CUPE condemns murder of Indigenous leaders in Colombia

IIn the wake of the murder of four Indigenous guards and an elected leader in Tacueyo, Colombia, CUPE is calling for action from the Canadian and Colombian governments. CUPE National President Mark Hancock is in Colombia right now as part of a delegation expressing CUPE’s solidarity with communities facing escalating violence. Our delegation met with representatives of the Association of Indigenous Communities in the North of […]

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CUPE 3500 K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

CUPE 3500, K-12 support workers in the Kamloops/Thomson, BC, school district (School District 73) reached a tentative agreement October 30 following 11 sessions of bargaining that began on June 18. “I’m really proud of the work our bargaining committee has done and I want to thank them for all their time and commitment,” said CUPE Local 3500 President Nicole Edmondson, noting that the committee bargained throughout the summer […]

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It’s official! Drivers and maintenance employees of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) join CUPE

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) confirmed yesterday that CUPE will now be representing the 750 drivers and support employees of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO). CUPE represents the most land transportation employees in the province. “We received official certification from the CIRB last night. We’re really happy to be able to represent these new members,” said Denis Bolduc, president of CUPE-Québec. “The STO […]

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CUPE scores a pay equity victory against Université du Québec à Rimouski

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) scored a victory in the dispute pitting it against the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) regarding the maintenance of pay equity in 2016. CUPE had been anxiously awaiting this ruling since a complaint was filed with the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) on May 3, 2017. The CNESST […]

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Alberta Government wage rollbacks will hurt CUPE members

The Jason Kenney government is seeking wage rollbacks of between 2-5% for different groups of public sector union employees. This represents another broken promise by Jason Kenney and it will hurt hundreds of thousands of Albertans who work hard every day in our provincial government and health care system. Many members of the public service haven’t seen a cost of living wage increase in years, and asking them to […]

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Victory in court for NB nursing home workers

Today, the New Brunswick’s Court of Appeal sided with CUPE’s nursing home workers as it upheld a lower court’s ruling of July 2, 2019. This ruling reaffirms a December 2018 Labour and Employment Board ruling which found the Essential Services in Nursing Homes Act (ESNHA) to be violation of union members’ rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The 3 Court of Appeal judges were unanimous […]

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Budget low lights – how Jason Kenney’s budget hurts everyone

During the Alberta provincial election this spring, Jason Kenney promised to ‘maintain or increase’ public services. His first budget breaks that promise. Here are some of the details. Pensions The provincial budget takes control of public service pension plans away from workers. The UCP wants to make decisions about benefits and investments of the plan. Just this year, workers gained full partnership in the management of our […]

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CUPE begins Quebec education negotiations with focus on improving services

Last week, CUPE members in the Quebec education sector submitted proposals as bargaining began for a new collective agreement. Their demands focus on labour shortages, which result in a lack of services to pupils and students in the school boards and in CEGEPs. “Every day, support employees in the education system are confronted by a lack of staff and labour shortages. They must constantly do […]

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CUPE begins education negotiations with emphasis on improving services

Last week, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in the Quebec education sector submitted to the employers their sectoral demands for the purpose of renewing their collective agreements. Their demands focus on labour shortages, which, in turn, results in a lack of services to pupils and students in the school boards and in CEGEPs. “Every day, support employees in the education system […]

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Bowen Island municipal workers vote to join Canada’s largest union

CUPE 1004 is pleased to welcome nine new members to its local, who are employed by Bowen Island Municipality. All outdoor workers, the new members will be represented by their own unit of CUPE 1004, also known as Vancouver Civic Employees Union. The British Columbia Labour Relations Board granted the application for certification on October 23. “CUPE 1004 is pleased to welcome these new members to our […]

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Saanich K-12 workers strike over wage disparity

After two failed attempts at mediation, K-12 support staff in School District #63 walked off the job this morning. The union served 72-hour strike notice on Wednesday, October 23 but had hoped that the parties would have gone back to the table and negotiated a deal that addressed longstanding wage parity issues. Following the bargaining committee’s rejection of the employer’s offer, CUPE 441 sought mediation to […]

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CUPE 411 talks go to mediation November 5 and 6

CUPE 411, representing more than 850 K-12 support workers, have mediation dates set for November 5 and 6. The BC Labour Relations Board has appointed mediator Grant McArthur to mediate contract talks between School District #33 (Chilliwack) and CUPE Local 411. The current agreement expired on June 30, 2019. The parties have held 18 bargaining sessions since April. CUPE 411 First Vice President Tracey O’Hara said that […]

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Cuts to education and health a betrayal of Jason Kenney’s promise

Statement by CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill on today’s provincial budget: During the provincial election this spring, Jason Kenney promised to ‘maintain or increase’ public services. Today’s budget breaks that promise. Kenney is not freezing spending on health care and education, cuts will come. They will come as costs increase and services are squeezed as a result. Doctor’s fees and other contracts will have to be honoured, […]

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Mediation paves way for CUPE 409 to achieve K-12 agreement

CUPE 409, K-12 support workers, reached a new tentative agreement with the New Westminster, BC, school district (SD40) this week using mediation services at the Labour Relations Board. The initial agreement reached on June 12 was ratified by the local but not accepted by the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), so it was not ratified.  “This was the same deal we signed on June 12 with some […]

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CUPE in solidarity with the people of Chile

CUPE in solidarity with the people of Chile

CUPE stands with the international community in expressing solidarity with the people of Chile. They are mobilizing against major transportation fare hikes, and against decades of right wing austerity policies that have cut and privatized public services like health care, education and drinking water.   We join others here and around the world calling on President Piñera to end the violence and repression, to lift the state […]

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Child Care Worker Appreciation Day October 24th 2019—“Champions for Children”

Child Care Worker Appreciation Day October 24th 2019—“Champions for Children”

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Saskatchewan social service workers vote in favour of job action to fight for fair wages and work life balance

Members of CUPE 600 have voted by an overwhelming 94 per cent to take job action up to and including a full withdrawal of services. CUPE 600 represents close to 385 social and central service workers across the province who help deliver frontline care and support to Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable people. The two main issues at the bargaining table are wages and hours of work. “Recent changes to […]

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CUPE K-12 Local 441 serves strike notice in Saanich

CUPE 441 served 72-hour strike notice to the Saanich, BC, School District 63 today, following two unsuccessful mediation sessions in October. They will start job action on Monday, October 28 at 5:45 am. “Our local is profoundly disappointed that we were unable to come to an agreement and we are available to meet with the employer any time, 24/7,” said Coates. “Our goal was always to reach […]

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Workers at Bay St. George Long Term Care to protest staffing shortages and extreme mandatory overtime

Workers at the Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre in Stephenville Crossing will hold a demonstration on Thursday to voice their concerns about extreme mandatory overtime and the provincial government’s failure to address staffing shortages. Both the union and employer have asked the province to increase training opportunities through the College of North Atlantic. However, the Stephenville facility was not included when the program for […]

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Colombia: trabajadores y miembros de la comunidad unidos para poner fin a la privatización del agua

Los trabajadores colombianos que están luchando contra la privatización del agua enfrentan enormes contratiempos, incluidas la represión, la violencia y la corrupción. Sin embargo, está ganando, gracias a la fortaleza de las asociaciones entre los sindicatos y la comunidad y a la solidaridad internacional. Margarita López ayuda a crear esta red popular y imparable de las y los defensores del agua y de las y los organizadores […]

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