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

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 a.m. and 1:00 […]

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CUPE National President Mark Hancock to join striking Toronto Zoo workers’ picket lines tomorrow morning

CUPE National President Mark Hancock to join striking Toronto Zoo workers’ picket lines tomorrow morning

TORONTO, ON – As the strike between the Toronto Zoo and Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) enters its third week, Mark Hancock, CUPE’s National President, will join strikers tomorrow on their picket lines. Hancock will arrive on the picket lines tomorrow, May 25, at approximately 9:00 a.m., and remain there until approximately 11:30 a.m. He will be joined by […]

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Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy re Bill 89, an Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act

Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy re Bill 89, an Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act View this page in full on the CUPE Ontario website: Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy re Bill 89, an Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act. Source: CUPE Ontario

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Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

SUDBURY, ON — If North Bay, Sudbury, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins were in the middle of a by-election like Sault Ste. Marie, would their hospitals see a similar funding increase? Asked Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) in Sudbury today. While the majority of northern Ontario hospitals, including Sudbury’s Health Sciences North (HSN) – a regional hospital with a […]

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Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

If North Bay, Sudbury, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins were in the middle of a by-election like Sault Ste. Marie, would their hospitals see a similar funding increase, asked Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) in Sudbury today. While the majority of northern Ontario hospitals, including Sudbury’s Health Sciences North (HSN) – a regional hospital with a cancer centre – got […]

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Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

The long awaited Changing Workplaces Review Final Report proved a major disappointment today when after expecting major reform of Ontario’s labour law to make the legal right to join a union a practical reality for workers outside of traditional workplaces, the final report contained nothing of the sort. “Rewriting Ontario’s Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act isn’t something any government can do every year or […]

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Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

  TORONTO, ON – The long awaited Changing Workplaces Review Final Report proved a major disappointment today when after expecting major reform of Ontario’s labour law to make the legal right to join a union a practical reality for workers outside of traditional workplaces, the final report contained nothing of the sort.   “Rewriting Ontario’s Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act isn’t something any […]

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First CUPE collective agreement for Trois-Rivières crossing guards

Trois-Rivières school crossing guards have signed their first collective agreement since they joined CUPE in 2015. The agreement includes wage increases and salary remediation measures totalling 3 per cent per year for the next five years. “We are proud of our first CUPE contract. We are very satisfied with the service provided by the union, the negotiations with the employer, and the outcome–namely the ratification of the tentative agreement […]

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With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

MARKHAM, ON – Following a week in which the City of Markham’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ municipal workers gave their bargaining committee a near-unanimous mandate to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve a fair contract, the unit chair for Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905) urged their employer to “come prepared to bargain” when the two sides return to the […]

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With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

Following a week in which the City of Markham’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ municipal workers gave their bargaining committee a near-unanimous mandate to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve a fair contract, the unit chair for Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905) urged their employer to “come prepared to bargain” when the two sides return to the negotiating table. “Our members have […]

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Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

SUDBURY, ON – Although the provincial budget dangled a 3.1 per cent funding increase for hospitals, from North Bay and Sudbury to Kenora and Thunder Bay and communities in between, the average funding increase for northern hospitals was 2 per cent – with one notable exception. In north eastern Ontario, $23 million went to 25 hospitals. 12 hospitals in north western Ontario received just over […]

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Library workers slam EY report on library services

CUPE members are asking how a long overdue report which came at a great cost to taxpayers, fails to provide the one recommendation it was ostensibly commissioned to deliver – whether or not to close public libraries in 54 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are no specific recommendations regarding the closures; rather, there are vague observations about establishing location parameters to decide which libraries should […]

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Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

Although the provincial budget dangled a 3.1 per cent funding increase for hospitals, from North Bay and Sudbury to Kenora and Thunder Bay and communities in between, the average funding increase for northern hospitals was 2 per cent – with one notable exception. In northeastern Ontario, $23 million went to 25 hospitals. Twelve hospitals in northwestern Ontario received just over $9 million. Even hospitals with significant deficits saw a bare 2 per cent […]

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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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