Happy Holidays from CUPE!

As the holiday season approaches, and as 2017 comes to a close, we want to send our warmest holiday greetings and our most sincere thanks to all CUPE members, activists and staff. The past year has been full of challenges, as our members stood strong in the fight for fairness, respect and better working conditions, at the bargaining table and on the picket line. On the […]

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Strike averted for Kelowna jail guards

In an effort to avoid any strike action, CUPE 338 members who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment have agreed to enter binding arbitration with Commissionaires BC. “We were able to reach a last-minute agreement late Thursday afternoon, prior to the strike deadline,” says CUPE National Representative and lead negotiator Harry Nott. “We believe this resolve will result in a fair contract for our […]

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CUPE Ontario is shocked and appalled that OMERS pension plan is investing in tax havens

CUPE Ontario is shocked and appalled that OMERS pension plan is investing in tax havens

TORONTO, ON – The revelation that the public sector pension plan, OMERS has been using tax havens to avoid their tax obligation has come as a shock to CUPE Ontario that represents the largest group of the pension plans membership. Tax avoidance is no way to fund a pension plan, says Fred Hahn, the union’s president. “No worker wants their retirement pension to be funded […]

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Laval blue-collar workers sign a new collective agreement

The 750 blue-collar workers with the City of Laval have signed a new collective agreement, which will run until December 2021. Their last agreement had expired on January 2016. This new agreement provides, in particular, salary increases of 13 per cent over six years. Improvements to working conditions have also been achieved, particularly for temporary employees. Many grievances were also settled, and the parties reviewed the organization of work. Work […]

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CUPE 561 and SD 43 reach tentative agreement on pension plan

CUPE 561 and School District 43 (Coquitlam) recently announced that a tentative deal has been reached on the transfer of active non-teaching pension plan (NTPP) employees to the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). CUPE 561 members will be able to transfer their school district service to the Municipal Pension Plan. Past service and contributions to the NTPP will be recognized. “This settlement is a good deal for both active members and […]

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CUPE members at Fairmont Homes and Marine Services to rally before Frontenac County Council meeting Wednesday morning

KINGSTON, ON – Members of CUPE Locals 109 (Marine Services) and 2290 (Fairmont Homes) will rally outside Frontenac County Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Members of both locals have been in bargaining with the County for some time, and they are gathering before the Council meeting to chat with councillors and members of the public about their frustrations with the bargaining process to date. WHO: […]

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Kelowna jail guards re-issue 72-hour strike notice

CUPE Local 338 members who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment have re-issued 72‑hour strike notice to Commissionaires BC, to be effective as of 6:00 a.m. Friday, December 22. “Kelowna jail guards work to keep their community safe every day, and they deserve to make a living wage,” says CUPE National Representative and lead negotiator Harry Nott. “We have urged Commissionaires BC to reconsider their position, and […]

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St. Michael’s urged to live up to its Catholic values, stop treating clerical staff badly; Tuesday afternoon rally planned

St. Michael’s urged to live up to its Catholic values, stop treating clerical staff badly; Tuesday afternoon rally planned

TORONTO, ON – Publicly, St. Michael’s Hospital (St. Mike’s) says it values and respects its staff. But inside the hospital, that’s not what’s happening. Long-time staff are being fired without cause or being offered employment at another area of the hospital. A 20-year chaplain and four clerical staff were recently terminated. There is pressure on clerical staff to work extra long shifts and up to […]

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Victory against discrimination and harassment for all workers

Workers on contract – and other precarious workers –won an important victory this past Friday. The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruled on a BC case and found that one’s workplace – not one’s status as a worker – is what matters when it comes to protecting workers from discrimination and harassment. Whether you’re a regular employee or a contract worker from another employer, if you’re working at […]

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SFU residence workers vote to join CUPE

Simon Fraser University (SFU) student residence workers voted in favour of joining CUPE Local 3338 last week in a vote administered by the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB). This group of workers includes 55 employees who work throughout SFU’s residences as community advisors, area coordinators, programming assistants and orientation assistants. “We are excited to welcome this new group of members to our growing local,” says CUPE 3338 President Fiona […]

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International Migrants Day

Today we pay tribute to and express our solidarity with migrants around the world. On this day in 1990, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Since 2000, the international community has officially recognized this day as an opportunity to draw attention to the human rights and fundamental freedoms […]

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Labour slate sweeps Pacific Blue Cross board elections

Progressive candidates take all seven seats as CUPE-led campaign nets massive voter turnout A massive turnout by Pacific Blue Cross primary plan holders at the benefit provider’s annual general meeting on Wednesday night has resulted in half of the company’s board of directors being replaced by an entire slate of labour-endorsed candidates. The election of all seven progressive nominees sends a clear message about the desire for change […]

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Thank you, Cheri Di Novo, for your commitment to equality and social justice, and your tireless representation of all working people.

Thank you, Cheri Di Novo, for your commitment to equality and social justice, and your tireless representation of all working people.

December 14, 2017, marks Parkdale High Park NDP MPP Cheri Di Novo’s last day in the Ontario Legislature. The activist MPP is set to resign her seat and return to her first calling as a United Church Minister.  Cheri has been a good friend to CUPE Ontario members and leaves gigantic shoes to fill. As a union dedicated to advancing an equality agenda, CUPE Ontario […]

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Commissionaires BC attempts to derail jail guards strike

After receiving 72-hour strike notice from their employees late Monday afternoon, Commissionaires BC has filed an application with the BC Labour Relations Board in an attempt to stop CUPE 338’s planned strike action. “CUPE filed 72-hour strike notice at 3:53 p.m. on Monday December 11 with the BC Labour Relations Board and Commissionaires BC,” says CUPE National Representative Harry Nott. “The notice was served through email, […]

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Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017, Committee Election Results

Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017, Committee Election Results

The following delegates from the Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017 were elected to the respective committees for a two year term: Larry Giffin, Local 3798 Dawn Bellerose, Local 1880 Miaco Kuzyk-Hildebrand, Local 4207 Yetti Atilola, Local 1750 Michael Gordon, Local 1483 Janet Millington, Local 3739 Connie Ndlovu, Local 7797 Joy Davis, Local 4400 Rebecca Jegeshar, Local 79 Sharon Stanley, Local 101 Nancy Hanschmann, […]

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CUPE PEI applauds new PTSD legislation

CUPE PEI Paramedics and First Responders celebrated a hard-earned victory when Bill 102, An Act to Amend the Workers Compensation Act passed third reading yesterday. The Bill, which got unanimous support of the legislature, provides added support to workers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “We now have a similar law as Manitoba’s, which recognized PTSD coverage for all, not just for first responders, nurses or corrections […]

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Parliamentary committee says keep airports public

Add the House of Commons finance committee to the growing list of groups calling for Canada’s major airports not to be privatized. The recommendation comes in the House of Commons finance committee’s report from its pre-budget consultations. The committee calls for the Liberal government to “[l]imit rising passenger and operational costs by preventing the privatization of Canadian airports.” A majority of the committee members are […]

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“Progressive” trade requires more than just titles and talking points

 This is a republication of an editorial by CUPE National President Mark Hancock which appeared in the Toronto Star on December 11, 2017. Look in any direction on Canada’s international trade landscape today, and you’ll find a situation in barely-controlled chaos – whether that’s renegotiations on NAFTA, where the United States effectively holds all the cards, a new attempt at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or a potential […]

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What’s up, or down, with inflation

It’s been a bit of a mystery. Inflation has been so persistently low, not just in Canada but also in other countries, that central bankers are not only trying to push it up, but also struggling to explain why it isn’t higher. Consumer price inflation has averaged just 1.5 per cent annually since 2008, even though central banks want inflation to be higher. An average of […]

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Spotlight: Census shows racial pay gaps persist

More than 20 per cent of Canadians are racialized, or “visible minority” as reported in the 2016 Census, up from less than five per cent in 1981. Despite this growth, being racialized in Canada still comes with a hefty price in terms of lower incomes and wages, as well as other forms of discrimination. On average, both racialized (non-white, non-Indigenous) and Indigenous workers in Canada had […]

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