CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with striking workers at Laurentian University

CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with striking workers at Laurentian University

CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with striking workers at Laurentian University. The 367 full-time teachers and 200 sessional staff who are represented by the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) went on strike late yesterday. LUFA has been working tirelessly to negotiate a fair collective agreement that supports its members and offers high-quality education for students at the University. LUFA presented the university with an offer […]

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CUPE BC welcomes UBCM resolution urging new provincial government to restore public library funding

Delegates to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Vancouver today approved a resolution calling on the new BC NDP provincial government to restore funding to public libraries that had been cut by previous governments. “CUPE BC has long been an advocate for sustainable funding for libraries, and we’re very pleased to see this resolution pass with no opposition,” said CUPE BC President Paul Faoro. “Libraries […]

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Federal Liberals must act urgently on violence against the Rohingya population in Myanmar

CUPE along with other Canadian civil society organizations and individuals have released a statement on the latest wave of military violence against Rohingya civilians in northwestern Myanmar. The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority.” They are an ethnic group, majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. There are over 1 million Rohingya living in […]

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Canada’s largest union convenes in Toronto to chart course for a fairer, more equal Canada

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest labour union, will convene next week in Toronto for its 28th biennial convention. Over 2,200 delegates representing CUPE’s 650,000 members from across the country, will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 2-6 to debate the future of the labour movement and public services in Canada. CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury […]

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October is Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month, a time to reflect on the important role libraries play in the lives of all Canadians. Our libraries are much more than just a space to house books and reference material. They are important community and cultural hubs that play a vital role in promoting important democratic values such as freedom, justice, and participation in political life. Libraries also promote life-long […]

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A hospital that refuses to accept violence against patients and staff would be in everyone’s interest, wouldn’t it?

A hospital that refuses to accept violence against  patients and staff would be in everyone’s interest, wouldn’t it?

SUDBURY, ON –  Data show that physical, verbal and sexual assaults against Ontario hospital staff are prevalent and increasing. It is widely understood that workplace violence is under-reported in the health sector. “Hospitals that are dangerous for staff to work in are also dangerous for patients. The level of physical and sexual assault against hospital staff is abnormally high in Ontario, our internal polling shows, […]

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Proud to promote public library services: CUPE 391

CUPE 391 members were once again sponsors of Word Vancouver– the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts which took place Sunday September 24 outside Vancouver Public Library’s main branch. “We are proud to support this festival annually because promoting literacy in our community is vital,” says CUPE 391 President Aliza Nevarie. “Word Vancouver is an excellent opportunity to speak with the public about the […]

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Liberal infrastructure bank will keep key privatization details secret

A new report warns that the Canada Infrastructure Bank will keep the public in the dark about the true costs of its privatized megaprojects. The Canada Infrastructure Bank and the public’s right to know reports on the public’s right to access information about privatization projects, and the potential impact of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB). The report was published by the Columbia Institute during national Right […]

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Trail custodian wins CUPE BC grand prize draw

Paulette Robinson, a custodian at James L. Webster Elementary School in Trail, was the lucky winner of the $250 Grand Prize Draw held last week at CUPE BC offices. Robinson’s name was entered into the draw along with more than 1,200 other entries from custodians who completed the K-12 custodial survey. Another 150 K-12 custodians are draw winners and will be receiving a Tim Horton’s […]

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Trail custodian wins grand prize draw

Paulette Robinson, a custodian at James L. Webster Elementary School in Trail, was the lucky winner of the $250 Grand Prize Draw held last week at CUPE BC offices. Robinson’s name was entered into the draw along with more than 1,200 other entries from custodians who completed the K-12 custodial survey. Another 150 K-12 custodians are draw winners and will be receiving a Tim Horton’s […]

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Child care for all: From stories to action

Following on the success of the Rethink Child Care campaign, CUPE will be launching an exciting new campaign, Child care for all.. We all have stories about the struggle to find and afford quality child care for ourselves, our family, or our friends. Through this campaign, we tell our stories to keep political pressure on our governments for affordable child care. The Child care for all […]

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Orange Shirt Day honours and remembers

Orange Shirt Day was created four years ago during the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project in Williams Lake. Phyllis Webstad, a former residential school student, told the story of her first day at residential school when the new orange shirt bought by her grandmother was taken from her. The story prompted the realization that many survivors have similar stories. Meet Phyllis Webstad and hear […]

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Economic Briefs – Fall 2017

Highlighting recent economic studies and developments IMF says Canada should increase child care funding The federal government could easily afford to increase child care funding tenfold to $8 billion annually, IMF researchers suggested in a recent report. This additional funding could reduce monthly child care fees by an average of 40 per cent. The revenue that comes from more women working would fully cover these increased costs for […]

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Current and planned minimum wage rates across Canada

Alberta, Ontario and BC have all committed to increase their minimum wages to $15 an hour. Alberta and Ontario have committed to specific increases while the new NDP government in BC is creating a Fair Wages Commission to establish a path to a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour. Minimum wages in most other provinces are around $11 an hour. Most provinces have annual or […]

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Raising the minimum wage: Who benefits?

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will directly benefit more than one in five Ontario workers. The benefits will be broad-based, and will help a wide variety of different workers in different sectors. Women, younger workers, recent immigrants, and part-time, temporary and precarious workers are more likely to be paid less than $15 an hour. So a greater number of them will benefit from […]

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Five reasons a higher minimum wage helps us all

Business lobby groups are protesting plans in Ontario, Alberta and BC to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But there’s plenty of evidence higher wages are needed to boost economic growth. There are also important social and political reasons to significantly increase minimum wages. 1.  It’ll boost our sluggish economy Labour compensation and household spending make up almost 60 per cent of our Gross Domestic […]

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CUPE takes part in Climate Jobs Forum

CUPE members and staff were among the dozens of Canadian labour activists who took part in an environmental forum hosted by the Green Economy Network (GEN) at the Canadian Labour Congress convention in Toronto in May 2017. The GEN forum centred on its campaign to develop one million “climate jobs” in Canada. Climate jobs are clearly distinguished from the traditionally understood “green jobs” by the fact […]

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From pension “drop outs” to being kicked out

Mark Janson | CUPE Research Last year, Canada’s federal and provincial governments made a historic deal to modestly expand the benefits provided by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). This agreement is good news and something CUPE strongly supports. Yet, when the government tabled the legislative changes needed to implement the deal, we discovered a shortcoming that, if left unchanged, would result in CPP penalties for Canadians with disabilities and […]

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Bargaining against blood money

Vania Tse | CUPE Research We often think of bargaining mostly as a tool for gaining rights for our members. But the gains we make in collective bargaining can also improve the health and lives of people outside our unions as well. Take, for instance, the issue of paid plasma. It is recognized worldwide that the safest blood with the lowest risk of bloodborne infections comes from regular, unpaid […]

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Canada Infrastructure Bank: A pipeline of privatization

Sarah Ryan and Karin Jordan | CUPE The Liberal government’s new way of financing public infrastructure relies on an age-old scheme: privatization. The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will rely on expensive lending from the private-sector to build or renew our water and wastewater systems, public transit, roads and electrical grids, where many CUPE members work. The bank will allow corporations and private lenders unprecedented access to – and power […]

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