CUPE files to represent flight attendants at Swoop

The Canadian Union of Public Employees continues to reinforce its reputation as Canada’s flight attendant union, as the union today filed to represent 170 flight attendants at Swoop, WestJet’s low-fare airline. “Swoop flight attendants have been calling out for transparent and fair work rules since day one and CUPE is excited to answer the call,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “Swoop flight attendants work hard and […]

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Reminder: Resolution and constitutional amendment deadline for CUPE National Convention

In accordance with Article 6.11(a) of the CUPE Constitution, resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments must be sent to the CUPE national office by July 9th, 2019 in order to be presented to the convention for debate. Please refer to here for resolution format and recommended procedures The official convention call, credentials, and other convention documents, will be emailed to you by July 9th, 2019. CUPE National Convention October 7 […]

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Toronto education workers call on TDSB trustees to protect student services from Ford government’s cuts

Toronto education workers call on TDSB trustees to protect student services from Ford government’s cuts

As the expected impacts of Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB’s) proposed 2019-20 operating budget become devastatingly clear, education workers are urging the school board’s trustees to take a stand against making cuts that will hurt the city’s children, families and communities. The cuts proposed by TDSB in the budget released last week have disturbed and dismayed Toronto education workers, who are members of CUPE 4400. The […]

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Toronto education workers call on TDSB trustees to protect services for students from Ford government’s cuts

TORONTO, ON – As the expected impacts of Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB’s) proposed 2019-20 operating budget become devastatingly clear, education workers are urging the school board’s trustees to take a stand against making cuts that will hurt the city’s children, families and communities. The cuts proposed by TDSB in the budget released last week have disturbed and dismayed Toronto Education Workers, who are members […]

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New poll shows stronghold’s believe ford cuts are wrong

TORONTO – According to a new poll released today, the vast majority of Ontario residents from every region of the province agree that the devastating cuts we’ve seen from the Ford Conservatives are taking Ontario in the wrong direction. The results show that when asked if the Ford Conservatives are moving in the right direction, 73% of Northern Ontarians said no, as did 74% of […]

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Meet the face of exploited low-waged labour: Peterborough VON home care staff

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is one Peterborough’s oldest community care providers. “Unfortunately, corporate, VON Canada, who aren’t local, are also the epitome of an exploitative employer, already paying low wages and refusing to give a decent raise. These home care workers are the face of low-waged labour,” says Amanda Wells, health care coordinator with the Canadian Union of Public Employees […]

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Meet the face of exploited low-waged labour: Peterborough, ON home care staff

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is one of Peterborough’s oldest community care providers. “Unfortunately, corporate, VON Canada, who aren’t local, are also the epitome of an exploitative employer, already paying low wages and refusing to give a decent raise. These home care workers are the face of low-waged labour,” says Amanda Wells, health care coordinator with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Hundreds […]

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Meet the face of exploited low-waged labour: Peterborough VON home care staff

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is one of Peterborough’s oldest community care providers. “Unfortunately, corporate, VON Canada, who aren’t local, are also the epitome of an exploitative employer, already paying low wages and refusing to give a decent raise. These home care workers are the face of low-waged labour,” says Amanda Wells, health care coordinator with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Hundreds […]

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New poll shows PC strongholds believe Ford is on the wrong track

New poll shows PC strongholds believe Ford is on the wrong track

TORONTO – According to a new poll released today, the vast majority of Ontario residents from every region of the province agree that the Ford Conservatives are on the wrong track. The results show that when asked if the Ford Conservatives are on the right track, 73% of Northern Ontarians said no, as did 74% of residents in eastern and central Ontario and 72% in […]

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CUPE signs agreement to make K-12 schools safe and inclusive for all students

The fact that all 60 public school districts have joined the BC SOGI Educator Network is another victory in the effort to make schools safe and inclusive for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI), CUPE 15 President Warren Williams said at an event marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. “CUPE is pleased to be on board for this very important SOGI […]

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Urgent Care at Concordia response to community mobilizing: now it’s time to end the chaos in health care

It’s time to end the chaos in health care says CUPE Local 204 President Debbie Boissonneault, in response to the government’s announcement that the Concordia Hospital Emergency Room will be converted to an Urgent Care Centre within the next five weeks. CUPE Local 204 represents 7,000 health care workers across Winnipeg. “CUPE members and the community fought to stop the closure of the Concordia ER,” said […]

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In the face of dire funding cuts, Ontario paramedics ask: “Will there be an ambulance available when you need one?”

TORONTO, ON – In the week since the Ford government announced it is freezing land ambulance grants at 2017-2018 levels, municipalities have been scrambling to sort out the full impact of what could be a cut of $40-50 million province-wide. Ontario paramedics, the bulk of whom are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are questioning how it will be possible for municipalities […]

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In the face of dire funding cuts, Ontario paramedics ask: "Will there be an ambulance available when you need one?"

In the week since the Ford government announced it is freezing land ambulance grants at 2017-2018 levels, municipalities have been scrambling to sort out the full impact of what could be a cut of $40-50 million province-wide. Ontario paramedics, the bulk of whom are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are questioning how it will be possible for municipalities to absorb a […]

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Massive support for striking union members at Université de Montréal

The 18 building systems technicians and stationary engineers at the Université de Montréal received a groundswell of support from delegates to the CUPE-Quebec convention in Quebec City this week. The striking workers, who were in Quebec City yesterday, received a rousing ovation for their determination in standing up to an employer which has resorted to questionable practices. These members will receive a substantial financial contribution thanks […]

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A busy year for BC health care presidents

After a successful year of bargaining that saw its members achieve solid new collective agreements, increased visibility and new ways to address workload, CUPE BC’s Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC) met on May 15 to review progress so far, identify ongoing challenges in the sector, and solidify its relationship to CUPE BC. At the meeting, Council members reviewed recent updates to the Community Health website […]

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Government cuts hitting Saskatoon Public Schools again

This week, families across Saskatoon learned that the Sask. Party’s refusal to properly fund Saskatchewan’s classrooms is again causing more support workers to be taken out of their children’s schools and thrown out of work. On top of cuts to teacher-librarian and other teaching positions, 16 secretaries in elementary schools across Saskatoon Public Schools are being laid off and will apparently be replaced by “absence reporting software.” […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Kootenays

Members of the CUPE Kootenay District Council could not have asked for better weather or a better location for their Mother’s Day weekend celebration. The temperature climbed to the high twenties as local activists from across the Kootenay region set up tables, tents, information and face painting at Creston Regional Library on May 11. With the CUPE BC community events trailer on-hand to support the event, […]

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Merger of Air Canada and Transat: CUPE will hold the new employer accountable

The union representing Air Canada’s and Air Transat’s flight attendants will hold the new employer accountable for promises made to employees if a merger agreement is finalized. “Air Canada President and Chief Executive, Calin Rovinescu said that employees of both companies will benefit from increased job security and growth prospects,” said the president of the Air Canada Component of CUPE, Wesley Lesosky. “According to Transat President and […]

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Demonstration for public services held in front of the National Assembly

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the National Assembly at noon yesterday to remind the CAQ government that Quebeckers want to hang on to their public services. “The threat posed by a wave of privatization is very real. Whether it’s the privatization of the SAQ, or the Maisons des aînés (houses for seniors) being operated by the private sector or REM extensions funded by our pension plans, […]

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Transport Canada must implement now TSB recommendation on leaving carry-on baggage behind during an emergency

The union representing Air Canada’s flight attendants is asking Transport Canada to implement the now two-year-old Transportation Safety Board recommendation on leaving carry-on baggage behind during an emergency. “The recent Aeroflot crash where passengers retrieving their luggage slowed the evacuation of the on-fire aircraft is just another example of the need to strengthen the actual regulation to ensure the safety of passengers and crew,” said the […]

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