CUPE BC and CUPE 1816 launch campaign for new progressive Board of Directors at Pacific Blue Cross

CUPE BC and CUPE1816 (Pacific Blue Cross employees) are launching a campaign to elect new progressive board members at benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross following a protracted labour dispute triggered by demands for concessions, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today. “Bad employers need to be held accountable wherever they emerge, particularly when they demand concessions from working people while purporting to be a progressive company,” […]

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CUPE BC and CUPE Local 1816 Launch campaign for new progressive Board of Directors at Pacific Blue Cross

CUPE BC and CUPE Local 1816 (Pacific Blue Cross employees) are launching a campaign to elect new progressive board members at benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross following a protracted labour dispute triggered by demands for concessions, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today. “Bad employers need to be held accountable wherever they emerge, particularly when they demand concessions from working people while purporting to be a […]

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Families, workers and advocates join NDP Health Critic to call on all parties to support Bill 33

Families, workers and advocates join NDP Health Critic to call on all parties to support Bill 33

  TORONTO, ON – Families, personal support workers and long-term care advocates join NDP Health Critic France Gélinas to call on all parties to support Bill 33 (Time to Care Act) that would legislate minimum care standards in long-term care. “Seniors are suffering. They need us to act now,” says Gélinas. “We hope the Premier and all MPPs will stand up for vulnerable seniors and […]

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Library workers, this is your chance to be heard!

CUPE has launched Phase 2 of the National Survey of Precarious Employment in the Library Sector, and we are inviting library workers to participate in the online survey. During Phase 1, we surveyed CUPE library workers who work in stand-alone public libraries, defined as a public library that is its own CUPE local, is not part of another local, and has its own collective agreement. We […]

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Workers in Ontario developmental services need WSIB coverage – support Bill 145

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides compensation to workers who get sick or injured on the job. It’s one of the most important protections that workers have – but WSIB doesn’t cover everyone. Among those not covered by WSIB are the workers who work in group homes, supporting people with developmental disabilities. Bill 145 amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to expand […]

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Bill C-58 keeps public in the dark about privatization

Key details about privatization projects will remain secret under the Liberal government’s proposed Access to Information changes. CUPE researcher Robert Ramsay presented our union’s concerns to the House of Commons committee studying Bill C-58. Bill C-58 is legislation amending the existing Access to Information Act. CUPE and other critics are warning that instead of broadening access, Bill C-58 creates new barriers for people who want to […]

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CUPE members from across Ontario rally together to demand better hospital funding

Hundreds of CUPE hospital workers from across Ontario gathered in Ottawa to protest and denounce chronic underfunding of the Ontario health care system. Led by the President of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions Michael Hurley and joined by CUPE National President Mark Hancock and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury, 25 busloads of hospital workers from communities across the province rallied outside the Montfort Hospital. Watch online […]

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Women fleeing violence threatened further by shelter operators’ decision to force lockout/strike deadline

Maison d’amitié, which operates the only two francophone shelters in Ottawa, is putting vulnerable women and children at risk by imposing a three-week deadline to reach a deal with its unionized employees, say frontline workers at the Ottawa refuge. Frontline workers at Maison d’amitié – which employs an entirely female workforce to counsel and assist other French-speaking women who are fleeing violent and abusive situations – […]

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Women fleeing violence threatened further by shelter operators’ decision to force lockout/strike deadline

OTTAWA, ON – Maison d’amitié, which operates the only two francophone shelters in Ottawa, is putting vulnerable women and children at risk by imposing a three-week deadline to reach a deal with its unionized employees, say frontline workers at the Ottawa refuge. Frontline workers at Maison d’amitié – which employs an entirely female workforce to counsel and assist other French-speaking women who are fleeing violent […]

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Extended Hours of Work Agreement – EMS Staff

Extended Hours of Work Agreement – EMS Staff

To: Local 1764 (EMS Staff) From: Brett Copithorne, Jason Stockdale, Zach Swain Subject: Extended hours of work agreement   Dear Sisters and Brothers, The union met with representatives of the Region to discuss the extension of the Extended hours of work agreement which expires 11:59 pm on November 25, 2017. If no new agreement can be reached by this date, hours of work/scheduling will go […]

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150 Kingston hospital staff push for better hospital funding at large Ottawa rally Friday

150 Kingston hospital staff push for better hospital funding at large Ottawa rally Friday

KINGSTON, ON – More than 150 hospital staff from Kingston Health Sciences Centre KHSC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1974) will board several buses early Friday (October 27, 2017) morning and head to Ottawa. There, they will join hundreds of other hospital workers from across Ontario, for a noon rally at Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital, calling for better provincial funding for hospitals. […]

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Pilot project that brings private autism therapy operators into schools raises alarms: CUPE Ontario

Aspects of a pilot project announced by the Ministry of Education today for students with autism are raising alarm bells about the future of fully accessible, public education in the province, say CUPE Ontario education workers. “We represent 13,000 Educational Assistants who work hard, with other Board employees and parents, to develop and deliver individualized educational programs to assist students with multiple challenges, including those with […]

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Advocates call for down payment on affordable child care and decent work

Advocates call for down payment on affordable child care and decent work

To mark Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Appreciation Day on October 25th, advocates launch the Decent Work Charter and call for a down payment on the public funding needed to ensure professional pay for early childhood educators and provide affordable, high quality child care services for parents. TORONTO – The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and its partners are calling on the […]

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CUPE speaks out against P3s in Manitoba

CUPE Manitoba President Terry Egan and CUPE Local 500 President Gord Delbridge made presentations to the Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs on Bill 24, The Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act which aims to eliminate The Public-Private Partnerships Transparency and Accountability Act. “When this government was elected, one of its key messages to the public was that it was going to improve transparency,” CUPE Manitoba President Terry […]

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CUPE NB: Workers’ compensation system is dangerously underfunded

While the NB Legislature was reopening Tuesday, CUPE NB members were outside holding a protest for the rights of injured workers, union members denounced recent cuts to the workers’ compensation fund. “WorkSafe NB was created for people, not profits,” said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB. “The CEO of WorkSafe NB is doing like McKenna: Underfunding the very system created to protect injured workers and their families. We have […]

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It’s time to care: Ontario seniors need a minimum 4 hour daily care standard to be the law

Ontario’s Bill 33 (the Time to Care Act) is being voted on by MPPs at Second Reading on November 2. CUPE is calling on members across the province to contact their MPP to let them know that this issue matters to all of us, and we’ll be watching how they vote. Are you in Ontario?  Send an email now to ask your MPP to support the Time […]

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Pilot project that brings private autism therapy operators into schools raises alarms: CUPE Ontario

Pilot project that brings private autism therapy operators into schools raises alarms: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Aspects of a pilot project announced by the Ministry of Education today for students with autism are raising alarm bells about the future of fully accessible, public education in the province, say CUPE Ontario education workers. “We represent 13,000 Educational Assistants who work hard, with other Board employees and parents, to develop and deliver individualized educational programs to assist students with multiple […]

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Permanent hospital beds are what communities need – Major hospital rally planned Friday in Ottawa

Permanent hospital beds are what communities need – Major hospital rally planned Friday in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ON – Ontario’s hospital bed shortage is a chronic condition that “won’t be alleviated by the small number of temporary beds the province announced this week. Underfunded hospitals and sick patients who truly have nowhere to go and the pressures of an aging and growing population require permanent resources for that,” says Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). There have […]

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Liberals’ fall economic update misses the mark

Today was an opportunity for Finance Minister Bill Morneau to make a real difference in the lives of Canadians, but the Liberals’ fall economic update misses the mark, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “The boost to the Canada Child Benefit will help families with children, but it still does not move us any closer to a national child care program,” said […]

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Health Minister Adrian Dix announces new bargaining unit for paramedics and dispatchers to improve patient care

Delegates to the 2017 convention of CUPE Local 873 (Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of B.C.) received a good news surprise this morning by way of a video greeting from Health Minister Adrian Dix, who announced that the new government is initiating a process to establish a standalone bargaining unit for the province’s 3700 paramedics and dispatchers. Dix also thanked paramedics for their exemplary service during this past […]

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