Colombian activist thanks CUPE for help in "Keeping us Alive"

International guest speaker Berenice Celeyta moved delegates at CUPE BC’s 55th annual convention Thursday with a passionate address in which she thanked the union for its continued support of human rights in her native Colombia.  Celeyta, director of the Colombian human rights organization NOMADESC since its founding in 1999, provided a sobering update on the peace process in her country that began in 2016 with a […]

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2018 Education budget fails to pass the grade for Saskatchewan kids, say K-12 Support Workers

With $54.2 million cut from K‑12 education funding last year, the restoration of $34 million in last week’s budget maintains a $20 million cut to K‑12 education, despite increased student enrollment. The operating funding for school divisions remains $10.5 million below 2015/16 levels, despite an increase of almost 9,000 students and 18 new schools opened. “In addition, the government built 9 joint P3 schools between 2015 and 2017, even though both Alberta […]

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Kingston, Southeastern Ontario hospital staff join province-wide rallies Wednesday

Hospital workers from Kingston and other southeastern Ontario communities will be demonstrating along with their counterparts at hospitals across the province Wednesday, April 18 at noon. The rallies are the second in a series of escalating actions that 75,000 hospital workers, who are without a contract, are taking part in this April. It is rare for hospital workers to “visibly” protest in this way around their own […]

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Kingston, SE Ontario hospital staff join province-wide rallies Wednesday

Kingston, SE Ontario hospital staff join province-wide rallies Wednesday

KINGSTON, ON – Hospital workers from Kingston and other southeastern Ontario communities will be demonstrating along with their counterparts at hospitals across the province this Wednesday (April 18) at noon. The rallies are the second in a series of escalating actions that 75,000 hospital workers, who are without a contract, are taking part in this April. It is rare for hospital workers to “visibly” protest […]

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National President's Report – March 2018

Sisters, Brothers and Friends: Once again, we began our new year meeting with staff across the country. This was an opportunity to discuss the priorities established by our 2017 National Convention and our plans to implement them. We discussed the bold and substantial programs contained in Strategic Directions and our new organizing plan, and the importance of integrating these into the work of our union. Because convention […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – March 2018

Our National Executive Board met March 20 – 22, 2018 in Ottawa. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions. In Memory The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. The following individuals were remembered: Myra Ross, Local 1505; Kim Watson, Local 2073; Janelle MacPherson, Local 4422; Dan Donelle, Local 2544; Mark Raney, […]

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While parties await Ministry of Labour Report, CUPE 3903 urges York University to ‘move quickly’ to resolve dispute and end strike

While parties await Ministry of Labour Report, CUPE 3903 urges York University to ‘move quickly’ to resolve dispute and end strike

TORONTO, ON – While the parties await a report from an Industrial Inquiry Commission announced today, the union representing striking academic workers at York University called on the employer to resume negotiations to resolve the six-week long labour dispute. “While we will fully cooperate with the Commissioner, we are also acutely aware that any further delay could have a profound impact on the academic year […]

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While parties await Ministry of Labour Report, CUPE 3903 urges York University to ‘move quickly’ to resolve dispute and end strike

While the parties await a report from an Industrial Inquiry Commission announced today, the union representing striking academic workers at York University called on the employer to resume negotiations to resolve the six-week long labour dispute. “While we will fully cooperate with the Commissioner, we are also acutely aware that any further delay could have a profound impact on the academic year for students, to academic […]

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CUPE 416 and PortsToronto ratify collective agreement

TORONTO, ON – PortsToronto and 91 of its hourly and salaried employees have ratified a new six-year collective agreement. A joint statement issued by PortsToronto and the Toronto Civic Employees Union (TCEU), Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 416) stated, “This new agreement will provide workers with improvements to their wages and benefits, while providing PortsToronto with a stable and predictable […]

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CUPE 416 and PortsToronto ratify collective agreement

PortsToronto and 91 of its hourly and salaried employees have ratified a new six-year collective agreement. A joint statement issued by PortsToronto and the Toronto Civic Employees Union (TCEU), Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 416) stated, “This new agreement will provide workers with improvements to their wages and benefits, while providing PortsToronto with a stable and predictable labour relations environment over […]

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CUPE Ontario’s International Solidarity Committee strongly denounces the deportation order against Lucy Granados.

CUPE Ontario’s International Solidarity Committee strongly denounces the deportation order against Lucy Granados.

  Lucy Granados is a community leader and mother, and communities across Canada have been demanding her release from detention and that her application for permanent residency on humanitarian grounds be accepted. We call on the Canadian government, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to withdraw the deportation order against Lucy Granados and allow her to stay in Canada. Sign the […]

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CUPE makes submission to the Newfoundland and Labrador automobile insurance system review

CUPE Newfoundland Labrador welcomes the opportunity to participate in Phase II of the comprehensive review of the province’s automobile insurance system that has been undertaken by the Public Utilities Board in Newfoundland and Labrador. The union has made a submission to the review. Download the complete submission “Premiums for automobile insurance in Newfoundland and Labrador are among the highest in the country,” says Wayne Lucas, CUPE NL […]

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Six weeks after strike begins, York University still unwilling to negotiate with academic workers

Six weeks after strike begins, York University still unwilling to negotiate with academic workers

TORONTO, ON – As a labour dispute between York University and their academic workers moves into its sixth week, the union representing York’s striking teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants said today the two sides remain no closer to reaching a deal. “York University has consistently refused to bargain,” said Lina Nasr, a member of the Bargaining Team for Local 3903 of the Canadian […]

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Six weeks after strike begins, York University still unwilling to negotiate with academic workers

As a labour dispute between York University and their academic workers moves into its sixth week, the union representing York’s striking teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants said today the two sides remain no closer to reaching a deal. “York University has consistently refused to bargain,” said Lina Nasr, a member of the Bargaining Team for Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees […]

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Weyburn city employees hopeful about return to bargaining table

It has been over a year since the collective agreement expired for members of CUPE 90, working for the city of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. The current round of negotiations marks the first time that the City of Weyburn has contracted an out-of-town consultant to represent the employer at the bargaining table, and little progress has been made after seven meetings. “Things have never taken this long in […]

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Pre-Election Town Hall Tonight

  Come ready to roll up your sleeves, and strategize an effective ground campaign that inspires and motivates.

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NDP’s commitment to guaranteed care for seniors is the kind of leadership Ontario needs

NDP’s commitment to guaranteed care for seniors is the kind of leadership Ontario needs

TORONTO, ON – Today’s reintroduction of the Time to Care Act shows that the Ontario NDP are the only party committed to guaranteeing seniors will have legislated minimum care standards they can count on when they need to move into long-term care. And that’s the kind of leadership we need in Ontario, says Candace Rennick, Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario. This afternoon, Ontario NDP leader Andrea […]

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CUPE 3903 to hold 9:15 a.m. press conference at Queen’s Park tomorrow

CUPE 3903 to hold 9:15 a.m. press conference at Queen’s Park tomorrow

  TORONTO, ON – Representatives of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903) will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 9:15 in the Queen’s Park Media Studio. Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario will accompany members of the CUPE 3903 Bargaining Team. The Bargaining Team will update media on recent developments related to the six-week strike by academic workers at […]

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Osborne drops the ball in bargaining

Representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Newfoundland and Labrador Division, say Minister of Finance Tom Osborne is attempting to recover after dropping the ball in negotiations, landing himself in disputes of his own making. “The ‘spotlight’ that Minister Osborne referenced yesterday was created by the minister himself,” says Brian Farewell, CUPE national representative. “He negotiated a tentative agreement with another bargaining agent and […]

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Budget should address Saskatchewan’s social deficit with fair taxation, says CUPE Saskatchewan

Last year’s provincial budget introduced some of the most dramatic cuts to Saskatchewan’s public services and social safety net since the years of Grant Devine. Across the province, people spoke up for their communities. Everyday Saskatchewan people lobbied, petitioned, rallied, marched, and demonstrated in defense of libraries, K‑12 education, universities, municipal services, health care, rural bus service, early childhood supports, funeral services for low-income people, […]

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