Category: News

  • Universal drug plan could cut spending by $7.3 billion

    Canadian Press  | March 17, 2015 A national pharmacare program wouldn’t break the bank and should in fact save taxpayers billions of dollars, a new analysis suggests. Spending on prescription drugs in Canada could drop by 32%, or $7.3 billion, if the country adopted a universal public drug plan, the authors said in the article, published…

  • Black Press blocks Unifor’s attempt to end dispute

    DUNCAN, BC, March 14, 2015 /CNW/ – The owners of Black Press have rejected mediation to solve the 3.5-month old strike at the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial. Unifor members in Duncan have been on the picket line since December 1 to defeat the employer’s proposal to give inferior wages and benefits to new employees (“two-tiering”). “Bargaining…

  • Staples/Office Depot Announce Merger

    Commercial Printing & Copying Staples announced its planned merger with Office Depot which itself recently acquired OfficeMax. The companies offer printing and copying services, both in-store and online. With their printing service offerings, the giant companies compete with thousands of small quick printers, all vying to capture the same walk-in print and copy business. As…

  • BC’s minimum wage increase is an insult to working families

    News Release BC’s minimum wage increase is an insult to working families For Immediate Release Thursday, March 12, 2015 Vancouver—Today’s announcement by Labour Minister Shirley Bond that the minimum wage will be fixed at $10.45 in today’s dollars for the indefinite future is legislating poverty, according to Canada’s largest union in the private sector. “Seattle’s minimum wage…

  • Government announcement abandons working people, guarantees workers will remain in poverty

    VANCOUVER – The BC Federation of Labour is extremely disappointed with the BC Liberal government’s announcement on minimum wage, saying it will do nothing to lift minimum wage workers out of poverty. “Today’s announcement guarantees that hundreds of thousands of British Columbians will continue to live in poverty for years to come,” said Irene Lanzinger,…