City of Longueuil pool employees and the employer reach a tentative agreement

Without a contract since late 2015, the Syndicats regroupés des employés municipaux de la Ville de Longueuil (SREM–CUPE 306) announced that they have reached a tentative agreement. At a general meeting on July 17, 95% of aquatic sector employees of the City of Longueuil rejected the employer’s offers. The pressure tactics under consideration at the time could even have resulted in a strike, shutting down […]

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The federal government must invest in post-secondary education

After years of government underfunding, access to high quality post-secondary education is at risk. Did you know? Federal transfers for post-secondary education are almost 40 per cent less per student now than they were twenty-five years ago. Thirty years ago, universities received more than 80 per cent of their operating revenue from governments. Today, government funding has shrunk to barely 50 per cent. Tuition fees at Canadian universities have […]

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Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy is about influencing the political decisions which shape our lives. Advocacy involves building relationships with and making our views known to politicians. Advocacy is a way to build and demonstrate public support for progressive policies on issues that matter to us. In order to achieve change, we need to put pressure on politicians to embrace a progressive vision for post-secondary education in Canada. This toolkit provides advice […]

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Solidarity with Fredericton

Last Friday, the City of Fredericton was shaken by a terrible act of violence. In this difficult time for the community and our members, I offer my condolences and support to our members who are affected by the shooting, including members from CUPE 1709 (inside workers), CUPE 508 (outside workers), CUPE 1783 (transit workers), CUPE 3864 (professional technical group), CUPE 4848 (paramedics and dispatchers) and […]

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Collective agreement awarded for Nova Scotia Highway Workers

Today, the interest arbitration board chaired by arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award that establishes a collective agreement for approximately 1,000 members of CUPE Local 1867, highway workers employed by the Province of Nova Scotia. The process leading to this arbitration award began in November 2014 when CUPE and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) began negotiations to renew the province-wide collective agreement. “This round […]

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Street markings in Montreal – CUPE 301 lends a hand

Over the past few weeks, many residents and elected officials have spoken out about the long delays in painting street, lane and bike path markings in Montreal. With over 150 kilometres of additional bike paths added since 2015, street-marking crews have been working non-stop to provide this valuable service that residents rightly expect, but have been falling further and further behind every year. The issue […]

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Postdoctoral Fellows and Non-Student Researchers at University of Regina Unionize

Approximately 70 postdoctoral fellows and non-student researchers at the University of Regina have unionized with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). After an organizing drive that began early in 2018, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board issued a certification order for the union on August 7, 2018 following a secret ballot vote that saw the academic workers vote 88 per cent in favour of unionizing. The […]

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Prisoners’ Justice Day

Prisoners’ Justice Day

  On August 10, 1974, Eddie Nalon took his own life in the segregation unit of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison in Bath, Ontario – a victim of solitary confinement and neglect. August 10 would come to mark International Prisoners’ Justice Day, which prisoners chose to fast, pray, and refuse work in remembrance of Eddie and all those who have suffered and died behind bars. Prisoners’ […]

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Tentative agreement reached at the Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

The CUPE 311 bargaining committee at the Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux in Abitibi-Témiscamingue is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the employer during negotiations on local agreements. Major gains were achieved, and the union was able to limit the employer’s excessive ambitions with respect to its demands relating to staff mobility and flexibility. The local will be organizing a […]

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Our Time to Act

After years of government underfunding, access to high quality post-secondary education is at risk. That is why it is Our Time to Act. Federal transfers for post-secondary education are almost 40 per cent less per student now than they were twenty-five years ago. Thirty years ago, universities received more than 80 per cent of their operating revenue from governments. Today, government funding has shrunk to barely 50 per cent.  […]

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Collective agreement awarded for health care bargaining unit in Nova Scotia

Today, mediator-arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award which establishes a collective agreement for more than 6,000 employees in the Health Care Bargaining Unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK. The award came after five days of mediation-arbitration which took place last week and concludes a process that began in October 2016. The Council of Health Care Unions is made up of NSGEU, CUPE, Unifor, and […]

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No end to hallway medicine possible with spending cuts; CCH stands to lose more beds and hundreds of staff

No end to hallway medicine possible with spending cuts; CCH stands to lose more beds and hundreds of staff

  CORNWALL, ON – Cornwall’s hospital 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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Far from ending hallway medicine, Brockville stands to lose 11 more hospital beds, 60 staff under Ford programs

Far from ending hallway medicine, Brockville stands  to lose 11 more hospital beds, 60 staff under Ford programs

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

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CUPE will fight right-wing agenda across Canada

Charles Fleury | National Secretary-Treasurer CUPE members face many challenges across the country. With the election of Doug Ford’s Conservative right-wing government in Ontario, our members face even more challenges. Ford promises to cut six billion dollars from the provincial budget to eliminate “inefficiencies,” to scrap the 15-dollars-an-hour minimum wage and to eliminate the cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, among other things. The new Ontario premier is also considering […]

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What’s in store for Ontario with Premier Ford in the driver’s seat?

Sarah Jordison | CUPE Communications Despite 60 per cent of Ontarians voting against Doug Ford and the Conservatives, the party now holds a massive majority government with 76 seats compared to Andrea Horwath and the NDP with 40 seats, the Liberals with seven and the Green Party with its first seat in the province. Ford ran on a campaign of cuts – corporate taxes, personal taxes, gas taxes, carbon […]

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Major victory in fight against P3 schools in Manitoba

Matt McLean | CUPE Research This past spring, CUPE learned that the Pallister Progressive Conservative (PC) government was abandoning a controversial plan to build four new schools in Manitoba – three in Winnipeg and one in Brandon – using a public-private partnership (P3) model. Under the proposed P3 model, the schools would have been built, financed, owned and maintained by private-for-profit companies. The school division would have become a […]

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

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

  BROCKVILLE, ON – Brockville’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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Carnival 2018

Carnival 2018

This year is the 51st anniversary of Carnival, which began in Toronto as a gift from the Caribbean community to Canada’s centennial celebrations in 1967. The festival originally took place on Simcoe Day, which marks the end of slavery in Canada on August 1, 1834. Carnival is not only a celebration of Caribbean culture, it also symbolizes the revolt of the Caribbean people against oppression. CUPE […]

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Community Health workers ratify new deal

Members of the multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA) have voted solidly in favour of a new contract with health employers. The new three-year collective agreement, which covers 16,000 union members working in the community health sector, will take effect April 1, 2019 and expire on March 31, 2022. “Workers in the community health sector play a significant role in the public health system at large,” said […]

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Free e-course on Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

In light of major revisions to its Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, the Alberta Government has partnered with the Canadian Center of Occupational Health and Safety to develop and deliver a free e‑learning course for provincial residents. The revised OHS regulations, which came into effect June 1, include the right of workers to refuse unsafe work, the right to know about potential safety hazards, and the […]

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