Health Care Security Review could open the door for more privatization, says CUPE 5430

CUPE 5430 is concerned that the province wide review of health care security services will open the doorway to privatization of security and other services. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is conducting a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant named Tony Weeks. Weeks conducted a similar review in Alberta in 2010 and recommended a centralized, mostly-privatized security service, which was implemented in that province. “We […]

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P3 highways greater cost to public, says CUPE

CUPE 1867, representing highway workers in Nova Scotia, has questions about the long-term cost of a new P3 highway, especially if maintenance and snow removal are contracted out to private operators. “Can a private, for profit company clear and maintain highways for less than our own Department of Transportation?” asks Steve Joy, president of CUPE 1867. “The province already has the equipment and highly skilled employees capable […]

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The fight to preserve Legal Aid Saskatchewan

Legal Aid Saskatchewan provides legal services for the most vulnerable people in the province. The 150 CUPE members in CUPE Local 1949, representing legal aid lawyers and administrative staff, are fighting to preserve the organization from contracting out and threats of privatization. Learn more and contact the Minister of Justice to express concerns. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact Minister of Justice Don Morgan to express concerns that […]

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CUPE delegation in Israel-Palestine

An education delegation led by CUPE National and made up of members from across the country is currently in Israel-Palestine. Their goal is to learn about the impact of Israel’s military occupation on Palestinian workers, and to hear firsthand accounts of the human rights impact on the population in general. After meeting with a diversity of trade unions, workers’ centres, grassroots organizations, legal rights organizations, and […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, the Sault and the North Shore stand to lose 28 more hospital beds, more than 150 staff under Ford programs

Far from ending hallway medicine, the Sault and the North Shore stand to lose 28 more hospital beds, more than 150 staff under Ford programs

SAULT STE. MARIE, 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 Sault Ste. Marie. OCHU, the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), has crunched the numbers […]

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Statement by CUPE National President Mark Hancock on Ontario Bill 2

Doug Ford won power on a promise to fight for “the little guy” in a “government for the people.” But one of his very first acts as Premier will be to dismantle the bargaining rights of precarious workers at York University. In doing so, Mr. Ford is sending a pretty clear message to every employer across Ontario: whether they’re in the private sector or public sector, […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Sudbury stands to lose 58 more hospital beds, more than 300 staff under Ford programs

Far from ending hallway medicine, Sudbury stands to lose 58 more hospital beds, more than 300 staff under Ford programs

  SUDBURY, 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 Sudbury. OCHU, the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), has crunched the numbers on three key […]

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Premier Ford’s back-to-work legislation will violate civil liberties, hurt students

Premier Ford’s back-to-work legislation will violate civil liberties, hurt students

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario have joined with striking workers at York University to voice their opposition to the new Conservative government’s “back-to-work” legislation. “Our members went on strike more than four months ago because we were experiencing firsthand how the quality of education at York was degenerating. We believed York would bargain with us to […]

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Premier Ford’s back-to-work legislation will violate civil liberties, hurt students

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario have joined with striking workers at York University to voice their opposition to the new Conservative government’s “back-to-work” legislation. “Our members went on strike more than four months ago because we were experiencing firsthand how the quality of education at York was degenerating. We believed York would bargain with us to help find solutions to […]

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Tentative agreement reached in Harrison Hot Springs

CUPE 458 and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs reached a new tentative agreement over the weekend after almost a week of strike action in the Village. “We want to thank residents and visitors for their patience during this dispute as we know that strike action has had an impact on the community,” says CUPE 458 Acting President Darlene Worthylake. “We knew it was important to […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Peterborough stands to lose 51 more hospital beds, more than 160 staff under Ford programs

Far from ending hallway medicine, Peterborough stands to lose 51 more hospital beds, more than 160 staff under Ford programs

  PETERBOROUGH, 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 Peterborough. OCHU, the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), has crunched the numbers on three key […]

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K-12 PBC and BCPSEA reach tentative agreement

A tentative agreement was reached between the K-12 Provincial Bargaining Council (PBC) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) late Wednesday evening on a provincial framework agreement for K-12 support staff. “I would like to thank all the members of PBC for their hard work and perseverance,” said K-12 Presidents Council President Warren Williams. “Their professionalism, willingness to work together, and dedication to members in […]

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Ratification Presentation / Vote: July 19th, 2018

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CUPE, school and community: growing together

When Princeton teacher, Shirley Low, developed a project for her Grade 3 social studies class on mapping ten years ago, no one had any idea what it would grow into. The class embraced the project to create a plan for a community garden and then wanted to actually build it. “We couldn’t do this without the help of CUPE members,” said recently-retired teacher, Shirley Low, who […]

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No end to hallway medicine possible with spending cuts; Sudbury hospitals stand to lose many more beds and hundreds of staff

No end to hallway medicine possible with spending cuts;  Sudbury hospitals stand to lose many more beds and hundreds of staff

  SUDBURY, ON – Sudbury’s hospitals and patients will not escape the impact of cutbacks resulting from the combination of 4 per cent spending cuts, $7 billion in tax cuts and a drive for a balanced budget – all promised by Ontario’s PCs, warns the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE). Factor in restructuring and privatization, and even larger cuts loom, according to a new […]

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CUPE Local 1764 / Region of Durham Tentative Agreement

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Village workers still without a contract

CUPE Local 458 and the Village of Harrison Springs resumed negotiations on July 11, however after a brief bargaining session no agreement was reached. “We are very disappointed with the lack of progress that was made at today’s bargaining meeting. The union came prepared to resolve this labour dispute because we know that there is a lot at stake for the community and our members,” says […]

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Ford government begins its mandate by violating workers’ rights

Ford government begins its mandate by violating workers’ rights

  TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is urging MPP’s to support workers’ Charter rights and oppose Premier Ford’s plan to interfere in collective bargaining at York University. On Tuesday, the new Conservative government released its “Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting.” The first item on the list is to take away Charter protected rights from education workers at York University […]

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Ford government begins its mandate by violating workers’ rights

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is urging MPPs to support workers’ Charter rights and oppose Premier Ford’s plan to interfere in collective bargaining at York University. On Tuesday, the new Conservative government released its “Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting.” The first item on the list is to take away Charter protected rights from education workers at York University by tabling “back-to-work” legislation. “Our working […]

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CUPE 1949 worried about what changes to Legal Aid structure will mean for clients in Prince Albert

Workers from Prince Albert’s Legal Aid Clinic in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, represented by CUPE 1949, met July 11, 2018 to discuss restructuring and privatization at Legal Aid and the impact changes will have on clients. It was recently announced that Legal Aid would contract out most duty council and lay off six people in the Saskatoon Office. There is concern that more changes are coming which […]

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