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Economy at Work - Fall 2013

Oct 2, 2013 11:41 AM In this issue: What is a good job? Are we seeing more of them?; Economic briefs; Economic directions; What happened to the recovery?; Stronger unions counterbalance power of elite: top economists; The problem of too much money; and more...

Economy at work - Summer 2013

Jun 17, 2013 04:02 PM The latest issue of Economy at work, CUPE’s national publication on all things economy, features stories on young workers, tax havens, provincial budges, and more.

Budget 2013 Issue Note - The Canada Job Grant and Federal Funding for Skills Training

Budget 2013

Mar 28, 2013 12:32 PM The new Canada Job Grant was one of the main items promoted in the Federal 2013 Budget. This will provide up to $15,000 per person for short-duration training, with up to $5,000 provided by the federal government to be matched by similar amounts from provinces and territories and employers, starting in March 2014. The budget estimates 130,000 will benefit from this upon full implementation.

Budget 2013 Issue Note - Infrastructure Funding and Public Private Partnerships

Budget 2013

Mar 28, 2013 12:38 PM The biggest and one of the most anxiously awaited announcements in the 2013 Federal Budget was the new long-term infrastructure program to replace the seven year Building Canada program set to expire March 2014. As was widely anticipated, the federal government committed to a new program, but with funding considerably less than what the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and its partners through the Municipal Infrastructure Forum (including CUPE), had called for.

Economy at work: Women still face pay gaps nationwide

Economy at work

Mar 6, 2013 11:58 AM The wage gap for women is shrinking, but at a slow pace. The average hourly wage for Canadian women was $21.85 last year, 86 per cent of the average hourly wage paid to men. This gap is improved from the 82 per cent ratio 15 years ago, but at this rate of progress it will take another 40 to 50 years to close the gap.

CUPE’s “Battle of the Wages” proves Fraser Institute wrong

CUPE economist Toby Sanger presented a more accurate picture in his Battle of the Wages study, which analyzed similar jobs in the public and private sector. This report, based on Statistics Canada data, shows that the difference in wages for similar jobs in the public and private sectors is miniscule.

Feb 25, 2013 03:50 PM The Fraser Institute is rolling out a series of reports attacking public sector workers, which glosses over the statistical evidence, and ignores previous research that counters their ideology.

Popular Economics: A fair economy is a strong economy


Apr 15, 2014 10:31 AM Discussions about the economy shouldn’t be dominated by banks and corporations. Join the conversation about how the economy can work for Canadian workers, our families, and our communities.CUPE’s Popular Economics videos shed light on basic economic issues, and how they affect all of us.

Economic breakfast: the road ahead for workers

Mar 27, 2014 12:31 PM CUPE National President Paul Moist once again hosted a breakfast at the CUPE Alberta Convention to talk about the role of workers in the economy. The breakfast presentation was part two of the economic literacy program started in 2011 by Moist to help explain the causes of the 2008 global recession. This 2014 edition focused on how the on-going economic recovery is impacting workers.

Saskatchewan budget fails to account for costly privatization and does little to address affordability

Mar 26, 2014 04:37 PM The 2014 – 2015 provincial budget released on March 19, 2014 fails to put a price tag on the government’s costly public-private partnership (P3) privatization for new schools and does little to address the growing problem of a rising cost of living, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Saskatchewan.

Economic Briefs

Mar 25, 2014 02:32 PM Sick leave No significant difference in public sector leave, despite politician’s claims.

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