Town hall sheds light on the need for public long-term care solution in Grenfell, SK

On January 24, 2019, CUPE Local 5430 organized a standing room only town hall meeting in Grenfell, SK, to talk about the closure of Grenfell Pioneer Home and the impact the loss of jobs and residents has had on the community.  Speakers included NDP MLA and health critic Vicki Mowat, NDP seniors’ critic Danielle Chartier, CUPE 5430 President Sandra Seitz and community residents Lois Warner […]

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Grenfell town hall sheds a light on a need for a public long-term care solution in Grenfell – and a provincial strategy for long-term care

On January 24, 2019, CUPE Local 5430 organized a standing room only town hall meeting in Grenfell to talk about the closure of Grenfell Pioneer Home and the impact the loss of jobs and residents has had on the community.  Speakers included NDP MLA and health critic Vicki Mowat, NDP seniors’ critic Danielle Chartier, CUPE 5430 President Sandra Seitz and community residents Lois Warner and […]

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Concern for Labour Activists and Union Leaders in Iran

Concern for Labour Activists and Union Leaders in Iran

February 1, 2019 BY E-MAIL info_leader@leader.ir contact@leader.ir media@rouhani.ir Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani Re: Concern for Labour Activists and the Union Leaders in Iran Dear Sirs: On behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and CUPE Ontario, we want to express our deep concern and strong condemnation for recent events […]

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Mayor Bernie Power, take your head out of the sand: CUPE 1761

CUPE Local 1761, representing municipal workers employed with the Town of Placentia NL launched a new radio and print ad on February 2, 2019. Listen to the radio ad CUPE represents municipal workers who provide important public services to the residents of Placentia. We’re focused on achieving a fair contract for our members and the Town of Placentia. We wish the Mayor was too. He needs to stop delaying negotiations. Stop trying […]

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Mayor Bernie Power, Placentia N.L., Take your head out of the sand: CUPE 1761

CUPE Local 1761, representing municipal workers employed with the Town of Placentia, launched a new radio and print ad on February 2, 2019. Listen to the radio ad CUPE represents municipal workers who provide important public services to the residents of Placentia. We’re focused on achieving a fair contract for our members and the Town of Placentia. We wish the Mayor was too. He needs to stop delaying negotiations. Stop trying […]

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Black History Month

February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month (also known as African Heritage month). Black History Month is a time for all Canadians to reflect and educate ourselves on the history of enslavement, discrimination, bigotry and criminalization of people of African descent.  It is also a time to celebrate and highlight the best of Black history and culture and to honour the historic leaders of […]

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Community rally this Friday for low-waged Hamilton care home staff asking for Amica to stop exploiting them

HAMILTON, ON – Support for 100 Hamilton care home front-line staff at Amica Dundas, who earn low wages and are negotiating a first contract, is building.   A community rally is planned for tomorrow, Friday, February 1, 2019 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., outside Amica Dundas at 50 Hatt Street.   The Amica chain is owned by the powerful Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which […]

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Epic failure: Devlin turns his back on Ontario’s hospital capacity crisis

Today’s initial report from Ontario’s PC government “expert” Reuben Devlin “can only be seen as an epic failure to face the truth about why patients are in the hallways and tub rooms of overcrowded hospitals. Mr. Devlin is turning his back on Ontario’s hospital capacity crisis,” says the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the large hospital division of the Canadian Union […]

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Epic failure: Devlin turns his back on Ontario’s hospital capacity crisis

TORONTO, ON – Today’s initial report from Ontario’s PC government “expert” Reuben Devlin “can only be seen as an epic failure to face the truth about why patients are in the hallways and tub rooms of overcrowded hospitals. Mr. Devlin is turning his back on Ontario’s hospital capacity crisis,” says the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the large hospital division of […]

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CUPE members the target of a dramatic attack in Quebec

Members of CUPE 3812, cash messengers with Garda, were the victims of an attack Wednesday evening in Brossard, Quebec. The attackers struck while the guards were stopped at a financial institution on Taschereau Boulevard. Suspects locked the guards inside the building and attempted to break through the rear door of the armoured truck with a wide-bucket excavator. “We are relieved our members emerged unscathed and we were […]

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PSWs, RPNs at Peel’s lauded dementia care pilot say understaffing is leaving them physically and mentally exhausted

MISSISSAUGA, ON – With Peel Region expanding its “Butterfly” dementia care project to two more long-term care homes, direct care staff working on the Malton Village pilot site are speaking out publicly for the first time about the challenges they’ve faced to make the experiment a success.   “There is widespread commitment among care staff to improve the quality of life for residents with dementia […]

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Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia feeling “unappreciated and underpaid"

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA–NS) released a new report today that provides a snapshot of what it is like for Early Childhood Educators (ECE) to work in the Early Learning and Child Care sector in Nova Scotia. Understanding which factors influence their recruitment and retention is critical because we know high turnover affects the quality of the care provided. Early Childhood Educator and CUPE member, […]

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Workers at Peel’s Butterfly dementia care project report they are physically and mentally exhausted

With Peel Region expanding its “Butterfly” dementia care project to two more long-term care homes, direct care staff working on the Malton Village pilot site are speaking out publicly for the first time about the challenges they’ve faced to make the experiment a success. “There is widespread commitment among care staff to improve the quality of life for residents with dementia and make the Butterfly expansion […]

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PSWs, RPNs at Peel’s dementia care pilot report they are physically and mentally exhausted

With Peel Region expanding its “Butterfly” dementia care project to two more long-term care homes, direct care staff working on the Malton Village pilot site are speaking out publicly for the first time about the challenges they’ve faced to make the experiment a success. “There is widespread commitment among care staff to improve the quality of life for residents with dementia and make the Butterfly expansion […]

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PSWs, RPNs at Peel’s lauded dementia care pilot say understaffing is leaving them physically and mentally exhausted

With Peel Region expanding its “Butterfly” dementia care project to two more long-term care homes, direct care staff working on the Malton Village pilot site are speaking out publicly for the first time about the challenges they’ve faced to make the experiment a success. “There is widespread commitment among care staff to improve the quality of life for residents with dementia and make the Butterfly expansion […]

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CUPE celebrates Black History Month

February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month (also known as African Heritage month). Black History Month is a time for all Canadians to reflect and educate ourselves on the history of enslavement, discrimination, bigotry and criminalization of people of African descent.  It is also a time to celebrate and highlight the best of Black history and culture and to honour the historic leaders of […]

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Vernon arena workers newest group to join CUPE

Thirteen arena workers in Vernon became members of CUPE 626 in a Labour Relations Board vote held on Friday (January 25). The workers voted unanimously to join CUPE. “We are really pleased to welcome these arena workers to CUPE 626,” said Acting President Bryce de Dood. “Our members touch every part of Vernon area residents’ lives delivering affordable, reliable public services – from services in your […]

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The corporatization of post-secondary education

Over the past three decades, governments have cut their financial support to post-secondary education. In turn, universities have opened the door wide open to the money – and influence – of corporations and wealthy donors. CUPE has produced a backgrounder that looks at the increasingly corporatized post-secondary sector. As universities and colleges have seen government funding decline, they have increasingly turned to other sources of funding, […]

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CUPE Ontario Members Stand in Solidarity Against Islamophobia

CUPE Ontario Members Stand in Solidarity Against Islamophobia

On Jan. 29, 2017, a gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim Canadians during a prayer service. Six worshippers were killed and 19 were injured. We will always remember Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzedine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti, and Khaled Belkacemi. The shooter expressed far-right, anti-Muslim, and white nationalist views and admitted to police that political […]

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Rebuild long-term care in Nova Scotia

CUPE Nova Scotia is calling on the McNeil government to immediately increase funding to all publicly-funded long-term care facilities, so they reach a minimum staff funding of 4.1 hours of care per resident each day. “Many of our members are telling us that, on average, they have less than ten minutes to get each resident ready for the day,” says Louise Riley, chair of the CUPE […]

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