Statement for International Day for Disabled Persons 2018

The International Day for Disabled Persons is held every December 3rd, and it provides an opportunity to both celebrate the many accomplishments of people with disabilities, as well as to reflect on the many barriers and layers of discrimination they face everyday. In CUPE Ontario we use this day to renew our commitment to fight for full accessibility, inclusion and equity – in our work […]

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CUPE NS calls for transparency legislation governing public-private partnerships

CUPE Nova Scotia released several recommendations to government this week, calling for transparency and accountability legislation to govern public-private partnerships. The recommendations are based on research and discussion coming out of a panel discussion on P3s and transparency held in Halifax on November 13, 2018. “We need to stop the drain on our finances, and one of the first steps we can take is to legislate […]

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New Conservative Bill set to damage Ontario’s democracy, demolish accountability and increase big corporate donations

A new omnibus Bill being fast tracked through the Ontario legislature will bring in sweeping changes that will corrupt our democracy and make it easier for big corporations to influence government decisions, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. Bill 57, entitled the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act will have only one day of public hearing on Monday, just two weeks after being first introduced. The […]

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CUPE 4951 in British Columbia ratifies contract

Early childhood educators and a custodian at the child care centre at College of New Caledonia (CNC) have ratified a contract with the non-profit Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre Society. “Because of the good relationship between the employer and our members who work at the centre, negotiations were respectful and successful for both parties,” said CUPE 4951 President Lily Bachand. The agreement includes a professional development […]

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CUPE celebrates legal aid workers' win in Saskatchewan

Members of CUPE Local 1949 have successfully fought back against contracting out at Legal Aid Saskatchewan. Through a mediated process, Saskatchewan Legal Aid and CUPE Local 1949 have reached an agreement about some of the recent issues put forward in the union’s unfair labour practice. The dispute arose when Legal Aid moved to contract out duty counsel work to the private bar and to lay off several […]

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Creston Valley library workers ratify new agreement

Expanded benefits will make a big difference for families, says CUPE 4959 CUPE 4959 and the Creston Library Association have signed off on a new collective agreement that includes a range of provisions and expanded benefits that will have a positive impact on families in the Valley, the local said today. “We want to acknowledge the positive relationship with Creston’s new Chief Librarian, Saara Itkonen,” said CUPE […]

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World AIDS Day

On December 1, World AIDS Day, CUPE renews its commitment to breaking down barriers for people with AIDS and HIV. Our union continues to support the global AIDS movement that struggles against discrimination and fights for improvements in public treatment programs. Poverty, violence and other forms of marginalization mean the impacts of this ongoing epidemic are not shared equally. Women, people with disabilities, and racialized and […]

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CUPE 3807 reaches a tentative agreement with Héma-Québec

At long last, CUPE 3807 reached a tentative agreement with Quebec’s blood service agency on November 27. The collective agreement had expired June 23, 2015. The local represents about sixty employees including registration attendants at mobile donor clinics and Globule blood donor centres, call centre agents, and volunteer liaison and recruitment officers in Montreal.   Both parties will recommend ratification in the coming weeks. The tentative agreement […]

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Add your voice to the fight against racism

CUPE welcomes the federal government’s consultations on racism and systemic discrimination and encourages members to take part. These consultations will inform the development of a national anti-racism strategy, which was announced in the federal government’s 2018 Budget. Racism is deeply embedded in cultural norms, attitudes and institutions in Canada. The impact is real and devastating on racialized and Indigenous workers, who make up approximately 18.5 per […]

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OSBCU and CUPE education workers – defending the rights of Franco-Ontarians

OSBCU and CUPE education workers –  defending the rights of Franco-Ontarians

  In the face of the decision of the provincial government to abolish the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and to halt plans for a new university for Francophone Ontario, representatives of Ontario School Board Council of Unions are urging CUPE education workers to turn out in large numbers to the demonstrations planned across the province that will call on the government to reverse […]

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CUPE Ontario stands with General Motors workers in Oshawa

CUPE Ontario stands with General Motors workers in Oshawa

TORONTO, ON (November 26,2018) – CUPE Ontario stands strongly with the more than 2,500 General Motors (GM) workers in their fight to save their jobs in Oshawa, says the union’s president, Fred Hahn.   “Last month, GM reported US$2.5-billion third-quarter profits and today they’re turning their backs on the workers that have been working, literally, around the clock to make that happen,” says Hahn. “This […]

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CUPE sends solidarity and sympathies to Oshawa auto workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is sending solidarity and sympathies to the workers and families impacted by GM’s decision to shutter its plant in Oshawa. “This decision is devastating for the workers, their families, and so many communities around Oshawa and the Durham region who have built General Motors into what it is today,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “Oshawa auto workers are going to […]

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Statement by Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury on the Liberal government's back-to-work legislation

Canada’s striking postal workers have the full support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its 665,000 members nationwide. During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau called out the Harper government for “rolling back many fundamental labour rights that affect workers’ ability to organize freely, bargain collectively in good faith, and work in a safe environment.” Yet here we are today, watching the Liberal […]

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Statement by CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury on the Liberal government's back-to-work legislation

Canada’s striking postal workers have the full support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its 665,000 members nationwide. During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau called out the Harper government for “rolling back many fundamental labour rights that affect workers’ ability to organize freely, bargain collectively in good faith, and work in a safe environment.” Yet here we are today, watching the Liberal […]

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The federal government’s economic statement: Significant steps are taken but the future is still uncertain

The Coalition for Culture and Media responded favourably to measures to support Canadian journalism announced yesterday by Finance Minister Morneau. For the first time, the federal government seems to have taken note of the scope of the problem. The measures that were announced – $595 million over five years – will certainly help counter the decline of newsrooms and media companies. The Coalition welcomes the effort […]

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CUPE welcomes support for Canadian journalism as a step in the right direction, but several questions persist

The Conseil provincial du secteur des communications (CPSC–CUPE) welcomed measures announced today by Finance Minister Morneau in support of Canadian journalism. The Council acknowledged the federal government has made several positive steps, but the scope of these measures has yet to be defined, and several questions remain.   “The refundable credit for labour costs relating to the production of original news content is perhaps the most remarkable measure announced today. […]

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Morneau’s fiscal update throws good money after bad

Finance Minister Bill Morneau should have learned from the Trump administration’s mistakes on corporate tax cuts, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Instead, he’s repeating them, by committing $14 billion over the next five years in corporate tax cuts. “It’s been a year since the Trump tax cuts went into effect, and instead of the jobs bonanza that American workers were promised, we’ve seen […]

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Manitoba Government Throne Speech disappoints CUPE members with what it fails to mention

CUPE members hoping to hear much of anything were disappointed yesterday when the Conservative government Throne Speech failed to deliver on pretty well any priorities. From education to municipalities, from heath care to Manitoba Hydro, this government was silent on its vision for Manitoba. After a tumultuous year where this government has cut health care, laid the ground work for the privatization of hydro, demolished funding to […]

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CUPE stands with Francophones across the country in the defence of their rights

At a time when attacks against the language rights of Francophones across the country have been increasing with the election of right-wing governments in Ontario and New Brunswick, CUPE is reiterating its support for Acadian and Francophone communities across Canada.  “CUPE will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the Francophone and Acadian communities that are fighting to protect their rights,” declared Mark Hancock, the National President […]

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Ford government uses fall economic statement to bring in deep cuts to public services

Tax cuts for the wealthiest and further tax breaks for corporations announced in the Ford government’s economic statement will mean deep cuts for public services, says CUPE Ontario’s Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick. “You can’t reduce taxes for corporations and the wealthy and bring down the deficit without making significant cuts to the services and programs workers and their families rely on,” said Rennick. “Seniors in long-term care […]

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