Given a generational opportunity to revamp NAFTA, the Trudeau government has fallen short on its promise to negotiate the modern, progressive trade deal that Canadians deserve. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is anything but “progressive”, and it will set Canada back on critical priorities like Pharmacare.
Three significant announcements in the last few days from B.C.’s NDP government are a signal that B.C. is rejecting the previous government health privatization agenda and moving to invest in seniors’ care.
No P3 for RCH hospital expansion
On September 22, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix unveiled the latest plans for the expansion of Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster including an acute care tower and expanded ER.
For decades in Canada, governments were the most important funders of post-secondary education, providing more than 80 per cent of the revenue of colleges and universities. But over the past two decades government funding has dropped to only 50 per cent, leaving students to pick up more of the tab. We urgently need a greater investment in post-secondary education from the federal government. Don’t fall for these common excuses as to why the federal government shouldn’t provide more money.
Myth: The federal government is already spending a lot of money on PSE.
The Ford government announced today they are slashing the amount businesses will pay to support the insurance system that protects injured workers, instead of making investments to ensure the program adequately provides injured workers with the support they deserve.
CUPE welcomes Fort St. James municipal workers after a positive vote. Workers for the District, a small community located forty kilometers north of Vanderhoof and just two hours from Prince George, will now be represented by CUPE 4951.
“On behalf of CUPE 4951, I am very pleased to welcome these new members to our local,” said Lily Bachand, CUPE 4951 President. “We are excited to combine our voices with the workers of Fort St. James, and look forward to working with the employer on a first agreement.”
CUPE Local 1949 will be making an important announcement and delivery during the Legal Aid Commission’s next meeting on Friday.
CUPE Local 1949 represents 150 Legal Aid employees including lawyers and administrative staff. In that last month, Legal Aid Saskatchewan has privatized the majority of duty counsel work in the Saskatoon office and eliminated three staff lawyer positions.
Speakers will include Tribal Chief Mark Arcand, CUPE National President Mark Hancock, and Meara Conway, Vice-president of CUPE Local 1949.
Five locals give back to their community with picnic in the park
Cloudy weather was not enough to dampen spirits at the fourth annual Tri-Cities family picnic in the park on Saturday (September 22).
Before a spectacular view of Burrard Inlet, members from five CUPE locals served up hotdogs, snacks and refreshments while providing games and face painting for the kids. Visitors to Rocky Point Park were surprised and delighted to wander into the CUPE fest and be welcomed with offers of free food and children’s entertainment. Some gave donations to help offset the costs.
A national, universal single-payer pharmacare plan would save lives and save Canadians billions in prescription costs. That’s the case CUPE made before the House of Commons Finance Committee this morning, as the committee makes it way through consultations for the 2019 federal budget.