PITTSBURGH, PA / TORONTO, CANADA – As the largest private-sector union in North America, representing more than 850,000 members on both sides of the border, the United Steelworkers union (USW) sees U.S. President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan as an opportunity to maintain and create jobs, bolster manufacturing and make our communities safer.
We could end this cycle of opening up and shutting down with planning and concerted action by the provincial government, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.
It will hurt students, cost jobs, damage the university’s reputation
Corporations, lobbyists, consultants, investment advisors, and some Canadian governments, are promoting privatizing public infrastructure and services through public-private “partnerships,” also known as P3s.
Faced with the stalemate in negotiations over the last 10 months and a thinly veiled anti-union strategy at Diogenes suivi communautaire, the United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos has filed for arbitration for a first collective agreement. Quebec’s Labour Code allows for first-contract arbitration after unsuccessful negotiations and conciliation attempts.
“It is clear, from the signals in the Ontario government budget 2021, that the Ford government is intent on taking Ontario’s parents, students and educators further down the road to privatization,” stated Parker Robinson, President of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF).
As British Columbia gears up to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public, Unifor is urging the provincial government to follow Saskatchewan’s lead and give workers paid time off to receive the vaccine.
CTV News is reporting on OPSEU/SEFPO’s calls for the province to step in after it was revealed that the Grey Bruce public health CEO and Medical Officer of Health made a whopping $630,000 in 2020.
The “uncaring” budget presented yesterday by the Rankin government has many gaps in new program spending, some of which includes long term care, child care and community services. “Most notably, there was no recognition for the value of ‘care’ related jobs – predominantly female, low paying sectors of work,” says CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen.
ACTRA National President David Sparrow and National Executive Director Marie Kelly represented Canadian performers today before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to sound the alarm about a proposal in Bill C-10 that could significantly reduce the requirement to use Canadian creativity and talent.