Labour to Pacific Blue Cross: Lose the double standard

B.C. labour leaders attending a rally today in support of CUPE 1816 members heaped scorn on their employer, Pacific Blue Cross (PBC), for targeting their retiree benefits while promoting the company as a progressive benefits provider. With the strike in its second month, members walked off the job this morning to hold a rally outside the company’s head office. Union leaders, addressing the crowd, urged PBC to […]

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New Horgan government good news for all British Columbians

CUPE BC President Paul Faoro made the following statement following news Thursday that the Lieutenant Governor has asked BC NDP Leader John Horgan to form a new government: “First, on behalf of all 85,000 CUPE members across British Columbia, I extend my congratulations to our province’s 36th Premier, John Horgan and the entire BC NDP team. I know that Premier Horgan and his caucus will take immediate action on the priorities and […]

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New Horgan government good news for all British Columbians—CUPE BC

CUPE BC President Paul Faoro made the following statement following news Thursday that Lieutenant Governor has asked BC NDP Leader John Horgan to form a new government. “First, on behalf of all 85,000 CUPE members across British Columbia, I extend my congratulations to our province’s 36th Premier, John Horgan and the entire BC NDP team. I know that Premier Horgan and his caucus will take immediate action on the priorities and issues […]

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National Secretary-Treasurer's Report – June 2017

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends: With the 2017 Division Convention season now completed, I would like to thank each member of our National Executive Board as well as all Division Executive Board members and delegates, for the warm welcome that you extended at your conventions. I appreciated having time in each of your Division agendas to co-host a National Officers event with President Mark Hancock. Mark and […]

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Kati and Lori Wightman attending blood drive organized to support Kati in her ongoing battle

Kati and Lori Wightman attending blood drive organized to support Kati in her ongoing battle

WINDSOR, ON – Join Kati and Lori Wightman as they attend a blood drive organized by members of the Essex County Library workers’ union. Kati Wightman, 21, is battling lymphoma and requires transfusions for her fight. She is the daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. What:     Kati and Lori Wightman attending blood drive Where:    Windsor Blood Donor Clinic, 3909 Grand Marais Road East, […]

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National President's Report – June 2017

Sisters, Brothers and Friends: Since our March meeting, I have had the opportunity to attend another eight provincial division conventions, including my first in Quebec, and a number of sectoral and local meetings from coast to coast. I am always inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our members as they participate in these division conventions and sectoral conferences. It was an honour to witness respectful debate […]

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National Executive Board Highlights – June 2017

Our National Executive Board met June 20-22, 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. Remembered were: Sister Judy Lavallee, Local 1550; Sister Lisa Langridge, Local 148; Brother Ron Bodenham, Local 504; Sister Diana Chicoine, Local 416; Brother John Dillon, Local 4557; Sister Heather […]

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CUPE 1004 stands in solidarity with injured traffic control worker

On behalf of the 3500 members of CUPE Local 1004, including the outside workers of the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board, we send our most sincere condolences to the construction flagger who was viciously attacked and run over yesterday in Burnaby. We have the utmost respect for the important work that our traffic control workers do. They put themselves in harm’s way day in and day […]

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CUPE Ontario congratulates parents and education workers for victory in stopping school closures

CUPE Ontario congratulates parents and education workers for victory in stopping school closures

TORONTO, ON (June 29, 2017) – Parents, education workers and community supporters should be very proud of their success in getting the provincial government to put an end to school closures in Ontario, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “These families and workers never gave up,” said Hahn. “They knew how valuable their local schools were to their communities and they refused to let the […]

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CUPE expresses solidarity with the Filipino people

CUPE expresses solidarity with our partners (ACT and COURAGE) in the Philippines and the people in Mindanao following the declaration of martial law in May 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law for the southern island of Mindanao, following an armed confrontation between the Maute Group, an Islamic State affiliate suspected of plotting terrorist acts, and the armed forces of the Philippines. We are disappointed that it appears […]

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Pallister government's plan for health care: Create as much confusion as possible

The Minister of Health has once again announced major changes to Manitoba’s health care system. These changes will cause greater confusion and frustration within the health care system which is already facing government cuts and restructuring. “Pallister is already assaulting our ERs, Urgent Care centres, and other hospital programs in Winnipeg, and now he wants to restructure the system province-wide? It’s nothing short of reckless,” said […]

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Aviation safety: One step closer to a safe ratio of 1 flight attendant for every 40 passengers

CUPE welcomes the recent recommendation of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities that the federal government review the current flight attendant ratio of 1 flight attendant for every 50 passengers. CUPE expects the government to move quickly on this issue. The committee’s report is a follow-up to hearings held from April to June 2017 on the safety of Canada’s civil aviation […]

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New report highlights critical situation facing medical technologists and technicians in Saskatchewan

The CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council has released a report which indicates that increased workload and understaffing of medical technologists and technicians are putting them under extreme pressure and could compromise patient care. CUPE medical technologists and technicians provide essential services such as preparing medication, providing blood tests, and conducting X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and other diagnostic tests. The report, titled Under Pressure: Report on the […]

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CUPE 1816 members “stronger than ever” in fight for fairness

Despite recent attempts by the Employer to defend its concessionary bargaining package, CUPE 1816 members who work for the benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) are stronger than ever in their fight to defend their retiree benefits, says Local president Beth Miller. Since May 13, when CUPE 1816 began legal strike action, there has been no picketing of the PBC building on Canada Way and Gilmore. Instead, the Local has […]

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Speak up for Saskatchewan's medical technologists and technicians

A recent report from CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council shows that we need to take immediate action to address the crushing workload and understaffing of medical technologists and technicians in the province. The situation is critical, and steps need to be taken to improve staffing levels and working conditions.  This is about patient care. Medical technologists and technicians are under pressure to provide safe, accurate, high […]

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Municipal Members – Next OMECC Area Meeting Notice – We need you!

Municipal Members – Next OMECC Area Meeting Notice – We need you!

Across Ontario, municipal locals are experiencing common challenges at our workplaces and during bargaining and at our workplaces. Our members are pushing back against concessions and aggressive tactics from our employers. We need to support one another and advocate for the vital public services we provide in our communities. We need each other. This is why OMECC is organizing area meetings through your Area Representative […]

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CUPE looks to protect workers' rights, environmental protection, and public services as NAFTA renegotiation looms

CUPE’s National Executive Board has reaffirmed its support for a fair and equitable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a resolution adopted by the Board on June 22, CUPE commits to ensuring that any renegotiation promotes trade that meets the needs of workers and the environment; to dispensing with the Chapter 11 and Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanisms, which have made Canada the […]

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CUPE to continue fight against Liberal privatization bank

Canada’s largest union vowed to continue challenging the Liberal government’s infrastructure bank of privatization, and making the case for fully public infrastructure. On June 22, the government’s budget implementation legislation was passed in the Senate without amendments, despite repeated warnings from CUPE that the Canada Infrastructure Bank will lead to more privatization and higher costs for Canadians. “Justin Trudeau and his government ignored criticism that crossed the political […]

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Ontario’s first openly gay president of a major union to be honoured for his contribution to LGBTQ rights

Ontario’s first openly gay president of a major union to be honoured for his contribution to LGBTQ rights

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario president, Fred Hahn, Ontario’s first openly gay head of a major union, is being presented with the Solidarity and Pride Champion Award this evening, for his contributions to improving LGBTQ rights in Ontario. Honouring his lifetime commitment to building a world where all members of the LGBTQ community have equal rights under the law and within their workplaces, Fred Hahn […]

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OFL Public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

OFL Public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has firmed up the travel schedule for the public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. If you have not already done so, please register to make an oral presentation when this committee meets in your community, or in a community near you. Contact the clerk for the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic […]

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