CUPE was shocked to learn that several members of Unifor, including Unifor National President Jerry Dias, were arrested Monday during a peaceful protest outside the Co-op Refinery in Regina. Co-op workers represented by Unifor Local 594 were locked out by their employer six weeks ago for resisting Co-op’s attempts to gut their pensions during bargaining.
A new report produced for CUPE entitled Influences: Lessons from policy and practices in literacy and essential skills in Canada, 1990-2019, explores the numerous issues dealing with literacy and essential skills and the evolution of these concepts in the past thirty years. It also analyzes trends with respect to government policies and their impacts on workers, learners, and the communities affected.
As we prepare to begin the new decade, CUPE has much to be proud of. While there are many accomplishments to list, two of the most significant are that CUPE National is now 700,000 members strong, with a strike fund of over one hundred million dollars. This provides CUPE great strength and stability.
Sisters, Brothers and Friends:
As always, it’s been a busy few months!
I know CUPE members and leaders across the country have been hard at work ensuring their members are well-represented, whether at grievance meetings or at the bargaining table, as well as protecting their interests at city council chambers and provincial legislatures.
Which is why I am grateful that so many of you made the trip to Montréal in October to participate in our 29th biennial National Convention.
Our National Executive Board met December 10 – 12, 2019 in Ottawa. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions.
Workers at the Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) have ratified a tentative collective agreement.
After more than three years of bargaining, on November 27, 2019, CUPE 2669 and the Saskatoon Public Library reached a tentative agreement via a voluntary mediation process. The last collective agreement expired on December 31, 2016.
More than one hundred Quebec City school crossing guards demonstrated this Monday at noon to protest the risks that city cuts pose to school children.
Recall that, in September 2019, mayor Lebeaume admitted that moves had been made to cut 25,000 hours of school crossing guard supervision.