Quebec budget: investment in home care, fears about the private sector's role

CUPE welcomes the 5-year $1.5 billion investment earmarked for home care in the budget tabled March 21 by Quebec Finance Minister, Éric Girard. These investments are a necessary step toward rebuilding the public health and social services system that was rocked by the Barrette-Couillard one-two punch. However, the government is clearly unwilling to funnel this money into the public system and can hire more support workers. […]

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Ontario long-term care staff at “breaking point;” new study and poll on workplace violence released Tuesday at Queen’s Park

TORONTO, ON – Two new reports that expose the high level of violence, abuse and harassment against staff working at Ontario long-term care homes, are being released at a Queen’s Park media conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. The study titled, “Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-term Care Staff,” is a just-published, in-depth study of violence against long-term care staff in Ontario, conducted […]

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Saskatchewan budget is balanced in favour of bureaucracy, at the expense of front line care

Saskatchwan’s newest provincial budget is balanced in favour of bureaucracy, at the expense of front line care, says CUPE 5430. The merger of 12 health regions into the Saskatchewan Health Authority was predicted to save $20 million annually, with all savings being directed to front line care.  But there is little evidence to show that such cost savings were realized. “Where are all of the savings we […]

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Long-time City of Calgary foreman elected new president of CUPE Alberta

Delegates at CUPE Alberta’s annual convention elected Rory Gill to be their new provincial president on Thursday, wrapping up the three-day event. “I’m very honoured that members elected me to further the mission of CUPE to protect workers’ rights, promote social justice and better our society,” said Gill, shortly after his acclamation. “My priorities as president are to help in any possible way to re-elect Rachel Notley and […]

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Families living with autism need public services – not a six month reprieve

TORONTO – Ontario Children, Community and Family Services Minister Lisa McCleod, faced with a massive province-wide backlash against the Conservative Governments changes to funding for autism supports, failed to address the real problems facing families living with autism in her announcement today. “Families living with autism need public services and access to full supports, not a six-month reprieve, which was really the heart of this […]

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World Water Day

Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protecting water and wastewater services from privatization and strengthening these services for future generations.  Read more about World Water Day 2019. Source: CUPE National

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Families living with autism need public services, not a six month reprieve

Ontario Children, Community and Family Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, faced with a massive province-wide backlash against the Conservative Governments changes to funding for autism supports, failed to address the real problems facing families living with autism in her announcement today. “Families living with autism need public services and access to full supports, not a six-month reprieve, which was really the heart of this announcement.”, said Fred […]

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BC municipal & library locals mobilize for bargaining – together

Jordana Feist | CUPE Research Municipal and library workers in BC have found common cause – and have collaborated on a breakthrough campaign to mobilize their collective power at the bargaining table. After several rounds of bargaining with limited coordination, the union heard from members that they were looking for more in-depth planning. This prompted CUPE staff and leadership to roll once-distinct projects into one massive campaign to […]

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New Cross-Canada Network Launches Today to Fight Racism and Xenophobia

OTTAWA – The Migrant Rights Network, a new cross-Canada alliance to demand pro-migrant, anti-racist laws and policies, including permanent residence status for all, is launching today, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism (March 21). Communities are mobilizing in over a dozen cities from Halifax to Vancouver this week. The Migrant Rights Network’s formation in advance of the federal elections has been given added […]

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CUPE declares impasse in talks with Town of Placentia, NL

Negotiations between the Town of Placentia, NL, and municipal employees represented by CUPE 1761 have reached an impasse. The local has been attempting to reach a negotiated settlement with the help of a conciliation officer from the provincial department of labour. Talks broke off yesterday. CUPE National Representative Derrick Barrett says, “We have been trying to bargain a fair collective agreement with the employer since May 2018. […]

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Post-secondary education: Building the system we want

Over the past twenty-five years, public funding for post-secondary education has dropped. This chronic government underfunding is creating a crisis. It is transforming post-secondary education from a public good to a private benefit enjoyed by the wealthy. But it doesn’t need to be this way. There are other options. In this backgrounder, we look at how we can build a high-quality post-secondary education system that is […]

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It marks the anniversary of the 1960 massacre of 69 peaceful Black demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa by the apartheid regime.  Mindful of the recent Mosque Attack in New Zealand, CUPE Ontario calls on our members to reflect on the racial discrimination and xenophobia that persists in our workplaces, our communities, and our […]

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Ontario school board workers defend public education through central bargaining

Dan Crow | CUPE Research Canada’s system of collective bargaining is, for the most part, based on the premise that workers in individual workplaces will bargain directly with single employers at that workplace. It is a highly fragmented system of collective bargaining that poses challenges for unions in the era of government austerity and privatization. Workplaces, and thus bargaining units (notably in the public sector and service […]

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SK Budget barely balanced but on the back of working people and public services

Yesterday’s budget delivered disappointment and disrespect for working people and public services of Saskatchewan, says CUPE Saskatchewan. “This budget continues the drastic underfunding of our public services while corporations and high-income earners continue to get off the hook by not paying their fair share,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan.  “And let me be crystal clear: It was not this government that balanced the budget, […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – March 2019

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: Jane Louise Baker, Local 3550; Robert Wolfe, Local 4155; Jocelyne Chery, Local 3691; John Cronkhite, Local 1096; Katherine Barnes, Local 3550; Howard Matthews, retired staff; Jean-Pierre Cabana, retired staff; Art Kube, retired President, British Columbia Federation of Labour. 2019 National Convention Advance notice for CUPE’s […]

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Outgoing CUPE AB President urges delegates to keep up the fight for working people

Delegates welcomed outgoing President Marle Roberts with a standing ovation. Roberts is retiring after serving eight years as CUPE Alberta’s president. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years,” said Roberts. “And I’m humbled and grateful for the support and friendship you’ve given me over that time.” She talked about significant changes for workers in the second half of her term, with the […]

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Address the cause, not the symptoms of overcrowding in hospitals: CUPE Nova Scotia

CUPE Nova Scotia, the union representing long term care workers and acute care workers across the province, says the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) needs to address the “cause” of the overcrowding in Nova Scotia’s hospitals, not the “symptoms”. “Last week, the NSHA tried to force long term care facilities to solve the problem over overcrowding in hospitals. In doing so, they failed to acknowledge that […]

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A collective agreement is renewed and a page is turned in Baie-Trinité

The members from CUPE Local 2633 in Baie-Trinité, QC, signed their new collective agreement on Tuesday after tough years. “We’re turning the page. We feel that the municipality is slowly but surely getting back on its feet. This collective agreement confirms the municipality’s recognition of its workers, who have gone through some dark years. In short, the wind has shifted, and a more positive future dawns,” […]

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Ask & Analyze: The important role of disclosure

Simon Collins | CUPE Research Success at the bargaining table is an outcome of many actions, from research to mobilizing. One critical activity is disclosure – accessing and leveraging relevant information from the employer. It may not be obvious, but disclosure can be vitally significant to the bargaining process. Getting information in a timely way allows our bargaining committees to make better decisions and to prepare for challenges at […]

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Austerity cuts deep in Saskatchewan

Tria Donaldson | CUPE Communications For over a decade, the people of Saskatchewan have lived under the shadow of austerity—enduring ruthless attacks on public services, job losses and contempt for workers’ rights. In this feature, we take a brief look at how life under the Sask Party has made things harder and more expensive for Saskatchewan workers and their families. Saskatchewan is the North American birthplace of […]

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