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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Wages rising in Ontario and BC, declining in Atlantic and Prairies

After averaging less than 1.5 per cent in each of the last two years, the national average for wage settlements is finally moving up. Base wage adjustments settled in the first nine months of this year include yearly average increases of 1.7 per cent over the life of collective agreements, up from 1.3 per cent in 2016 and just 1.2 per cent in 2015. While wage adjustments have trended down in […]

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CUPE Manitoba supports Bear Clan Patrol and the Coalition for Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba

On Monday, CUPE Manitoba presented the Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol a gift of 100 blankets for the community. CUPE Manitoba also presented a financial contribution to the Coalition for Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba’s 6th annual Christmas Party for MMIWG Families. The Bear Clan Patrol was established in December 2014 as a grassroots response to the expressed needs of the community in Winnipeg’s North End and other […]

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Retooled CPP expansion still punishes parents and disabled Canadians

CUPE is calling on the Trudeau government to match its rhetoric with action when it comes to addressing the serious gap in the 2016 CPP expansion. The proposed fix to the government’s plan announced Monday at the meeting of Canada’s finance ministers appears to be yet another half-measure that maintains a serious penalty for workers who take time off due to disability or to raise children. […]

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Unions call for Universal Pharmacare Program

Pharmacare: A plan for everyone The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and allies are hosting a series of townhall meetings in communities across the country to spotlight the need for Canada to introduce a public, universal Pharmacare program for everyone. Canada is the only country in the world that has a public, universal health care system that doesn’t include coverage for prescription medication. Our patchwork system of drug […]

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Kelowna jail guards serve 72-hour strike notice

CUPE Local 338 members who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment have served 72-hour strike notice, putting the union in a legal strike position as of Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. The 17 jail guards are employees of Commissionaires BC and the union has been attempting to negotiate a first collective agreement on their behalf for more than six months. “Jail guards in […]

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Paramedics protest at Queen’s Park Tuesday; say province is courting death and disaster with changes to Ambulance Act

Paramedics protest at Queen’s Park Tuesday; say province is courting death and disaster with changes to Ambulance Act

  TORONTO, ON – In an uncommon show of opposition to changes to paramedic pre-hospital medical care, dozens of paramedics from several communities are protesting at the Ontario Legislature tomorrow (Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m.) amendments to the Ambulance Act they believe will hurt patients needing emergency medical care. The government plans third and final reading of the Bill on Tuesday. “Only under exceptional […]

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CUPE mourns the passing of former National Secretary-Treasurer Kealey Cummings

Dear Sisters and Brothers: It is with great sadness that we inform you that Brother Charles Kealey Cummings passed away on December 9, 2017. From 1955 to 1963, Brother Kealey served as General Vice-President of the National Union of Public Service Employees (NUPSE) and he is considered one of the founding fathers of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which was formed in 1963 following the merger of […]

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Ontario P3 program draws auditor’s fire – again

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are once again drawing the criticism of Ontario’s auditor general, in her 2017 annual report. In 2014, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s wide-ranging report exposed major problems with Infrastructure Ontario’s entire P3 privatization program, known in the province as Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). Her 2016 and 2017 reports continue to highlight systemic problems with P3s, including higher costs of private financing, significant […]

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Ontario P3 program draws auditor’s fire – again

Ontario P3 program draws auditor’s fire – again

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are once again drawing the criticism of Ontario’s auditor general, in her 2017 annual report. In 2014, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s wide-ranging report exposed major problems with Infrastructure Ontario’s entire P3 privatization program, known in the province as Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). Her 2016 and 2017 reports continue to highlight systemic problems with P3s, including higher costs of private financing, significant […]

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CUPE NB makes inroads to assist victims of intimate partner violence

Recently, the provincial government has given more attention to intimate partner violence issues. CUPE NB urges the government to enact legislation similar to what was done one year ago in Ontario, with Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Amongst many other changes, this law provides ten days of leave, with five days of paid leave, as well as unpaid leave and the opportunity for flexible work […]

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Statement on International Human Rights Day

Statement on International Human Rights Day

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each December 10th, it’s important for us to reflect on the important gains we have made in advancing human rights in our province that flow directly from this declaration.  It’s also critical to recognize that we’re still a long way from […]

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