Pink Triangle committee member receives Key to the City of Toronto

Susan Gapka, a member of both CUPE National and CUPE Ontario Pink Triangle committees, has a new tool to open doors for people too often excluded: a Key to the City of Toronto. This week, Gapka was awarded the key by Toronto Mayor John Tory for her two decades of work on housing and homelessness, mental health and LGBTTQI issues – and transgender issues specifically. The “key” […]

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Timing, choice of security review in health care raises serious questions, says CUPE Saskatchewan

On April 18th the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issued a memo announcing a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant named Tony Weeks. In announcing the review, Saskatchewan Health Authority vice-president Andrew Will told media, “Definitely we’re seeing more events where staff and/or patient safety is jeopardized.”  “There are thousands of front-line health care workers in Saskatchewan who can attest that incidents of violence […]

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Natural champions of democracy

Library workers from all over the province are in Richmond this week to participate in the BC Library Association’s (BCLA) annual conference. This year’s conference theme is work and culture, which “urges an examination of the connections between work environments, institutional cultures, and communities; an inquiry of how cultures can impact, clash, and complement each other and inform society as a whole.” CUPE BC is proud to […]

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Cornwall city workers take strike action

Cornwall city workers take strike action

  CORNWALL, ON – Picket lines have gone up and more than 230 Cornwall city workers have commenced strike action this morning after Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Cornwall failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations. Paramedics, outside workers, and library workers are now on strike. “It certainly didn’t need to come to this,” said Amanda Palieps, president of […]

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Cornwall city workers take strike action

Picket lines have gone up and more than 230 Cornwall city workers have commenced strike action this morning after Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Cornwall failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations. Paramedics, outside workers, and library workers are now on strike. “It certainly didn’t need to come to this,” said Amanda Palieps, president of paramedic local CUPE 5734, “but […]

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Elected officials show openness to resolving dispute at the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières

Société de transport de Trois-Rivières workers came out to City Council in large numbers on Tuesday to get answers to their questions. Union president Donald Simard and union representative Mario Fontaine questioned Luc Tremblay, the president of the STTR Board of Directors, on the wage catch-up granted to management employees with the City, which could reach 39%. The wage issue is at the heart of the dispute […]

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Municipal talks break down in Cornwall Strike looms for Thursday morning

Municipal talks break down in Cornwall Strike looms for Thursday morning

  CORNWALL, ON – Talks between the City of Cornwall and four municipal locals broke down on Tuesday, moving the parties closer to a strike on Thursday, May 17th at 12:01 a.m. by three of the four locals. The workers, who are represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 234, 3251-01 and 5734, work for the City in “outside” jobs, at the library, […]

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Workload high on the agenda as health care presidents meet

The critical issue of how to address workload in CUPE’s community health and health science professionals sectors was prominent on the agenda at a recent meeting of the union’s Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC). At CUPE’s area office in Nanaimo on May 11, health care presidents from Victoria, mid-Island and Metro Vancouver met to discuss ongoing business, including a review of the council’s protocol agreement, […]

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Municipal talks break down in Cornwall – Strike looms for Thursday morning

 Talks between the City of Cornwall and four municipal locals broke down on Tuesday, moving the parties closer to a strike on Thursday, May 17th at 12:01 a.m. by three of the four locals. The workers, who are represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 234, 3251-01 and 5734, work for the City in “outside” jobs, at the library, and as paramedics. “Inside” […]

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CUPE condemns the killings of protesters in Gaza by Israeli Defence Forces

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) condemns the killings of protesters in Gaza by Israeli Defence Forces. On Monday, 55 protesters were killed, and another 2,271 were injured when the Israeli military used live ammunition on demonstrations near the Gaza-Israel border. The Palestinian people have lived under a total land, sea and air blockade since 2007, and a military occupation by Israel since 1967. UN Secretary-General […]

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"Straight up working-class hero" Wayne Lucas honoured in the House of Assembly

Surrounded by colleagues and family, recently retired CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador president Wayne Lucas, was celebrated in the House of Assembly in St. John’s yesterday. NL NDP Leader Gerry Rogers delivered a powerful address, speaking to Lucas’ dedication throughout his distinguished career. Lucas was a CUPE member for 40 years, starting as a school board worker in 1978. Prior to his recent retirement, Wayne served as President of CUPE […]

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Anger boils over at the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières

The work atmosphere at Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR) is getting worse. At a general assembly last week, 87% of the employees voted 82% in favour of rejecting the Employer’s final offer. “In the name of transparency, we had to present to our membership what was proposed to us. There is wage disparity with comparable positions with the City of Trois-Rivières and a major step […]

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High turnout and support as CUPE members at Kingston Health Sciences Centre ratify new 4-year contract

98 per cent of staff represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) have voted for a new four-year collective agreement. “Staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre are concerned that the merger of KGH and the Hotel Dieu will lead to downsizing. Cuts to beds, staff and programs have happened after hospital mergers in many other communities. Our members also […]

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With summer terms in jeopardy, York University slams door shut on talks to resolve strike

With summer terms in jeopardy, York University slams door shut on talks to resolve strike

  TORONTO, ON – As a strike by 3,000 academic workers moves into its eleventh week, York University today appeared to slam the door shut on saving the summer terms by rejecting an urgent meeting request from Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903). “We are disappointed, but not surprised that once again, York’s actions fail to match their many public […]

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With summer terms in jeopardy, York University slams door shut on talks to resolve strike

As a strike by 3,000 academic workers moves into its eleventh week, York University today appeared to slam the door shut on saving the summer terms by rejecting an urgent meeting request from Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903). “We are disappointed, but not surprised that once again, York’s actions fail to match their many public statements,” said CUPE 3903 Chairperson […]

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High turnout and support as CUPE members at Kingston Health Sciences Centre ratify new 4-year contract

High turnout and support as CUPE members at Kingston Health Sciences Centre ratify new 4-year contract

KINGSTON, ON – 98 per cent of staff represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) have voted for a new four-year collective agreement. The vote turnout and percentage of ratification is the highest in the local union’s history. The 1,400 members at Kingston Health Sciences Centre are among more than 35,000 CUPE hospital sector members now ratifying the […]

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Kingston General Hospital staff hold media conference Monday to release results of new contract vote

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) staff are among more than 25,000 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) hospital sector members now voting to ratify a new provincial contract. CUPE 1974, representing over 1,400 staff at KHSC, will hold a media conference on Monday (May 14 at 10:30 a.m.) at the Stuart Street entrance to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) to release the results of their local vote. […]

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CUPE – KGH staff hold media conference Monday to release results of new contract vote

CUPE – KGH staff hold media conference Monday to release results of new contract vote

  KINGSTON, ON – Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) staff are among more than 25,000 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) hospital sector members now voting to ratify a new provincial contract. CUPE 1974, representing over 1,400 staff at KHSC, will hold a media conference on Monday (May 14 at 10:30 a.m.) at the Stuart Street entrance to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) to release the […]

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Pay equity: A Supreme Court of Canada decision spells victory for CUPE and its allies

The Supreme Court of Canada has just ruled on the dispute pitting CUPE and its allies against the Government of Quebec. Even though the highest court in the country denied the appeal by the Attorney General of Quebec and the appeal by CUPE and its allies, today’s decision confirms the Court of Appeal decision. The Supreme Court of Canada recognizes that the reform of the Pay […]

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CUPE celebrates Supreme Court ruling on pay equity in Quebec

In a decision handed down today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of CUPE and its allies by declaring the Liberal government’s 2009 amendments to the Quebec Pay Equity Act, which undermined women’s right to equality, as unconstitutional. The highest court in the country sided with CUPE, affirming that retroactive pay equity and access to information for female employees must be guaranteed by the legislation. […]

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