Add the House of Commons finance committee to the growing list of groups calling for Canada’s major airports not to be privatized. The recommendation comes in the House of Commons finance committee’s report from its pre-budget consultations.
CUPE 2450 and the Village of Nakusp have ratified a new five-year agreement after more than 28 months of negotiations.
Sixteen of 23 eligible voters attended the ratification meeting Monday, and 75 per cent of members voted in favour of the tentative agreement.
“This has been a long and challenging round of negotiations,” says CUPE 2450 President Andy Cruden. “However, we are pleased to finally have a new agreement in place and we are now prepared to focus our attention on rebuilding our working relationship with the Village.”
More than 20 per cent of Canadians are racialized, or “visible minority” as reported in the 2016 Census, up from less than five per cent in 1981. Despite this growth, being racialized in Canada still comes with a hefty price in terms of lower incomes and wages, as well as other forms of discrimination.
It’s been a bit of a mystery. Inflation has been so persistently low, not just in Canada but also in other countries, that central bankers are not only trying to push it up, but also struggling to explain why it isn’t higher.
Consumer price inflation has averaged just 1.5 per cent annually since 2008, even though central banks want inflation to be higher. An average of 1.5 per cent is well below the Bank of Canada’s two per cent target rate of inflation.
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After averaging less than 1.5 per cent in each of the last two years, the national average for wage settlements is finally moving up.
Base wage adjustments settled in the first nine months of this year include yearly average increases of 1.7 per cent over the life of collective agreements, up from 1.3 per cent in 2016 and just 1.2 per cent in 2015.
CUPE is calling on the Trudeau government to match its rhetoric with action when it comes to addressing the serious gap in the 2016 CPP expansion. The proposed fix to the government’s plan announced Monday at the meeting of Canada’s finance ministers appears to be yet another half-measure that maintains a serious penalty for workers who take time off due to disability or to raise children.
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CUPE Local 338 members who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment have served 72-hour strike notice, putting the union in a legal strike position as of Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m.
The 17 jail guards are employees of Commissionaires BC and the union has been attempting to negotiate a first collective agreement on their behalf for more than six months.