CUPE welcomes long-awaited pay equity legislation

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) welcomes Canada’s long-awaited first federal pay equity legislation. “This is a great achievement for the women’s movement in Canada and the allies who fought for decades to right this historical wrong,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “There is room for improvement in this legislation, but we give credit to Minister Hajdu and look forward to working with […]

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Lockout looms for Grey County roads workers

Roads workers in Grey County have taken to the airwaves to warn residents that road safety may be at risk if the County chooses to lock them out on November 8th. In a new radio ad airing through the County beginning today, CUPE Local 1530 lets residents know that they are prepared to do what it takes to bargain a fair deal and keep roads […]

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CUPE organizes the last non-unionized SQDC outlet

Employees of the last non-unionized cannabis boutique in Quebec have chosen to join CUPE. On Friday, October 26, an application for certification was filed with the provincial labour board on behalf of the staff of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), on rue Bouvier in Quebec City. “After the disastrous first week of SQDC stores, at least employees now have a union they can count on. Our labour relations […]

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With Sudbury hospital at 110 per cent capacity, staff build anti-cuts momentum with rally and community forum

With Sudbury hospital at 110 per cent capacity, staff build anti-cuts momentum with rally and community forum

SUDBURY, ON – Committed to stemming a cycle of provincial hospital underfunding they believe risks patient care, frontline staff at Health Sciences North (HSN) are building community opposition to the most recent round of staff and patient cuts at the hospital. Their efforts to form an anti-cuts movement in Sudbury are intensifying with a second in a series of ‘stop the cuts’ rally on Tuesday, […]

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With Sudbury hospital at 110 per cent capacity, staff build anti-cuts momentum with rally and community forum

Committed to stemming a cycle of provincial hospital underfunding they believe risks patient care, frontline staff at Health Sciences North (HSN) are building community opposition to the most recent round of staff and patient cuts at the hospital. Their efforts to form an anti-cuts movement in Sudbury are intensifying with a second in a series of ‘stop the cuts’ rally on Tuesday, November 6, at noon […]

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CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer's Task Force on Staffing Report

As outlined in the National Secretary-Treasurer’s Report adopted at the 2017 National Convention, a project was undertaken to: i) update and review the process used to determine staffing allocations; and, ii) identify servicing challenges facing CUPE National to ensure that locals, chartered bodies and staff have the best available support and resources. The National Secretary-Treasurer’s Task Force on Staffing comprised of members of the National Executive […]

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National Sector Council Conference 2018 Agenda

Monday, November 5, 2018 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks • Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer • Annie Smith St-Georges, Elder, Algonquin Anishinaabeg • Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, CUPE 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                                               Reception Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.            Plenary – Public wins: Fighting privatization • Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer, speech and panel introduction • Panel 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.    […]

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CUPE Ontario stands with Canada’s Postal Workers

CUPE Ontario stands with Canada’s Postal Workers

CUPE Ontario’s 260,000 members stand strongly in solidarity with the Canada’s Postal Workers, who are on strike because their employer refuses to deal with crushing workloads, forced overtime and a massive spike in workplace injuries. One in 12 workers experienced a disabling workplace injury last year. Over the past two years their number of disabling injuries have gone up by 30%. This is truly shameful. […]

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CUPE will defend the rights of SQDC employees

CUPE is decrying the poor management and terrible planning done by the SQDC, Quebec’s cannabis distributer, in the launch of its 12 outlets. The union has reassured its new members that it will do everything in its power to assert the rights of the new employees. “We’re talking about real people here, who are trying to earn their living. Some left good jobs to come and […]

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Quebec university workers report high levels of psychological distress

A new study shows that many employees of Quebec universities are experiencing high levels of psychological stress, a mental and emotional state characterized by depression and anxiety. The study was prepared by Professor Julie Cloutier and doctoral student Sabrina Pellerin, from the School of Management (ESG) at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), for CUPE Quebec’s provincial university sector council. It was presented at the council’s […]

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Tackling precarious work in post-secondary education at the bargaining table

As universities and colleges deal with inadequate public funding and increasingly embrace corporate management models, more and more workers in the post-secondary sector are ending up in precarious jobs. Precarious forms of employment include contract, temporary, casual, and part-time positions, with low wages and limited access to pension and benefits. As precarious work is growing in the post-secondary sector, locals need to find ways to defend […]

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UN poverty expert condemns privatization

The UN expert on poverty is warning that privatization of public services tramples on human rights, hitting people who are already marginalized the hardest. Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, looked at privatization from a human rights perspective. His report finds that “privatization often involves the systematic elimination of human rights protections and further marginalization of the interests of low-income earners and those […]

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No surprises in this toned-down throne speech

As a new session of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly begins, a Throne Speech was delivered today. CUPE NB has a mixed reaction to the decidedly centrist speech from the Gallant Liberals. “For one, I am pleased to see a clear will to maintain the Labour-Government Steering Committee,” said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB. In only one year, the Committee led discussions which became legislation […]

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Réseau de transport de Terrebonne – Mascouche: Drivers reject the employer’s offer

Bus drivers with the Réseau de transport métropolitain in Terrebonne-Mascouche are still far from a collective agreement, after voting 99.9% in favour of rejecting the offer by their employer, Keolis Canada, a transport multinational. After approximately thirty bargaining meetings from March to October, the last seven of which were attended by a conciliator, the employer made a final offer on October 4, 2018. It also asked […]

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Premier Ford betrays Ontario’s working people and their families

TORONTO, ON (October 23, 2018) – Reducing wages and gutting protections for our provinces lowest paid workers proves Premier Ford is only interested in helping his corporate friends and has no problem hurting working people and their families to do it, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. Hahn’s comments come following today’s announcement that Ford is not only cancelling the increase to minimum wage but […]

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Saguenay bus drivers vote overwhelmingly in favour of the tentative agreement

Saguenay bus drivers vote overwhelmingly in favour of the tentative agreement Bus drivers with Saguenay public transit (STS), in Quebec, have shown their enormous support for the agreement reached last month between their bargaining committee and the employer. The 125 drivers, who had been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2016, voted 95.9% in favour of the new agreement Sunday night, October 21, in Saguenay. The […]

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CUPE 851 in Manitoba prepares for strike

Following a nearly unanimous strike vote on October 16, 2018, employees of the Town of Swan River are preparing for strike action. After months of delay, the Town has demanded that employees take concessions that would include giving up some of their statutory holidays. “While CUPE does not bargain through the media, I thought that citizens of Swan River deserved to know that there could be a […]

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CUPE 851 prepares for strike

Following a nearly unanimous strike vote on October 16, 2018, employees of the Town of Swan River are preparing for strike action. After months of delay, the Town has demanded that employees take concessions that would include giving up some of their statutory holidays. “While CUPE does not bargain through the media, I thought that citizens of Swan River deserved to know that there could be a […]

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Deal reached between the City of Weyburn and CUPE Local 90

CUPE Local 90 has ratified a new collective agreement with the City of Weyburn.  The Union membership voted 90 per cent in favour of ratification. “The Union was adamant throughout bargaining that they would not accept concessions, and we did not back down on that,” said Sherri Blackburn, President of CUPE Local 90.  “It is unfortunate that it took until mediation for the Employer to realize […]

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CUPE Manitoba encourages members to get involved in provincial budget consultations

Citing the real danger of major cuts to education, health care and other frontline services, CUPE Manitoba is encouraging all their members to have their voices heard at public information sessions in the coming weeks. “This is a government that wants to make cuts,” said Gord Delbridge, President of CUPE Manitoba. “It’s important they hear from Manitoba families that there will be a political cost to […]

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