National President's Report - March 2018

Sisters, Brothers and Friends:

Once again, we began our new year meeting with staff across the country. This was an opportunity to discuss the priorities established by our 2017 National Convention and our plans to implement them.

We discussed the bold and substantial programs contained in Strategic Directions and our new organizing plan, and the importance of integrating these into the work of our union. Because convention sent an ambitious agenda for our union, and we cannot get that work done without every level of our union doing their part.

CUPE 416 and PortsToronto ratify collective agreement

PortsToronto and 91 of its hourly and salaried employees have ratified a new six-year collective agreement.

A joint statement issued by PortsToronto and the Toronto Civic Employees Union (TCEU), Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 416) stated, “This new agreement will provide workers with improvements to their wages and benefits, while providing PortsToronto with a stable and predictable labour relations environment over the agreement’s lifetime.”

Osborne drops the ball in bargaining

Representatives of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador say Minister of Finance Tom Osborne is attempting to recover after dropping the ball in negotiations, landing himself in disputes of his own making.

“The ‘spotlight’ that Minister Osborne referenced yesterday was created by the minister himself,” says Brian Farewell, CUPE national representative. “He negotiated a tentative agreement with another bargaining agent and afterward he reacted without thinking when faced with publicity from the business community.”

CUPE present at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference

CUPE had a strong presence at the 2018 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities conference held in Ottawa in early February. CUPE representatives participated in a variety of workshops and discussions and hosted an information booth. The conference was a good opportunity for CUPE to meet with stakeholders from municipalities across Canada and learn from innovative speakers.

Municipalities and climate adaptation

Earth Day 2018

Nominate your local as one of CUPE’s greenest!

Earth Day is April 22, 2018. CUPE’s National Environment Committee wants to profile some of the positive environmental steps CUPE locals are taking in our workplaces. This is a chance to promote all workplace initiatives that help clean up our communities, cut greenhouse gases, save energy, conserve water, or reduce waste.

Here are some steps that qualify as good green actions your local can take: