Federal budget 2017 in depth: Post-secondary education

Budget 2017 was billed as a skills and innovation budget, two things the government insists are necessary to build a strong middle class. Post-secondary education plays an important role in the government’s vision for skills and innovation. In fact, the Budget states that one of the markers of success for the commitments in Budget 2017 will be that they “encourage a culture of lifelong learning, […]

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Health Care – Why Bilateral Deals are a Problem

From March 31, 2004 to 2014, Canada had a cohesive, nationwide Health Accord that provided federal health care funding to the provinces (called the Canada Health Transfer, or CHT), with committed funding increases of six per cent per year. The Health Accord also supported the principles of the Canada Health Act that make Canadians proud: universality, comprehensiveness, portability, accessibility, and public administration. In 2011, the […]

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Mounting fears about the state of child protection services prompts union’s call for ministry takeover of Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

Mounting fears about the state of child protection services prompts union’s call for ministry takeover of Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – A growing concern that the lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid – now at 100 days and counting – is jeopardizing the safety and well-being of the region’s vulnerable children and youth has triggered a demand from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for a ministry takeover of the society.   The call from the […]

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Mounting fears about the state of child protection services prompts union’s call for ministry takeover of Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – A growing concern that the lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid – now at 100 days and counting – is jeopardizing the safety and well-being of the region’s vulnerable children and youth has triggered a demand from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for a ministry takeover of the society. The call from the union’s leaders […]

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Talks to continue tomorrow in CUPE-Canadian Hearing Society labour dispute

Talks to continue tomorrow in CUPE-Canadian Hearing Society labour dispute

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073, representing 227 striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), will continue to meet with its employer Friday in ongoing talks aimed at ending the strike that began March 6th. The parties have agreed to suspend public communications regarding the substance and process of negotiations, while bargaining continues.   […]

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As contract talks with CAS break down again, CUPE to hold news conference tomorrow at 11.30 a.m.

As contract talks with CAS break down again, CUPE to hold news conference tomorrow at 11.30 a.m.

Workers’ fears for vulnerable children and families prompt call for action by provincial government NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – Following the breakdown of bargaining talks this afternoon, representatives of children’s aid workers are saying “enough is enough” and calling on the provincial government to take action to end the lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid society (CAS). CUPE representatives will now […]

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Budget 2017 In-Depth: What’s missing for equity and human rights

Budget 2017 made headway by using a gender-based [plus] analysis (GBA+) in considering the ongoing need for diverse women’s equality. It also rightly recognized the need to look at intersecting forms of discrimination and how they may impact one’s overall experience within Canada. These are important first steps and the government is to be commended on this, but it would be much better if talk […]

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Downloading Saskatchewan's debt on to municipalities wrong approach, says CUPE

Municipalities are the latest group to face steep consequences from the Saskatchewan government’s austerity budget. Revenue sharing grants were cut by 5.1 per cent overall, but municipalities are also losing $38 million in grants in lieu of property taxes effective April 1, 2017. The grants in lieu of property taxes are paid by Crown corporations SaskPower and SaskEnergy. SaskPower and SaskEnergy will continue to add a […]

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Striking workers welcome the Canadian Hearing Society’s return to bargaining

Striking workers welcome the Canadian Hearing Society’s return to bargaining

TORONTO, ON – Striking workers with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), who have been off the job since March 6th, are hoping that their employer’s willingness to go back to the bargaining table today (Wednesday) signals both a readiness to find a resolution to the labour dispute, and a return to high-quality services for Ontario’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.   “We are pleased […]

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Striking workers welcome the Canadian Hearing Society’s return to bargaining

Striking workers with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), who have been off the job since March 6, are hoping that their employer’s willingness to go back to the bargaining table today (Wednesday, March 29) signals both a readiness to find a resolution to the labour dispute, and a return to high-quality services for Ontario’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. “We are pleased our employer has agreed to […]

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Provincial budget cuts cause layoffs at Palliser Regional Library

The Sask Party’s bloody budget has more casualties as Palliser Regional Library, which lost 58 per cent of its budget with no notice from the government, had to lay off six workers at the regional library headquarters. “I am shocked and appalled that the Sask Party government is gutting our wonderful regional library system,” said Stacey Landin, president of CUPE Local 9, which represents the workers […]

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Government Must Respect Patients and Front Line Workers While Transitioning to One Provincial Health Authority

Saskatchewan’s three health care provider unions, CUPE, SEIU-West and SGEU, have been working collaboratively to present a proposal to the government that would mitigate the impacts on patient, client and resident care while the government transitions to one provincial health authority. This proposal calls for a formal bargaining council structure to help stabilize labour relations and negotiate with the new authority. “We believe that going […]

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Regina rallies in support of Saskatchewan Libraries

This past Saturday close to 200 people came out for a rally in support of Saskatchewan libraries in downtown Regina. The latest Saskatchewan budget eliminated provincial funding for public libraries in Regina and Saskatoon and cut funding for regional libraries in half, or by $3.5 million. Thousands of Saskatchewan residents have joined the campaign to support our libraries. Over 3000 people joined a Facebook page […]

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Motion filed in superior court to stop work on the REM and send the project back to the drawing board

Following the scathing BAPE (environmental review board) report on the REM (light rail network) and alleging a flawed consultation process, a broad coalition of citizens and groups interested in transit filed a motion in Montreal Superior Court, asking a judge to halt the REM project and go back to the BAPE for a proper consultation that is transparent and respectful of Quebecers. “The motion asks […]

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Budget 2017 needs more for children and families

Budget 2017 makes a multi-year funding commitment to early learning and child care, with an additional $7 billion over ten years. A portion of this funding will be for Indigenous children living on and off reserve. It is positive to see a multi-year funding commitment to child care; however, almost 70 per cent of the funding will only roll out as of 2022-2023. This coupled with […]

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CUPE responds to Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS comments regarding picketing protocols

The following statement was issued by Bev Patchell, social services coordinator with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), to correct earlier claims made to media by the executive director of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound. The executive director’s claims were made with regard to an injunction granted last week that establishes protocols for picket lines at […]

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CUPE responds to Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS comments regarding picketing protocols

CUPE responds to Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS comments regarding picketing protocols

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – The following statement was issued by Bev Patchell, social services coordinator with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), to correct earlier claims made to media by the executive director of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound. The executive director’s claims were made with regard to an injunction granted last week […]

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Long on talk, short on action: CUPE Summary and Analysis of the 2017 Federal Budget

On the issues Infrastructure Funding and Infrastructure Bank Training and Skills Creating Good Quality Jobs and Growing the Middle Class Innovation Childcare and Early Learning and Caregiving Parental and caregiving benefits Health Care Post-Secondary Education Indigenous and First Nations Peoples Environment and Climate Change Retirement and pensions Equality issues International development and solidarity Fair taxes Fiscal, Deficit and Debt, Economic Outlook Introduction The consensus about the 2017 federal budget is that it was long on talk, but short on action. This […]

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Striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society take to the airwaves with new radio ad

Striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society take to the airwaves with new radio ad

TORONTO – Striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) are taking to the airwaves with a new radio ad in Toronto. The ad, which can be heard here , urges the employer back to the table to resolve the strike through negotiations. The 227 workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 2073.   An ASL vlog of the ad […]

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Workers rally Saturday 11:30 a.m. on laundry’s last day to call on health minister to intervene in corrupted bidding process

Workers rally Saturday 11:30 a.m. on laundry’s last day to call on health minister to intervene in corrupted bidding process

SUDBURY, ON — Thousands in the Sudbury community want Health Sciences North (HSN) to rescind its contract with a laundry in Southern Ontario, for hospital laundry workers not to lose their jobs and for the MPP to “visibly care” and do something, anything at all to keep the work local.   “Why aren’t HSN and the MPP listening to any of us? Why don’t they […]

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