Ambulance paramedics, dispatchers ratify new collective agreement

B.C.’s 4,500 ambulance paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement, signing off on a tentative agreement reached on July 19 between the Health Employers Association of BC  and the Ambulance Paramedics & Ambulance Dispatchers Bargaining Association of BC (APADBA). The new agreement is the first stand-alone, collectively bargained contract for B.C. ambulance paramedics and dispatchers since 2004. It […]

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Care staff at Gravenhurst Sienna Senior Living take rare step of picketing their employer over tens of thousands in pay owed them

GRAVENHURST, ON – Area long-term care staff, who have for many years openly advocated for increased care levels for residents, are taking the rare step of going public with a workplace-related issue that affects them directly – their own outstanding pay. The 160 front-line staff at Sienna Senior Living in Gravenhurst are owed almost two years of back pay on a wage increase of 1.4 […]

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Failings in their priorities throughout bargaining have led the Ontario government and school board trustees to abandon responsibility for services for students

The bargaining team negotiating on behalf of 55,000 education workers says the Ministry of Education and Ontario’s school board trustees have maintained the wrong priorities throughout negotiations and that their thinking has led them to abandon their responsibilities toward students. Their move has set the stage for work-to-rule job action beginning Monday, September 30 by school board employees who are members of the Canadian Union of […]

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CUPE Ontario OSBCU Job Action Statement

Today, more than 55,000 members of CUPE Ontario have begun legal job action to secure the education services students need at school. They are education workers, represented by CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), working in our schools and board offices, in both the French and English systems, for public and Catholic boards, in communities across Ontario. After years of Liberal underfunding, the Ford Conservatives […]

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With many troubling allegations tied to closure of Hamilton/Niagara forensic pathology, CUPE calls on Conservatives to launch independent review

HAMILTON, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is calling on the provincial Conservatives to launch an independent review of the decision to close forensic pathology services in the Hamilton/Niagara region. “There are too many troubling allegations surrounding the motivations behind the closure to forge ahead,” says Dave Murphy, president of CUPE 7800 which represents staff working at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), including […]

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CUPE concerned changes to pensions could be brought in through the back door

Today CUPE made an important submission on pensions to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI); the federal regulator who oversees pension plans. The submission highlights CUPE’s concerns that OSFI is quietly considering a major policy change that could open a back door for federally-regulated employers to walk away from pension promises they’ve already made to workers and retirees. OSFI claims that “there are […]

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With many troubling allegations tied to closure of Hamilton/Niagara forensic pathology, CUPE calls on Conservatives to launch independent review

CUPE is calling on the provincial Conservatives to launch an independent review of the decision to close forensic pathology services in the Hamilton/Niagara region. “There are too many troubling allegations surrounding the motivations behind the closure to forge ahead,” says Dave Murphy, president of CUPE 7800 which represents staff working at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), including in the pathology unit. “The decision should be halted while […]

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CUPE Ontario OSBCU Job Action Statement

CUPE Ontario OSBCU Job Action Statement

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Northside Guest Home long-term care workers take strike vote

Members of CUPE 1876, workers employed by the Northside Guest Home in North Sydney, voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike at a meeting held September 25, 2019. “It’s been very disappointing that the employer has not taken our members’ concerns seriously,” said CUPE 1876 President Wanda Bond. Issues that remain to be negotiated include time off, scheduling, seniority, and training courses. “One of the […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – September 2019

Our National Executive Board met September 17 – 19, 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 on the members of our CUPE family lost in the last four months. Remembered were: Lorraine Evette Belanger, Local 5271; Henry Montpellier, Local 4705; Gordon (Cody) Cote, Local 709; Rick Bourre, Local […]

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UVic sessional lecturers reach tentative agreement

The union representing sessional lecturers at the University of Victoria (UVic) has reached a tentative agreement that addresses low wages and job security. CUPE 4163 Component 3 reached the agreement after two days of mediation, and months of protracted talks. “It was a frustrating round of bargaining, but we’re pleased that the mediator was able to help us find common ground and reach an agreement that reflects […]

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Wear orange on Sept. 30 to honour residential school survivors

CUPE members are encouraged to honour the survivors of the residential school system by wearing orange shirts on September 30. Since 2013, September 30 has been commemorated as “Orange Shirt Day”, inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad. As a young girl, Phyllis was gifted a new orange shirt by her grandmother before she was taken to a B.C. residential school. The shirt […]

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Election Conversation Guide

Use this guide to assist you in dealing with commonly held opinions and myths during your conversations about the election. Top messages The Liberals and Conservatives are two sides of the same coin – they represent politics as usual. Jagmeet Singh and the NDP are the only ones who have workers’ interests at heart, and the only ones with a plan to strengthen public services and make life […]

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Peel Region municipal workers highlight their work in new ad campaign

PEEL, ON – Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 966 (CUPE Local 966), representing municipal workers with the Region of Peel, are highlighting their work and their commitment to the community in a new advertising campaign. The transit shelter, bus, billboard and GO Transit ads feature the work of several different types of workers – from public health nurses to human services […]

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Peel Region municipal workers highlight their work in new ad campaign

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 966 (CUPE Local 966), representing municipal workers with the Region of Peel, are highlighting their work and their commitment to the community in a new advertising campaign. The transit shelter, bus, billboard and GO Transit ads feature the work of several different types of workers – from public health nurses to human services workers, to public works […]

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K-12 support workers in Okanagan-Skaha reach tentative agreement

CUPE 523, K-12 support workers at School District 67 in Okanagan-Skaha reached a tentative agreement on Sept. 23, following five bargaining sessions that began June 20. CUPE Local 523 Acting President Tammie Koroluk said that this round of bargaining was a new experience for the bargaining committee, who is bargaining separately with the three districts represented by CUPE 523 for the first time (SD 53, SD 67, and […]

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National President's Report – September 2019

Sisters, Brothers and Friends: Summer is often a little quieter in our movement, and I hope you were able to carve out some time to spend with friends and family, in preparation for what is no doubt going to be a busy fall. I know you also took time to participate in community celebrations and events through the summer. I had the chance to participate with CUPE […]

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Securing the best services for students is what job action is all about, say CUPE education workers

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Securing the best services for students is what job action is all about, say CUPE education workers

The countless hours of services and supports lost to Ontario students because of Ford government cuts are the focus of job action announced today by education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Representatives this morning issued the required five days’ notice that puts them in a legal strike position on Monday, September 30. That is the date CUPE education workers will […]

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As McMaster education workers hold strike vote, support pours in from across Province

HAMILTON, ON – As education workers at McMaster University began voting today on whether to give their bargaining committee a mandate to take whatever steps they deem necessary to secure a fair collective agreement, support for the members of Unit 1 of Local 3906 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3906-1) poured in from across the Province. “Our goal remains the same – […]

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