensions by saying his government will delay their implementation.
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.