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Mobility agreement ends for most NBU members

7 / 7 / 2020

The mobility agreement between New Brunswick Union (NBU) and the provincial government has ended for the majority of members in Parts I, II and IV.The agreement allowed some members to be shifted to other jobs in order to provide much needed help and support during this pandemic.For some – including Conservation officers, Forest Rangers, Off-road Vehicle Enforcement Officers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers who have been sent to enforce the travel restrictions at our provincial borders – the agreement has...

Time is now to protect blood and plasma supply

7 / 3 / 2020

For several years, the New Brunswick Union (NBU) has been sounding the alarm on the dangers of allowing for-profit plasma collection clinics to operate in New Brunswick.One such clinic was opened in Moncton under the Gallant government and, thus far, the current Blaine Higgs administration has not taken any action.There are several reasons why for-profit plasma collection clinics are harmful to the province, its citizens and the national blood and plasma supply. The current COVID-19 pandemic has made the need...

Pandemic Economics: She-Cession, She-covery and Future Growth

6 / 25 / 2020

Earlier this month, economist and Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Work Armine Yalnizyan spoke on a webinar hosted by the Canadian Association for Business Economics.The title of the presentation was Pandemic Economics: Thoughts on She-cession, She-covery and Future Growth.Below are the points from the overview of the presentation. We encourage our members to read the presentation and consider how making these changes could benefit not only our province, but the country:• It’s historic: a global she-cession. Globally, recovery needs...

Premier misses the mark again on CERB comments

6 / 18 / 2020

With about three million Canadians still out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government recently announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will continue for another eight weeks.The CERB provides those who lost their employment due to the pandemic with $2,000 per month.In New Brunswick, Premier Blaine Higgs is not happy with the federal announcement. Our Premier wants it to be more difficult for New Brunswickers to qualify for the CERB.His reason? It’s the same one he keeps...

We need to address precarious work in long-term care

6 / 12 / 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many of the norms we have operated in for decades, it has also presented us with an opportunity to use this time to reform some outdated and dangerous practices in our workplaces.Recent research conducted by the Centre for Future Work, co-published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, identified 10 ways in which we must change work for the betterment of all.To read the report click here.Among the areas identified is, “Limiting precarious employment...

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