Overwhelming strike mandate for Cape Breton University workers

Support staff at Cape Breton University, members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3131, voted 96 per cent in favour of a strike mandate on January 29, 2018. Eight face-to-face bargaining sessions took place and, after talks broke down last week, the union applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education for conciliation in contract negotiations. The two sides will meet […]

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2018-2019 provincial budget: CUPE NB is pleased

This week, New Brunswick’s Finance Minister Cathy Rogers tabled her $9.6 billion budget, which contained much needed investments in healthcare, education and community care. “This is not an austerity budget, it is a normal electoral year budget. Minister Rogers said, ‘you have to spend money to make money’, and I agree. Our sluggish provincial economy needs a stimulus, and the best way to do so is through […]

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Solid waste depot stays public in Woodstock, ON

Municipal workers in Woodstock, members of CUPE 1146, have organized to ensure city staff do the work at a newly-built solid waste depot. CUPE members in the public works department created a “sea of orange” as CUPE 1146 President Denis LeChasseur urged council to keep the new jobs public at a December 14 city council meeting. At that meeting, council voted to put off a final […]

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CUPE 561 members ratify pension plan transfer

CUPE 561 members ratified the agreement to transfer active employees in the SD43 Non-Teaching Pension Plan (NTPP) to the BC Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) with 97 per cent of members voting in favour. Ballots were counted on Saturday after the last of three meetings for members to hear details about the plan and vote on ratification. Current SD43 retirees will remain members of the NTPP. “CUPE 561 members work hard […]

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Viterra: 51 workers locked out at the Port of Montreal

Viterra, one of the main grain marketer/handlers at the Port of Montreal, sent a lockout notice to 51 operators who were negotiating for the same working conditions as the vast majority of Port of Montreal workers. The lockout will take effect on Tuesday, January 30, at 7 a.m. “These operators handle the loading and unloading of grain. They simply wanted equity with the other Port employees. […]

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Strike Vote at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)

At a general meeting of the union on Friday afternoon, the support staff of the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) voted 88% in favour of pressure tactics up to an unlimited general strike. These 500 employees have been without a collective agreement for nearly two years, since March 31, 2016. Despite a number of bargaining sessions since spring 2016, there is still a stalemate regarding employer wage […]

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CUPE calls for solidarity against Islamophobia

On January 29, 2017, six Muslim men were murdered at a Quebec City mosque while they prayed. This terrorist attack affected many families, friends, neighbours and communities across Canada, leaving us all with a sense of horror and overwhelming sadness. With the one-year anniversary of this Islamophobic attack quickly approaching, it is important to take the time to reflect on why the massacre took place. As […]

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Vote by Trent food service workers delivers unmistakeable message to Compass: “Negotiate with us to put an end to precarious work”

Vote by Trent food service workers delivers unmistakeable message to Compass: “Negotiate with us to put an end to precarious work”

PETERBOROUGH, ON – By a margin of 96 per cent, Trent’s food service workers have voted down a contract offer from their employer that failed to address the issue of precarious work. At the demand of food services giant Compass Group Canada, the Ministry of Labour held a supervised vote by employees on the company’s latest offer. Over a hundred Trent food service workers voted […]

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Commemorating the Quebec Mosque Massacre and Calling for Action

Commemorating the Quebec Mosque Massacre and Calling for Action

We come together today to remember and mourn the senseless loss of six Muslim men, killed on Jan 29, 2017, while in prayer, at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ). Last year’s deadly shooting at the Quebec City Mosque is a violent example of Islamophobia in Canada. These men were fathers, friends, husbands, sons, and members of their community. One year later, their families […]

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Trent food service workers send message to employer to put an end to precarious work

By a margin of 96 per cent, Trent’s food service workers have voted down a contract offer from their employer that failed to address the issue of precarious work. At the demand of food services giant Compass Group Canada, the Ministry of Labour held a supervised vote by employees on the company’s latest offer. Over a hundred Trent food service workers voted yesterday (Thursday), with the […]

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Patrick Brown is gone. What now for Ontario politics?

Patrick Brown is gone. What now for Ontario politics?

Patrick Brown is gone. What now for Ontario politics? Ontario politics was thrown into chaos in the late hours of Wednesday night. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader, Patrick Brown, was forced to resign after two women came forward with serious accusations of sexual assault. Patrick Brown is now on a growing list of men who are accused of using their position of power to sexually harass […]

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CUPE's Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention kit available online

Workplace violence is a serious hazard that many CUPE members face every day. The purpose of the kit is to provide members with resources to help protect them against violence and harassment in the workplace. Far too often, employers develop policies and procedures that only react to violence and harassment. This approach is not good enough. CUPE’s new kit focuses primarily on preventing violence and harassment in the workplace before it happens. […]

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TPP still a bad deal for Canadian workers, families, and democracy

Canada and the other 10 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached an agreement. But adding “progressive” to the title doesn’t make it so, when the agreement fails to address the many serious concerns that experts and everyday Canadians have about this enormous trade deal. The government claims it’s made gains on culture, as well as labour and environmental standards. But those changes are only […]

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New collective agreement for the Mount Royal blue-collar workers

The blue-collar workers of the Town of Mount Royal, who gathered at a general union meeting on the evening of January 23, voted 73% in favour of a new collective agreement. It covers a 7‑year period from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2021 and calls for a total wage increase of 17.5%, i.e., 7.05% retroactively for the three years that have passed and a total of 10.45% […]

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Manitoba government kills Power Smart program

The final nail in the coffin of Manitoba’s beloved energy efficiency program has officially been struck by the Pallister government. With the announcement of Efficiency Manitoba today, Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart program is set to wind down. “The Pallister government’s carving out of Manitoba Hydro’s energy efficiency program is simply bad policy,” says Chris Mravinec, President of CUPE Local 998 representing Manitoba Hydro employees, including the Power […]

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Manitoba Government Kills PowerSmart Program

The final nail in the coffin of Manitoba’s beloved energy efficiency program has officially been struck by the Pallister government. With the announcement of Efficiency Manitoba today, Manitoba Hydro’s PowerSmart program is set to wind down. “The Pallister government’s carving out of Manitoba Hydro’s energy efficiency program is simply bad policy,” says Chris Mravinec, President of CUPE Local 998 representing Manitoba Hydro employees, including the PowerSmart program. […]

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Liberal government in Nova Scotia throws education sector into chaos

Today’s announcement by Minister Churchill to consolidate Nova Scotia’s seven English school boards into one, while heavy on policy change, includes no details on how the government plans to implement those changes. Nan McFadgen, President of CUPE Nova Scotia, says, “With the lack of details regarding the path to achieving this plan, the minister has created apprehension, scepticism and disarray in an education system that the […]

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Union applies for conciliation in bargaining with Cape Breton University

The union representing support staff at Cape Breton University in Sydney has applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education for conciliation in contract negotiations that broke off on January 18, 2018. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National Representative Kathy MacLeod says the union hopes to meet with the conciliator as soon as possible. Outstanding issues include contracting out, job layoffs and wages. The […]

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Liberal commissioned report misses the mark – Local governance remains best for Nova Scotia’s education system

CUPE representatives are dismayed that recommendations for the province’s education system, by Dr. Avis Glaze, will see the McNeil Liberal government repeat the mistakes they made in health care. “We are not surprised that the McNeil Liberal government’s commissioned report falls in line with the Liberal Party’s motion at their 2016 AGM to create two provincial school boards,” says CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen. “However, from […]

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Ontario auditor finds major problems with hospital privatization

The 2017 annual report of Ontario’s Auditor General once again points to major problems with privatization and lack of capacity in the health care system. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk continues to criticize systemic problems with Ontario’s public-private partnership (P3) program, and identifies six key problems with the maintenance of Ontario’s 16 P3 hospitals. There are long-term ongoing disputes with privatized P3 contractors over the P3 agreements, including […]

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