Union Bug Blog
Dec 03, 2013 -
Dec. 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
More than 4.4 million people in Canada live with disabilities – over 14 per cent of the population. But even those who have jobs are twice as likely to be living in poverty as people who do not have disabilities.
Nov 15, 2013 -
Short-Staffing is Jeopardizing Patient Care
A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a rally at the Manitoba Legislature to bring attention to the issue of short-staffing in our health care facilities and personal care homes.
Oct 30, 2013 -
CETA: Canadians Will Bear the Brunt of Costs
Imagine a union leader, who was being investigated for misuse of union funds, suddenly announcing that he had reached the best collective agreement ever. But when his members asked what exactly was in this historically wonderful collective agreement – timed so conveniently while the official was embroiled in a spending scandal – the union leader said he couldn't tell anybody what was in the deal! In fact he didn't even have a piece of paper confirming that the deal was reached.
Oct 17, 2013 -
One-Size-Fits-All View of MDC Absurd
Recent editions of the Free Press have carried pieces by Will Braun and others regarding the Manitoba Developmental Centre at Portage la Prairie. Braun's piece is most provocative because it is superficial and smacks of zealotry.
Oct 11, 2013 -
Number of Provincial civil servants drops
The latest report from The Civil Service Commission confirms what the MGEU and its members have been saying for quite a while now: the total number of provincial employees has dropped.
Oct 08, 2013 -
NUPGE Launches "Why Unions Matter" Contest
Do you know how unions make a difference? Do you have a story to share? The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) wants to hear from you.
Aug 30, 2013 -
Labour Day 2013 - Unions Matter More Than Ever Before
As we enter the Labour Day weekend, we are likely to hear from several media pundits about the relevance and value of unions in society today. This isn't a surprise, such statements have been around for well over a century. Back in 1886, the predecessor to the Globe and Mail, The Daily Globe, published an editorial with a headline that read “Unions were good at one time, but haven't they outlived their usefulness?”
Jul 31, 2013 -
CMA Calls for the Eradication of Poverty
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) undertook a series of consultations aimed at gathering input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. The findings of those consultations have just been released in a report entitled Health Care in Canada: What Makes Us Sick?
Jul 03, 2013 -
A Global Tax Justice Movement Rises: The New Fight to End Inequality
The world’s largest non-governmental organizations, labour and faith groups are “putting world leaders on notice – members of civil society are uniting for tax justice everywhere.”
Jun 14, 2013 -
The Elephant in the Room
In mid-May, the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union launched a campaign to get Manitobans talking about a simple, stark reality: those who provide public services to Manitobans have been working hard to deliver more with less, but the system is starting to give.