The provincial government is engaged in an orchestrated effort to move education jobs out of the union sphere. 1000 school principals, 200 or more school psychologists and speech and language pathologists, social workers and new positions in the expanding Schools Plus program will no longer be unionized. “While this may be a less sensational way of weakening the unions than, say, imposing wage freezes and concessions that force teachers and other education workers out onto the picket line, it poses no less a threat to their very existence,” writes John McCracken.
It’s always bad news when members of the same union cross a picket line. It happened in PEI this week.
Canadian Blood Services ignores the interests of its workers and donors, and not just in Charlottetown. Many believe it is affecting the safety of the blood supply.
Striking PEI blood collection workers yesterday rejected their employer’s non-offer. They have been on strike for seven months. “We’re showing everybody that you can stand up for yourself, no matter how large the corporation,” says their NSUPE local president.
Healthcare activists held an information picket on the risks of a for-profit blood supply system here in Nova Scotia. “The answer to shortages is not to start paying for it here, the answer is to implement a program to start collecting it on a volunteer basis.”