A universal Pharmacare program would cover everyone…and actually cost less

A universal public prescription drugs program would be a progressive and positive change to our current patchwork system.  Universal Pharmacare would leave no Canadian behind, and, almost as importantly, would significantly reduce costs to governments, to employers and to workers.  That is the conclusion of a recent in-depth analysis done by CUPE.

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LIFT THE SILENCE – Suicide Awareness Week Events in Edmonton

Sisters and Brothers,

The Alberta Federation of Labour is proud to be participating in our second annual Lift the Silence week, which is a week dedicated to recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.

Every year in Alberta, we lose approximately 500 people to suicide and, for every one suicide, it is estimated that there are 19 persons who attempt suicide. Men in Alberta die by suicide at 4 times the rate of women, and men between the ages of 40 to 60 are our highest risk group.

This year the AFL is the lead organizer for Lean in and Listen: Building Compassion in the Workplace, a panel discussion on the role that workplaces play in workers’ mental health outcomes. Glynnis Lieb, Director of Outreach for the AFL will moderate the discussion. Panelists include:

Audrey Barr – Canadian Union of Public Employees

Ron Campbell (Ret.) – RCMP K-Division

Mikka Corbeil  – City of Edmonton

Jay Davies  – Edmonton Fire and Rescue

Perri Garvin – Edmonton & District Labour Council

This event will take place on  Wednesday, September 14th at 7 PM at the Westwood Community League (12139 – 105 St) and is FREE to the public. There will be resources available and plenty of opportunity for audience members to participate in the conversation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please spread the word to your Edmonton and area members.

The AFL is also proud to co-sponsor a round table discussion Tuesday, September 13th on suicide in the trans and non-binary community. This is also a free, public event and will take place at the Westwood Community League.

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Union urges Edmonton to move quickly on Northlands


CUPE 30 calls on Council to fast track re-development

The union representing employees of Northlands is calling on the City of Edmonton to fast track re-development proposals aimed at ensuring properties and the coliseum don’t become derelict.

“We’ve already seen 25 of our members receive layoff notices,” said Mike Scott, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 30. “The failure of the City to act faster means we might see more layoffs and the further degeneration of an important piece of land.”

“Tim Reid may call them retirement packages, but at the end of the day if someone rejects the retirement offer, Northlands will reduce staff by those same numbers,” said Scott.  “By Mr. Reid’s own admission, this is the single biggest layoff in the not-for-profit sector in Alberta.”

With the opening of the new Rogers Place arena downtown, Edmonton City Council is debating the Northlands ‘Vision 2020’ proposal for the old arena and lands surrounding it. The proposal calls for an urban festival site, converting the coliseum into a six sheet centre for amateur hockey, and other changes.

Scott says that the festival site alone would have saved his members’ jobs.

“City Council handed everything over to Darrel Katz four years ago, and they have done nothing since then to re-develop the Northlands’ site,” said Scott. “More events will be going to the new downtown arena because they are not unionized jobs and costs are lower”

“Council needs to be less short-sighted about the costs associated with Vision 2020 – and engage the Federal and Provincial Governments about the possibility of sharing in the costs of development,” said Scott. “With the current downturn in the economy, now is the perfect time to put people to work building important infrastructure for the future.”

For more information, please contact:

Mike Scott
President CUPE 30