Winnipeg’s municipal workers support Shoal Lake #40

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WINNIPEG – The municipal workers who deliver Winnipeg’s water have joined those calling for the building of an all-weather access road to Shoal Lake #40 First Nation. “It is unjust that the people who live in the community that sources our public water have been under a boil water advisory for 17 years and are often cut-off entirely from accessing clean water and public services” says Mike Davidson, President of CUPE Local 500. “As the workers who deliver this water to Winnipeggers, Read more [...]

CUPE Manitoba applauds provincial government’s continued wage enhancement for community living workers.

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WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government announced the next phase of its 2014 commitment to continue to improve wages for workers who provide support to adults with intellectual disabilities. “Workers who support members of the community with intellectual disabilities deserve to have fair and reasonable compensation” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba. “This work is integral to the well-being of our community, and we are pleased that the government has recognized the value of the work Read more [...]

CUPE Western Municipal Conference Takes Place in Winnipeg

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Winnipeg – Municipal workers from across Western Canada are gathering in Winnipeg this week to discuss important issues facing the municipal sector. The CUPE Western Municipal Conference is bringing CUPE municipal members from 30 Locals from across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba together to tackle issues including privatization, contracting out, Public Private Partnerships, as well as trends facing the sector. “Municipal workers are often the first in our communities to be threatened Read more [...]

CUPE 500 Presents to Public Works Committee – Snow Plowing should be brought back in-house

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CUPE Local 500 President Mike Davidson presented a summary of the local's Public Plowing Works report to the City of Winnipeg Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Public Works, calling for contracted-out snow clearing to be brought back in-house. "CUPE 500’s Snow Plowing Hotline resulted in hundreds of comments and concerns from across the city" Davidson told the committee. "The fact that so many Winnipeggers have offered their concerns and ideas on snow plowing indicates strong public interest Read more [...]

Pallister seeks to privatize Manitoba’s Social Services

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Winnipeg – Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister’s June 9th plan to explore Social Impact Bonds as a model to fund social service agencies is cause for deep concern. “Pallister wants to remove government’s social contract with its citizens and replace it with a private contract,” says Kelly Moist President of CUPE Manitoba. “At its core, Pallister’s plan would allow private companies to profit from poverty using the public purse." Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are financing Read more [...]

CUPE 2348 Opposes Cuts to Community Support Workers

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Winnipeg – Members of CUPE Local 2348, representing Community Support Workers, Community Liaison Officers, and Cross Cultural Support Workers spoke out at the June 8th Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees meeting in support of continued resources for the community. “Every hour counts when it comes to working with vulnerable or at-risk youth,” said Sandy Deng, CUPE 2348 Cultural Diversity Chair. “Our schools are diverse, and CUPE 2348 members believe we need adequate staffing to address Read more [...]

PC’s private child care plan the wrong direction

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WINNIPEG – If there is one issue that is galvanising support across Canada, it is the need for affordable and accessible public child care. Unfortunately Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party is looking to take our province in a completely different direction. “Universally accessible child care is the issue of our time,” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba “but Brian Pallister wants to hand the reigns over to private companies.” In a recent Winnipeg Free Press article, Read more [...]