Union Bug Blog
Jan 22, 2018 -
Bankruptcy Highlights Risks in Privatization Schemes
The recent bankruptcy of the giant UK firm Carillion has important lessons for Manitoba. Carillion has cashed in on massive privatization schemes around the globe – from the UK to Saskatchewan – providing various public services, like snow clearing, building maintenance and infrastructure project management.
Jan 19, 2018 -
Health Care Blind Spot
Manitoba’s health care system is undergoing major changes. Many Manitobans fear that the changes are more about saving money than improving health, and that privatization of parts of the health care system may be a slippery slope towards the erosion of our treasured single-payer public health care system.
Dec 22, 2017 -
A Big "Thanks" to Those Working Around the Clock this Holiday Season
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us and a new year is just around the corner. One of my favourite things about this time of year are the inspiring stories of people helping others.
Dec 13, 2017 -
How Can You Make Sound Workplace Safety and Health Policy Without Ever Talking to Workers?
On December 4, the government announced it would be eliminating the Advisory Council on Matters Related to Workplace Safety and Health. They claim they are trying to cut costs, which seems short-sighted at best and downright dangerous at worst. The cost savings are negligible and the last thing our province needs right now is more top-down, single-minded legislation that ignores the experience and ideas of those of us who are actually on work sites, doing the work.
Dec 07, 2017 -
Manitoba Labour Leader to Premier: Let's Get to Work
On November 21, in its third throne speech since being elected, the Pallister government unveiled a plan to create what it’s calling a "transformative civil service transition strategy." While still short on details, its stated goal is a worthy one. They want to "challenge public servants to better understand and meet the needs of citizens, question past practices and experiment with innovative ideas, and harness their collective talent."
Nov 29, 2017 -
Bus Fare Increase Unfair to Working Families
Last week the City of Winnipeg released its 2018 budget, and it included some bad news for those who depend on Winnipeg Transit. Bus fares are going up 25 cents from $2.70 to $2.95 while monthly fares will jump from $90.50 to $100.10. Seniors will have to dish out more too, as their fees will jump 22 cents from $1.18 to $1.30 per trip. To put this into perspective, if you buy a regular adult monthly pass every month of the year, you’ll be paying $115.00 dollars more annually.
Nov 24, 2017 -
New Parent Taking Parental Leave? What Canada’s EI Changes Mean for You
The Federal Government recently announced a number of big changes to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and leaves. Among the changes, they’re adding a new extended parental leave option, which will allow new parents to choose between an 18-month leave or the current 12-month leave.
Nov 17, 2017 -
MGEU Members Looking for Priorities in Upcoming Throne Speech
Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, November 21, is Throne Speech day in Manitoba. It’s arguably one of the most important days of the year for any provincial government. Throne Speeches give the public a clearer picture of what the government has determined to be a priority and ultimately what provincial initiatives we can expect to see in the next year.
Nov 03, 2017 -
KPMG Has it Wrong: Social Housing Isn’t for-Profit
When the government hired private consulting firm KPMG to deliver a “value for money” audit of all public services, the request included a review of the province’s social housing system along with options to transform it.
Oct 18, 2017 -
KPMG's Value-for-Money Report is an Exercise in Confusion
This week's long-awaited release of the KPMG value-for-money report provided the background for an important policy announcement from Manitoba's finance minister. Based on the report's recommendations, Finance Minister Cameron Friesen advised that his government will be eliminating 1,200 jobs from Manitoba's civil service.