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.
“This is an important day for climate action. Carbon pricing is just one tool in the toolbox for meeting the climate crisis, but it remains an important one. We hope that today’s decision drives forward ambitious federal action to respond to the climate emergency and to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is a just one.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
CUPE Ontario is calling the Government of Ontario’s Spring Budget yet another missed opportunity.
OPSEU/SEFPO is again leading the way by offering to provide space to the City of Toronto to assist in public inoculations efforts. President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is proposing a newly acquired and renovated building in north Toronto (155 Lesmill Rd) as a COVID vaccination centre.
Canadian performers have ratified the terms of settlement reached between ACTRA and Game On Creative, Inc. with respect to the agreement covering performers engaged in video game production in Canada. The new agreement includes a three per cent increase to all rates in each year of the three-year Agreement and is retroactively in effect from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023.