CUPE 1816 members “stronger than ever” in fight for fairness

Despite recent attempts by the Employer to defend its concessionary bargaining package, CUPE 1816 members who work for the benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) are stronger than ever in their fight to defend their retiree benefits, says Local president Beth Miller. Since May 13, when CUPE 1816 began legal strike action, there has been no picketing of the PBC building on Canada Way and Gilmore. Instead, the Local has […]

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Speak up for Saskatchewan's medical technologists and technicians

A recent report from CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council shows that we need to take immediate action to address the crushing workload and understaffing of medical technologists and technicians in the province. The situation is critical, and steps need to be taken to improve staffing levels and working conditions.  This is about patient care. Medical technologists and technicians are under pressure to provide safe, accurate, high […]

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Municipal Members – Next OMECC Area Meeting Notice – We need you!

Municipal Members – Next OMECC Area Meeting Notice – We need you!

Across Ontario, municipal locals are experiencing common challenges at our workplaces and during bargaining and at our workplaces. Our members are pushing back against concessions and aggressive tactics from our employers. We need to support one another and advocate for the vital public services we provide in our communities. We need each other. This is why OMECC is organizing area meetings through your Area Representative […]

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CUPE looks to protect workers' rights, environmental protection, and public services as NAFTA renegotiation looms

CUPE’s National Executive Board has reaffirmed its support for a fair and equitable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a resolution adopted by the Board on June 22, CUPE commits to ensuring that any renegotiation promotes trade that meets the needs of workers and the environment; to dispensing with the Chapter 11 and Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanisms, which have made Canada the […]

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CUPE to continue fight against Liberal privatization bank

Canada’s largest union vowed to continue challenging the Liberal government’s infrastructure bank of privatization, and making the case for fully public infrastructure. On June 22, the government’s budget implementation legislation was passed in the Senate without amendments, despite repeated warnings from CUPE that the Canada Infrastructure Bank will lead to more privatization and higher costs for Canadians. “Justin Trudeau and his government ignored criticism that crossed the political […]

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Ontario’s first openly gay president of a major union to be honoured for his contribution to LGBTQ rights

Ontario’s first openly gay president of a major union to be honoured for his contribution to LGBTQ rights

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario president, Fred Hahn, Ontario’s first openly gay head of a major union, is being presented with the Solidarity and Pride Champion Award this evening, for his contributions to improving LGBTQ rights in Ontario. Honouring his lifetime commitment to building a world where all members of the LGBTQ community have equal rights under the law and within their workplaces, Fred Hahn […]

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OFL Public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

OFL Public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has firmed up the travel schedule for the public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. If you have not already done so, please register to make an oral presentation when this committee meets in your community, or in a community near you. Contact the clerk for the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic […]

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Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor. Kati and Lori will appear in person on Friday, June 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kati Wightman, 21, is battling lymphoma and requires […]

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Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

ESSEX, ON – Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor. Kati and Lori will appear in person on Friday, June 30, […]

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ANBL should manage recreational cannabis

CUPE 963, the union representing New Brunswick Liquor workers, is encouraged by the conclusions of the interim report released this week by a working group on cannabis legalization. This government‑led report outlined the necessity for a public model for the legalization of recreational cannabis. “I am encouraged, because the working group has recognized explicitly that ANBL and Local 963 workers have ‘extensive experience in retailing a controlled substance […]

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Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatization

A new report highlights the growing global trend to end privatization and create new public services, documenting more than 830 case studies that span sectors and continents. Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatization tells stories of workers, public officials and members of social movements organizing to reclaim or create new public services that meet people’s needs and deal with environmental challenges. The report, […]

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Estevan Aboriginal Day

CUPE 5999 hosted Estevan’s first ever National Aboriginal Day celebration. The event featured a free barbeque lunch, Aboriginal dances, and many community tables. The event was open to everyone in the community. “Our union is proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day and to host this event in Estevan,” said Wanda Edwards, acting president of CUPE Local 5999. “Today and every day it is important to celebrate the […]

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CUPE 600 to fight plans to dismantle bargaining unit

CUPE 600 is fighting back against the Government of Saskatchewan’s plans to apply to the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to abolish its union and move approximately 500 members into the SGEU Public Service/Government Employees bargaining unit. Representatives of the Public Service Commission informed CUPE Local 600 of the provincial government’s intentions at a meeting held June 19, 2017. The employer requested that the union make a joint application to […]

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CUPE Local 600 to fight plans to dismantle bargaining unit

CUPE Local 600 is fighting back against the Government of Saskatchewan’s plans to apply to the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to abolish its union and move approximately 500 members into the SGEU Public Service/Government Employees bargaining unit. Representatives of the Public Service Commission informed CUPE Local 600 of the provincial government’s intentions at a meeting held June 19, 2017. The employer requested that the union make a joint application to […]

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Today, we celebrate National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day is time to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples, as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities graciously share their ceremonies, customs and heritage with us all. It is also a time for us to recommit ourselves to promoting truth and reconciliation. Canadians must fully and openly recognize the historical and ongoing harm Canada has inflicted through its failed policies and […]

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CUPE Ontario Statement on National Aboriginal Day

CUPE Ontario Statement on National Aboriginal Day

2017 marks the 21st anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, held annually on June 21. This is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the past and continuing injustices faced by the original inhabitants of Turtle Island (North America) as a result of colonization.   Report after report […]

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CUPE Ontario PRIDE Statement

CUPE Ontario PRIDE Statement

June is PRIDE month in Canada and around the world. PRIDE is about standing strong in the face of adversity. It’s about facing ignorance and hate head on, and giving others the courage to do the same. In Ontario, PRIDE is a joyful celebration of LGBTQ culture, but make no mistake – PRIDE is political, and it is critical that we never become complacent. This […]

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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day, June 21

National Aboriginal Day is time to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples, as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities graciously share their ceremonies, customs and heritage with us all. It is also a time for us to recommit ourselves to promoting truth and reconciliation. Canadians must fully and openly recognize the historical and ongoing harm Canada has inflicted through its failed policies and […]

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CUPE joins millions across Canada – and the world – to celebrate Pride 2017

This Pride season, CUPE is pleased to applaud the Canadian Senate for passing the long‑delayed Bill C‑16 this week in Ottawa. Bill C‑16 expands the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to add gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination. For over 10 years, variations of this bill have been debated in Parliament. Today, we can finally celebrate the bill’s passage and take […]

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Montreal light rail: CUPE-Québec and the Trainsparence coalition condemn Trudeau government funding

CUPE is highly critical of the federal government’s $1.28 billion investment in a Montreal transit project that will increase car use and greenhouse gas emissions, while preventing expansion of the region’s public transit system. “There is an urgent need for investment in public transit,” said Denis Bolduc, President of CUPE-Québec. “But it’s unacceptable that, in 2017, we are wasting so much money on a project that […]

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