Day: July 25, 2019

Infrastructure bank targets local water systems

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is expanding its privatization plans to include municipal water and wastewater facilities. The bank recently announced its support for a public-private partnership (P3) in a small Ontario community, calling the move “innovative financing.” In a releaseRead More

Health minister urged to overrule “poorly thought out” decision to close forensic pathology in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant and Dufferin

Ontario’s health minister is being urged by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to overrule closing the forensic pathology unit at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre and moving 1,300 medical-legal autopsies and investigations in sudden or suspicious deaths annually forRead More

BC 9-1-1 operators launch awareness campaign

BC’s 9-1-1 operators play a critical role in emergency response for communities throughout the province, but they remain invisible to the public—a situation the Emergency Dispatchers of BC hope to change with a new awareness campaign launched this week. With its mainRead More

Underpaid student employees: Sherbrooke blue-collar workers take action

Exasperated at seeing the City of Sherbrooke underpaying its student employees, CUPE 2729 submitted an application for certification to the Administrative Labour Tribunal last July 18 for the purpose of including the students in its collective agreement. The City of Sherbrooke employsRead More

CUPE 650 votes in favour of strike action, joining CUPE 3766 to tell Regina Public School Division: “Our schools work because we do”

For the second time in less than three weeks, workers of the Regina Public School Division have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action. In a meeting held July 17, 2019, members of CUPE 650 voted 93 per cent in favourRead More

After a long and challenging round of bargaining, CUPE 1949 Legal Aid workers get a tentative agreement

After 25 bargaining sessions that took place over the course of two years, Legal Aid workers with CUPE 1949 have signed a tentative agreement. “This is not just good news for our members, it’s a major victory for our most vulnerableRead More

EI celebrates education champions

Today Education International honoured two outstanding activists during its 8th World Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Curtis Riep received the Albert Shanker Education Award and Jalila al Salman received the Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Trade Union Rights Award. Every WorldRead More

City of Bathurst locks out CUPE 1282 members

Following a deadlock in negotiations, the City of Bathurst has locked out the members of CUPE 1282. These employees work in many positions essential to the city’s operations, including secretaries, IT support technicians, payroll and accounts clerks, operations analysts, purchasing agents,Read More

Congress takes action to achieve universal free quality education

The fourth day of Education International’s 8th World Congress was a celebration of human rights and an expression of the collective strength of the teaching profession. The theme of the day was ensuring free quality education for all. In aRead More

Czech energy company denies rights to Georgian workers

The Georgian union launched a campaign for dignity and respect at work, union recognition, and negotiated wages that meet living costs and are indexed to inflation. However, the company has refused to meet with the union or address any ofRead More

First young delegate caucus at the EI World Congress

First Young Advocates Round Table at the EI World Congress Today, the 8th EI World Congress hosted the first Young Advocates Round Table. With a strict age limit of 35, participants sat together and developed strategies on how to boostRead More

South East Asian cement workers demand an end to unfair competition

The unions unanimously passed a South East Asia cement network declaration at the end of IndustriALL regional cement industry workshop on 23-24 July 2019 in Bogor, Indonesia. “We are convinced that only joint action can save a sustainable cement productionRead More

Educators come together to share lessons on democracy

A book, written by EI President Susan Hopgood and former EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen, entitled “On Education & Democracy; 25 Lessons from the Teaching Profession”, was launched by the co-authors during the EI Congress in Bangkok on theRead More

Moroccan unions reject strike-restricting law

Unions are demanding the proposed legislation, which limits the right to strike, is withdrawn for adoption by the Moroccan parliament. The draft regulatory law No. 15.97 was written without consultation or negotiation with trade unions, contravening fundamental International Labour OrganizationRead More

Union picket at Spanish packaging company in Turkey enters ninth week

Workers are protesting against the company in Söğütlü town of Sakarya province after it unlawfully dismissed six trade union members on 29 May 2019. The company is refusing to recognize the union, even though the Turkish Ministry of Labour issuedRead More

Unions on the Frontlines

In a well-received speech at Education International’s 8th World Congress, guest speaker Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and former EI Vice-President, argued that education workers’ unions must be involved in the fight for democracy,Read More

World’s Teachers Condemn Donald Trump over Racist Attacks on U.S. Congresswomen

8th Education International World Congress – Unions Representing 32 Million Educators from more than 170 Countries Stand in Solidarity with Women Representatives told to “go back” Education International, the global body representing the world’s teachers, voted unanimously Thursday to condemnRead More