McNeil Government blatantly ignoring lessons of other provinces, moves ahead with attack on working people

The McNeil Government is blindly moving ahead with unconstitutional, anti- worker legislation, without learning any lessons from other provinces in Canada, says the President of CUPE Nova Scotia Nan McFadgen. Today, the McNeil Government proclaimed Bill 148, the Public Services Sustainability Act, capping wage increases and freezing the long-service award as of April 2015. This will affect almost 12,000 CUPE members. Although this move by the […]

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Paramedics Save Lives

Paramedics Save Lives
CUPE 1764 Paramedics are actively supporting our community by selling silicone bracelets with the inscription "Durham Paramedics Save Lives". All funds will be submitted to Habitat for Humanity as minimum pledges for volunteering CUPE 1764 Durham Paramedics. Habitat for Humanity has asked for volunteers in the emergency and first responder services to build several homes for Durham families. CUPE 1764 Paramedics will be assisting in building [...]
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CUPE Quebec Supports Locked-Out Workers at Pacific Blue Cross

The members of CUPE Quebec are standing behind 600 Pacific Blue Cross employees in British Columbia who have been locked out for the last month and a half. CUPE activists distributed flyers this past Saturday at Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Old Montréal at a reception held by an international organization specializing in group insurance. Attendees at this event included Pacific Blue Cross, a British Columbia-based provider of […]

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Partial victory in ruling on hydro suit, but overall disappointment for Ontarians

Judge Cavanagh’s decision contains a partial victory, ensuring the Premier and Ministers can’t hide behind legislative privilege, but his overall decision to dismiss the misfeasance suit over the sale of Hydro One is a huge disappointment to the people of Ontario, says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. CUPE, along with Fred Hahn, Diane Dowling and John Clark, filed their suit against the Premier and Ministers […]

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Stop Bill C-27

Mark Janson | CUPE Research On the one-year anniversary of their election, the Trudeau Liberals introduced a controversial piece of pension legislation, Bill C-27, to the House of Commons. They did this very, very quietly. They didn’t put out a press release, or tweet out a single tweet. Not even a selfie! When a government acts this quietly, it should set off major alarm bells. Bill C-27 would rewrite […]

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We fight precarity when we mobilize

Dan Crow | CUPE Research The laws around labour relations and employment standards govern how we organize new bargaining units, how we bargain collectively, and how we determine minimum standards to protect workers. Times have changed. Most labour and employment laws were implemented before the massive expansion of precarious work. The result is that many vulnerable workers are denied the ability to join a union, and struggle to access […]

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Partial victory in ruling on hydro suit, but overall disappointment for Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – Judge Cavanagh’s decision contains a partial victory, ensuring the Premier and Ministers can’t hide behind legislative privilege, but his overall decision to dismiss the misfeasance suit over the sale of Hydro One is a huge disappointment to the people of Ontario, says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. CUPE, along with Fred Hahn, Diane Dowling and John Clark, filed their suit against […]

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CUPE Manitoba concerned with new for-profit MRI clinic in Niverville

CUPE is expressing deep concern with the proposed new private MRI clinic announced by Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc. This new MRI clinic is planning to charge between $1,000 and $1,300 for an MRI. “Private profit has no place in our health care system,” says Darrin Cook, President of the CUPE Local 4270 representing health care support workers in Southern Health – Santé Sud. “Universal health care is a […]

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TSB Finding & Federal Court of Appeal Ruling Major Wins for CUPE

CUPE has consistently fought against the 1:50 regulatory change that was ushered in by the federal government in 2015. The increase in the flight attendant to passenger ratio from 1:40 to 1:50 means that there are fewer cabin safety personnel on flights to respond to emergency situations. This constitutes an unnecessary and unacceptable risk for passengers and cabin crew. A recent Transport Safety Board of Canada […]

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CUPE health care locals strongly approve merger into one provincial union

It’s now official. Saskatchewan’s five CUPE health care locals will be merging into one CUPE provincial health union of over 13,600 members. The final two merger votes were held August 14. Members of Local 4980 (Sunrise Health Region) voted with a 91 per cent majority to merge with other CUPE health care locals in the province, while members of Local 3967 (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region) backed the merger with 69 per […]

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New report shows long term impacts of Sask Party’s regressive tax changes on women and low income families

A new report commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees has found that the proposed taxation changes in the 2017-2018 budget will disproportionally impact low‑income families and individuals. The report, titled Out of Balance: Saskatchewan’s 2017‑18 Budget, found that the proposed taxation changes significantly erode tax fairness. One of the most substantial changes in the budget was the increase to the generally regressive Provincial Sales […]

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Layoff avoided for City of Montreal's security officers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Montreal came to an agreement this past Wednesday, August 9, that avoids laying off auxiliary security officers. Under this agreement, the 46 officers responsible for security at municipal buildings will have the option to be reassigned to auxiliary labourer positions with the City of Montreal. Their seniority will be maintained during the process of reassigning […]

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Statement by CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary Treasurer Charles Fleury on white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Canadian Union of Public Employers (CUPE) and its 650,000 members across Canada refuse to stay silent in the face of white supremacy, bigotry, and the racist violence it spurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. CUPE condemns these hateful acts, and stands in solidarity with those who courageously stood up against this violence and hatred. We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends […]

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Send your MHA a message: Stop P3 deals before you saddle us with more debt

People living in Corner Brook and the surrounding region have needed new health care facilities, including more beds in long-term care, for many years. It came as welcome news to everyone, including CUPE members and their families, when the province announced two new facilities would begin construction later this year. However, the secrecy and lack of transparency around these two projects are very troubling. In a […]

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We will not let the virus of hate spread

We will not let the virus of hate spread

Hate crawled up from the sewers of Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and flooded the streets with thousands of white men baring torches and chanting unbelievable hatred. Many thought we were past such horrors, that the days of torches and pitch forks held high by angry white men screaming hate were gone for good. We might have hoped that the racist haters that still exist understand […]

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Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

WATERLOO, ON – Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting.   The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make their decision shortly.   No details of the agreement […]

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Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting. The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make their decision shortly. No details of the agreement will be released until it is ratified […]

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CUPE Ontario stands with Northstar workers

CUPE Ontario stands with Northstar workers

TORONTO – In a statement issued on behalf of 260,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, sent a strong message of support to the workers at Northstar Aerospace, who are fighting to defend their pensions. Hahn also urged CUPE members to head to Unifor’s picket lines in Milton as a show of solidarity with Northstar workers […]

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BC Labour Relations Board sanctions Pacific Blue Cross

In separate rulings involving three managers at Pacific Blue Cross, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board (LRB) has found that the non-profit benefits provider violated Section 68 of the Labour Relations Code by using prohibited replacement workers.   In a decision released yesterday, the LRB ruled that three PBC managers hired or promoted after the notice to bargain had performed work ordinarily done by CUPE 1816 […]

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Keep our health care facilities out of the hands of private interests: Rally on August 15

The P3 deals that the Ball Government want to use to build health care facilities in Corner Brook are a Trojan Horse that will allow the quality of our public health care to be influenced by private profits. People living in Corner Brook and the surrounding region have needed new health care facilities, including more beds in long-term care, for many years. It came as welcome […]

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