CUPE 1975 concerned about potential contracting out at the University of Saskatchewan

CUPE 1975 is concerned that the University of Saskatchewan’s interest in negotiating an incentivized exit with union employees may lead to contracting out of key university services. “Under the current collective agreement, the employer is prohibited from contracting out our work as a result of layoffs,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE Local 1975. “We believe that incentivized exits should provide the same assurance, but the […]

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CUPE 8600 fights back against cuts to northern health care

Health care support workers in the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) held info pickets and a rally on Thursday, May 25th at Pioneer Square and at Northern Lights Manor in Flin Flon against the provincial government’s mandate to find $6m in “savings” in the NRHA. “These cuts are already translating into serious staffing shortages,” said Christine Lussier, President of CUPE Local 8600, representing health care […]

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When it rains, it pours solidarity

CUPE National President Mark Hancock joined striking Toronto Zoo employees on the picket line today, braving near record-setting rainfalls to send a message that members of CUPE 1600 have support from across the country. “We’ve seen what two-tier agreements and not having good contract language do to workers, over and over and what you’re doing here is the hard, right thing to do and you have […]

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Legal sale of recreational marijuana in Quebec – Rejecting the SAQ would be a big mistake

CUPE is extremely concerned about the Government of Quebec’s hesitations around the sale of legalized recreational marijuana. The reluctance of the ministers responsible for this, and Minister Coiteux in particular, seems to stem from an ideological vision that ignores any pragmatic arguments. CUPE believes that every aspect of the issue points to the Société des alcools du Québec as the best model by far. As with […]

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The City of Moose Jaw and CUPE 9 ratify new collective agreement

After almost two years at the bargaining table, the City of Moose Jaw and CUPE 9 have ratified a new collective agreement. “We are relieved to have finally reached a fair and reasonable agreement. It was a long and difficult round of bargaining, and we are hopeful that the relationship between the employer and employees will go more smoothly moving forward,” said Stacey Landin, president of […]

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The City of Moose Jaw and CUPE Local 9 ratify new collective agreement

After almost two years at the bargaining table, the City of Moose Jaw and CUPE Local 9 have ratified a new collective agreement. “We are relieved to have finally reached a fair and reasonable agreement. It was a long and difficult round of bargaining, and we are hopeful that the relationship between the employer and employees will go more smoothly moving forward,” said Stacey Landin, president of […]

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Oshawa community event on this Saturday to boost care for long-term care residents

Oshawa community event on this Saturday to boost care for long-term care residents

OSHAWA, ON — Oshawa seniors in long-term care need the community’s help to get the Ontario government to support increased care levels for residents and new legislation to make a daily care standard the law, says Candace Rennick a former long-term care worker and now secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. This is why this Saturday, May 27, 2017 between 11:00 […]

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Oshawa community event on this Saturday to boost care for long-term care residents

Oshawa seniors in long-term care need the community’s help to get the Ontario government to support increased care levels for residents and new legislation to make a daily care standard the law, says Candace Rennick a former long‑term care worker and now secretary‑treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. This is why this Saturday, May 27, 2017 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 […]

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CUPE National President Mark Hancock to join striking Toronto Zoo workers’ picket lines tomorrow morning

CUPE National President Mark Hancock to join striking Toronto Zoo workers’ picket lines tomorrow morning

TORONTO, ON – As the strike between the Toronto Zoo and Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) enters its third week, Mark Hancock, CUPE’s National President, will join strikers tomorrow on their picket lines. Hancock will arrive on the picket lines tomorrow, May 25, at approximately 9:00 a.m., and remain there until approximately 11:30 a.m. He will be joined by […]

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Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy re Bill 89, an Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act

Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy re Bill 89, an Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act View this page in full on the CUPE Ontario website: Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy re Bill 89, an Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act. Source: CUPE Ontario

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Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

SUDBURY, ON — If North Bay, Sudbury, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins were in the middle of a by-election like Sault Ste. Marie, would their hospitals see a similar funding increase? Asked Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) in Sudbury today. While the majority of northern Ontario hospitals, including Sudbury’s Health Sciences North (HSN) – a regional hospital with a […]

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Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

If North Bay, Sudbury, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins were in the middle of a by-election like Sault Ste. Marie, would their hospitals see a similar funding increase, asked Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) in Sudbury today. While the majority of northern Ontario hospitals, including Sudbury’s Health Sciences North (HSN) – a regional hospital with a cancer centre – got […]

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Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

The long awaited Changing Workplaces Review Final Report proved a major disappointment today when after expecting major reform of Ontario’s labour law to make the legal right to join a union a practical reality for workers outside of traditional workplaces, the final report contained nothing of the sort. “Rewriting Ontario’s Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act isn’t something any government can do every year or […]

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Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

  TORONTO, ON – The long awaited Changing Workplaces Review Final Report proved a major disappointment today when after expecting major reform of Ontario’s labour law to make the legal right to join a union a practical reality for workers outside of traditional workplaces, the final report contained nothing of the sort.   “Rewriting Ontario’s Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act isn’t something any […]

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First CUPE collective agreement for Trois-Rivières crossing guards

Trois-Rivières school crossing guards have signed their first collective agreement since they joined CUPE in 2015. The agreement includes wage increases and salary remediation measures totalling 3 per cent per year for the next five years. “We are proud of our first CUPE contract. We are very satisfied with the service provided by the union, the negotiations with the employer, and the outcome–namely the ratification of the tentative agreement […]

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With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

MARKHAM, ON – Following a week in which the City of Markham’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ municipal workers gave their bargaining committee a near-unanimous mandate to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve a fair contract, the unit chair for Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905) urged their employer to “come prepared to bargain” when the two sides return to the […]

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With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

Following a week in which the City of Markham’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ municipal workers gave their bargaining committee a near-unanimous mandate to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve a fair contract, the unit chair for Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905) urged their employer to “come prepared to bargain” when the two sides return to the negotiating table. “Our members have […]

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Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

SUDBURY, ON – Although the provincial budget dangled a 3.1 per cent funding increase for hospitals, from North Bay and Sudbury to Kenora and Thunder Bay and communities in between, the average funding increase for northern hospitals was 2 per cent – with one notable exception. In north eastern Ontario, $23 million went to 25 hospitals. 12 hospitals in north western Ontario received just over […]

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Library workers slam EY report on library services

CUPE members are asking how a long overdue report which came at a great cost to taxpayers, fails to provide the one recommendation it was ostensibly commissioned to deliver – whether or not to close public libraries in 54 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are no specific recommendations regarding the closures; rather, there are vague observations about establishing location parameters to decide which libraries should […]

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Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

Although the provincial budget dangled a 3.1 per cent funding increase for hospitals, from North Bay and Sudbury to Kenora and Thunder Bay and communities in between, the average funding increase for northern hospitals was 2 per cent – with one notable exception. In northeastern Ontario, $23 million went to 25 hospitals. Twelve hospitals in northwestern Ontario received just over $9 million. Even hospitals with significant deficits saw a bare 2 per cent […]

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