CUPE welcomes the tabling of Bill 157 yesterday, which is aimed, in particular, at creating the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQC). In this case, Minister Lucie Charlebois opted to create a subsidiary of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) which will take responsibility for the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of cannabis in Quebec.
Seven candidates with strong progressive backgrounds in labour activism and community involvement have put their names forward to run for the board of directors of Pacific Blue Cross, setting the stage for a critical election at the benefit provider’s annual general meeting on December 13.
Nomination packages for the seven candidates were delivered late last week to the offices of Pacific Blue Cross.
Hundreds gathered around a bonfire at Fernie Secondary School last Sunday to remember and pay tribute to the three men who lost their lives in a tragic workplace accident last month.
Wayne Hornquist, 59, Lloyd Smith, 52, and Jason Podloski, 46, died October 17 while making emergency repairs to the refrigeration plant at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Hornquist and Smith were both City of Fernie employees and CUPE members, and Podloski was a CIMCO Refrigeration employee.
After the financial crisis and market crash of 2008-09, employers and governments tried to use temporary pension deficits to fear-monger about pension sustainability. They hoped to scare our members into accepting permanent pension concessions. But CUPE members fought back, engaged at bargaining tables, and refused to accept that defined benefit pension plans were broken.
On front lawns across Georgina, Ontario, signs of support are going up for members of CUPE 3572.
Beginning late last week, dozens of volunteers began putting up 500 lawn signs bearing the message “CUPE 3572 Workers Make It Possible at Georgina Community Living.”
“We’re thrilled that so many people in the community have taken a sign to show their support for the work that our members do every day,” said Lisa Thompson, President of CUPE 3572.