B.C. legislation a win for fight against the privatization of Canada’s blood system

On April 26, the government of British Columbia introduced the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which will prohibit payment for blood and plasma collection across the province. Similar bans already exist in Alberta and Ontario. “CUPE applauds this move by the BC NDP government to promote the safety and security of Canada’s supply of blood and blood products, and protect our public health care services against privatization,” said CUPE […]

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CUPE 2254 and Grand Forks Library Board ratify new agreement

Public library workers in Grand Forks, BC (represented by CUPE 2254) and the Grand Forks Public Library Board have both voted in favour of a new collective agreement. The four-year agreement includes annual wage increase of two per cent. Other improvements include the elimination of a lower hourly wage for new employees, a reduction to the probationary period and new language around domestic violence leave. “The tone during […]

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National Day of Mourning

National Day of Mourning

Every year, on April 28 – the Day of Mourning, we take time to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job. In ceremonies around the province, workers, friends, and family gather to pay tribute to those we have lost in work place accidents. Worker deaths are tragedies, not only for their families, but also for their colleagues, friends and communities. No […]

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Richmond library workers ratify new agreement

CUPE 3966 (Richmond public library workers) and the Richmond Public Library Board have both ratified a new four-year collective agreement. The new agreement includes wage increases of 1.5 per cent in each of the first two years of the contract and increases of 2 per cent in each of the remaining years as well as improvements in how auxiliary workers accrue seniority, improvements to probationary language and increases to […]

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A message from Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of three CUPE members who were among the victims of Monday’s tragic vehicular assault near Mel Lastman Square in Toronto. CUPE 4400 member Renuka Amarasinghe was killed in the attack. Renuka was a single mother and a Nutrition Services worker who had worked at a number of Toronto District School Board schools, most recently at Earl Haig Secondary […]

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CUPE marks the Day of Mourning

CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a national Day of Mourning 34 years ago. That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is recognized in more than 120 countries around the world. When […]

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Day of Mourning

CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a national Day of Mourning 34 years ago. That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is recognized in more than 120 countries around the world. When […]

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Hospital workers accept newly negotiated contract for ratification, re-elect OCHU officers

Delegates to the 2018 convention of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) have unanimously accepted their recently (April 22) negotiated provincial contract settlement for ratification and re‑elected the three, full‑time OCHU officers and the negotiating team that bargained it. OCHU president and Ottawa native Michael Hurley, first elected in 1990, was re‑elected. Sharon Richer, from Sudbury, was re‑elected OCHU Secretary-Treasurer. Louis Rodrigues, a Kingston resident, was re‑elected OCHU […]

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Hospital workers accept newly negotiated contract for ratification, re-elect OCHU officers

Hospital workers accept newly negotiated contract  for ratification, re-elect OCHU officers

TORONTO, ON – Delegates to the 2018 convention of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) have unanimously accepted their recently (April 22) negotiated provincial contract settlement for ratification and re-elected the three, full-time OCHU officers and the negotiating team that bargained it. OCHU president and Ottawa native Michael Hurley, first elected in 1990, was re-elected. Sharon Richer, from Sudbury, was re-elected OCHU Secretary-Treasurer. Louis […]

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In the midst of terror and tragedy, heroes emerge

After months of seemingly endless winter, spring finally seemed to arrive in Toronto on April 23. Long overdue, the sun shone brightly, encouraging residents to doff their heavy clothes and spend time outside. At 1:26 p.m. that day, everything changed. A rental van mounted a busy sidewalk in the north end of Toronto, speeding southward and running down dozens of pedestrians before coming to a stop several blocks away. […]

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Two CUPE members among the victims of Monday’s tragic attack

Two CUPE members among the victims of Monday’s tragic attack

CUPE Ontario is devastated to learn that at least two CUPE members were among the victims of Monday’s horrific vehicular assault near Mel Lastman Square in Toronto. CUPE 4400 member, Renuka Amarasinghe, was killed in the attack. Renuka was a single mother and a Nutrition Services worker who had worked at a number of Toronto District School Board schools since 2015 – most recently at Earl […]

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Cornwall municipal workers request “no-board”, starting countdown to strike or lockout

Municipal workers in Cornwall have asked a Ministry of Labour conciliation officer to issue a “no-board report,” which will trigger a strike/lockout deadline once issued. The request comes after two recent conciliation dates failed to produce an agreement between the parties. The workers, who are represented by CUPE 234, CUPE  3251-01 and CUPE  5734, work for the City in “outside” jobs, at the library, and as paramedics. […]

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Cornwall municipal workers request “no-board”, starting countdown to strike or lockout

Cornwall municipal workers request “no-board”, starting countdown to strike or lockout

  CORNWALL, ON – Municipal workers in Cornwall have asked a Ministry of Labour conciliation officer to issue a “no-board report”, which will trigger a strike/lockout deadline once issued. The request comes after two recent conciliation dates failed to produce an agreement between the parties. The workers, who are represented by CUPE Locals 234, 3251-01 and 5734, work for the City in “outside” jobs, at […]

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Tentative agreement for Gatineau white-collar workers

The Gatineau white-collar workers, who recently joined CUPE, have ratified a tentative agreement reached by their bargaining committee and City representatives. Having been without a labour contract for more than three years, the some 900 union members voted 97 per cent in favour of the agreement. Details will be known when the collective agreement is officially signed. Following a union card membership blitz and the submission of an application […]

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Statement by Fred Hahn and Candace Rennick on Van Incident in North York

Statement by Fred Hahn and Candace Rennick on Van Incident in North York

Earlier, the tranquility of a spring day in North York was disturbed by an incident that claimed the lives of family, neighbours, and friends. North York can count on the labour movement’s support in this difficult moment. We must respond as a community and grieve as a community. We applaud the courage and heroism of the public and first responders – including members of CUPE […]

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Employees upset over changes to “Code White” intervention policies at the CISS du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Workers in the housekeeping department at the CISSS du Bas-Saint Laurent learned last week that they will be required to intervene when a “code white” is declared or face disciplinary action up to dismissal. The employer even stepped up its threat by adding that fines ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 would be levied when assistance is not provided to any person in danger. “Code white” is […]

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Employees upset over changes to “Code White” intervention policies at the CISSS du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Workers in the housekeeping department at the CISS du Bas-Saint Laurent learned last week that they will be required to intervene when a “code white” is declared or face disciplinary action up to dismissal. The employer even stepped up its threat by adding that fines ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 would be levied when assistance is not provided to any person in danger. “Code white” is […]

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As strike drags into eighth week, York University once again fails to use time wisely and wastes yet another opportunity to bargain

As strike drags into eighth week, York University once again fails to use time wisely and wastes yet another opportunity to bargain

TORONTO, ON – As a strike by their academic workers continues into its eighth week, York University has wasted yet another opportunity to negotiate a resolution to a dispute that threatens to further damage thousands of students’ current and summer academic terms. For the past week, York and Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903) have held a series of meetings […]

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L’Université York gaspille une autre occasion de négocier

La grève des enseignants à l’Université York entre dans sa huitième semaine. Pourtant, l’employeur vient de gaspiller une autre occasion de négocier une résolution au conflit qui menace la session actuelle et la session d’été de milliers d’étudiants. Depuis une semaine, l’université et la section locale 3903 du Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP 3903) ont eu plusieurs rencontres en présence du commissaire Bill Kaplan. Le ministre […]

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York University wastes yet another opportunity to bargain

As a strike by their academic workers continues into its eighth week, York University has wasted yet another opportunity to negotiate a resolution to a dispute that threatens to further damage thousands of students’ current and summer academic terms. For the past week, York and Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903) have held a series of meetings with Commissioner Bill Kaplan, who was […]

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