As talks break down, CUPE 1600 calls out Toronto Zoo and City-what is their real agenda?

As talks break down, CUPE 1600 calls out Toronto Zoo and City-what is their real agenda?

Toronto, ON—Negotiations to settle the week-long strike between Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo broke down following the Zoo’s refusal to provide any rational around why they insist on changes to the collective agreement that only hurt the important work of the zoo “It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing,” CUPE 1600 President Christine McKenzie said in […]

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With 95% of the job done, CUPE 1600 waiting for response from Toronto Zoo to ‘finish the job’ and settle strike

With 95% of the job done, CUPE 1600 waiting for response from Toronto Zoo to ‘finish the job’ and settle strike

TORONTO – Negotiations between Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo have ended with no further talks scheduled at this time. “At this time, we are waiting for the Zoo’s negotiating team to respond to our last offer,” said CUPE 1600 President Christine McKenzie. “We believe that the two sides made progress last night. If we were […]

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CUPE joins call for comprehensive plan to improve health care services in Digby, Nova Scotia

Beds sit empty at Digby hospital, while neighboring hospitals are unable to meet needs of all patients. “The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is not doing enough to ensure the Digby General Hospital is being used to full capacity,” says Carl Crouse, CUPE national representative. “Right now, there are approximately half of the 33 beds sitting empty, while hospitals nearby are reportedly in need of more beds […]

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With 95% of the job done, CUPE 1600 waiting for response from Toronto Zoo to ‘finish the job’ and settle strike

Negotiations between CUPE 1600 and the Toronto Zoo have ended with no further talks scheduled at this time. “At this time, we are waiting for the Zoo’s negotiating team to respond to our last offer,” said CUPE 1600 President Christine McKenzie. “We believe that the two sides made progress last night. If we were 90 per cent of the way to an agreement last week, we are 95 per cent of […]

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Cape Breton education workers devastated by layoff notices

Twenty‑eight education workers received layoff notices this week from their employer, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB). The workers, who are members of CUPE Local 5050, include 23 teaching assistants, two secretaries, two supervisor cleaners and one cleaner. A bus driver and an inventory clerk position were also lost through attrition. CUPE and Local 5050 members are devastated by the board’s decision to lay off staff. “It is poor […]

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CUPE Health Care Council elects new president

Today (May 19), delegates at the annual CUPE Health Care Council Conference elected Weyburn resident Sandra Seitz as the new president for the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council. Seitz is the president of CUPE Local 5999 and has been involved with the CUPE Health Care Council since 2003. She started her career as a continuing care aid at Tatagwa View long term care facility. She has been active with the union […]

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CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo resume bargaining

Negotiators for CUPE 1600 and the Toronto Zoo resumed bargaining on May 18, one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo. “The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so I am very pleased both parties have agreed to a resumption in negotiations,” said Christine McKenzie, President of CUPE 1600. After pushing workers into taking strike action […]

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CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo to resume bargaining this afternoon

Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo will resume bargaining this afternoon (May 18), one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo. “The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so I am very pleased both parties have agreed to a resumption in negotiations,” said Christine […]

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CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo to resume bargaining this afternoon

CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo to resume bargaining this afternoon

TORONTO, ON – Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo will resume bargaining this afternoon, one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo. “The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so I am very pleased both parties have agreed to a […]

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Saskatchewan should learn from Nova Scotia’s issues with health authority merger and consult more

Bev Strachan, the president of CUPE 8920, who represents health care workers in Nova Scotia, is in Saskatchewan sharing her experience with Nova Scotia’s rushed health authority merger. In April 2015, the Nova Scotia government created one provincial health authority. A recent paper written by a group of medical professionals said the new superboard “isn’t agile enough to respond to local needs and is subject to political interference.” “Brad […]

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As Zoo Board prepares to meet, community and labour allies to join striking CUPE 1600 members today for a solidarity rally and barbecue

As Zoo Board prepares to meet, community and  labour allies to join striking CUPE 1600 members today  for a solidarity rally and barbecue

TORONTO, ON – One day ahead of a special meeting of the Toronto Zoo’s Board of Management, community and labour allies will join striking members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) on the picket line for a barbecue and solidarity rally. Organized by CUPE Ontario, today’s solidarity rally and barbecue will begin at 11:00 a.m. at CUPE 1600’s main […]

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Fred Hahn calls on Premier to stand up for workers – not bow to the pressures from Bay St.

Fred Hahn calls on Premier to stand up for workers – not bow to the pressures from Bay St.

May 16, 2017 Dear Premier Wynne, I am writing to you with regard to media reports over the weekend of impending changes to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), including the potential increase in minimum wage to $15 an hour. I encourage you, in the strongest possible terms, to follow what I and many others suspect are progressive changes being […]

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CUPE calls for infrastructure bank that works for the public

Canadians need a federal plan that protects public infrastructure – instead of selling it off and hiking fees and tolls, as the Liberal government is planning with the Canada Infrastructure Bank. On Tuesday, CUPE presented the case for a public infrastructure bank to MPs at two House committees. Researcher Sarah Ryan presented to the House of Commons transportation, infrastructure and communities committee, while economist Toby Sanger […]

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Today, CUPE Ontario marks this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia by recognizing how much more we still have to do to create a province where all people are accepted for who they are, celebrated for their differences and able to face everyday free from hate, ignorance and discrimination. Though we can be proud of all that we have accomplished, it is imperative that […]

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CUPE tells feds to drop promise-breaking Bill C-27

CUPE National President Mark Hancock has called on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to withdraw Bill C‑27, “An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985.” If passed, Bill C‑27 would allow federally‑regulated employers like banks, transportation and telecom companies to retroactively walk away from the pension promises they have already made to workers and retirees. “This deal-breaking is why C‑27 is so wrong in principle,” wrote Hancock in CUPE’s submission […]

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CUPE attends ILO meeting on decent work for persons with disabilities

CUPE member Sheryl Burns represented CUPE at a meeting on decent work for persons with disabilities at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva this week. Sheryl is the co-chair of CUPE’s National Women’s Committee and the committee’s representative for persons with disabilities. Representatives from trade unions across the world met to share what they are doing to promote decent work for persons with disabilities, and […]

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Update: More experts speak up against Liberal “bank of privatization”

When news broke of the Liberal’s 180‑degree turn on an infrastructure bank last fall, reaction was swift. Critics pointed to the bank’s many potential flaws – and dangers. The more people learn, the less they like the bank. As more details are revealed (or exposed through Access to Information), and as the Liberals attempt to ram the multi-billion dollar bank through Parliament in an omnibus bill, the […]

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CUPE Ontario Newsletter

View this page in full on the CUPE Ontario website: CUPE Ontario Newsletter. Source: CUPE Ontario

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Before the Bargaining Table: How Local 387 made gains for precarious workers

Jordana Feist​ | CUPE Research As a researcher, I regularly read the agreements that come into the office. Sometimes, it makes for encouraging reading – like when I read about the changes negotiated in the latest round of bargaining between CUPE Local 387 and the City of New Westminster in BC. Their new agreement featured a long list of improvements, including: Provisions to reduce the use of […]

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Quality Jobs, Quality Education, Better Futures

Chandra Pasma​ | CUPE Research For many years now, precarious work has been on the rise on university and college campuses across the country. A growing number of faculty and support staff are now in part-time, casual, temporary, and contract positions. These positions frequently pay low wages with few to no benefits, and provide workers with no job stability. Precarity is hard on workers, personally and professionally. […]

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