Budget 2018 In Depth: Employment Insurance

On Employment Insurance, Budget 2018 offered some promising steps in the right direction, but also some curious gaps. The biggest announcement was that a new dedicated parental leave for second parents (fathers or same-sex partners) will be available beginning in June 2019. Much like the model offered by the Quebec Parental Insurance Program, the expanded leave will give five weeks of additional leave to parents who opt for […]

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CUPE Ontario Injured Workers Committee Statement on Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

CUPE Ontario Injured Workers Committee Statement on Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

  TORONTO, ON – February 28 is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day. RSIs, or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), describe a collection of painful disorders of the tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands. RSIs are among the most common types of worker injuries, affecting some 2.3 million Canadian every year. More than 40 per cent of all lost-time injuries allowed […]

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The Morneau budget and support for the Canadian media “Treating the symptoms without curing the illness”

The measures announced in the Morneau budget regarding support for Canadian media companies received a lukewarm response from the Quebec Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. CUPE hails the $172 million investment over five years to the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Once these five years are up, an annual investment of $42.5 million will be made to the Fund. However, in view of the […]

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Federal Budget 2018: What’s in it, and what’s not (but should be!)

Pay Equity CUPE is pleased to see Budget 2018 announce forthcoming pay equity legislation which will apply to federally-regulated workers and federal contractors. CUPE has urged the federal government to introduce proactive federal pay equity legislation consistent with the recommendations of the 2004 Pay Equity Task Force.  Parental leave CUPE is encouraged to see Budget 2018 announce the introduction of dedicated “use it or lose it” parental leave […]

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SASC workers at UBC join CUPE

Workers at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at UBC voted to become members of CUPE 1936 in a BC Labour Relations Board vote conducted on February 22. “We are very pleased to welcome this group of workers into our local,” said CUPE 1936 President Sheryl Burns. “We represent many agencies that serve women, and we look forward to working with our newest members who provide vital support […]

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Pay equity promising, but Budget 2018 still falls far short for too many working Canadians

After calling on the federal government to take action for years, CUPE is pleased to finally see a commitment on pay equity in Budget 2018, but stresses the need for more action from the federal government to support working women across the board. “Canadian women have waited long enough for pay equity,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock, also noting other positive measures in the Budget like […]

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Education Workers at York University Rally for a Fair Deal

Following five months of fruitless negotiations, Contract Faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Assistants at York University rallied for a fair deal today with campus and community allies in York University’s Vari Hall. These education workers are members of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903). Their contract expired on August 31, 2017. With a strike deadline of March 5 looming, CUPE 3903 is calling for public support for […]

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With Deadline Fast Approaching, York University Education Workers Will Rally Tomorrow for a Fair Deal

With Deadline Fast Approaching, York University Education Workers Will Rally Tomorrow for a Fair Deal

TORONTO, ON – Following five months of fruitless negotiations, Contract Faculty, Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at York University will rally for a fair deal tomorrow afternoon 12:30 pm, in York University’s Vari Hall. These education workers are members of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903). The union’s contract expired on August 31, 2017. With a looming strike deadline of […]

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Long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors

Hundreds of long-term care workers from across Ontario will be boarding buses before sunrise Tuesday morning, headed to Queen’s Park to demand the Liberal government bring the Time to Care Act for final reading before the election. “Our seniors living in long-term care are suffering, and the Liberal government needs to pass the Time to Care Act so that they get the care they need and […]

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Windsor long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors.

Windsor long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors.

WINDSOR, ON – Dozens of long-term care workers from the Windsor area will be boarding a bus before sunrise Tuesday morning, headed to Queen’s Park to join hundreds of workers from around the province to demand the Liberal government bring the Time to Care Act for final reading before the election. “Our seniors living in long-term care are suffering, and the Liberal government needs to […]

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London area long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors

London area long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors

LONDON, ON – Dozens of long-term care workers from the London area will be boarding a bus early Tuesday morning, headed to Queen’s Park to join hundreds of workers from around the province to demand the Liberal government bring the Time to Care Act for final reading before the election. “Our seniors living in long-term care are suffering, and the Liberal government needs to pass […]

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Hamilton long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors

Hamilton long-term care workers head to Queen’s Park to demand action on care levels for seniors

HAMILTON, ON – Dozens of long-term care workers from the Hamilton area will be boarding a bus early Tuesday morning, headed to Queen’s Park to join hundreds of workers from around the province to demand the Liberal government bring the Time to Care Act for final reading before the election. “Our seniors living in long-term care are suffering, and the Liberal government needs to pass […]

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Carleton University staff take a stand to defend pensions

Carleton University staff take a stand to defend pensions

OTTAWA, ON – Determined to stand up for Canadians’ right to security in retirement, staff at Carleton University are preparing to take job action in defense of their pension plan. “Canadians know that they can no longer take their pensions for granted; workers everywhere, from Sears to Stelco, can attest to that,” said Jerrett Clark, president of Local 2424 of the Canadian Union of Public […]

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Carleton University staff take a stand to defend pensions

Determined to stand up for Canadians’ right to security in retirement, staff at Carleton University are preparing to take job action in defense of their pension plan. “Canadians know that they can no longer take their pensions for granted; workers everywhere, from Sears to Stelco, can attest to that,” said Jerrett Clark, president of Local 2424 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents some […]

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No Justice for Tina and Colten

Canada’s justice system is not working for Indigenous peoples. With the recent not-guilty verdicts given in two separate murder cases involving Indigenous youth, we clearly see our justice system is failing Indigenous peoples. However, something bigger has been revealed by our collective failing of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie. We are broken as a society. Indigenous women and children have been murdered or have gone missing and there […]

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Support staff reach tentative agreement with Cape Breton University

Support staff at Cape Breton University, members of CUPE 3131, are pleased to announce that the union reached a tentative agreement with their employer on Thursday, February 22, 2018. CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod confirmed that the deal was reached with the assistance of a conciliation officer supplied by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. No further details will be released until the agreement is presented […]

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Bill C-65: health and safety committees must be involved when violence happens in the workplace

While aspects of Bill C‑65 take positive steps towards the prevention of violence in the workplace, CUPE strongly believes that harassment and violence incidents should not be handled by the employer alone. “CUPE supports the federal government’s renewed focus on the prevention of violence, especially sexually related violence, but some of the specific changes contained in Bill C‑65 will not facilitate safe and accountable workplaces that […]

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Getting there: the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget

The 2018 Alternative Federal Budget provides a blueprint for more sustainable and equitable growth in Canada. Produced annually by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, this year’s edition maps out solutions for reducing child and senior poverty rates, transitioning to a green economy, eliminating inequities for First Nations communities, and supporting women in the workplace through pay equity legislation and meaningful investments in child care. […]

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Who do Sudburians want to respond when they call 911? 88 per cent say ambulance paramedics, not fire for medical response

Who do Sudburians want to respond when they call 911? 88 per cent say ambulance paramedics, not fire for medical response

TORONTO, ON – If they had to call for medical assistance for themselves or a family member, nearly 88 per cent of Sudburians who responded to a poll about provincial changes to 911 delivery, said they prefer a response by an ambulance service. Only 8 per cent said they preferred a response by a fire department. The Sudbury results are similar, but considerably higher, than […]

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Who do Sudburians want to respond when they call 911? – 88 per cent say ambulance paramedics, not fire for medical response

If they had to call for medical assistance for themselves or a family member, nearly 88 per cent of Sudburians who responded to a poll about provincial changes to 911 delivery, said they prefer a response by an ambulance service. Only 8 per cent said they preferred a response by a fire department. The Sudbury results are similar, but considerably higher, than a provincial poll released […]

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