CUPE to donate $35,000 to relief efforts in Nepal

On April 25, an earthquake devastated the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Thousands have died and the death toll continues to rise with a further 6,500 injured, according to Nepalese officials. Women, children and elderly people sit outside in the cold and wind, while numerous people are still buried and dying under the collapsed buildings.

CUPE has pledged $25,000 to Oxfam international and another $10,000 to the Public Services International (PSI) Nepal relief fund.

Town of Windsor sign new five-year deal

WINDSOR, NS – The Town of Windsor and CUPE Local 1089 are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement on a five-year collective agreement which runs through to March 31, 2020. Town Council and CUPE Local 1089 have both ratified the agreement.

Local 1089 President Yogi Harvey says, “Our members are pleased with the agreement and see it as the town showing its appreciation for the hard work that we do for residents.”

Democracy town hall tour

The past nine years have been tough on Canadian workers. With a weak economy and stagnant wages, Canadians are having a hard time making ends meet. Families can’t find affordable child care. Our public health care system is coming a part at the seams. Millions of seniors are at risk of poverty. Our country has had no federal leadership on protecting our environment.

It’s time for a change.

Profile of Warrick Cluney: It’s in my blood

John McCracken | CUPE Communications

In 1980, Warrick Cluney took a job as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Conception Bay South (CBS), Newfoundland, and became a member of CUPE 3034.

At the time, CBS was a small coastal community. It is just outside St. John’s on the Avalon Peninsula. The local consisted of public works and office employees and had 15 members.

This February, Cluney stepped down as president of CUPE 3034, after serving in that position for 32 years. His local now has just under 170 members.

May is Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate the rich and varied contributions of people of Asian descent to Canada’s social, economic and cultural fabric. It’s important for each of us to reflect on how cultural diversity today continues to strengthen us as a labour movement and in our communities.

CUPE marks the International Day of Mourning

An emotional ceremony was held on the morning of April 28 to mark the International Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job at CUPE national office in Ottawa.

CUPE members and staff in attendance heard from CUPE 503 (City of Ottawa) President Brian Madden, who spoke about Alain Bissonnette, a 503 member who tragically lost his life at work in February.

“I think one of the hardest things, for me, was speaking to Alain’s mother,” said Madden. “She told me, ‘I want you to find out what happened to my son.’ No mother should have to go through that.”

Court challenge threatens health care for all Canadians: report

Medicare as we know it is being challenged in the British Columbia Supreme Court. “Cambie Corp. Goes to Court – The Legal Assault on Universal Health Care” by Colleen Fuller outlines this most recent and serious attack on public health in Canada.

Produced by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in collaboration with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the report focuses on the recent Cambie Charter challenge where a group of private sector advocates, led by Brian Day, are challenging the provincial Medicare Protection Act (MPA).

Democracy town hall tour

The past nine years have been tough on Canadian workers. With a weak economy and stagnant wages, Canadians are having a hard time making ends meet. Families can’t find affordable child care. Our public health care system is coming a part at the seams. Millions of seniors are at risk of poverty. Our country has had no federal leadership on protecting our environment.

It’s time for a change.

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