Shelter workers stand up to bullying by Maison d’amitié by saying “no” to a deal that hurts services

Despite attempts to intimidate them into accepting a deal that would degrade services at Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Maison d’amitié are determined to defend the vital services they provide to women and children who are fleeing violence. Despite two days of negotiations with a provincial mediator, Maison d’amitié continued to demand deep cuts to the […]

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Infrastructure bank board primed to privatize

The Trudeau government has unveiled the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s board of directors, and it comes as no surprise that the majority are connected to the world of privatization and private finance. The Liberals rushed legislation creating the bank through Parliament last spring in an omnibus bill. The Canada Infrastructure Bank Act doesn’t allow municipal, provincial or federal government representatives to sit on the board. Yet the […]

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Pacific Blue Cross CEO’s exit ‘highlights need for change’

Need for a progressive new board all the greater with Jan Grude’s departure, says CUPE BC The sudden retirement this week of Pacific Blue Cross President and CEO Jan Grude, which takes effect immediately, only reinforces the need for a progressive new board of directors at the non-profit benefits provider, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said in response to the news. “The need for new leadership […]

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Solidarity to College Faculty, Shame on Liberals, and Congratulations to the NDP

Solidarity to College Faculty, Shame on Liberals, and Congratulations to the NDP

After more than five weeks of doing nothing to help resolve the strike at Ontario’s colleges, the Liberals now have the audacity to try to blame the NDP for preventing students from getting back to class. “I’ve never heard such an outrageous bunch of hooey in my life,” says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “The Liberals have created this crisis in post secondary education by […]

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Celebrating the accomplishments of the Trans community and remembering those we’ve lost

Celebrating the accomplishments of the Trans community and remembering those we’ve lost

Monday, November 20th, we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance by celebrating how far we’ve come in the fight for trans rights. While transgendered people still face significant discrimination, we are also witnessing unprecedented signs of acceptance. Just weeks ago, the small catholic town of Très-Saint-Redempteur in Quebec elected Julie Lemieux as Canada’s first openly transgender mayor. Thanks to the work of trans people and […]

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Bill to create marijuana framework in Quebec is a big step forward

CUPE welcomes the tabling of Bill 157, which is aimed, in particular, at creating the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQC). In this case, Minister Lucie Charlebois opted to create a subsidiary of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) which will take responsibility for the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of cannabis in Quebec. The Minister has thus adopted the model advocated by most public […]

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Bill on the Société québécoise du cannabis: CUPE salutes this step forward

CUPE welcomes the tabling of Bill 157 yesterday, which is aimed, in particular, at creating the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQC). In this case, Minister Lucie Charlebois opted to create a subsidiary of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) which will take responsibility for the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of cannabis in Quebec. The Minister has thus adopted the model advocated by most […]

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CUPE announces slate of progressive candidates for Pacific Blue Cross board

​Seven candidates with strong progressive backgrounds in labour activism and community involvement have put their names forward to run for the board of directors of Pacific Blue Cross, setting the stage for a critical election at the benefit provider’s annual general meeting on December 13. Nomination packages for the seven candidates were delivered late last week to the offices of Pacific Blue Cross. In the organizational member category, the […]

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Fernie honours victims of fatal arena ammonia leak

Hundreds gathered around a bonfire at Fernie Secondary School last Sunday (November 12) to remember and pay tribute to the three men who lost their lives in a tragic workplace accident last month. Wayne Hornquist, 59, Lloyd Smith, 52, and Jason Podloski, 46, died October 17 while making emergency repairs to the refrigeration plant at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Hornquist and Smith were both City of Fernie employees […]

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Pension plans healthy, and getting stronger

After the financial crisis and market crash of 2008-09, employers and governments tried to use temporary pension deficits to fear-monger about pension sustainability. They hoped to scare our members into accepting permanent pension concessions. But CUPE members fought back, engaged at bargaining tables, and refused to accept that defined benefit pension plans were broken. Less than a decade later, our members have been proven right. Recent […]

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Sign of the times – Georgina residents offer up front lawns in support of CUPE 3572

On front lawns across Georgina, Ontario, signs of support are going up for members of CUPE 3572. Beginning late last week, dozens of volunteers began putting up 500 lawn signs bearing the message “CUPE 3572 Workers Make It Possible at Georgina Community Living.” “We’re thrilled that so many people in the community have taken a sign to show their support for the work that our members do every […]

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Sign of the times – Georgina residents offer up front lawns in support of CUPE 3572

GEORGINA, ON – On front lawns across Georgina, signs of support are going up for members of Local 3572 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Beginning late last week, dozens of volunteers began putting up 500 lawn signs bearing the message ‘CUPE 3572 Workers Make It Possible at Georgina Community Living’. “We’re thrilled that so many people in the community have taken a sign […]

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Safeguarding best-quality child care services: child care workers and YMCA-YWCA sign a three-year deal

Safeguarding best-quality child care services: child care workers and YMCA-YWCA sign a three-year deal

OTTAWA, ON – Early childhood educators (ECEs), educational assistants (EAs) and support staff at three National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA child care centres have agreed to a contract that will help deliver stable, reliable care to the children enrolled at the agency’s centres. Workers at Taggart Family Y, Ruddy Family Y and Avalon Public School child care centres voted this week to ratify a new three-year […]

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Safeguarding best-quality child care services: child care workers and YMCA-YWCA sign a three-year deal

Early childhood educators (ECEs), educational assistants (EAs) and support staff at three National Capital Region YMCA–YWCA child care centres have agreed to a contract that will help deliver stable, reliable care to the children enrolled at the agency’s centres. Workers at Taggart Family Y, Ruddy Family Y and Avalon Public School child care centres voted this week to ratify a new three-year collective agreement that provides […]

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CUPE applauds Campaign for Public Education’s calls for review and overhaul of funding formula

The union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario is applauding the Campaign for Public Education’s (CPE) latest effort to secure a review and overhaul of the province’s outdated funding formula. “CUPE has been calling for a review and overhaul of the funding formula for years,” said Terri Preston, who chairs CUPE’s education sector in Ontario. “The analysis provided by CPE adds to the growing body of […]

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CUPE applauds Campaign for Public Education’s calls for review and overhaul of funding formula

CUPE applauds Campaign for Public Education’s calls for review and overhaul of funding formula

TORONTO – The union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario is applauding the Campaign for Public Education’s (CPE) latest effort to secure a review and overhaul of the province’s outdated funding formula. “CUPE has been calling for a review and overhaul of the funding formula for years,” said Terri Preston, who chairs CUPE’s education sector in Ontario. “The analysis provided by CPE adds to the […]

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Trans Rights Are Human Rights! CUPE reflects on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

On November 20, we remember transgender people killed because of hatred and fear. We also renew our commitment to fighting against the harassment and discrimination experienced by trans people. Despite ongoing oppression, trans people and trans women of colour continue to be at the forefront of significant political and social justice change. Earlier this month, we celebrated the election of progressive trans people and trans women […]

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Ottawa hospital nurses, personal support workers at great risk of violence, new poll finds

Ottawa hospital nurses, personal support workers at great risk of violence, new poll finds

OTTAWA, ON – Hospital direct care providers, such as nurses and personal support workers, are at great risk of physical violence in the workplace, a poll of Ontario and Ottawa hospital staff released today finds. Ontario-wide, 68 per cent of registered practical nurses (RPN) and personal support workers (PSWs), said they had experienced at least one incident of physical violence in the hospital such as […]

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CUPE to Pallister: Reverse cuts to bail program

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2140 is calling on Premier Pallister to reverse cuts to a residential bail program. CUPE Local 2140 represents employees at The John Howard Society, including workers who will be losing their jobs as of December 1, 2017, due to provincial funding cuts. “We are disappointed that the Pallister government has chosen once again to cut community services where they are most needed,” said […]

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Putting services at risk part of Maison d’amitié’s tactics to intimidate its workers into accepting cuts, says union

Putting services at risk part of Maison d’amitié’s tactics to intimidate its workers into accepting cuts, says union

OTTAWA, ON – Maison d’amitié, Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, is creating an environment of fear and intimidation in an attempt to bully its workers into accepting a deal that will hurt them and services to vulnerable women fleeing violence, according to the union that represents frontline staff at the agency. Maison d’amitié is demanding deep cuts to the wages, benefits and conditions of its […]

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