CUPE defends Canadian media and cultural producers on Parliament Hill

CUPE was on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon, calling on the government to finally make foreign digital businesses like Netflix pay their fair share in taxes. Two CUPE representatives, senior economist Toby Sanger and research representative Nathalie Blais, appeared at the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade as part of their study on e‑commerce. Their testimony to the committee focused on how large, multi-billion dollar […]

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16 environmental, health and labour groups raise serious concerns with Bill 154 in open letter to Premier

16 environmental, health and labour groups raise serious concerns with Bill 154 in open letter to Premier

October 23, 2017 The Hon. Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Via email : premier@ontario.ca Dear Premier Wynne: Re: Bill 154, An Act to cut unnecessary red tape by enacting one new Act and making various amendments and repeals We are writing to you to express our profound concerns regarding Bill 154, specifically the contents of Schedule 4. […]

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Employment increasingly precarious in public libraries, survey finds

A large percentage of the workers at public libraries are precariously employed, a new CUPE survey has found. Twenty-eight per cent of CUPE public library workers are not working in full-time or permanent jobs, and an additional 24 per cent are at risk of becoming precariously employed, according to major findings from Phase 1 of the first-ever CUPE national library workers’ survey on precarious employment. Precarious […]

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Transport Minister says no to revision of the unsafe 1:50 ratio, but CUPE will continue the fight for passenger safety

“Like the Conservatives before them, the Liberals have decided to put airlines’ profits ahead of passenger safety,” said CUPE’s Airline Division President Martyn Smith in reaction to Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s response to the Transport Committee unanimous report on aviation safety tabled in the House of Commons. Despite their election promise to consult with stakeholders and experts on the matter ‘all the while keeping the […]

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Blue Collar Workers in Laval Set to Strike

The City of Laval’s 750 blue collar workers recently voted 95% in favour of a strike and will take strike action this weekend and next. The union gave strike notice to the labour tribunal on October 17, as required under the Québec Labour Code. The first phase of this overtime strike will start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 28 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. The second […]

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Library workers at Lambton-Kent District School Board celebrate School Library Day

Library workers at Lambton-Kent District School Board celebrate School Library Day

  SARNIA, ON – At schools throughout the Lambton-Kent District School Board (LKDSB), members of Local 1238 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1238), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that great libraries depend on great workers. “Our Librarians and Library Clerks are committed to providing quality materials and services for research and assignments, as well as […]

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Library workers at Lambton-Kent District School Board celebrate School Library Day

At schools throughout the Lambton-Kent District School Board (LKDSB), members of Local 1238 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1238), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that great libraries depend on great workers. “Our Librarians and Library Clerks are committed to providing quality materials and services for research and assignments, as well as activities and programs for collaborative […]

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CUPE BC statement on Fernie workplace tragedy

Following today’s announcement from the B.C. Coroner’s Service identifying the three workers killed in a tragic workplace accident in Fernie earlier this week, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro and National President Mark Hancock issued the following statement: “It was confirmed by the B.C. Coroner’s Service this morning that two of the victims in Fernie were CUPE members— Chief Facility Engineer Wayne Hornquist, a member of CUPE […]

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Bill C-27 is in the news – but what does it actually do?

Bill C-27 has been front and centre in the media this week, due to the controversy around Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s personal assets. But lost in the fray is much information about what this dangerous legislation would actually do. Bill C-27 would permit federally-regulated employers (like airlines, telecoms, banks, and Crown Corporations) to establish a “Target Benefit” pension plan. These pension plans are essentially the opposite of […]

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NAFTA talks not tackling deal’s fundamental flaws

When talks resume in November, the Canadian government must push harder to fix the many problems with the North American Free Trade Agreement. This includes eliminating Chapter 11, NAFTA’s “investor-state dispute settlement” rules. Chapter 11 lets US and Mexican corporations sue the Canadian government for decisions that interfere with investments – and profits. The American government had proposed changes that would let US corporations sue Mexico and […]

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Now more than ever, it’s time for Bill C 27 to go

One year ago today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled Bill C‑27 in the House of Commons, and today, amidst a stunning wave of revelations about the minister’s conflicts of interest, CUPE is reiterating its call for this bad legislation to be revoked. “Not only would Bill C‑27 allow employers to break promises made to workers and retirees about their pensions,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Cornwall library workers celebrate Library Week

‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Cornwall library workers celebrate Library Week

CORNWALL, ON – Public library workers in Cornwall, members of Local 3251-01 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3251-01), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community,” said CUPE President Monique […]

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Peterborough residents packed town hall meeting on crisis in long-term care

Peterborough residents packed town hall meeting on crisis in long-term care

Toronto, ON – Over a hundred concerned Peterborough residents packed a room at the Holiday Inn, Tuesday night, for a town hall meeting that addressed the growing crisis in long-term care. “We’re here this evening because we have a serious crisis in long-term care in Ontario and our seniors are suffering,” said Candace Rennick, Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and a former long-term care worker […]

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Ontario liberals follow Donald Trump’s lead on gutting government regulations

Ontario liberals follow Donald Trump’s lead on gutting government regulations

TORONTO, ON – Part of Ontario’s new omnibus legislation, Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017, appears to be modelled on an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump – an order that forces the gutting of government regulations, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “It’s hard to believe, but the Wynne government has put forward a Bill that is very similar to […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Toronto Public Library workers celebrate Library Week

‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Toronto Public Library workers celebrate Library Week

TORONTO, ON – Public library workers in Toronto, members of Local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4948), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community. Toronto loves their libraries […]

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Two-tier pension benefits the wrong direction for health care workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is speaking out against changes to the Healthcare Employees’ Pension Plan (HEPP) announced on October 17, 2017. “The changes to the plan announced today may force some health care workers to delay or change their retirement plans, and creates an unnecessary division between existing plan members and the future generation of health care workers,” says Shannon McAteer CUPE’s Health Care Coordinator. “Two-tier […]

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Public transit workers to strike in Trois-Rivières on October 27

The union representing workers at the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR) has filed notice of its intention to take strike action on October 27. Workers voted in favour of striking at a general meeting in June. In the spring of this year, the union had criticized a lack of information and consistency concerning trip times when the city overhauled its transit plan. “Realistic trip times are […]

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Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals fiscal and moral bankruptcy of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan

Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals fiscal and moral bankruptcy of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan

TORONTO, ON – The Auditor General’s report, tabled today in the Ontario legislature, paints a picture of a Liberal government that has consistently placed the needs and rights of Ontarians behind those of its corporate funders, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. By creating a system of accounting that deliberately obfuscates and hides the true cost of its “Fair Hydro Plan,” the Wynne government has […]

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Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals “fiscal and moral bankruptcy” of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan

The Auditor General’s report, tabled today in the Ontario legislature, paints a picture of a Liberal government that has consistently placed the needs and rights of Ontarians behind those of its corporate funders, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. By creating a system of accounting that deliberately obfuscates and hides the true cost of its “Fair Hydro Plan,” the Wynne government has shown that it won’t […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: York Region Library workers celebrate Library Week

‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: York Region Library workers celebrate Library Week

  AURORA, ON – Public library workers in York Region, members of Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community,” said CUPE […]

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