Library workers slam EY report on library services

CUPE members are asking how a long overdue report which came at a great cost to taxpayers, fails to provide the one recommendation it was ostensibly commissioned to deliver – whether or not to close public libraries in 54 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are no specific recommendations regarding the closures; rather, there are vague observations about establishing location parameters to decide which libraries should close or be amalgamated.

CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council elects new president

On May 19th, delegates at the annual CUPE Health Care Council Conference elected Weyburn resident Sandra Seitz as the new president for the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council.

Seitz is the president of CUPE Local 5999 and has been involved with the CUPE Health Care Council since 2003. She started her career as a continuing care aid at Tatagwa View long term care facility. She has been active with the union for 30 years and is passionate about health and safety, tackling workload, and improving public health care for everyone.

CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo resume bargaining

Negotiators for CUPE 1600 and the Toronto Zoo resumed bargaining on May 18, one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo.

“The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so I am very pleased both parties have agreed to a resumption in negotiations,” said Christine McKenzie, President of CUPE 1600.

After pushing workers into taking strike action one week ago, management closed the Zoo down just as peak visiting season was ready to commence.

Cape Breton education workers devastated by layoff notices

Twenty‑eight education workers received layoff notices this week from their employer, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB). The workers, who are members of CUPE Local 5050, include 23 teaching assistants, two secretaries, two supervisor cleaners and one cleaner. A bus driver and an inventory clerk position were also lost through attrition.

CUPE and Local 5050 members are devastated by the board’s decision to lay off staff.

CUPE Health Care Council elects new president

Today (May 19), delegates at the annual CUPE Health Care Council Conference elected Weyburn resident Sandra Seitz as the new president for the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council.

Seitz is the president of CUPE Local 5999 and has been involved with the CUPE Health Care Council since 2003. She started her career as a continuing care aid at Tatagwa View long term care facility. She has been active with the union for 30 years and is passionate about health and safety, tackling workload, and improving public health care for everyone.

CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo to resume bargaining this afternoon

Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo will resume bargaining this afternoon (May 18), one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo.

“The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so I am very pleased both parties have agreed to a resumption in negotiations,” said Christine McKenzie, President of CUPE 1600.

After pushing workers into taking strike action one week ago, management closed the Zoo down just as peak visiting season was ready to commence.

CUPE calls for infrastructure bank that works for the public

Canadians need a federal plan that protects public infrastructure – instead of selling it off and hiking fees and tolls, as the Liberal government is planning with the Canada Infrastructure Bank. On Tuesday, CUPE presented the case for a public infrastructure bank to MPs at two House committees.

Researcher Sarah Ryan presented to the House of Commons transportation, infrastructure and communities committee, while economist Toby Sanger presented to the Commons finance committee.

CUPE tells feds to drop promise-breaking Bill C-27

CUPE National President Mark Hancock has called on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to withdraw Bill C‑27, “An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985.”

If passed, Bill C‑27 would allow federally‑regulated employers like banks, transportation and telecom companies to retroactively walk away from the pension promises they have already made to workers and retirees.

Is the REM light rail project financed by development in a borderline flood zone?

CUPE and the Trainsparence coalition are questioning the viability of a major housing project linked to funding for the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM). In fact, the Cap Nature Pierrefonds West development project, which promises to build 5,500 homes, is currently affected by the floods that have hit the Montreal area.

Members of the coalition went to see the situation on the ground first hand.

CUPE attends ILO meeting on decent work for persons with disabilities

CUPE member Sheryl Burns represented CUPE at a meeting on decent work for persons with disabilities at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva this week. Sheryl is the co-chair of CUPE’s National Women’s Committee and the committee’s representative for persons with disabilities.

Representatives from trade unions across the world met to share what they are doing to promote decent work for persons with disabilities, and to help the ILO identify actions to support unions in advancing this goal.

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