From pension “drop outs” to being kicked out

Mark Janson | CUPE Research Last year, Canada’s federal and provincial governments made a historic deal to modestly expand the benefits provided by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). This agreement is good news and something CUPE strongly supports. Yet, when the government tabled the legislative changes needed to implement the deal, we discovered a shortcoming that, if left unchanged, would result in CPP penalties for Canadians with disabilities and […]

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Bargaining against blood money

Vania Tse | CUPE Research We often think of bargaining mostly as a tool for gaining rights for our members. But the gains we make in collective bargaining can also improve the health and lives of people outside our unions as well. Take, for instance, the issue of paid plasma. It is recognized worldwide that the safest blood with the lowest risk of bloodborne infections comes from regular, unpaid […]

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Canada Infrastructure Bank: A pipeline of privatization

Sarah Ryan and Karin Jordan | CUPE The Liberal government’s new way of financing public infrastructure relies on an age-old scheme: privatization. The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will rely on expensive lending from the private-sector to build or renew our water and wastewater systems, public transit, roads and electrical grids, where many CUPE members work. The bank will allow corporations and private lenders unprecedented access to – and power […]

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Tentative agreement reached between museum and union

Tentative agreement reached between museum and union

BOMANVILLE, ON –  Negotiators for Local 74 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 74) and Clarington Museums and Archives have reached a tentative agreement Thursday evening, avoiding a strike which could have started as early as Sunday, September 24. No details will be released until both parties have ratified the agreement. Members of CUPE 74 will hold a ratification vote on Monday, September […]

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Negotiations for 27,000 hospital staff break down following Ontario hospitals’ refusal to address workplace violence

Negotiations for 27,000 hospital staff break down following  Ontario hospitals’ refusal to address workplace violence

TORONTO, ON — Contract negotiations between the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) abruptly broke down today following the hospitals’ refusal to address the issue of workplace violence. Although other sectors have seen decreases in workplace violence, incidents in health care are rising in Ontario. Nearly half of direct care hospital staff report being assaulted by patients or patients’ […]

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Premier’s legal troubles continue over deal to sell Hydro One shares

Premier’s legal troubles continue over deal to sell Hydro One shares

TORONTO, ON – The misfeasance suit against the Premier and Ministers of Energy and Finance over the sale of Hydro One shares is headed back to court with a hearing expected in the spring, after CUPE filed an appeal to the courts ruling in June. “This case is about more than the sale of Hydro One. It’s about the government’s responsibility to act in the […]

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Premier’s legal troubles continue over deal to sell Hydro One shares

The misfeasance suit against the Premier and Ministers of Energy and Finance over the sale of Hydro One shares is headed back to court with a hearing expected in the spring, after CUPE filed an appeal to the courts ruling in June. “This case is about more than the sale of Hydro One. It’s about the government’s responsibility to act in the best interest of its […]

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Premier’s legal troubles continue

Premier’s legal troubles continue

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn and Goldblatt Partners lawyer Steven Shrybman will hold a press conference Thursday morning to outline the details of further legal action against the Premier over the sale of Hydro One. “This case is about more than the sale of Hydro One,” says Hahn. It’s about the government’s responsibility to act in the best interest of its citizens. […]

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Ontario’s largest paramedic group cautions Health Minister on new emergency rules

Ontario’s largest paramedic group cautions Health Minister on new emergency rules

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Paramedics conferencing in Niagara Falls today, voted unanimously to adopt a resolution setting strict conditions before they will endorse legislative changes soon expected to the rules governing the delivery of emergency services in Ontario. Newly elected Chair of the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) Jason Fraser said Ontario’s frontline paramedics might support new legislation expanding their ability to decide if […]

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Ontario’s largest paramedic group cautions Health Minister on new emergency rules

Paramedics conferencing in Niagara Falls today, voted unanimously to adopt a resolution setting strict conditions before they will endorse legislative changes soon expected to the rules governing the delivery of emergency services in Ontario. Newly elected Chair of the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) Jason Fraser said Ontario’s frontline paramedics might support new legislation expanding their ability to decide if a patient should go to […]

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Letter: No evidence P3s are cost effective

The following letter to the editor from CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas was published in The Telegram on September 201, 2017. Provincial government Ministers Steve Crocker and Dr. John Haggie have taken exception to the alarm bells CUPE is ringing about the higher costs of P3 deals.    In a letter to the editor of Aug. 26, the ministers claimed two recent P3s were proof of successful P3 projects: […]

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CUPE 3261 reaches tentative agreement with University of Toronto

Negotiators for Local 3261 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3261) this morning reached a tentative agreement with the University of Toronto. The tentative agreements cover all full-time, part-time and casual employees. “Early this morning, our bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with U of T. We appreciate the hard work and many long hours that they put into making this happen,” said Allan James, President of […]

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Montréal white-collar workers’ union unveils the first mascot in Québec history created on a 3D printer

Montréal’s white-collar workers’ union was on hand at the Super Méga Continental, a line dancing event organized to celebrate Montréal’s 375th anniversary, to unveil the very first mascot in the history of Québec created using a 3D printer. “In this election year and year of celebration, I’m going to promise you one thing, and I am stating this firmly, clearly and officially: as in previous years, […]

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Pallister creating false choice with health care premium proposal

As part of their pre-budget process, the Pallister government recently suggested that they may introduce a health care premium to Manitoba, imposing a new fee that would be allocated to the health care system. “Pallister is creating a false choice when it comes to health care,” said Debbie Boissonneault, President of the CUPE Provincial Health Care Council. “Rather than the false choice between a new fee or […]

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Unprecedented coalition launches a manifesto for the sustainability of cultural expression in the digital age

An unprecedented coalition has launched an urgent appeal to governments to take action without delay to strengthen the foundations of this country’s cultural and media ecosystem. In the face of growing inequity in the communications industry, the signatories of the manifesto, titled CONTINUITY – EQUITY – SUPPORT, are seeking to establish a framework to guide new policy development. “Multinational corporations like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix […]

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Employees at Clarington Museums and Archives seek recognition for their work

Employees at Clarington Museums and Archives seek recognition for their work

BOWMANVILLE, ON – Three Clarington Museums and Archives’ locations could have their doors closed to visitors and school groups later this month if the museum and the union representing its employees cannot reach an agreement in recent contract negotiations. “It’s really too bad that it has come to this,” said Roberta Stasyszyn, a museum interpreter and spokesperson for Local 74 of the Canadian Union of […]

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Employees at Clarington Museums and Archives seek recognition for their work

Three Clarington Museums and Archives’ locations could have their doors closed to visitors and school groups later this month if the museum and the union representing its employees cannot reach an agreement in recent contract negotiations. “It’s really too bad that it has come to this,” said Roberta Stasyszyn, a museum interpreter and spokesperson for Local 74 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 74), “with students […]

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WRHA restructuring will result in significant cuts to front-line care

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) received details on the extent of the government’s plans to restructure and reorganise front-line care at Health Sciences Centre (HSC) and Grace Hospital. “The changes proposed today will negatively impact patient care, there is no doubt about that,” said Shannon McAteer, CUPE Health Care Coordinator. “The government’s overhaul of health care in Manitoba is nothing short of reckless and […]

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A community-centered bargaining process in Lebel-sur-Quévillon

Against a challenging economic backdrop, white-collar and blue-collar employees in Lebel-sur-Quévillon working in the town’s administrative services and departments of public works and recreation signed a new collective agreement with the employer on September 8. “The town of Lebel has been facing significant challenges for years since the Domtar plant shut down,” explained CUPE representative Marjolaine Boutin. “The workers made every effort to contribute to an economic […]

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