Union surprised by sudden layoffs at the Saskatoon Public Library

CUPE 2669 is reeling from the Saskatoon Public Library’s decision to lay off 20 staff members, just months after a hard fought campaign to restore provincial funding to the library. “This was a completely unexpected and very upsetting decision by the Saskatoon Public Library,” said Lindsay Johnston, acting president of CUPE Local 2669 and a worker at the Saskatoon Public Library. “Though we felt like our jobs […]

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FAO confirms balancing budget with one time sale of Hydro One will worsen Ontario’s long-term outlook

FAO confirms balancing budget with one time sale of Hydro One will worsen Ontario’s long-term outlook

TORONTO, ON – The new economic report released today from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms what we have been saying for years now – the Ontario Liberal government acted irresponsibly when it sold off shares in Hydro One to balance their pre-election budget, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Premier Wynne’s decision to sell Hydro One to profit-driven shareholders is politics at […]

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FAO confirms balancing budget with one time sale of Hydro One will worsen Ontario’s long-term outlook

The new economic report released today from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms what we have been saying for years now – the Ontario Liberal government acted irresponsibly when it sold off shares in Hydro One to balance their pre-election budget, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Premier Wynne’s decision to sell Hydro One to profit-driven shareholders is politics at its worst. After a […]

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CUPE celebrates as two former members elected to Nova Scotia Legislature

CUPE Nova Scotia congratulates former CUPE members Sue LeBlanc, MLA for Dartmouth North, and Tammy Martin, MLA for Cape Breton Centre, on their election to the Nova Scotia Legislature in the provincial election held May 30, 2017. “It is thrilling to see two incredible women elected to represent Nova Scotians,” says Nan McFadgen, CUPE Nova Scotia president. “Having new progressive voices in the legislature is […]

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CUPE members elected to Nova Scotia Legislature

CUPE Nova Scotia congratulates former CUPE members Sue LeBlanc, MLA for Dartmouth North, and Tammy Martin, MLA for Cape Breton Centre, on their election to the Nova Scotia Legislature in the provincial election held May 30, 2017. “It is thrilling to see two incredible women elected to represent Nova Scotians,” says Nan McFadgen, CUPE Nova Scotia president. “Having new progressive voices in the legislature is […]

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Nan McFadgen re-elected president of CUPE Nova Scotia

Nan McFadgen, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, was re-elected at the union’s 54th annual convention on May 31, 2017. More than 200 voting delegates from locals across the province attended the convention held May 28 to 31, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro. Other election results are as follows: • Dave Dort, recording secretary • Donna Vankroonenburg, three-year trustee • Chris Melanson, vice-president, […]

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Changing workplaces review submission

Changing Workplaces Review 2017 05 31 View this page in full on the CUPE Ontario website: Changing workplaces review submission. Source: CUPE Ontario

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World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights – Statement by trade unionists participating in the conference

Democratic trade unions, as diversity positive, progressive organizations committed to equality, equity, solidarity, social justice and positive social change, will further elaborate and deepen our work and cooperation across borders on the subject of LGBT rights. Together with multiple allies; empowered by the proclamation, declaration and recognition of LGBT rights by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011 and the encouragement from the United Nations […]

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Workplace changes are far from restoring balance for workers in Ontario

Workplace changes, announced by the Ontario government today, are a long way from rectifying the huge imbalance in our economy that continues to leave workers behind, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. Thanks to the hard work of thousands of workers and advocates, the government has finally acknowledged that we have a serious problem in this province when it comes to workers’ rights and compensation, Hahn […]

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CUPE welcomes dozens of new members to Local 4254 following organizing efforts in Prairie Spirit School Division

More than 30 caretakers, educational assistants, bus drivers, and administrative staff in the Prairie Spirit School Division have successfully voted to unionize with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). This month a new certification order issued by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board brings 20 additional workers into CUPE Local 4254, which represents hundreds of education support workers in the Prairie Spirit School Division. These […]

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Niagara Catholic District School Board’s plans to cut front-line school board workers will impact services, says CUPE 1317

Niagara Catholic District School Board’s plans to cut front-line school board workers will impact services, says CUPE 1317

NIAGARA, ON – Niagara Catholic District School Board workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are questioning why the board is talking about a ‘balanced portfolio’ when front-line school board staff, including 32 CUPE 1317 members, are being laid off as early as June.   “We find it disingenuous for the board to be trumpeting their balanced budget while staff layoffs and […]

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Niagara Catholic District School Board’s plans to cut front-line school board workers will impact services

Niagara Catholic District School Board workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are questioning why the board is talking about a ‘balanced portfolio’ when front-line school board staff, including 32 CUPE 1317 members, are being laid off as early as June. “We find it disingenuous for the board to be trumpeting their balanced budget while staff layoffs and the impact of these cuts […]

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Scrap bank of privatization, build infrastructure for Canadians

CUPE is calling on the Liberals to scrap their plans for a bank of privatization. The investor-driven Canada Infrastructure Bank takes aim at our roads, bridges, water and transit systems. As Canadians, we’ve built this infrastructure together. It belongs to us all, and it’s not for sale. The Liberals are trying to rush the bank through, under cover of a 300-page omnibus budget bill, Bill C-44. CUPE […]

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CUPE 1975 concerned about potential contracting out at the University of Saskatchewan

CUPE 1975 is concerned that the University of Saskatchewan’s interest in negotiating an incentivized exit with union employees may lead to contracting out of key university services. “Under the current collective agreement, the employer is prohibited from contracting out our work as a result of layoffs,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE Local 1975. “We believe that incentivized exits should provide the same assurance, but the […]

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CUPE 8600 fights back against cuts to northern health care

Health care support workers in the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) held info pickets and a rally on Thursday, May 25th at Pioneer Square and at Northern Lights Manor in Flin Flon against the provincial government’s mandate to find $6m in “savings” in the NRHA. “These cuts are already translating into serious staffing shortages,” said Christine Lussier, President of CUPE Local 8600, representing health care […]

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When it rains, it pours solidarity

CUPE National President Mark Hancock joined striking Toronto Zoo employees on the picket line today, braving near record-setting rainfalls to send a message that members of CUPE 1600 have support from across the country. “We’ve seen what two-tier agreements and not having good contract language do to workers, over and over and what you’re doing here is the hard, right thing to do and you have […]

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Legal sale of recreational marijuana in Quebec – Rejecting the SAQ would be a big mistake

CUPE is extremely concerned about the Government of Quebec’s hesitations around the sale of legalized recreational marijuana. The reluctance of the ministers responsible for this, and Minister Coiteux in particular, seems to stem from an ideological vision that ignores any pragmatic arguments. CUPE believes that every aspect of the issue points to the Société des alcools du Québec as the best model by far. As with […]

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The City of Moose Jaw and CUPE 9 ratify new collective agreement

After almost two years at the bargaining table, the City of Moose Jaw and CUPE 9 have ratified a new collective agreement. “We are relieved to have finally reached a fair and reasonable agreement. It was a long and difficult round of bargaining, and we are hopeful that the relationship between the employer and employees will go more smoothly moving forward,” said Stacey Landin, president of […]

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The City of Moose Jaw and CUPE Local 9 ratify new collective agreement

After almost two years at the bargaining table, the City of Moose Jaw and CUPE Local 9 have ratified a new collective agreement. “We are relieved to have finally reached a fair and reasonable agreement. It was a long and difficult round of bargaining, and we are hopeful that the relationship between the employer and employees will go more smoothly moving forward,” said Stacey Landin, president of […]

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Oshawa community event on this Saturday to boost care for long-term care residents

Oshawa community event on this Saturday to boost care for long-term care residents

OSHAWA, ON — Oshawa seniors in long-term care need the community’s help to get the Ontario government to support increased care levels for residents and new legislation to make a daily care standard the law, says Candace Rennick a former long-term care worker and now secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. This is why this Saturday, May 27, 2017 between 11:00 […]

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