Dwight Ball’s Liberal Government is setting the province on the road to a deeper recession, but they don’t have to. Look at Alberta, where they chose to help the people of their province, not hurt them when they’re down.
An update for the CUPE Locals and members currently engaged in collective bargaining with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In an unprecedented move by the Provincial Government, Finance Minister Cathy Bennett undermined negotiations, with provincial employees represented by CUPE, during a news conference held today.
CUPE Newfoundland Labrador, along with the Common Front NL, has communicated strong opposition to the economic direction government is currently pursuing. CUPE has made clear in meetings with the Minister of Finance and in various briefs and submissions that a recession is not the time to be focused on balancing the budget and cutting jobs. Government has options to raise revenues to both address the deficit in a reasonable timeframe and invest to stimulate economic growth in the short term.
CUPE is heartened to hear Minister Dale Kirby fervently defend the public education system. “I hope that Minister Kirby will support the library system just as strongly, by permanently reversing the devastating cuts and closure of 54 public libraries in rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Wayne Lucas.
On Monday February 13, CUPE members will be joined by friends and family to protest the Liberal Government’s use of a ‘so-called’ public-private partnership (P3) to build a long-term care facility in Corner Brook.
“It’s an alternative fact that the Ball Government is interested in listening to the public about what they want in their provincial budget,” says Wayne Lucas, president of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador.
CUPE representatives are asking for the public’s support to protect laundry services at the Bonne Bay Health Centre, where job cuts are threatening to increase the workload of remaining staff at the primary health care and long term care facility.
As most of you are very much aware, our public sector Locals are now actively involved in bargaining with their Employers and Treasury Board officials. In order to establish a backdrop on the timelines of this round of bargaining we can offer the following.
Please click on the highlighted link for the schedule of Union Development courses being offered for the period of February to December, 2017.
CUPE Newfoundland Labrador is connecting with the community through the holiday season! Listen and watch our holidays ads airing on radio and television.
(November 25, 2016) – Women and persons with disabilities will face a significant and unfair disadvantage under proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan. CUPE Newfoundland Labrador is urging the federal government to address troubling gaps in legislation to expand the CPP that will harm workers already vulnerable to post-retirement poverty.
November 10, 2016 – Education Minister Dale Kirby should show more respect for people living in rural communities, public library patrons and frontline library workers, say representatives of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador. His failure to attend any of the roundtable consultations, from October 5 to November 8, reveals the Liberal government was only paying ‘lip service’ to their review of the provinces public libraries.
(St. John's) - CUPE Newfoundland Labrador and the two locals representing inside and outside municipal workers, CUPE 569 and CUPE 1289, are shocked and disgusted with the latest round of staff cuts resulting from the City of St. John’s Program Review.
(October 13, 2016) – Representatives of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador are calling out Education Minister Dale Kirby for hiding behind paid consultants and secretive meetings. CUPE was recently made aware of an invitation-only meeting of library stakeholders, which took place October 12, 2016. Although some management level staff were invited, frontline library workers from the 54 public libraries under threat of closure were excluded.
(September 9, 2016) - The union representing frontline workers at Iris Kirby House and O’Shaughnessy House continues to support the review process to resolve outstanding issues related to management of the shelter. However, staff are concerned by the potential effects that delays and the outcome may have for the safety and well-being of the women and children who require shelter and services.
The Fall 2016 schedule of union development courses is now available on-line.
(September 2, 2016) - We invite you to come join with us at the Swilers Rugby Complex as we celebrate Labour Day 2016!
(September 2, 2016) – For unions, Labour Day is our time to celebrate our work and the victories we win to make life better for everyone, like the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. There is also much to be done, tackling issues like saving our public libraries, precarious work and the shrinking number of good jobs.
(July 19, 2016) - Representatives of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador are dismayed to learn that the provincial government has initiated a costly external review of the provinces libraries, in addition to the steep cost of hiring lawyers for bargaining.