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.”

Provincial budget reflects needs of Manitobans, invests in services

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Government’s 2015 provincial budget was released on April 30th, and reflects the NDP’s commitment to working families across the province.

“Our NDP government is a strong steward of the economy” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba. “Manitobans want government to invest in core services and infrastructure, and that is exactly what this government is doing”.

The provincial budget is the implementation of the government’s vision for the next year, as well as commitments to long-term and short-term investments.

Cavanagh re-elected to 6th term as CUPE Nova Scotia president

TRURO, NS – More than 220 Delegates to CUPE Nova Scotia’s 52nd Convention have re-elected Danny Cavanagh as their president. This is Cavanagh’s 6th term in the full-time position.

Says Cavanagh, “I am ready to continue the fight against the McNeil Government and any other employer who attacks the rights of workers in this province. “So far, we have seen an onslaught of anti-union legislation from the provincial government.

International Workers’ Day - May 1

CUPE recognizes International Workers’ Day today, May 1, in solidarity with millions of workers around the worIn commemoration of the struggle for an eight hour work day, we recognize the historic struggles of workers who have gone before us and their hard fought gains we benefit from today. We celebrate the resistance of workers today who continue to fight to realize genuine labour rights and economic justice.

CUPE NL to hold 41st annual convention May 4-6

ST. JOHN’S – The 41st annual CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Convention gets underway at 9:00 am Monday, May 4 at the Comfort Inn Airport Hotel in St. John’s and runs through to Wednesday, May 6.

MONDAY, 4 MAY 2015

10:30 a.m. – Guest Speaker – Paul Moist, CUPE National President
11:30 a.m. – Guest Speaker – Ryan Cleary, MP St. John’s South/Mount Pearl
2:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker – Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer
3:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker – Earle McCurdy, Leader NL New Democratic Party