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Editorial confusing on benefits of privatization

7 / 12 / 2019

A recent editorial in the Telegraph-Journal regarding the newspaper’s opinion that the province should privatize both cannabis and alcohol is a bit confusing.On the surface it’s a pro-privatization, anti-union opinion, one the paper is more than entitled to make; after all, freedom of speech is important to any democracy.However, it’s how they back up their position that is confusing.First, let’s give the editorial credit for the things it gets right. The New Brunswick Union is attempting to organize the workers...

Assessing the political landscape in NB

7 / 10 / 2019

With Premier Blaine Higgs and the provincial government about nine months into governing the province, the New Brunswick Union checked in with University of New Brunswick in Saint John political science professor J.P. Lewis for his view on the situation.NBU: We’re about nine months into this minority government. In your assessment, how has the Higgs government managed the situation?Prof. Lewis: The greatest challenge for any minority government is simply to survive. The Progressive Conservatives’ hold on power has been very...

MCFT instructors need to organize

7 / 5 / 2019

The recent firing of two instructors at the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT) underscores the need for employees to organize.Both Rod Cumberland, a full-time instructor, and Gerald Redmond, a former director of MCFT and a part-time instructor, were let go. News reports have speculated that Cumberland was let go because of his opposition to the use of glyphosate in the forestry industry.Click here to read the CBC storyThe MCFT states the reasons for Cumberland’s dismissal are, as per a...

Second podcast episode now available

6 / 20 / 2019

The second episode of the New Brunswick Union podcast is now available online at the following link: http://nbu.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=523&Itemid=156&lang=enYou can also download it on the Apple podcast app and Spotify by searching for New Brunswick Union or Syndicat du Nouveau-Brunswick.The second episode deals with nursing home care in our province.

AG report another example of privatization’s failure

6 / 14 / 2019

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) has long held that privatization of public services and resources is not the best way to spend taxpayer money, and the most recent Auditor General of New Brunswick report backs this up.In the document, Auditor General (AG) Kim MacPherson looks at several issues involving privatization including Medicare cards, highway maintenance and construction work, among other topics.In all three cases, privatization has been a costly error.Let’s begin with Medicare cards. In 2013, the province privatized the...

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