Union applies for conciliation in bargaining with the Halifax Regional School Board

Halifax Regional School Board sign

The union representing support staff at the Halifax Regional School Board has applied for conciliation in contract negotiations that broke off on Wednesday, November 14, 2017. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National Representative Karen MacKenzie says the union hopes to meet with the conciliator as soon as possible since negotiations have dragged on for … Read more…

Submission to the Pension Funding Framework Review and other issues affecting pension plans

The following submission to the province, entitled “Pension Funding Framework Review and other issues affecting pension plans”, was made by CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen and the CUPE NS Pension Committee on November 10, 2017. CUPE Nova Scotia is disappointed that the Pension Funding Framework Review discussion paper fails to address the top concerns of the … Read more…

Public sector wages not on pace with inflation

Chart - Wage and Price Increases

Governments in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are now either imposing or pushing wage freezes and/or cuts on public sector workers in their provinces. Over the past seven years, base wage increases in collective agreements for public sector workers across Canada averaged just 1.4% year, while consumer price inflation increased by an average … Read more…

A tale of two budgets – Alberta and Saskatchewan

There is no better example of budgets being about political choices than a comparison of the Alberta and Saskatchewan budgets. Alberta’s budget invested in infrastructure and public services while Saskatchewan went with cuts and tax hikes for everyone except corporations (who got a tax break). Alberta’s reliance on revenue from oil and gas has had a ‘boom … Read more…

False fiscal crises undermine the public sector

The deficit made me do it. It’s becoming a distressingly predictable excuse. A new (or old) government suddenly finds a larger-than-anticipated deficit, claims it’s facing a fiscal crisis and uses this as cover to freeze or slash wages, demand concessions and two-tier contracts, lay off workers, cut public services and privatize. We’ve seen this show many … Read more…

ECEs will continue to deliver quality play-based learning

Chris Melanson, CUPE 5047 president

CUPE School Board Sector replies to NSTU statement The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing early learning educators (ECE) in Nova Scotia, disagrees with the recent statement made by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union (NSTU) that teachers should be working in pre-primary classrooms. “CUPE has supported NSTU in the past and will continue to … Read more…