CUPE NL mobilizing to keep province P3-free zone

CUPE members in Newfoundland and Labrador are leaving their division convention ready to defeat Premier Paul Davis’ privatization plans.

The provincial Conservatives recently announced plans to privatize 360 new long-term care beds through public-private partnerships (P3s).

CUPE’s fightback was launched at a powerful rally on the steps of the provincial House of Assembly that brought workers together with one clear message: our public services are not for sale.

Victoria brings new Parking Ambassadors in house

VICTORIA – The City of Victoria and CUPE Local 50 have announced that starting January 1, new Parking Ambassadors will be moved to an in-house model.

The in-house model is intended to give the City greater ability to offer a parking experience consistent with customer service objectives and stakeholder needs, while still regulating parking to ensure there is high turnover of parking spaces downtown.

New Eastside sewage treatment consultations in the CRD

VICTORIA – Following a successful kickoff event held on April 29 at the Royal BC Museum, the Eastside Select Committee has announced three additional community dialogues. CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.

May 09, 11am-1pm
Saanich, Cedar Hill Rec Centre

May 09, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Oak Bay, Windsor Pavilion Sports Room

May 13, 10am-12pm
Victoria, Crystal Pool

CUPE congratulates Alberta NDP on historic win

Premier Rachel Notley and the NDP team have made an historic breakthrough in Alberta.

This victory is a tribute to Premier Notley and her principled, clear message that it was time for change in Alberta.

It is a tribute to the people of Alberta who took back government from the PC’s, breaking a 43-year hold on power in the province.

And it is a tribute to thousands of NDP volunteers, including many CUPE activists and staff.

Newfoundland and Labrador should look to Alberta for lessons on taxation

ST. JOHN’S – As Albertans go to the polls today in what could prove to be a ground-breaking election there, CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says politicians in this province should look west to understand how the political winds are shifting.

Lucas says, “When the government asked Albertans what they thought should be done to deal with the decline in resource revenues, a large majority - 70 per cent - told the government they should increase corporate tax rates.

CUPE 7000 members ratify agreement with Southern Railway

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway (SRY), this afternoon ratified a tentative agreement reached late last week with the U.S.-owned company. They will begin returning to work Tuesday.

Key elements of the seven-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2014, include preservation of post-retiree benefits, improvements to dental benefits, improvements to training and working conditions, and annual wage increases of 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

Union hopeful that mediation will help achieve a settlement

POWELL RIVER, BC – Powell River city workers have requested mediation in an effort to reach an agreement with the city and avoid service disruption.

“We know that the city is in good financial health and that other similar and neighbouring communities have reached agreements with their workers along the same terms that CUPE is seeking. Given this, we are hopeful that mediation scheduled for May 14 and 15 will allow us to reach a fair agreement,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

CUPE education workers in solidarity with striking high school teachers in Peel

PEEL REGION, ON – CUPE’s education workers across Ontario are sending support and solidarity to the members of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) who began a strike at the Peel District School Board today.

High school teachers at the Peel District School Board have joined teachers in Durham and the Sudbury region, who began strike action on April 20th and April 27th respectively.

CUPE BC an “exemplary” force for social justice: Stephen Lewis

VANCOUVER – International human rights champion Stephen Lewis revved up delegates on Friday with a firebrand speech that, with his trademark orator’s flair, eviscerated the Harper Conservatives and praised CUPE BC for its progressive social activism on several fronts.

“I love the rambunctious crowd in this trade union crucible,” he began, describing the convention atmosphere. “If only most of Canada could see the intelligence and judgement and intensity when you are discussing important issues—it would be an elixir for the entire country.”