Workers in Ontario developmental services need WSIB coverage – support Bill 145

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides compensation to workers who get sick or injured on the job. It’s one of the most important protections that workers have – but WSIB doesn’t cover everyone.

Among those not covered by WSIB are the workers who work in group homes, supporting people with developmental disabilities. Bill 145 amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to expand WSIB coverage to employees of group homes, as well as employees of residential care facilities, including retirement homes, rest homes and senior citizens’ residences.

Distribution of marijuana: concerns remain

CUPE-Quebec has learned that the Quebec government is preparing to table a bill to establish a “non‑commercial subsidiary of the SAQ” but remains concerned as to the government’s true intentions. One highly worrisome aspect of today’s news is the announcement that “external agents for the distribution and possibly also the marketing of cannabis” could be invited to work with the new government corporation, thereby opening the door to privatization.

Impasse declared in negotiations between province and highway workers

Conciliation talks between CUPE Local 1867, representing highway workers, and the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal broke off today after an impasse was declared by the conciliation officer appointed by the Department of Labour. The two groups have been in negotiations, including conciliation, since November 2014.

CUPE defends Canadian media and cultural producers on Parliament Hill

CUPE was on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon, calling on the government to finally make foreign digital businesses like Netflix pay their fair share in taxes.

Two CUPE representatives, senior economist Toby Sanger and research representative Nathalie Blais, appeared at the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade as part of their study on e‑commerce.

Blue Collar Workers in Laval Set to Strike

The City of Laval’s 750 blue collar workers recently voted 95% in favour of a strike and will take strike action this weekend and next.

The union gave strike notice to the labour tribunal on October 17, as required under the Québec Labour Code.

The first phase of this overtime strike will start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 28 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. The second phase will start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 5.