CUPE Ontario urges solidarity with locked out IATSE Local 58 workers at Exhibition Place

CUPE Ontario urges solidarity with locked out IATSE Local 58 workers at Exhibition Place

TORONTO, ON – On July 20, management at Toronto’s Exhibition Place locked out IATSE Local 58 workers who provide staging, rigging, and technical support for events on exhibition grounds and at other venues across the city. The lockout comes after months of negotiating with an employer seeking to contract out work and cut job security protections. IATSE Local 58 workers provide world-class technical and stagecraft […]

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CUPE 5430 launches “On guard for public”

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is conducting a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant named Tony Weeks. Weeks has a track record of privatizing security systems in other provinces. CUPE members are concerned that this review could open the doorway to privatization of health care security here in Saskatchewan. CUPE 5430 is fighting back. Watch this video to hear directly from our members about why […]

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CUPE 859 members share their stories for Saskatoon’s Respect Workzone Campaign

Every summer road crews are out across Saskatchewan working hard to build and maintain public infrastructure. These workers are often at risk from motorists who do not obey the rules of the road. The City of Saskatoon has launched a campaign to highlight the risks drivers pose to work crews throughout the city. The Respect Workzone campaign features interviews with three members of CUPE 859, who […]

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CUPE Ontario Will Fight Premier Ford’s Attack on Democracy, Municipal Services

CUPE Ontario Will Fight Premier Ford’s Attack on Democracy, Municipal Services

On Friday morning, Premier Doug Ford declared his intention to change Ontario’s laws for municipal governance – mere months before local elections this fall. The Conservative government’s proposed legislation will cut democratic representation in the City of Toronto in half and replace elected chairs with appointed ones in the regions of York, Peel, Niagara and Muskoka. The Ford government’s latest attack on democracy does not […]

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Be a part of CUPE’s fight for pay equity

This year, Canadians have a historic opportunity to make strong pay equity legislation a reality, and CUPE activists will have a big role to play in the months ahead. But to ensure this legislation is robust, systemic, and long-lasting, we have to step up and put pressure on the government right now. Two years ago, the federal government committed to introducing proactive pay equity legislation for […]

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Halifax restorative justice caseworkers serve strike notice

CUPE 4764 members, caseworkers employed by the Community Justice Society (CJS), are set to begin job action on July 30, after sending 48-hour strike notice to the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education this morning. The strike will leave restorative justice clients and communities without options, and interrupt court dates. A picket line will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at 1256 Barrington Street, Halifax.  CUPE […]

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CUPE Ontario Supports Locked Out Workers at Exhibition Place in Toronto

CUPE Ontario Supports Locked Out Workers at Exhibition Place in Toronto

Last Friday management at Toronto’s Exhibition Place locked out the technical and staging workers who provide the staging, rigging and technical support for events on the exhibition grounds as well as at BMO Field, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Coca Cola Coliseum (formerly Ricoh), Enercare Centre and the Liberty Grand. The lock out comes after months of negotiating with the employer who is demanding to contract out […]

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Conciliation failing contract talks between crossing guards and Halifax Regional Municipality

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing crosswalk guards with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) says conciliation has failed in contract negotiations. “We have had three days of bargaining and one day of conciliation that failed,” says CUPE National Representative Karen MacKenzie. “The main sticking point in negotiations is that the workers have asked for parity of wages with their counterparts in Cape Breton, based […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs

Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs

  TORONTO, ON – Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned today in Toronto. OCHU, the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), has crunched the numbers on three key […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs

Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned today in Toronto. OCHU, the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), has crunched the numbers on three key Ford proposals and their impact […]

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Addressing Workload Issues in Health Care: Victory in the Battlefords

Chronic understaffing and increasing workload are two of the most pressing issues in health care. CUPE 5430 member and Region 1 facility representative Sid Hall has seen the impact of both issues on patient care and health care workers first hand. Hall is a Continuing Care Aid at River Heights Lodge in Battleford, SK and a Battlefords Area Representative for the union. He represents both River […]

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New coalition launches campaign for public water in Moncton

The Council of Canadians, the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice, the Moncton and District Labour Council, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, and CUPE New Brunswick have formed a coalition to convince Moncton City Council to bring back in house operation of its drinking water treatment plant. “Council needs to break the silence on this unique opportunity. With Veolia’s 20-year contract expiring in 2019, […]

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An Open Letter to Ontario’s School Communities

An Open Letter to Ontario’s School Communities

As the representatives of almost 60,000 of this province’s education workers, we are deeply disturbed by decisions of the newly elected government regarding the Ontario Curriculum. First, the government cancelled curriculum sessions, one which was making revisions in keeping with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, while others addressed ASL and Indigenous Languages. Then it cancelled the sexual education component of the revised […]

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Fondation de l’UQAM signs its first collective agreement

On Monday, July 23, the 20 unionized employees of Fondation de l’UQAM and their employer signed their very first collective agreement. A tentative agreement was reached on June 18 and approved at the union’s general meeting on July 3. The general meeting voted 94 per cent in favour of ratifying the new contract. “It was a long process, but we’re satisfied with the results. We were asking for parity with comparable […]

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Toronto Mourns, Violence Demands Action

Two lives have been lost, and many more are seriously injured, after a gunman shot into crowds of people enjoying a summer evening on Toronto’s Danforth Ave. This shocking event naturally brings sorrow and grieving to the entire city.  The ripple effects of this kind of horror can be deep and lasting – for those directly effected and those part of the surrounding community. CUPE […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Stratford and Huron Perth stand to lose 12 more hospital beds, more than 80 staff under Ford programs

Far from ending hallway medicine, Stratford and Huron Perth stand to lose 12 more hospital beds, more than 80 staff under Ford programs

  STRATFORD, ON – Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned today in Stratford. OCHU, the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), has crunched the numbers on three key […]

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Statement by Eddie Mariconda, president of CUPE Local 416

Yesterday the City of Toronto was shaken by an unspeakable act of violence. In this difficult time, we would like to extend our condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the people injured in the attack. In this sad moment I also want to express my gratitude for the work of the Local 416 Paramedics as well as the dispatchers, police officers, […]

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Major tension between the City of Longueuil and its pool employees

In the coming weeks, the 265 City of Longueuil pool employees will begin pressure tactics that could go as far as strike action. The situation involves 25 pools (including the Charron Island beach), which are extremely crowded in the summer. These employees have been without a contract since the end of 2015, more than two and half years. The Syndicats regroupés des employés municipaux (SREM–SCFP 306) condemn […]

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Legal Aid Saskatchewan issues layoff notices amid “waves of concern” from across the justice system

Despite “waves of concern” expressed by both the private bar and staff at the Legal Aid Commission regarding plans to cut staff and contract out work of the organization, the agency is issuing layoff notices to six Legal Aid employees in the Saskatoon office yesterday and today. Critics have been outspoken in the media. “I think that’s just poor planning” Jessie Buydens, a Saskatoon-based lawyer with the […]

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Results of Ratification of Tentative Agreement…

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