Know your rights

creynolds Fact Sheet, Health and Safety

All Canadian workers have these four rights to health and safety in the workplace. The Right to Know Workers have the right to know what health and safety hazards are related to their work. It is an employer’s legal obligation to tell workers of any hazards they may encounter, the likelihood of being exposed, and the severity of harm if …

Fund the Future – Provincial Day of Action February 6

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Dear Sisters and Brothers: On Wednesday, February 6, the Canadian Federation of Students- Newfoundland and Labrador (CFS- NL) will be holding a Provincial Day of Action demanding increased funding to post-secondary education in the province. RSVP for the march on Facebook.  We are a proud supporter of the “Fund the Future” campaign and the upcoming Provincial Day of Action, and …

CUPE Submission to the Newfoundland and Labrador 2018 Pre-Budget Consultation

CUPE Submission to the Newfoundland and Labrador 2018 Pre-Budget Consultation

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CUPE NL supports the position taken by the Common Front NL in urging government to focus on protecting existing jobs in the public and private sectors and invest to stimulate economic growth in the short term. The real crisis facing the province is not how to balance the books but how to stop rising unemployment. Yes, the deficit needs to …

Future of public libraries remains uncertain

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No hope was offered to public library workers in the provincial budget announced today by Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Cathy Bennett. Workers anticipated a definitive answer on what the province intends to do with the 54 libraries slated to be closed – or if they will continue to have a job. Those questions remain unanswered. CUPE has been calling …

Submission to the NL Minister of Finance Pre-Budget Consultation

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In the Pre-Budget Discussion Guide, the Minister of Finance asks submissions to focus on aspects of the government’s economic plan outlined in The Way Forward. 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 …

CUPE and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador representatives discuss P3 contracts for infrastructure

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CUPE Newfoundland Labrador President Wayne Lucas and CUPE Senior Economist Toby Sanger met with the Honourable Kathy Bennett, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Transportation and Works, on March 28 to discuss the dangers of using private-public partnerships (P3s) to build infrastructure. CUPE firmly believes that P3s are not in the best interest of workers, our …

Private financing wrong direction for Canadian infrastructure bank

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A report written by CUPE Economist Toby Sanger warns that private financing of the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank could double the cost of infrastructure projects, and shows how the bank can instead provide low-cost, public financing for much-needed projects. The study was published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in advance of the federal budget, where more details of the proposed …

Five times provincial governments failed with P3 hospitals

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A warning for taxpayers in Newfoundland and Labrador Time and time again provincial governments are forced to admit they were wrong to use public private partnerships (P3s) to construct health care facilities, costing taxpayers billions of dollars more than they would spend if those hospitals were publicly owned and constructed. Auditor Generals, researchers and journalists across Canada continue to report …

Letter: Red lights flashing — will Liberals heed the warning?

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The following letter to the editor by Wayne Lucas was published in The Telegram on February 2, 2017. In her Jan. 26 article entitled “N.L. Liberals follow PCs to P3s, but details scanty,” reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick shines a light on the Liberal government’s lack of transparency in their plans to use a P3 to design, construct, finance and maintain a …

Ball Government pushing ‘alternative facts’ through phony budget consultations

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“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. “There seems to be a trend in politics these days to promote your own hidden agenda using alternative facts,” says Lucas. “It’s an alternative fact that the consultations held …