Experts call for NL to keep long-term care public

Speakers at a CUPE symposium on privatization drew on a wide range of Canadian and international evidence to reach a clear conclusion: privatizing seniors’ homes in Newfoundland and Labrador makes no economic sense, and puts vulnerable seniors at risk.

The symposium took place on the eve of the annual gathering of Canada’s premiers, being held this year in St. John’s. It drew a diverse crowd of advocates, elected officials, policy-makers and concerned citizens.

Harmony House: Arbitrator awards CUPE workers more than $212,000 and recommends investigation into “malfeasance”

Halifax – Provincial Arbitrator George Filliter today released a strongly worded decision in the case of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4782 versus Harmony House.

The decision included orders for the employer to pay retroactive wages with interest, RRSP contributions, union dues, costs, and “aggravated damages” totaling more than $212,000 for the 6 former CUPE employees. Filliter also recommended the Provincial Department of Community Services investigate Harmony House’s owners for the appearance of “some degree of malfeasance”.

CUPE Survey

Margot Young | CUPE Communications


CUPE has been renewing our union through the Fairness Project, a comprehensive campaign to reinforce the value of union membership. It is a project to build membership skills to create an active and powerful union. The Fairness Project provides members greater opportunities to understand, engage and participate in CUPE local, regional and national campaigns. 

A call to national convention

Charles Fleury | CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer​

Preparations for CUPE’s 27th National Convention are well underway. The convention will be held in Vancouver from November 2 to 6. Advance notice has been sent to our chartered organizations in May, and the official convention notice will be sent no later than August 4.

It’s a wrap

​Riccardo Filippone | CUPE Communications

Parliament has adjour­ned for the summer and when it returns it will likely be a brand new parliament. With a fixed election date of October 19, it’s expected that summer will lead straight into a September election campaign.

Let’s take a quick look at the parliamentary session that was.