Retirement security and equality-seeking groups

Canadians are walking into a retirement income crisis that will hit equality-seeking groups the hardest.

Over 11 million Canadians today – six out of every 10 workers - don’t have a workplace pension plan. When a worker doesn’t have a good pension at work, they have to rely more heavily on the country’s public pension system (Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Pension Plan). But this system is inadequate, particularly for equality-seeking groups.

CUPE membership survey: results for equality

CUPE conducted its first-ever comprehensive survey of its membership in 2014 to give our union a better understanding of the union’s demographics and diversity, as well as the degree to which its members face precarious work. Nearly 3,000 members representing all regions and sectors were polled. This rich national level data from the survey has many stories to tell about our membership. We gained valuable insights into the wages, working conditions, and union involvement of our members from equality-seeking groups.

CUPE wins its case in Supreme Court

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Quebec has prevailed in the Supreme Court on the matter of the Expenditure Restraint Act (Bill C-10) and its impact on Radio-Canada employees belonging to CUPE 675. The Association des réalisateurs (AR) de Radio-Canada was also contesting the decision rendered by the Québec Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court has ordered that a new hearing be held.

Winnipeg's public water a service to be proud of

WINNIPEG – Following two days of a precautionary boil water advisory, final testing proved that there is nothing wrong with Winnipeg’s water. Winnipeggers should be confident with the quality of the city’s public water system.

“We are very proud of our public water in Winnipeg,” said Gord Delbridge, vice-president of CUPE Local 500. “It is one of the best systems in the country, and recent events prove how seriously the City takes the monitoring and testing of our municipal drinking water.”

February is Black History Month

This year, Black History Month comes at a critical moment for human rights and equality in North America. The police shooting of Michael Brown, a young African American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the decision of a grand jury not to indict the police officer, led to protests across the U.S. and around the world. Subsequent, similar incidents involving police violence against people of African descent in New York, Toronto and elsewhere have only heightened unrest, and thrust the issues of anti-black violence, systemic racism and discrimination into the public spotlight.

CUPE Saskatchewan applauds Supreme Court decision restoring balance to collective bargaining; calls for more consultation

REGINA – CUPE Saskatchewan applauds the historic Supreme Court of Canada decision handed down today which recognizes the constitutional right of public sector workers to go on strike and has determined the Saskatchewan Party Government’s essential services legislation to be unconstitutional.

Contract academic faculty at the University of Toronto authorize strike action, if necessary, in historic vote

In historic numbers, sessional lecturers, writing instructors, music professionals and sessional instructional assistants, members of Local 3902 (Unit 3) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3902), have voted overwhelmingly to authorize ‘any and all actions necessary’ to secure a fair collective agreement with their employer, the University of Toronto (U of T).