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  • Infrastructure bank targets local water systems July 19, 2019
    The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is expanding its privatization plans to include municipal water and wastewater facilities. The bank recently announced its support for a public-private partnership (P3) in a small Ontario community, calling the move “innovative financing.” In a release supporting the CIB announcement, federal infrastructure minister François-Philippe Champagne praised the bank for advancing a […]
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  • Municipal employees in East Broughton reach a tentative agreement July 18, 2019
    The 14 blue-collar and 2 white-collar employees in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, QC unanimously voted in favour of a tentative agreement reached by their union and employer representatives. They had been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2017. The negotiations, which began in June 2018, were arduous. A conciliator was appointed to the case last March. […]
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  • Richmond K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement July 17, 2019
    CUPE 716, K-12 support workers at School District 38 in BC, reached a tentative agreement on July 15 following 10 sessions of bargaining that began in early April.   CUPE 716 President Ian Hillman thanked everyone on the Local’s bargaining committee for their dedication and efforts on behalf of members. “This was a difficult round of bargaining,” […]
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  • Another summer of shortages in health and social services July 17, 2019
    The Canadian Union of Public Employees has noted that the staff shortages have continued into the summer in the health and social services network in Quebec. The situation is serious and even critical in all institutions, in every region and in many job categories. The employees are paying the price as are members of the public. […]
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  • Nanaimo/Ladysmith K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement July 16, 2019
    CUPE 606, K-12 support workers at School District 68 in BC, reached a tentative agreement on Sunday, July 14 following many sessions of bargaining that began in early April. “Our committee was pleased with the outcome at the end of the day,” said CUPE 606 President Rob Zver. “We were able to achieve improvements that […]
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  • Premier Ford can’t wish hallway medicine away and cut millions of dollars in 2019 July 15, 2019
    While Premier Doug Ford announced last week that, within a year, no more patients would receive care in hospital hallways, the spring 2019 provincial budget and an economic review by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) point to hallway medicine getting much worse as health care cuts intensify, reports released at Queen’s Park today show. Based on […]
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  • Victoria outside K-12 support workers ratify tentative agreement July 12, 2019
    CUPE 382, K-12 outside support workers at School District 61 in BC reached a tentative agreement on July 11 following four sessions of bargaining that began in June.   CUPE 382 President Fred Schmidt noted that bargaining was reasonable, with no outlandish demands on either side. “This was an amazing learning experience,” said Schmidt. “It’s so gratifying […]
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  • Flight attendants quick to respond after Air Canada flight forced to turn around July 12, 2019
    When an Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawaii, flight attendants were quick to respond to the safety of those aboard. With 269 passengers and 15 crew, flight AC33 10JUL19 from Vancouver to Australia ran into sudden and unexpected turbulence and was forced to turn around just two hours past […]
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  • CUPE Ontario members rally against cuts to Brant Family and Children’s Services as entire board resigns July 12, 2019
    Fred Hahn, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE Ontario) joined front-line workers at Brant Family & Children’s Services (Brant FACS) and community members to rally against cuts to services for children and families, mandated by the Ford Conservatives, that prompted the entire Board of the Brant FACS to resign in protest today. […]
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  • K-12 support workers in Delta, BC reach tentative agreement July 11, 2019
    CUPE 1091, K-12 support workers at School District 37 in Delta, BC reached a tentative agreement on July 11 following 12 sessions of bargaining that began in early May. CUPE 1091 President Patti Price noted that each side of the table had three members with no previous bargaining experience. She said that it speaks well to […]
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