MHCC study finds accommodating aspiring workers is a win-win for employers and employees

Aspiring workers are people who have been overlooked by the workplace or sidelined due to episodic or persistent illness. The study focused on aspiring workers struggling to remain in the workplace and in need of accommodation to stay employed. Unemployment among people living with severe mental illness hovers between 70 and 90 per cent.


CUPE 1091 members opted to participate in the Provincial Standardized Extended Health Care Plan, and there will be an opportunity for those individuals who have previously waived their extended health care plan to enroll in this plan. Please note that this only applies to extended health care and does not apply to dental coverage. For details, please download the attachments below.


CUPE 4227 activists trained in facing management

RICHMOND – CUPE 4227 (support staff for B.C.’s Francophone School District 93) enjoyed a rare learning opportunity at their annual training session last week. The day-long courses, facilitated by CUPE 4227 President Francine Brisson with support from the local’s National Servicing Representative, focused on representing members in front of management and the steward’s role in bargaining.

CUPE BC establishes fund to support CUPE members affected by flooding

CUPE BC has established a special fund to support CUPE members impacted by the flooding happening in communities across the province. The Division has donated $10,000 to the account and is encouraging CUPE Locals across the province to help raise additional funds.

CUPE National News

New Health Canada report on paid plasma a threat to our public blood system

Health Canada’s expert panel on Immune Globulin Product Supply and Related Impacts in Canada just released its final report and disappointingly, it fails to support our public blood system.

The panel states: “…the move to collect more source plasma by Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and Héma-Québec (H-Q) needs to be based on solid business principles and learnings and/or partnerships with the private sector who have significant expertise.”

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!

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 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.