Partial victory in ruling on hydro suit, but overall disappointment for Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – Judge Cavanagh’s decision contains a partial victory, ensuring the Premier and Ministers can’t hide behind legislative privilege, but his overall decision to dismiss the misfeasance suit over the sale of Hydro One is a huge disappointment to the people of Ontario, says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. CUPE, along with Fred Hahn, Diane Dowling and John Clark, filed their suit against […]

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CUPE Manitoba concerned with new for-profit MRI clinic in Niverville

CUPE is expressing deep concern with the proposed new private MRI clinic announced by Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc. This new MRI clinic is planning to charge between $1,000 and $1,300 for an MRI. “Private profit has no place in our health care system,” says Darrin Cook, President of the CUPE Local 4270 representing health care support workers in Southern Health – Santé Sud. “Universal health care is a […]

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TSB Finding & Federal Court of Appeal Ruling Major Wins for CUPE

CUPE has consistently fought against the 1:50 regulatory change that was ushered in by the federal government in 2015. The increase in the flight attendant to passenger ratio from 1:40 to 1:50 means that there are fewer cabin safety personnel on flights to respond to emergency situations. This constitutes an unnecessary and unacceptable risk for passengers and cabin crew. A recent Transport Safety Board of Canada […]

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CUPE health care locals strongly approve merger into one provincial union

It’s now official. Saskatchewan’s five CUPE health care locals will be merging into one CUPE provincial health union of over 13,600 members. The final two merger votes were held August 14. Members of Local 4980 (Sunrise Health Region) voted with a 91 per cent majority to merge with other CUPE health care locals in the province, while members of Local 3967 (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region) backed the merger with 69 per […]

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New report shows long term impacts of Sask Party’s regressive tax changes on women and low income families

A new report commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees has found that the proposed taxation changes in the 2017-2018 budget will disproportionally impact low‑income families and individuals. The report, titled Out of Balance: Saskatchewan’s 2017‑18 Budget, found that the proposed taxation changes significantly erode tax fairness. One of the most substantial changes in the budget was the increase to the generally regressive Provincial Sales […]

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Layoff avoided for City of Montreal's security officers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Montreal came to an agreement this past Wednesday, August 9, that avoids laying off auxiliary security officers. Under this agreement, the 46 officers responsible for security at municipal buildings will have the option to be reassigned to auxiliary labourer positions with the City of Montreal. Their seniority will be maintained during the process of reassigning […]

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Statement by CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary Treasurer Charles Fleury on white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Canadian Union of Public Employers (CUPE) and its 650,000 members across Canada refuse to stay silent in the face of white supremacy, bigotry, and the racist violence it spurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. CUPE condemns these hateful acts, and stands in solidarity with those who courageously stood up against this violence and hatred. We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends […]

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Send your MHA a message: Stop P3 deals before you saddle us with more debt

People living in Corner Brook and the surrounding region have needed new health care facilities, including more beds in long-term care, for many years. It came as welcome news to everyone, including CUPE members and their families, when the province announced two new facilities would begin construction later this year. However, the secrecy and lack of transparency around these two projects are very troubling. In a […]

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We will not let the virus of hate spread

We will not let the virus of hate spread

Hate crawled up from the sewers of Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and flooded the streets with thousands of white men baring torches and chanting unbelievable hatred. Many thought we were past such horrors, that the days of torches and pitch forks held high by angry white men screaming hate were gone for good. We might have hoped that the racist haters that still exist understand […]

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Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

WATERLOO, ON – Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting.   The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make their decision shortly.   No details of the agreement […]

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Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting. The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make their decision shortly. No details of the agreement will be released until it is ratified […]

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CUPE Ontario stands with Northstar workers

CUPE Ontario stands with Northstar workers

TORONTO – In a statement issued on behalf of 260,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, sent a strong message of support to the workers at Northstar Aerospace, who are fighting to defend their pensions. Hahn also urged CUPE members to head to Unifor’s picket lines in Milton as a show of solidarity with Northstar workers […]

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BC Labour Relations Board sanctions Pacific Blue Cross

In separate rulings involving three managers at Pacific Blue Cross, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board (LRB) has found that the non-profit benefits provider violated Section 68 of the Labour Relations Code by using prohibited replacement workers.   In a decision released yesterday, the LRB ruled that three PBC managers hired or promoted after the notice to bargain had performed work ordinarily done by CUPE 1816 […]

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Keep our health care facilities out of the hands of private interests: Rally on August 15

The P3 deals that the Ball Government want to use to build health care facilities in Corner Brook are a Trojan Horse that will allow the quality of our public health care to be influenced by private profits. People living in Corner Brook and the surrounding region have needed new health care facilities, including more beds in long-term care, for many years. It came as welcome […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes NDP action to strengthen Bill 148

Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes NDP action to strengthen Bill 148

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the proposal for amendments to Bill 148 announced today by the Ontario New Democratic Party. “If enacted, these amendments would strengthen the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act and deliver greater fairness to workplaces across the province,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “There’s no doubt that Ontario voters want to see real action to […]

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CUPE wins court case regarding airline safety

In a decision rendered last week, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against the Federal Minister of Transport, confirming CUPE’s position that safety is paramount in the operations of airlines in Canada. “This is a major wake-up call for Transport Canada. The safety of passengers and crew must come first, before any other consideration,” said Mark Hancock, National President of CUPE. In October 2013, the […]

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Listen to the people on Bill 148, urges CUPE Ontario – Union supports NDP amendments to Bill 138 –

Listen to the people on Bill 148, urges CUPE Ontario – Union supports NDP amendments to Bill 138 –

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario has thrown its wholehearted support behind Ontario New Democrats’ amendments to Bill 148, the proposed legislation that would raise the province’s minimum wage and make substantial changes to both its Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act. At a news conference at Queen’s Park today (Thursday), Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath outlined the key amendments her party will […]

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Listen to the people on Bill 148, urges CUPE Ontario – Union supports NDP amendments to Bill 148

CUPE Ontario has thrown its wholehearted support behind Ontario New Democrats’ amendments to Bill 148, the proposed legislation that would raise the province’s minimum wage and make substantial changes to both its Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act. At a news conference at Queen’s Park today (Thursday, August 10), Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath outlined the key amendments her party will put forward on Bill 148, […]

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Pacific Blue Cross harming its brand with lockout: Labour

By locking out its unionized staff, Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) is only hurting its corporate brand and weakening the company with service disruptions and a mounting backlog of unprocessed benefit claims, union leaders told a picket line rally in support of CUPE Local 1816 outside PBC’s head office late this afternoon. “Pacific Blue Cross and its CEO, Jan Grude, will of course blame the union for a […]

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NAFTA talks must help workers, strengthen cooperation

As the Liberal government prepares to negotiate changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, CUPE is calling for a deal that protects workers, public services and the environment in all three countries. NAFTA is a deeply flawed agreement but this renegotiation is an opportunity to make it better. CUPE’s submission to the Government of Canada calls for any changes to be guided by principles that […]

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