Talks break off between CUPE and Halifax Water

Talks have broken off again between Halifax Water and its unionized employees

HALIFAX – Contract talks had resumed this morning, just hours after a strike got underway at the utility.

CUPE Local 227 President Dave Dort says, “This employer seems to have no real interest in actually bargaining. They are refusing to move one bit on the pension issue.

“They seem intent on keeping this strike going needlessly,” he says.

St. Joe’s offers yet another new costing for patient transport

CUPE 786 holding update media conference Wednesday 11 a.m.

HAMILTON, ON – The Ontario health minister says he encourages “the highest level of transparency” from our public hospitals, but “getting St. Joe’s to stick to one set of financial numbers for patient transport, is like nailing Jello to a wall,” says Domenic DiPasquale president of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 786.

Tell London’s management to show respect to ‘inside’ municipal workers

Municipal workers at the City of London are trying to reach a contract with their employer but management has been putting up roadblocks – coming to bargaining unprepared, unwilling to bargain by forcing concessions on the 750 municipal workers, which led to a lockout or strike deadline of May 23.

Now the City is trying to downplay the impact of a service shutdown even though, for example, 19,000 Ontario Works clients served by our members will be impacted if we are forced out on the picket line.

Winnipeg General Strike Remembered

WINNIPEG – Today marks the 96th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike where over 25,000 workers walked off the job in support of fair wages, and better working conditions.

“As we draw closer to the 100th anniversary of this historic event, we are reminded of the sacrifices of those who came before us in the labour movement” said Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba “it is because of these sacrifices that we are able to continue to organize as a movement and fight for our members”.

CUPE BC launches library worker safety survey

BURNABY - CUPE represents members who work in libraries across all sectors in B.C. In recognition of the increasing number of issues coming forward, the CUPE BC Library Committee has launched a survey to look at changing health and safety conditions for CUPE members in library workplaces across B.C.

The survey will give CUPE important information about what the health and safety issues are for CUPE’s library workers. Once the results are compiled, this will be a useful tool in advocating for improvements.

Week of Action highlights voices for childcare

VANCOUVER—The Week of Action on Childcare has raised awareness about the need for fully-funded early care and learning programs in B.C. and across Canada.

Advocates have been quoted in media reports this week saying that a provincially-sponsored program would allow more parents to work and contribute to the economy, while the Rethink Child Care campaign has produced a calculator that estimates how much parents would save if they had access to $15-a-day childcare funding.

CUPE BC donates $25,000 to Nepal earthquake relief efforts

BURNABY - British Columbia’s largest union, CUPE BC, has donated $25,000 to Oxfam Canada’s relief efforts in Nepal following the second of two deadly earthquakes that have ravaged the impoverished country.

“Delegates to our recent convention unanimously passed an emergency resolution to make this donation,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “It’s even more important that we step up given the second earthquake this week that has caused so much more devastation.”

Earlier this week, Oxfam Canada issued this statement: