Union Bug Blog
Sep 25, 2007 -
Boomers Won't Break Medicare
It is a commonly held belief that an aging Canadian population and a concurrent surge in the number of Baby Boomers entering old age will render the medicare system unsustainable.
Sep 19, 2007 -
Pension Switch Puts Workers' Futures at Risk
MTS Allstream has recently proposed changes to the pension plans of hundreds of employees that are part of the Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba (TEAM), IPPTE Local 161. Union officials are suggesting that the proposed changes to the pension plan will be detrimental to workers, and it looks as if this issue is about to become a major point of contention in current contract negotiations.
Sep 13, 2007 -
A Small Price To Pay
At the beginning of September, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) introduced a mandatory program that requires owners of vehicles deemed to be at a high risk of being stolen to have immobilizers installed. Owners of vehicles in this category that do not have immobilizers by the beginning of this month will be denied auto insurance.
Sep 10, 2007 -
Much Work Remains in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling
Sep 04, 2007 -
Corporate Salary Insanity
Just how high can corporate salaries go? A new joint study by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy indicates that the top U.S. private-equity fund managers were paid more for every 10 minutes on the job in 2006 than the average U.S. worker earned in the entire year. Data for the study came from the U.S. Labor Department and Forbes magazine.
Aug 29, 2007 -
Not Just Another Holiday
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast of the United States almost exactly two years ago, it was revealed that massive budget cuts of the Bush administration had diverted important funds needed to complete levees that would have mitigated the intensity of the disaster. These monies had apparently been diverted to the Department of Homeland Security to assist with the war in Iraq.
Aug 23, 2007 -
Milt Stegall: More Than a Record
Any Winnipegger or Manitoban who pays even the slightest attention to professional sports was aware that a very special milestone was surpassed recently. On July 27 Milt Stegall, the iconic receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, became the Canadian Football League’s all-time touchdown leader. As if crossing the goal line 138 times isn’t hard enough, Stegall did it as a receiver, arguably much more difficult to accomplish than as a running back.
Aug 20, 2007 -
Where's Our Voice?
On August 20-21, US President George Bush, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are meeting in Montebello, Quebec to discuss a continent-wide trade deal known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).
Aug 15, 2007 -
It's Time For Employers to Pay Up
One of the most important supports that unionized workers receive these days is extended health care benefits. Extended health benefits include the medical, dental and vision care that are essential to our well-being. But the troubling reality for our health care workers is that in the vast majority of other provinces, health care workers receive better coverage than Manitoba workers do.
Aug 10, 2007 -
The Public Service and the Bottom Line
Over a decade ago the federal government decided the only way it could make up for the huge deficits being run in Ottawa was to reduce the size of the public service. As a result, approximately 75,000 jobs were slashed.