Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor. Kati and Lori will appear in person on Friday, June 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kati Wightman, 21, is battling lymphoma and requires […]

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Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

ESSEX, ON – Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor. Kati and Lori will appear in person on Friday, June 30, […]

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ANBL should manage recreational cannabis

CUPE 963, the union representing New Brunswick Liquor workers, is encouraged by the conclusions of the interim report released this week by a working group on cannabis legalization. This government‑led report outlined the necessity for a public model for the legalization of recreational cannabis. “I am encouraged, because the working group has recognized explicitly that ANBL and Local 963 workers have ‘extensive experience in retailing a controlled substance […]

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Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatization

A new report highlights the growing global trend to end privatization and create new public services, documenting more than 830 case studies that span sectors and continents. Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatization tells stories of workers, public officials and members of social movements organizing to reclaim or create new public services that meet people’s needs and deal with environmental challenges. The report, […]

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Estevan Aboriginal Day

CUPE 5999 hosted Estevan’s first ever National Aboriginal Day celebration. The event featured a free barbeque lunch, Aboriginal dances, and many community tables. The event was open to everyone in the community. “Our union is proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day and to host this event in Estevan,” said Wanda Edwards, acting president of CUPE Local 5999. “Today and every day it is important to celebrate the […]

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CUPE 600 to fight plans to dismantle bargaining unit

CUPE 600 is fighting back against the Government of Saskatchewan’s plans to apply to the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to abolish its union and move approximately 500 members into the SGEU Public Service/Government Employees bargaining unit. Representatives of the Public Service Commission informed CUPE Local 600 of the provincial government’s intentions at a meeting held June 19, 2017. The employer requested that the union make a joint application to […]

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CUPE Local 600 to fight plans to dismantle bargaining unit

CUPE Local 600 is fighting back against the Government of Saskatchewan’s plans to apply to the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to abolish its union and move approximately 500 members into the SGEU Public Service/Government Employees bargaining unit. Representatives of the Public Service Commission informed CUPE Local 600 of the provincial government’s intentions at a meeting held June 19, 2017. The employer requested that the union make a joint application to […]

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Today, we celebrate National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day is time to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples, as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities graciously share their ceremonies, customs and heritage with us all. It is also a time for us to recommit ourselves to promoting truth and reconciliation. Canadians must fully and openly recognize the historical and ongoing harm Canada has inflicted through its failed policies and […]

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CUPE Ontario Statement on National Aboriginal Day

CUPE Ontario Statement on National Aboriginal Day

2017 marks the 21st anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, held annually on June 21. This is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the past and continuing injustices faced by the original inhabitants of Turtle Island (North America) as a result of colonization.   Report after report […]

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CUPE Ontario PRIDE Statement

CUPE Ontario PRIDE Statement

June is PRIDE month in Canada and around the world. PRIDE is about standing strong in the face of adversity. It’s about facing ignorance and hate head on, and giving others the courage to do the same. In Ontario, PRIDE is a joyful celebration of LGBTQ culture, but make no mistake – PRIDE is political, and it is critical that we never become complacent. This […]

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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day, June 21

National Aboriginal Day is time to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples, as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities graciously share their ceremonies, customs and heritage with us all. It is also a time for us to recommit ourselves to promoting truth and reconciliation. Canadians must fully and openly recognize the historical and ongoing harm Canada has inflicted through its failed policies and […]

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CUPE joins millions across Canada – and the world – to celebrate Pride 2017

This Pride season, CUPE is pleased to applaud the Canadian Senate for passing the long‑delayed Bill C‑16 this week in Ottawa. Bill C‑16 expands the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to add gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination. For over 10 years, variations of this bill have been debated in Parliament. Today, we can finally celebrate the bill’s passage and take […]

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Montreal light rail: CUPE-Québec and the Trainsparence coalition condemn Trudeau government funding

CUPE is highly critical of the federal government’s $1.28 billion investment in a Montreal transit project that will increase car use and greenhouse gas emissions, while preventing expansion of the region’s public transit system. “There is an urgent need for investment in public transit,” said Denis Bolduc, President of CUPE-Québec. “But it’s unacceptable that, in 2017, we are wasting so much money on a project that […]

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With June 17 deadline fast approaching, CUPE 2380 says ‘time is now’ for Town of Penetanguishene to get serious about negotiations

With June 17 deadline fast approaching, CUPE 2380 says ‘time is now’ for Town of Penetanguishene to get serious about negotiations

PENETANGUISHENE, ON – With a June 17 deadline for a potential lockout or strike just days away, negotiators for Local 2380 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 2380) urged the Town of Penetanguishene to get serious about negotiating a fair contract with 13 newly-organized employees.   “We have an opportunity to conclude these negotiations successfully, but the deadline the town has created means […]

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Bonuses for strikebreakers: CUPE directors call for an urgent meeting with the Minister of Higher Education

CUPE is calling for an urgent meeting with Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education, after learning that she has authorized a payment of $1.6 million in bonuses to executives to compensate for their overtime during the strike at Laval University. “This decision contravenes the spirit of the anti-scab law. With this additional remuneration, the government is destroying the balance of the parties at the table and […]

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CUPE education workers reach agreement on Bill 115 “remedy” with provincial government

CUPE education workers reach agreement on Bill 115 “remedy” with provincial government

TORONTO – In what may be one of the largest settlements of its kind for employees who have suffered a workplace breach of Charter rights, CUPE education workers have reached an agreement on “remedy”, or financial compensation, with the provincial government. The settlement comes slightly more than a year after the Ontario Superior Court issued a decision in favour of several education unions, ruling the […]

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Passing Bill C-4 marks progress for labour protections in Canada

Bill C-4, which repeals two widely condemned aspects of the Harper government’s anti-union agenda, was passed in the Senate Wednesday and will shortly become law. The Canadian Union of Public Employees congratulates the tireless efforts of the many activists, unions and organizations around Canada who have been fighting back against these direct attempts to weaken the labour movement and the rights of workers since 2012. […]

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With June 17 deadline fast approaching, CUPE 2380 says ‘time is now’ for Town of Penetanguishene to get serious about negotiations

With a June 17 deadline for a potential lockout or strike just days away, negotiators for Local 2380 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 2380) urged the Town of Penetanguishene to get serious about negotiating a fair contract with 13 newly‑organized employees. “We have an opportunity to conclude these negotiations successfully, but the deadline the town has created means we have to get serious about finishing […]

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CUPE education workers reach agreement on Bill 115 “remedy” with provincial government

In what may be one of the largest settlements of its kind for employees who have suffered a workplace breach of Charter rights, CUPE education workers have reached an agreement on “remedy”, or financial compensation, with the provincial government. The settlement comes slightly more than a year after the Ontario Superior Court issued a decision in favour of several education unions, ruling the government’s Bill 115 unconstitutional. […]

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CUPE remains opposed to ER, Urgent Care closures and program changes

The Canadian Union of Public Employees remains opposed to the sweeping changes to Winnipeg’s health care services announced by the WRHA in April 2017. These changes included the closure of community ERs, Urgent Care, as well as the shuffling of community‑based mental health programs. Today’s WRHA announcement that identifies the timelines in which these changes are to be made is troubling. “These sweeping changes were announced […]

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