Union Bug Blog
May 31, 2017 -
Paramedic Self-Regulation is Finally Coming
May 28 - June 3 is National Paramedic Services Week. It’s a time for us to thank paramedics and recognize them for their contributions to our public health services. It’s also time for us to note some significant changes coming to the profession, as self-regulation for Manitoba paramedics takes a step closer to becoming reality.
May 26, 2017 -
What Some People Don’t Want You to Know About Minimum Wage
The Manitoba Government is racing ahead with changes to minimum wage that will lock full-time minimum wage earners in to a poverty wage. Bill 33, The Minimum Wage Indexation Act will tie minimum wage increases to the cost of living.
May 19, 2017 -
HEBP Disability and Rehabilitation - Are You Covered?
Almost four million adult Canadians (roughly 14% of the adult population) report being limited in their daily activities due to a disability*. With disability claims on the rise in our country, that means having good long-term disability coverage at work is more important than ever.
May 12, 2017 -
P3 Pitfalls Aren’t Hard to Find ― So What’s Their Appeal?
If you don’t know what a P3 is yet, or why they’re proving to be such a bad idea, now’s the time to acquaint yourself. The Provincial government recently announced that they’ll be exploring ways to partner with private companies to design, build, finance and maintain three new schools in Winnipeg and one in Brandon.
May 05, 2017 -
Buying Your Approval
Billboards, social media, news sites - the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and the Manitoba Government really want you to buy into their new plan for health care. Since announcing an overhaul of medical services in Winnipeg on April 7, the government and WRHA have launched a series of taxpayer funded ads promoting their new vision titled, “Healing our Health System.”
Apr 06, 2017 -
Funding Non-profit Organizations Gives Good Value for Money
Several small non-profit organizations (NPOs) are nervously awaiting Manitoba’s 2017 budget. Funding sources they’ve come to rely on have been ‘on pause’ for months and its beginning to affect the services they provide.
Mar 31, 2017 -
Patient Care at Risk with Short-Sighted Cuts
Most of us would agree that quality health care ranks among our top priorities when it comes to public services. Whether it’s a quick and professional response in a health emergency, effective prevention and diagnosis of disease, or caring and dignified supports as we age, all are dependent upon the right people at the right time doing the right thing.
Mar 23, 2017 -
Federal Government Needs to Rethink ESL Cuts at ACC
The federal government recently decided to reduce funding for English as a Second Language programs at Assiniboine Community College (ACC). They claim that the reduced funding is due to lower numbers of new immigrants accessing settlement services in Brandon. But something doesn't add up.
Mar 17, 2017 -
Pay Equity Matters to Everyone
Less than a week after International Women’s Day, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women began the 61st session at UN headquarters in New York. I’m honoured to be a participant in the important deliberations being undertaken with sisters from the trade union movement from 44 countries.
Mar 15, 2017 -
Collective Bargaining Best Way to Reach Goals
In the coming days, health-care aides, teachers and thousands of other public service providers will find out just how much the Pallister government values their work.