Global Justice News in Brief - Spring 2018


Recent elections in Honduras have led tens of thousands of people, including CUPE’s partner organization CODEMUH, to the streets in protest. They are demanding the immediate resignation of Juan Orlando Hernández following what is widely believed to be fraudulent elections. Despite the public conclusion by the Organization of American States (OAS) that the November 26 elections were fraudulent and required new elections, the Canadian government recognized Hernandez prior to his inauguration.

Carleton University’s staff on the picket lines in defence of pensions

In a fight to protect their pension rights, administrative, technical and library staff at Carleton University will begin job action on Monday at 6 a.m.

After negotiations with Carleton University broke off in the early hours of this morning, the union that represents the employees who “make Carleton work” expressed disappointment and frustration at the university’s continued attempts to strip pension language from its employees’ collective agreement.

Federal Budget 2018: A deeper dive into what’s in it and what’s missing


The Liberals have titled their 2018 federal budget ‘Equality + Growth.’ It has a strong emphasis on reducing inequalities, particularly for women and Indigenous peoples. But unfortunately, it provides little support for programs and public services that would make a significant difference to the lives of most working women, such as a national child care program or a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Parliament lobby day on public solutions for health care

This week, CUPE and allies in the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) went to Parliament Hill to lobby MPs on the merits of public solutions to improve our health care system.

The theme of this year’s lobby day was “Health care based on need.” Activists spoke to MPs about a variety of issues, including how privatization makes wait times worse, the need for a national and public Pharmacare program, and the role of the federal government in enforcing the Canada Health Act.