Private financing wrong direction for Canadian infrastructure bank

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 … Read more…

McNeil Liberals have created an unnecessary crisis for Nova Scotia labour relations: CUPE

Rally to support NSTU teachers at the NS Legislature

CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen wants the McNeil Government to know they have created an unnecessary crisis in labour negotiations in the province. “Collective bargaining works if all parties respect the process. Our members are at bargaining tables every day, working to find solutions,” says McFadgen. “The McNeil Government, on the other hand, is … Read more…

Five times provincial governments failed with P3 hospitals

A warning for taxpayers in Nova Scotia 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 … Read more…

2017 Nova Scotia Workshop Schedule

union education workshop

Workshops for CUPE NS members February to December of 2017 We are pleased to announce the schedule of workshops being offered to for all CUPE members in Nova Scotia from February to December of 2017. As always you are not limited to those listed. If you would like to have other workshops arranged for your local, or scheduled on weekdays … Read more…

CUPE 8920 Health Care Bargaining Update – January 19, 2017

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Dear Sisters and Brothers: The Health Care Bargaining Council, which includes members of the CUPE 8920 bargaining committee, has made a formal bargaining complaint on Thursday, January 19, 2017, against your employer with the Labour Board. Bargaining between the Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions and the NSHA and IWK has stalled because the … Read more…

Back In House: Why Local Governments Are Bringing Services Home

Back In House: Why Local Governments Are Bringing Services Home, a new report from the Columbia Institute, is about the emerging trend of remunicipalization. Municipal services that were once outsourced are finding their way back home. Most often, they are coming home because in-house services cost less. The bottom-line premise of cost savings through outsourcing is not … Read more…

Lessons from the Charbonneau Commission

Privatizing public services can have dangerous consequences Most people will remember the explosive allegations exposed by Quebec’s public inquiry into corruption and collusion within Quebec’s construction industry. The Charbonneau Commission found that for years, supposedly reputable companies were awarded public road, wastewater, and other building contracts at highly inflated prices. These companies would then kick back a … Read more…