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Unions celebrate repeal of controversial legislation

6 / 15 / 2017

Canada’s unions are celebrating the adoption of Bill C-4, legislation that repeals the former Conservative government’s controversial anti-union Bills C-377 and C-525.“Our affiliates and labour activists across the country have organized and campaigned against these bills from the beginning, and this is their victory to celebrate,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff.“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then promised that, if elected, he would repeal these bills and we are happy he has kept that promise,” he added.The former Conservative government argued Bill...

Generational change and unions

6 / 8 / 2017

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), of which NBU is a component, is conducting research into what generational change means for unions and the labour movement in Canada.The research will begin with a short survey of members of NUPGE components. The purpose will be to help recruit participants for an upcoming online study. The survey will take under 10 minutes to complete. Member perceptions and feelings through the lens of generational differences are some of the information...

Ridiculous

6 / 6 / 2017

Ridiculous.It's the word used by Canadian Plasma Resources CEO Barzin Bahardoust in an article published in the Telegraph-Journal on May 27, 2017.He used it while discussing whether or not his clinic - which will pay people to donate their blood plasma - would be in competition with our national blood and plasma collector Canadian Blood Services (CBS), which only accepts volunteer donations.Here's the exact quote, "It's ridiculous to say we are competing with Canadian Blood Services," he said.He certainly chose...

Safety and help for injured workers missing in debate

5 / 29 / 2017

During the past few weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the rising costs of assessment premiums New Brunswick businesses will pay to fund WorkSafeNB. Employers pay the rate - currently at $1.48 per $100 of payroll - so workers injured or killed on the job will receive help and compensation. The system is based on the Meredith Principles in which employers fund the compensation system and share the liability for injured workers. In return, injured workers receive benefits...

Time to strengthen New Brunswick's public service

5 / 18 / 2017

This commentary from MLA David Coon originally appeared in the May 11, 2017 edition of The Daily Gleaner.When I graduated from university I wrote the federal public service exam, believing public service would be a career where I could make a positive contribution to the life of my country. I ended up choosing a different path to public service, working for most of my career in the public interest sector for non-profit organizations, and then three years ago offering to...

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