CUPE pleased with NDP plan for climate action and good jobs

CUPE understands that climate change is one of the biggest crises of our times, with serious environmental, economic and political challenges. CUPE has called for the need to urgently tackle climate change while making sure there is a strong emphasis on the creation of new jobs as part of a “Just Transition” towards a more sustainable economy. Today, CUPE was pleased to see the New Democratic […]

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CUPE pleased with NPD plan for climate action and good jobs

CUPE understands that climate change is one of the biggest crises of our times, with serious environmental, economic and political challenges. CUPE has called for the need to urgently tackle climate change while making sure there is a strong emphasis on the creation of new jobs as part of a “Just Transition” towards a more sustainable economy. Today, CUPE was pleased to see the New Democratic […]

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Wood Buffalo Housing pays only lip service to talks

The union representing 46 locked out employees of Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) says the employer is still refusing to engage in serious discussion to end the lockout, despite finally agreeing to meet face to face.  CUPE 1505 President Judy Collier said her union met with WBH today at the request of the company, but they wouldn’t engage in meaningful bargaining. The employees have been locked out since […]

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CUPE celebrates International Flight Attendant Day

CUPE celebrates International Flight Attendant Day

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is celebrating International Flight Attendant Day today, May 31st, and inviting flight attendants around the globe to look back at how far the profession has come. It’s astonishing to recall that, in 1938, to become a “stewardess” on Trans-Canada Airlines, you had to be a nurse, aged 21 to 25, female, single, no taller than 5’5”, under 125 pounds, and in […]

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Grassy Narrows deserves better than delays and half-measures

Our organizations are deeply disappointed that the federal government has failed to take decisive action to guarantee that survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows will get the medical care they need and deserve. Although the federal Indigenous Services department had announced that Minister Seamus O’Regan would sign a memorandum of understanding with Grassy Narrows when he visited the northwestern Ontario First Nation yesterday, no […]

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CUPE workers get behind new deal with Chinook School Division

Late last week, CUPE members who work throughout the Chinook School Division in southwest Saskatchewan voted over 90 per cent in favour of the latest deal negotiated with the division. “The Sask. Party’s cuts have put the school division in a tough spot but, by working together and – unlike the government – putting the students in Saskatchewan’s schools first, we’ve come to an agreement that […]

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Health care workers at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre choose CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Over 120 registered practical nurses, personal support workers, therapists and therapy assistants, social workers, nutrition aides and clerical staff at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre have chosen to improve their working conditions and increase their job security by joining the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Workers cited understaffing, an expansion to the scope of care they are expected to provide, and significant inequity […]

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Health care workers at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre choose CUPE

Over 120 registered practical nurses, personal support workers, therapists and therapy assistants, social workers, nutrition aides and clerical staff at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre in Toronto have chosen to improve their working conditions and increase their job security by joining CUPE. Workers cited understaffing, an expansion to the scope of care they are expected to provide, and significant inequity with other similar workplaces as the primary […]

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Wood Buffalo Housing members take to the radio

CUPE members locked out by their employer at Wood Buffalo Housing are featured in two new radio ads that went on the air today in the Fort McMurray, AB region. The ads feature a maintenance person, a housekeeper and a groundskeeper, all of whom have effectively lost their jobs to fly-by-night contractors retained by the housing corporation. “Like all the locked out employees, these three are part […]

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City needs to save transport for people with disabilities

News that the Disabled Transportation Society (DTS) in Grand Prairie, AB will be limited to only essential services as early as Friday and may completely close in June is alarming to the union representing DTS drivers. CUPE 787 President Randy Wald said that while he is concerned for his members, the bigger concern is for the disabled residents who depend on the service. “Disabled residents of Grande Prairie depend […]

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CUPE Ontario delegates turn up the heat on Ford Conservatives with Thursday march to Queen’s Park

TORONTO, ON – In the wake of the Ford Conservatives’ move to delay cuts to municipalities, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will turn out in full force tomorrow (Thursday) for a march to Queen’s Park to increase the pressure that the government is currently feeling from everyday Ontarians. Over 1000 delegates are gathered in Toronto for CUPE Ontario’s 56th annual convention. […]

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CUPE Ontario delegates turn up the heat on Ford Conservatives with Thursday march to Queen’s Park

In the wake of the Ford Conservatives’ move to delay cuts to municipalities, members of CUPE will turn out in full force on Thursday for a march to Queen’s Park to increase the pressure that the government is currently feeling from everyday Ontarians. Over 1000 delegates are gathered in Toronto for CUPE Ontario’s 56th annual convention. They will join tomorrow’s march, which will begin at Queen West […]

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CUPE locals make positive gains for K-12 members at bargaining table

CUPE 727 and 1285 have had positive experiences at the bargaining table with their respective school districts in Alberni and Kootenay-Columbia, BC—something that was seldom the case in previous rounds since 2001.  According to CUPE 727 President Nancy Bell, the bargaining environment over the previous 20 years was so rough that her local expected another difficult round this time, so they attended training at the Harrison Winter School and […]

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Speaking out to protect Ontario, for today and for tomorrow

The following is a statement from Ontario’s labour movement: (TORONTO, ON) – Cuts to vital services like education and health care, including public health and emergency medical services, childcare, children’s aid, and legal aid services will hurt us all, including workers in the private and public sector, both union and non-union. These cuts have prompted elected representatives of more than 1 million workers to raise […]

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CUPE 1936 welcomes workers at WISH

Workers at WISH Drop-in Centre Society voted overwhelmingly on Monday to become members of CUPE 1936. WISH works to improve the health, safety, and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade. “The organizing drive brought staff together into a cohesive group who are now in a position to affect real change at work,” said CUPE 1936 Acting Vice President Lee Ann Lalli. Lalli warmly welcomed […]

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CUPE 900 and City of Kamloops address affordability with new 5-year contract

City of Kamloops BC workers, represented by CUPE 900, have voted 96.2 per cent in favour of a new 5-year collective agreement. The new contract includes wage adjustments of 2.5 per cent in the first year, 2.25 per cent in the second year and 2 per cent in each of the remaining years of the agreement. “Our members were very clear that the city needed to […]

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CUPE Celebrates Paramedic Services Week

Paramedic Services Week, May 26 – June 1, 2019, is an opportunity to recognize the incredible work that paramedics do for our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And while there’s a lot to say about what these health care professionals are facing across the country in terms of workplace issues and lack of support, this year’s theme is about celebrating successes. CUPE celebrates […]

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Ford government’s education cuts will silence music in TDSB schools, say instructors

A music instructor who has worked 24 years with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is seeing history repeat itself as the board once again proposes cuts to itinerant music programs in elementary schools – this time as a result of cuts to education funding by the Ford government.    In a delegation at today’s special meeting of the TDSB’s Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee, […]

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Municipalities and affordable housing

An estimated 235,000 people experience homelessness every year in Canada, mostly in our municipalities. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has determined that far more – over 1.7 million households – are in core housing need, meaning their housing is unsafe, unsuitable, or unaffordable.  These households are disproportionately led by women, and feature an overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, youth and […]

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Over 1000 delegates gather in Toronto to build a resistance to the Ford agenda

Under the cloud of unprecedented cuts and restructuring and a sustained attack on communities and workers’ rights from the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives, more than 1000 CUPE Ontario members from across the province are at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre this week to build the resistance plan against a series of misguided policies that will hurt Ontario’s working people. Key segments of CUPE Ontario’s 56th annual convention include debate and approval […]

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