Time for government to truthfully address their revenue problems to fix long-term care and other public services, Hahn tells finance committee.

Time for government to truthfully address their revenue problems to fix long-term care and other public services, Hahn tells finance committee.

WINDSOR, ON – “It’s time we had an honest conversation about what’s not working in this province and what it’s going to cost to fix it,” said CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn speaking to the provincial finance committee that is in Windsor today for pre-budget hearings. “We’re seeing the impact of years of government underfunding and cuts to public services across the province,” said Hahn. […]

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Hassan Diab falsely accused of terrorism returns home to Canada

CUPE welcomes the news that Dr. Hassan Diab is back home in Ottawa with his family after more than three years in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison in France. Dr. Diab, a sociology professor and a Canadian citizen, was charged in 2008 with the 1980 bombing of the Rue Copernic Synagogue in Paris. He was later extradited to France on evidence the extradition judge described as “convoluted, […]

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“Take precarious work off the menu,” say Trent food service workers

Trent food service workers who are struggling to get by in jobs that are precarious, part-time and insecure have challenged their employer, Compass Group of Canada, and Trent University to provide good-quality, full-time jobs that will let them deliver better services to the university’s students, staff and faculty. Better and more secure jobs will also help to strengthen communities in Peterborough, workers argue, since precarious work […]

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“Take precarious work off the menu,” say Trent food service workers – Fight for secure, full-time jobs takes on university, multinational employer

Trent food service workers who are struggling to get by in jobs that are precarious, part-time and insecure have challenged their employer, Compass Group of Canada, and Trent University to provide good-quality, full-time jobs that will let them deliver better services to the university’s students, staff and faculty. Better and more secure jobs will also help to strengthen communities in Peterborough, workers argue, since precarious work […]

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Facing Violence and Assault in Health Care

Facing Violence and Assault in Health Care

Health care workers across the province regularly face situations that put their personal health and safety at risk. That’s according to a recent study, “Assaulted and Unheard: Violence Against Healthcare Staff.” It was co-authored by Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith, two occupational and environmental health researchers who join The Agenda to discuss why they were stunned by what they heard, and what can be done […]

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Statement from Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury reacting to the disaffiliation of Unifor from the CLC

It is regrettable that earlier today Unifor announced it will disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). CUPE firmly believes a united house of labour is much stronger than a divided one. Trade unionists have always been stronger when we work together, and CUPE and the rest of the CLC’s affiliates will continue to work together to defend our members’ interests and build a better society […]

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Ontario government must step in to protect hospital staff and the public in Carillion bankruptcy

Ontario government must step in to protect hospital staff and the public in Carillion bankruptcy

TORONTO, ON – The provincial government is being urged to “seize the moment” and protect patients and hospital staff by ending privatization of contracted out hospital services following the complete collapse of private contractor Carillion. The united call comes from Unifor and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), which represent hundreds of staff at William Osler Health System, The Royal Ottawa Hospital, Halton Healthcare […]

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P3 corporate collapse highlights risks of privatization

The collapse of Carillion, a global privatization corporation, illustrates the risky nature of public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Carillion is involved in 10 P3s across Canada, primarily in hospitals in Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Two hospitals are still in development. It is unclear how Carillion’s equity stakes and facilities management contracts in many Canadian P3s, as well as the contracted-out services they provide, will […]

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Fondation de l’UQAM employees bitterly disappointed with management’s attitude

The twenty Fondation de l’UQAM employees have been without a contract since being certified in 2015. Three years in, their first collective agreement has not yet been signed, and the union members are contending with bargaining methods unworthy of a university foundation. Fondation de l’UQAM employees are confronted by unyielding management which categorically refuses job evaluations and the implementation of known and disclosed salary scales, which […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – December 2017

Our National Executive Board met December 12 – 14, 2017 in Ottawa. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions. In Memory The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. The following sisters and brothers were remembered: Wayne Hornquist, Local 2093, workplace fatality; Lloyd Smith, Local 873, workplace fatality; Mike Dick, Local 1764; […]

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The fight of Martin Luther King Jr. – as important today as it was when he died

The fight of Martin Luther King Jr. – as important today as it was when he died

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and work of one of the most well-known leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States, whose work has resonance and importance around the world. This year on January 15, CUPE Ontario commemorates the timeless social justice values we gained from King’s example, including compassion and the courage to stand up for human rights and […]

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Growing stronger – CUPE sets organizing plan in motion

CUPE has adopted an action plan to help ensure workers have the protection of a union, and the collective power that comes with being organized. Delegates to CUPE’s 2015 National Convention mandated that an organizing paper be presented to the 2017 convention, where it was referred to the National Executive Board. The NEB has now adopted this comprehensive document. Growing stronger: A plan to build our union, […]

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Child care funding increase will help single parents in New Brunswick

CUPE NB applauds the provincial government’s investment to enact free childcare for low-income families and raise salaries of early-learning and childcare workers. “This is a step in the right direction. Low income single-parent families are the ones who will benefit the most,” said Daniel Légère, president of CUPE NB. “More spaces, more accessibility, lifting people out of poverty…This is certainly good news,” said Légère. However, families with […]

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Premier Pallister's pension plan review could break pension promise to Manitoba workers, retirees

The Manitoba Government’s proposal to introduce a shared-risk target-benefit pension plan model in Manitoba raises concerns. “The Pallister government’s pension plan review has the potential to substantially change the way pension plans are funded and managed, and could undermine the retirement plans of thousands of Manitoba workers and retirees,” said Matt McLean, CUPE National Researcher. The government’s Consultation Paper released January 10th raises the question that employers […]

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New Brunswick needs more operators, plows and a real 24/7 work capacity

CUPE Local 1190, representing New Brunswick Highway workers, held a news conference today urging the Transportation Minister to overhaul the Department’s snow removal program. “Last week’s weather bomb gave citizens a clear picture of the current difficulties plaguing the Winter Maintenance Program,” said Andy Hardy, president of Local 1190. The union identified three major issues that need attention: The 11 p.m. – 4 a.m. shutdown Department directive; The 7 cm of […]

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Over 50 jobs lost in Saskatoon Public Schools since Sask Party’s Austerity Budget

Saskatoon Public Schools are facing an increasingly dire situation in the wake of the Sask Party budget cuts. Despite an increase of 511 students this school year and the opening of four new schools, the school division had its budget cut by over $11 million. This meant cutting staff instead of increasing staff to meet increased demands. “Our school divisions have been placed in a very difficult position […]

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CUPE Ontario mourns heart-breaking losses

CUPE Ontario mourns heart-breaking losses

The CUPE family has faced some tragic losses over the past few weeks. Five of our members have died in tragic accidents that took them from us far, far too soon. All of CUPE Ontario mourns the heart-breaking loss of: James Baragar, a 39-year-old helicopter pilot from Orillia and member of CUPE 1000 Janelle MacPherson, a 22-year-old RN in Lindsay from CUPE 4422 Mark Raney […]

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CUPE 5167’s statement on Dundas Tim Hortons rolling back workers’ benefits and paid-breaks

Hamilton, Ont. – CUPE 5167, representing workers in the Hamilton region, is issuing the following statement in response to reports of a local Tim Hortons franchise in Dundas rolling back worker’s benefits and paid breaks, following the introduction of the province’s new minimum wage laws. “As one of Hamilton’s largest unions, representing 4,300 workers in the City, we condemn any employers that are cutting or […]

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National Secretary-Treasurer's Report – December 2017

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends: At the 28th National Convention in Toronto October 2 to 6 the leadership of CUPE solidified our collective commitment to CUPE’s priorities over the next two years. Most significantly, delegates voted to endorse CUPE’s Strategic Directions document including the pledge to fight attacks on our collective agreement rights including concessions and two-tiered contract proposals, and to fight to make gains at the bargaining […]

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National President's Report – December 2017

Sisters, Brothers and Friends: What a busy few months it has been! I know CUPE members and leaders across the country have been working hard – at labour-management meetings, at the bargaining table, through municipal elections, and at city council chambers and provincial legislatures – to promote and protect our members’ rights and working conditions and the public services we deliver. With that in mind, I am grateful so […]

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