Meet our Trojan Horse at the Royal St. John’s Regatta

creynolds News Release, Privatization

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador would like to invite everyone to meet our 15-foot tall wooden Trojan Horse at the Royal St. John’s Regatta on August 2. Members will be on hand to talk to the hidden dangers of using public-private partnerships (P3s) to build health care facilities. The Ball Government plans to use P3 deals to build two health care …

Nova Scotia’s Billion Dollar Trojan Horse

creynolds News Release, Privatization

A cautionary tale for taxpayers in Newfoundland and Labrador Imagine a giant wooden horse just rolled into Corner Brook and everyone is impressed with the incredible gift sent to the community from the Ball Government. People come from miles and miles to admire the beautiful gift, to be used to build much needed health care facilities. After all, they’ve heard …

Library workers slam EY report on library services

creynolds News Release

CUPE members are asking how a long overdue report and at great cost to taxpayers, fails to provide the one recommendation it was ostensibly commissioned to deliver – whether or not to close public libraries in 54 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are no specific recommendations regarding the closures; rather, there are vague observations about establishing location parameters to …

Marystown municipal workers to take strike vote May 4

creynolds News Release, Uncategorized

The members of CUPE Local 1896, Marystown municipal workers, will take a strike vote on Thursday, May 4, to send a message asking town council to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract. Members were upset to learn that their wages were negotiated in council chambers without the union’s bargaining team present, late last year. After serving …

Town hall meeting to discuss financing of new Corner Brook health care facilities

creynolds News Release, Uncategorized

The Ball Government is about to build two health care facilities in Corner Brook using public-private partnerships (P3s), even though auditor generals, researchers and journalists across Canada continue to report on P3 failures and the waste of taxpayers’ money. Will these P3 deals be accountable, locally-controlled or a wise investment of tax dollars? Why would any provincial government rely on …

Follow Saskatchewan lead – restore all funding and save libraries: CUPE

creynolds Crossroads, News Release

On Monday April 24, Saskatchewan Education Minister Don Morgan announced that the provincial government would be completely restoring the $4.8 million in funding cuts to Saskatchewan’s libraries. Don Morgan was quoted by CBC as saying, “We’ve heard from people pretty clearly that they value the library in its present form. It’s important for them not just to have the electronic …

Dwight Ball’s Crossroads – A game of budgets and cuts for Newfoundland and Labrador

creynolds Collective Bargaining, News Release

A new ad campaign by public service workers in Newfoundland and Labrador will be shown on TV screens across the province beginning today. CUPE’s public services workers launched the ad to voice their concerns about the Ball Government’s strategy for job growth (or lack thereof) and threats the Province is making to freeze wages and slash benefits. Watch the television …

New position created by library board while frontline workers face potential job layoffs

creynolds Collective Bargaining, News Release

The executive of CUPE Local 2329 are outraged that, one day after the release of the provincial budget, the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB) has created a new, non-union position in the St. John’s libraries system, while the future of public libraries remains uncertain. Yesterday, Minister of Finance Cathy Bennett announced that the operating grant was restored to …

Future of public libraries remains uncertain

creynolds Economy, News Release

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 …

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

creynolds issues, News Release, Own Your NL, Privatization

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 …