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BC HOSPITAL SUPPORT SERVICE WORKERS READY TO FIGHT BACK

In 2015, 900 workers in the health services support sector – laundry staff, dietary workers, and housekeepers – lost their jobs and were forced to reapply for them. They worked for two BC Health Authorities, Vancouver Coastal and Providence Health, public health providers who had nonetheless contracted out some of their services – “non-clinical services” – to private multinationals. In that case, the two health authorities ended their cleaning contract with Aramark and signed one with Compass. But they did so without a transition agreement meaning that when the new-Aramark employees began work they did so as if they hadn’t worked at the same facility for, sometimes, years and they lost all their seniority. Read more!


BENEFITS PROVIDER LOCKS OUT WORKERS WHO DON'T WANT THEIR OWN BENEFITS TAKEN BACK

By Daniel Tseghay

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday July 7th, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1816 found themselves locked out of their workplace, the Pacific Blue Cross’ (PBC) primary facility in Burnaby, BC. The lockout and the members’ resulting picket is the latest development in a series of increasingly unacceptable conditions imposed by the employer. Read more!


FIGHT FOR $15 WINS: HOW TO BEAT THE EMPLOYERS' COUNTER OFFENSIVE

By Kevin Brice-Lall

Within 24 hours of the historic breakthrough by the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign, where Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government conceded the largest single increase to the minimum wage in Canadian history, the employer’s offensive intensified.

Immediately the Toronto Sun lamented on their front page that the “New minimum wage effectively unionizes Ontario”. Read more!

 


NEW CASE STUDY DOCUMENTS ALBERTA'S WCB FAILINGS

By Bob Barnetson

The Alberta Workers’ Health Centre recently concluded a multi-year project aimed at improving the health and safety of new Alberta workers. The summary report is here.

One of the most interesting outcomes is a case study of a new Alberta worker who was injured on the job. “Betty” experienced great difficulty in obtaining compensation for a debilitating workplace injury. Read more!

 

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