Your Health & Safety Committees

Our union bargains for health and safety rules to prevent injury and even death on the job. We stand up for workers and provide the protection they need to feel secure in reporting incidents and workplace hazards. We all have to work together to be sure those laws are enforced.

Our Health & Safety committees are here to raise awareness about workplace hazards. They ensure that incidents, injuries, and possible hazards, are properly reported and they provide support to workers who have been injured on the job.

As a member of CUPE Local 716 you will be receiving a request in the interoffice mail to consider joining your worksite’s Health & Safety Committee. Please consider the request carefully. Each worksite should have a representative who is trained on how to ensure injuries and dangers are reported.

You will be helping yourself and your brothers and sisters in CUPE local 716.


Beware: new spin doctor’s term for selling public assets

Asset recycling: privatization coming to a community near you

Doesn’t that sound nice?  Asset recycling.  Recycling.  So nice.

A new scheme called Asset recycling, which has been gaining some traction in conservative circles around the globe, has made its way to Canadian shores. Though promoted as a way for governments to pay for new infrastructure without raising taxes, it’s in reality just another ploy in which hard working Canadians, like you, fork out the money, while the wealthy few reap the benefits.

So what is asset recycling, anyway?

An asset −a public utility or corporation for example − is “recycled” when a government or corporation either sells or mortgages it to generate money for new investments.

“That doesn’t sound so bad…”

Well, unfortunately, it means that instead of having revenues from the utility reinvested in public programs that we depend on like health care and education, the profits will be lining the pockets of investors and banks. Even worse, in order to maximize profits, the first order of business will be to cut workers’ wages and benefits.

Our first battleground is in Ontario, where Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are looking to privatize – or “recycle” − three of Ontario’s most robust public companies: LCBO, Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One. And they’ve even assigned a banker, ex-TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, to lead the transition.

We’ve built these public institutions over decades with hard-earned tax dollars and their strength allows us to deliver the services we depend on. There are many ways to generate the revenue needed to fund new projects, but selling our most solid public companies is not one of them.

CUPE will be on the front lines fighting to keep public control over essential public infrastructure.

Canada Is Not Number 1

People all over the world, even in countries that have heretofore been considered peaceful with democratically elected government, are starting to question their governments and how much they actually work on behalf of their people.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has published a Global Rights Index which ranks the World’s best and worst countries for workers.  Their scale is from 1-5.  Number 1 is the best, number 5 is the worst.  Have a look for yourself to see where Canada ranks.  Click on the link below:

World’s Worst Countries for Workers

The Value of Public Services

For decades, the right has flooded the airwaves and taken over the political podiums with its anti-tax hysteria.  But Canadians are waking up to the simple truth that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, and that scrimping on taxes means scrimping on civilization.‘ – Linda McQuaig, author and Journalist

Life in the 21st century as we know it, would not be possible without public services. They form the backbone of a civilized and safe society.  Every Canadian uses an average of $41,000 worth of public services annually (Mackenzie and Shillington 2009:3). If they had to pay for those services via user fees, with the average Canadian income for a single person at about $32,000, they would not have any money left for food, shelter and clothing.


CUPE Publications

CUPE likes to stay in touch with it’s members and offers all sorts of communication and help.  Please visit the page below by clicking on the link.  Have ever wondered who is ‘CUPE’ and what does CUPE do?  Hey Surprise, if you are a member of a CUPE Local, YOU are CUPE.  Check out the publications and see what the CUPE Executive and CUPE members are doing all across Canada.  Great information available to you:

CUPE Publications

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