Union Bug Blog
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.
Nov 09, 2012 -
Publicly-Controlled Liquor Systems Remain Superior to Private Counterparts
A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Parkland Institute has looked at the effects of liquor privatization in Western Canada.
Nov 01, 2012 -
Bill C-377 is Just Bad Legislation
Bill C-377 – An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) will enter third reading soon. If it becomes law, it will force unions to provide an onerous level of detailed financial disclosure about their work on behalf of their members.
Oct 25, 2012 -
How Are Canadians Really Doing?
A new report by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) takes a look at the changes in the wellbeing of Canadians that took place over the 17-year period from 1994 to 2010. It then focuses on how these changes compared to changes in Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the same period.
Oct 10, 2012 -
Keep Moratorium on Private Wine Stores
Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst waded into the debate over opening more private wine stores in Manitoba during a public meeting recently over the future and regulation of liquor and gaming in Manitoba.
Sep 27, 2012 -
Correctional Officers and Youth Facility Workers Gather in Ottawa
Members from Components of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will be meeting in Ottawa on September 27 and 28 to discuss major issues affecting workers in correctional and youth facilities.
Sep 17, 2012 -
ILO: Weakening Collective Bargaining Hurts Recovery
Weakening or decentralizing collective bargaining arrangements– as some countries have done during the crisis – is likely to lead to more wage inequalities and social instability, the United Nation's International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned.
Sep 10, 2012 -
The Costs of Mental Illness
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Almost every person in every community across Canada is touched in some way by mental health problems and illnesses. Fortunately, organizations like Partners for Mental Health (www.partnersformh.ca) are helping to get accurate information about mental illness out to the public and also to help dispel the many myths that surround it.
Aug 30, 2012 -
Labour Day 2012
Welcome to Labour Day, the holiday that is so much a part of our culture that Canadians rarely pause to consider its true purpose and meaning. Today, Labour Day is more associated with a day off work, spending time with the kids, and enjoying good music and food, rather than with what it was meant to be - a heartfelt celebration of workers and the labour movement. That's too bad, but not surprising.
Aug 20, 2012 -
Health Status of Poor Deteriorating
A recent study commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association shows that there is a growing inequality in access to health care. One in four Canadians earning less than $30,000 annually have delayed or stopped taking prescription drugs because they did not have money to pay for the treatment.