CUPE Nova Scotia to hold 55th annual convention May 27 to 30 in Halifax

The 55th annual CUPE Nova Scotia Convention gets underway Sunday, May 27 at the Delta Halifax & Casino Nova Scotia and runs through to Wednesday, May 30. Special guest speakers will include New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh, who will speak to delegates on Monday. In October 2017, Singh was elected as the Leader of Canada’s NDP and became the first person of color to lead a […]

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Rally of striking city workers delivers strong message to the City of Cornwall: “Come back to the table and negotiate a fair deal”

Rally of striking city workers delivers strong message to the City of Cornwall: “Come back to the table and negotiate a fair deal”

  CORNWALL, ON – Hundreds rallied at Cornwall City Hall today, in support of the now four Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals who are on strike. Inside workers joined the three other locals (paramedics, outside workers and library workers) who have been out on strike for nearly a week. As of this morning, roughly 400 city workers are now on strike. CUPE Ontario […]

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Save the Date – CUPE’s National Bargaining Conference in Saskatoon

Join CUPE local leadership from across the country at our National Bargaining Conference in Saskatoon, March 18-21, 2019. The National Bargaining Conference will provide local leadership with opportunities to develop skills and share strategies for success in bargaining. Stronger bargaining means more effective unions, better working conditions and healthier communities. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, save the date! Source: CUPE National

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Rally of striking city workers delivers strong message to the City of Cornwall: “Come back to the table and negotiate a fair deal”

Hundreds rallied at Cornwall City Hall today, in support of the now four Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals who are on strike. Inside workers joined the three other locals (paramedics, outside workers and library workers) who have been out on strike for nearly a week. As of this morning, roughly 400 city workers are now on strike. CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn brought greetings […]

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CUPE Seeds of Change – building community in the Kootenays

CUPE Seeds of Change, a community action committee, continued its volunteer efforts in supporting local community at Cranbrook’s Children’s Festival held on May 12. Sunny skies brought out the crowds and the booth featuring a button-making machine kept them busy. The booth was a big hit with children and parents alike. Buttons included illustrations of butterflies, dogs, cats, rainbows, and the ever-popular Minecraft video game. As well […]

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Bargaining tip: Employer savings on injury claims should go to strengthen sick plans

Doug Allen | CUPE Research Is your employer saving money on reduced injury premiums? Find out! If they are, remember to account for that as you prepare for bargaining. In Ontario, WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) premiums are going down for almost every employer in the province. Overall premium rates were cut 9 per cent for 2017 and 2018. This means employers are saving money in labour costs […]

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REM: A streetcar named delirium

Mathieu Vick | CUPE Research The government of Québec has just set the table for the largest privatization project in the history of the province, and a crown corporation is looking to cash in. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the crown corporation that manages most of Quebec’s pension funds, founded CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary that is now the principal contractor building the Réseau électrique métropolitain […]

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Violence at home is a workplace issue: Workers winning employment leaves for domestic violence

 Cheryl Stadnichuk | CUPE Research “I would have to find a safe house because of violence at night. Then I would be without work clothing or school uniforms for the kids. My children and I would be too emotionally upset to go to work and school the next day.” “I ended up taking a lot of time off and for the most part no one really understood exactly […]

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Striking Cornwall city workers and supporters to rally on Wednesday as “inside workers” join the picket lines

Striking Cornwall city workers and  supporters to rally on Wednesday as “inside workers” join the picket lines

  CORNWALL, ON – As their strike approaches the one-week mark, members of three striking Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals will be joined on picket lines by members of the inside workers’ Local 3251, as they too walk off the job in Cornwall on Wednesday, May 23rd. The workers, who are paramedics (Local 5734), library workers (3251-01), and outside workers (234) have been […]

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Voluntary Blood Donations Act receives unanimous support in B.C.

On May 17, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act passed in British Columbia with unanimous support from all parties. The legislation prohibits private companies from paying individuals for their blood and plasma province-wide. CUPE applauds the NDP government for acting to safeguard our national public blood and plasma collection system. This is an important victory as Canadian Plasma Resources, which operates private, for-profit collection clinics in Saskatchewan […]

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CUPE will now represent over 1,900 staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre

CUPE will now represent over 1,900 staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre

KINGSTON, ON – More than 1,900 Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) staff have voted to be represented by Canada’s largest health care union – the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Clerical staff, registered practical nurses and care aides, porters, dietary, environmental, trades and other services staff at both KHSC sites (Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital) took part in a workplace representation vote […]

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CUPE will now represent over 1,900 staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre

More than 1,900 Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) staff have voted to be represented by Canada’s largest health care union – the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).  Clerical staff, registered practical nurses and care aides, porters, dietary, environmental, trades and other services staff at both KHSC sites (Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital) took part in a workplace representation vote at the end […]

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CUPE 998 looks forward to advocating for members with new Efficiency Manitoba Board

CUPE Local 998 congratulates the new board appointed to govern Efficiency Manitoba and looks forward to productive conversations in the future. “Our members want some certainty about their futures,” said Chris Mravinec, CUPE Local 998 President. “We hope that this board will be transparent and open about our path forward.” CUPE Local 998 will be sending requests to meet the new board of Efficiency Manitoba in the coming […]

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CUPE 998 looks forward to advocating for members with

CUPE Local 998 congratulates the new board appointed to govern Efficiency Manitoba and looks forward to productive conversations in the future. “Our members want some certainty about their futures,” said Chris Mravinec, CUPE Local 998 President.  “We hope that this board will be transparent and open about our path forward.” CUPE Local 998 will be sending requests to meet the new board of Efficiency Manitoba in the […]

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Nova Scotia Councils of Health Care Unions ratify agreement with NSHA and IWK

After more than 18 months of negotiations, over 40 bargaining dates, multiple pieces of Liberal anti-labour legislation and countless protests, members of the Health Care Councils of Unions have voted 92% ratify an agreement put forward by the Province. This agreement will move negotiations between the employer and all four bargaining groups (Health Care, Administrative Professionals, Support Services and Nursing) into mediated-arbitration. What this means for negotiations Each […]

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Pink Triangle committee member receives Key to the City of Toronto

Susan Gapka, a member of both CUPE National and CUPE Ontario Pink Triangle committees, has a new tool to open doors for people too often excluded: a Key to the City of Toronto. This week, Gapka was awarded the key by Toronto Mayor John Tory for her two decades of work on housing and homelessness, mental health and LGBTTQI issues – and transgender issues specifically. The “key” […]

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Timing, choice of security review in health care raises serious questions, says CUPE Saskatchewan

On April 18th the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issued a memo announcing a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant named Tony Weeks. In announcing the review, Saskatchewan Health Authority vice-president Andrew Will told media, “Definitely we’re seeing more events where staff and/or patient safety is jeopardized.”  “There are thousands of front-line health care workers in Saskatchewan who can attest that incidents of violence […]

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Natural champions of democracy

Library workers from all over the province are in Richmond this week to participate in the BC Library Association’s (BCLA) annual conference. This year’s conference theme is work and culture, which “urges an examination of the connections between work environments, institutional cultures, and communities; an inquiry of how cultures can impact, clash, and complement each other and inform society as a whole.” CUPE BC is proud to […]

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Cornwall city workers take strike action

Cornwall city workers take strike action

  CORNWALL, ON – Picket lines have gone up and more than 230 Cornwall city workers have commenced strike action this morning after Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Cornwall failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations. Paramedics, outside workers, and library workers are now on strike. “It certainly didn’t need to come to this,” said Amanda Palieps, president of […]

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Cornwall city workers take strike action

Picket lines have gone up and more than 230 Cornwall city workers have commenced strike action this morning after Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Cornwall failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations. Paramedics, outside workers, and library workers are now on strike. “It certainly didn’t need to come to this,” said Amanda Palieps, president of paramedic local CUPE 5734, “but […]

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