Powell River city workers ratify new agreement

POWELL RIVER, BC – CUPE 798 members met last night to approve a new agreement, avoiding a labour dispute and service disruption for the community.

“We have had a very tough round of bargaining and we are relieved that we have certainty and stability for the future. Members were very clear that the City’s aggressive concessions package was a deal breaker and we successfully pushed back on that package,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

CUPE 3570 calls on Board to review massive EA cuts

PARKVILLE, BC – CUPE 3570 President Lisa Paine is calling on School District #69 (Qualicum) to review budget cuts and the layoff of 16 Education Assistants (EAs).

“What will the effect be for students next September?” asks Paine.

Paine is concerned that EAs are required to take on more and more students. On any given day, an EA in a high school could be working with 10 to 12 students.  When they are not replaced, the already-heavy workload of other EAs is increased and supports for students are compromised.

Food service giant Compass serves up a rotten deal to workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

CUPE leaders join hospital rally to call for a fair deal for food service employees

PETERBOROUGH, ON – At noon on Thursday, May 21, employees of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and other supporters will rally in defense of the hospital’s food service workers, who are employed by multinational food service corporation Compass Group Canada.

User-pay MRI legislation will reduce access and only increase wait lists

The introduction of user-pay MRI scan legislation by the Government of Saskatchewan is the beginning of two-tier health care, says CUPE.

“Allowing those able to pay for private MRI scans to get access to health care more quickly – regardless of need – is the introduction of two-tier health care,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. “While those with large wallets can get MRIs quickly, the rest of us will have to wait.”

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.

CUPE Local 606 calls on Board to amend budget

NANAIMO, BC – CUPE 606 President Rob Zver today called on the School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) Board to amend its budget and properly fund education support services. Despite having a surplus of $1.7 million for 2015, the Board recently passed a budget that calls for large cuts to the facilities department including layoffs for caretakers, carpenters, electricians, maintenance and grounds workers.

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.