“Library workers make libraries great”: Mississauga Public Library workers celebrate Library Week

Public library workers in Mississauga, members of Local 1989 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with the message that great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community. Mississauga residents love their libraries and their library workers,” said CUPE 1989 President Laura Kaminker. Today, […]

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Health Care Support Workers' Week: October 8-14, 2018

This week, CUPE is celebrating the work of its more than 9,100 members in health care support roles across the province. However, the Government of Manitoba has failed to proclaim Health Care Support Workers’ Week, which should have been proclaimed for October 8-14, 2018. That isn’t stopping CUPE from recognizing the hard work of our members. “CUPE’s health care support workers are working harder and harder with […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – September 2018

In Memory The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. Remembered were: Brother Danny Vincent, Local 963; Brother Connor O’Callaghan, Local 3903; Sister Tammy Rosko, Local 796; Brother Connor Colton, Local 402; Brother Dane Gibson, Local 1858; Sister Carmen Rogers, HEU; and Brother Petrus Mashisi, Founding President of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union. NEB […]

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National President's Report – September 2018

Sisters, Brothers and Friends: I hope you all made time to rest and recharge over the summer, and spend some much-needed time with family and friends. As union and community activists, we can easily fill every day with the important work of protecting rights and building a more fair and just society. It’s important to take what time we can during these quieter months to steel […]

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National Secretary Treasurer's Report – September 2018

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends: Many CUPE activists and staff have spent time over the summer months proudly representing our union at many community and union events across the country. Our CUPE National funds have provided resources to support a significant number of these events. With the fall comes the launch of the annual CUPE National budget preparation. An extensive consultation process kicks off this year beginning […]

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Hospital’s closing century-old laundry and killing jobs is out of step with municipal candidates’ push to boost local economy

Hospital’s closing century-old laundry and killing jobs is out of step with municipal candidates’ push to boost local economy

  PEMBROKE, ON – Candidates vying for seats in the coming municipal election who are talking up local economic development and jobs are on the right page, say staff trying to keep the area hospital from closing the in-house laundry and axing five full-time local jobs. However, they add, the Pembroke Regional Hospital is remarkably out of step with the ‘keep it local’ push in […]

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Hospital’s closing century-old laundry and killing jobs is out of step with municipal candidates’ push to boost local economy

Candidates vying for seats in the upcoming municipal election in Pembroke, Ontario, who are talking up local economic development and jobs are on the right page, say staff trying to keep the area hospital from closing the in-house laundry and axing five full-time local jobs. However, they add, the Pembroke Regional Hospital is remarkably out of step with the ‘keep it local’ push in the municipal […]

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PC cuts to hospital surge beds follows cuts to mental health and addictions: PC health policy becomes clear despite attempt to dress bed cuts as new beds

PC cuts to hospital surge beds follows cuts to mental health and addictions: PC health policy becomes clear despite attempt to dress bed cuts as new beds

  TORONTO, ON – As Ontario’s already overcrowded hospitals hit the fall flu season, a PC government announcement that slashes surge beds and funding by more than half, is “deceptive, misleading and very concerning,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Last winter, the predecessor Liberals announced $187 million for 2018-2019 and about 1,200 beds and other spaces do deal with […]

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P3 deals are like using a credit card to pay for public hospitals and health care

CUPE Nova Scotia firmly believes that the so-called “public-private partnership” (P3) being used for the QEII hospitals in Halifax is not in the best interest of taxpayers, workers, families or our communities. On the contrary, we can count on public financing to be accountable, transparent, locally-controlled and a wise investment of tax dollars. “Privatizing the hospital redevelopment will keep Nova Scotians in the dark about the true costs […]

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P3 deals are like using a credit card to pay for our public QEII hospitals and health care

CUPE Nova Scotia firmly believes that the so-called “public-private partnership” (P3) being used for the QEII hospitals is not in the best interest of taxpayers, workers, families or our communities. On the contrary, we can count on public financing to be accountable, transparent, locally-controlled and a wise investment of tax dollars. “Privatizing the hospital redevelopment will keep Nova Scotians in the dark about the true costs and consequences […]

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Some Community Based Organizations getting a wage bump, but more funding is needed

CUPE members at Deer Park Villa in Ituna, and Yail Harbor in Yorkton are getting a much needed wage increase, but many other group home workers have not seen wage increases for years. “Our members who work in group homes across the province take care of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Despite this important work, provincial funding has been stagnant, and most workers have gone […]

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“The Legal Aid Commission needs to respond to the cuts and meet with workers,” says CUPE 1949

CUPE members at Deer Park Villa in Ituna, and Yail Harbor in Yorkton are getting a much needed wage increase, but many other group home workers have not seen wage increases for years. “Our members who work in group homes across the province take care of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Despite this important work, provincial funding has been stagnant, and most workers have gone […]

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What Ford’s statement on scrapping Bill 148 could mean for Ontario workers

When it comes to Premier Ford we need to watch what he does, not what he says, especially when it comes to standing up for workers and their families, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. Hahn’s comment comes in response to Ford’s threat to scrap Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, while saying he will protect frontline workers. “Bill 148 was brought in […]

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Ontario Conservative government's health policy becomes clear despite attempt to dress bed cuts as new beds

As Ontario’s already overcrowded hospitals hit the fall flu season, a PC government announcement that slashes surge beds and funding by more than half, is “deceptive, misleading and very concerning,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Last winter, the predecessor Liberals announced $187 million for 2018-2019 and about 1,200 beds and other spaces do deal with patient surges during the flu […]

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PC cuts to hospital surge beds follows cuts to mental health and addictions: PC health policy becomes clear despite attempt to dress bed cuts as new beds

As Ontario’s already overcrowded hospitals hit the fall flu season, a PC government announcement that slashes surge beds and funding by more than half, is “deceptive, misleading and very concerning,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Last winter, the predecessor Liberals announced $187 million for 2018-2019 and about 1,200 beds and other spaces do deal with patient surges during the flu […]

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CUPE city workers team up with Windsor-Essex food bank to deliver Thanksgiving dinners

WINDSOR, ON – Members of Local 543 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 543) have packed up 600 hampers containing everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner, as part of their fifth annual ‘Operation Giveback,’ in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association. The dinner hampers will be distributed to families in the Windsor area on Friday. The Thanksgiving hampers will contain a […]

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CUPE city workers team up with Windsor-Essex food bank to deliver Thanksgiving dinners

Members of CUPE 543 have packed up 600 hampers containing everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner, as part of their fifth annual ‘Operation Giveback,’ in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association. The dinner hampers will be distributed to families in the Windsor area on Friday. The Thanksgiving hampers will contain a turkey (for families) or a chicken (for single residents), reusable grocery and insulated […]

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NEB resolution: A national public pharmacare plan for everyone

CUPE NATIONAL WILL: Continue to support and work with our allies to promote the introduction of a national public pharmacare plan. Promote a national public pharmacare plan that: Covers everyone Provides comprehensive coverage of all safe, evidence-based, and effective prescription medications, with a preference for generics where applicable Provides access to medications without financial barriers Is enacted through new legislation based on the principles of the Canada Health Act Is publicly […]

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A national public pharmacare plan for everyone

CUPE NATIONAL WILL: Continue to support and work with our allies to promote the introduction of a national public pharmacare plan. Promote a national public pharmacare plan that: Covers everyone Provides comprehensive coverage of all safe, evidence-based, and effective prescription medications, with a preference for generics where applicable Provides access to medications without financial barriers Is enacted through new legislation based on the principles of the Canada Health Act Is publicly […]

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The burden of tuition fees and student debt

For decades in Canada, governments were the most important funders of post-secondary education. But over the past decades, that has changed. To make up for the shortfall in revenue following funding cuts, universities and colleges have increased tuition fees for students. Over the past 30 years, tuition fees for undergraduates have doubled, even after accounting for inflation. But tuition fees aren’t the only thing that have increased. […]

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