The fight to Keep Hydro Public has only just begun: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO – CUPE Ontario vowed to ramp up pressure in the fight against the sale of Hydro One as the government used its majority in the legislature to force through its omnibus budget bill.

Bill 91 enacts laws that allows the Liberal-engineered sell-off of our provincial electricity system, Hydro One.

Despite enormous public opposition to the proposed sale, the Wynne government has moved forward with legislation to allow the sale, without public approval or consultation.

CUPE Local 500 Members Ratify Tentative Agreement

WINNIPEG – Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 500 last Tuesday, voted 61.6 per cent in favour of the tentative agreement with the City of Winnipeg.   

The previous agreement between CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg expired in December 2014.

CUPE Local 500 President Mike Davidson says that the union pushed back on concessions and worked hard to achieve a fair contract. 

Halifax Water continues to mislead employees, public on pension details

HALIFAX – Unionized employees with Halifax Water say their employer continues to mislead employees and ratepayers about critical details of its pension proposal. CUPE Local 1431 President Heather Corkum says, “In a newspaper ad which ran on Saturday, May 16, Halifax Water presents a highly-selective, one-sided version of its proposal to the union.”

Global week of action for climate justice

With growing demand for climate action around the world, CUPE is calling on the Canadian government to step up its role on climate change ahead of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference set to take place this December in Paris.

As part of an International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) initiative, CUPE sent a letter to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq on June 1, outlining demands aimed at securing a strong global climate agreement to protect workers against the impacts of climate change. These include:

CUPE 873-03 members on strike

RICHMOND, BC – CUPE 873-03 members have begun strike action at SN Transport after repeated attempts to reach a first collective agreement have failed. The union is critical of the employer for its delay tactics and unwillingness to bargain a first contract with the workers who provide patient transfer services in the Lower Mainland.

CUPE Ontario Membership makes historic change for equality at Solidarity against Austerity Convention

TORONTO, ON – Members of Ontario’s largest union took a historic step last week, changing their union’s constitution to ensure broader diversity on its executive board, which will enhance the union’s work against the austerity agenda.

Delegates to the 52nd annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted overwhelmingly to expand the number of diversity seats on their union’s executive board.

Ours to keep: municipal public services and assets

Canada’s cities and towns are the bedrock of our country. They are responsible for the services that keep us safe and healthy. They build and maintain the systems that treat and deliver clean water to our homes, and return treated wastewater to the environment. Municipalities take care of the transit systems, roads, and bridges that let us travel safely and efficiently through our days and keep the economy moving.

CUPE calls for public funding for Plains Surgery Centre

REGINA – CUPE is disappointed with Health Minister Dustin Duncan’s suggestion that the government might not publically fund the Plains Surgery Centre.

“The long awaited Plains Surgery Centre has been on the government to do list for seven years,” said Gordon Campbell, president of the CUPE Health Care Council.  “Instead of investing in public solutions, this government is subsidizing private, for-profit clinics that cost the public more.”