Flaherty backs away from real pension reform

OTTAWA—Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s proposal for a pooled retirement pension plan is a step backward from real pension reform. Instead of improving the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Flaherty’s proposal is a sign Canada’s banks and financial institutions have hijacked this important issue, says Canada’s largest union. “A pooled registered pension plan fails to address […]

Grinch comes to town at Fernie Library

FERNIE—Fernie’s Heritage Library Board’s application for mediation denies the six women who provide public services the right to collectively bargain, says CUPE National Representative Keith Nielson. “The Board has brought in a consultant from the Coast,” says Nielson. “And in a Grinch-like move, have tried to stop bargaining and deny Fernie’s library workers a say […]

Community Futures CUPE local elects executive

SALMON ARM—Members of CUPE 5035, workers at Community Futures Group Shuswap elected their executive board last week. “Small businesses, entrepreneurs and people seeking employment appreciate the services we provide in the Shuswap region,” newly-elected president Tanja Carlson says. “We wish all our clients and community members a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.” The […]