CUPE 1975 reaches tentative deal with University of Saskatchewan

Support workers at the University of Saskatchewan who have been working without a contract since 2015 reached a tentative agreement with the administration today.  “This deal has been a long time coming but, in the end, we were able to come to an agreement that serves our members now and, in their future,” said Craig Hannah, President of CUPE Local 1975. “After seeing very little movement for so long, […]

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Coast Mountains K-12 support workers ratify collective agreement

CUPE 2052, K-12 support workers at SD82 reached a tentative agreement on May 31 following one week plus one day of bargaining. The local held five ratification meetings throughout the region and their collective agreement ratification was completed by members on June 20. Members voted for the agreement in good numbers. “Bargaining was amicable, with mutual respect on both sides,” said CUPE 2052 President Monica Brady. […]

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CUPE in solidarity with Sudanese movement for democracy and human rights

CUPE in solidarity with Sudanese movement for democracy and human rights

Thirty years ago this Sunday, former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir took power in a coup. CUPE expresses our solidarity with people in Sudan who have been struggling for peace and democracy for decades. This weekend, Sudanese people will be demonstrating in defense of their human rights, their right to protest and for a democratic society.  The Freedom and Change Alliance, the main voice of Sudanese social […]

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Ford PCs plan to centralize health decisions in Thunder Bay, Kenora community forum Wednesday looks at patient impact

KENORA, ON – Health care in northwestern Ontario is under very real threat as Progressive Conservative restructuring centralizes key decision-making from communities like Kenora, Fort Frances and Rainy River into Thunder Bay, along with vital services like ambulance dispatch. Panelist at a community forum on Wednesday, July 3 (7:00 p.m.) at Seven Generations Education Institute, 240 Veterans Drive, Kenora will review the Progressive Conservative plan […]

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K-12 custodial, maintenance and IT workers in Langley reach tentative agreement

CUPE 1851, K-12 custodial, maintenance and IT workers at the Langley School District (SD35) reached a tentative agreement on June 26, following seven bargaining sessions. “Our team started preparing at the beginning of the year and kept focused and on task throughout bargaining,” said CUPE 1851 Vice President Carey Schafer. “As well, the employer was willing to listen and work with us.” Schafer noted that bargaining […]

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Fort Frances residents invited to community rally/BBQ, in defense of public health care on Wednesday

FORT FRANCES, ON – Now, one year after the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives (PCs) won last summer’s provincial election, have they delivered on their promise to enhance patient access to care? A group of local public health care activists don’t think so. They’re issuing an open invite to area residents, who support public health care to come to a community barbeque and rally on Wednesday, […]

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Workers’ rights held up by Essential Services Tribunal

The University of Saskatchewan has lost their battle to take the right to strike away from hundreds of workers on campus. That was the result of a ruling released today by the Essential Service Tribunal between CUPE Local 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan.   “This ruling is more proof that the university needs to stop talking out of both sides of their mouths,” said Craig Hannah, […]

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CUPE 2098 kicks off summer with free public swim

Local residents enjoyed a free public swim at the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre on June 21, thanks to the sponsorship of CUPE Local 2098 (K-12 support staff). Swimmers of all ages attended, including 65 school-age children, kicking off the summer with a festive event. “Everyone enjoyed the swimming and had lots of fun,” said CUPE 2098 President Janet Thorpe. Members were so enthusiastic about the event, said […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – June 2019

Our National Executive Board met June 18 – 20, 2019 in Ottawa. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions. In Memory The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. Remembered were: Ellen Frances Gillis, Local 5050; Sylvio St-Pierre, Local 1087; Cole Timlin, Local 1000; Brenda O’Reilly, Local 1750; Curtis Smith, Local 416; Derick Lwugi, Local 38; Tara Graf, Local 4060; […]

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K-12 support workers in Boundary BC reach tentative agreement

CUPE 2098 K-12 support workers in Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Beaverdell, and Big White BC reached a tentative agreement on June 25, following four bargaining sessions that began in April. “The commitment and creativity shown by the bargaining committee and our National Representative, along with respectful sessions with the employer, made this round of bargaining very successful,” said CUPE 2098 President Janet Thorpe. The tentative agreement […]

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One year later; are Thunder Bay hospital patients faring better under Ford PCs? New report released Tuesday

THUNDER BAY, ON – When the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives (PCs) took office last summer, they made vague promises about ending hallway medicine, increasing system capacity and no public sector staff layoffs, while cutting government spending on services. Now, one year later, have the PCs delivered? How they are really doing to enhance patients’ access to care is the focus of ‘Protecting What Matters Most,’ […]

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K-12 Rocky Mountain support workers reach tentative agreement

CUPE 440 K-12 support workers in Rocky Mountain BC reached a tentative agreement on June 24. Bargaining began in May and the local met with the employer for a total of five sessions. “This was a tough round,” said CUPE 440 President Ann Purvis. “Some concessions were brought forward, but in the end we were able to find a balance and a good compromise that was fair to […]

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K-12 support workers in Revelstoke reach tentative agreement

CUPE 5150 K-12 support workers in Revelstoke BC reached a tentative agreement on June 17 following two bargaining sessions. “Our bargaining committee was great and negotiations were friendly,” said CUPE 5150 President Clara Maltby. “For what we had to work with, bargaining went well.” Maltby noted that contract language was cleaned up and that they were able to make some improvements for members. The tentative agreement also incorporates the […]

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Letter from Kyungkyu Yang of the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union

The following letter is from Kyungkyu Yang, KPTU Education Center ‘Wum’ Director and KPTU Advisor, to the members of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador. He was a special guest speaker at CUPE NL’s first-ever Global Justice Conference held in May 2019.  Download a copy of the letter from KPTU. Learn more about the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union at world-psi.org/en/country/korea-republic. Source: CUPE National

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All early childhood educators in Nova Scotia deserve fair compensation including living wages, pensions and benefits

All early childhood educators (ECEs) in Nova Scotia deserve to be compensated the same wages, pensions and benefits, regardless of where they work, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing hundreds of ECEs in both pre-primary school classrooms and child care centres across the province. At a news conference held today in Halifax, Nova Scotia Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Zach Churchill announced […]

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Gulf Islands K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

CUPE 788 K-12 support workers at SD64 reached a tentative agreement on June 24, in bargaining that began two months ago.  “We made good progress in bargaining and added needed language to our Collective Agreement,” said CUPE 788 President Larry Melious. The CUPE bargaining team encompassed people with lots of experience and some new to bargaining who ‘jumped right in.’ Melious said that bargaining went well, with […]

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K-12 support workers in Bulkley Valley ratify tentative agreement

CUPE 2145 K-12 support workers at seven schools in Smithers, Telkwa and Houston BC have ratified a tentative agreement on June 24, following bargaining that began in April.  “I couldn’t be prouder of our bargaining team – they were great. We all worked really well together and were professional. Our members came to the table ready to do business,” said CUPE 2145 President Rolanda Lavallee. Lavallee noted that when the […]

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CUPE 847 K-12 workers attain tentative agreement

CUPE 847 K-12 support workers n Merritt, Princeton, and Lower Nicola BC, reached a tentative agreement on June 21, following an exchange of proposals and two bargaining sessions. “I appreciated our whole bargaining committee,” said CUPE 847 President Lynda Hodgson. “We had a lot of ground to cover and we were able to make improvements that will benefit all members.” Hodgson said that a lot of existing contract language had […]

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CUPE joins disability rights groups in celebrating the new Accessible Canada Act

On June 21, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) became law. This comes after years of activism by disability justice advocates, who pushed hard for meaningful federal laws to make sure persons with disabilities can exercise their full human rights.  CUPE and disability rights groups across the country are celebrating the Act’s goal to reach a barrier-free Canada by 2040. The Act is not perfect, […]

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CUPE 401 K-12 workers on Vancouver Island reach tentative agreement

CUPE 401 members who support K-12 students across Vancouver Island reached a tentative agreement on June 20, following four bargaining sessions. “This employer was open to finding ways to reach an agreement that benefitted all parties,” said CUPE 401 President Blaine Gurrie. The tentative agreement will form part of the full collective agreement that members will vote to ratify that also includes the provincial framework agreement approved by the […]

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