Union Bug Blog
Aug 14, 2012 -
Court Orders Second Canada Post Arbitrator to Recuse Himself
The Federal Court of Canada ruled yesterday that Guy Dufort, the second arbitrator appointed by the Harper government to resolve the dispute between Canada Post and its unionized wokers, must step aside and federal Labour Minister, Lisa Raitt, appoint a replacement.
Jul 30, 2012 -
The Looming Housing Crisis
The housing bubble in the United States that burst a few years ago has left more than 20 million people unemployed, underemployed or out of the workforce altogether. There are also more than 10 million homeowners that are behind in their mortgages. And tens of millions of Americans approaching retirement have seen most of their life’s savings disappear when plunging house prices eliminated most or all of the equity in their homes.
Jul 05, 2012 -
Nine European Countries Take Important Step Towards implementing Robin Hood Tax
At a recent meeting of European Finance Ministers in Copenhagen an agreement was reached paving the way for nine countries to implement a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), commonly called the Robin Hood Tax. The nine countries considering it include Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Estonia and possibly Slovakia.
Jun 21, 2012 -
June 21 is Aboriginal Solidarity Day
June 21 is celebrated as Aboriginal Solidarity Day across the country, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and M
Jun 12, 2012 -
Boycotting National Public Service Week
In the midst of a budgetary debate over drastic cuts to the federal public service, the Harper government has had the audacity to declare June 10-16, 2012 as National Public Service Week.
Jun 07, 2012 -
Report Shows Conservative Government on Mission to Cut Public Services
A report released this week in Switzerland by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) accuses the Canadian government of leading an attack on worker rights and for signaling to the country’s provinces and territories that it’s “open season” on freedom of association and collective bargaining.
May 30, 2012 -
Proud to March in Pride
In 1987, about 250 brave people took part in Winnipeg’s first Pride Day. This June 3, I will be attending Winnipeg’s 25th Pride celebration.
May 23, 2012 -
CPP Biggest Pension Fund in Canada
Despite federal government scare tactics that the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) may not be sustainable in the future, it is now reported that the CPP Fund hit a record high value of $161.6 billion last year, adding more than $13 billion to its assets as its investment manager diverted money from battered stock markets to ramp up its stake in private equity.
May 16, 2012 -
The New Face of Privatization?
A new NUPGE study looks at one of the most recent threats to public services. Social Impact Bonds are the newest idea to catch the eye of governments attempting to “reform” the public service to save money.
May 09, 2012 -
Time to Expand the Manitoba Advantage
There has been much discussion about the direction Manitoba Hydro (MH) is heading in and the role it should play in our province. It’s an important discussion to have because MH is one of the most significant drivers of our economy.