26 Fort McMurray airport workers lose jobs to privatization, temporary foreign workers

FORT MCMURRAY – Twenty-six Fort McMurray airport custodial staff learned today that they are being fired, their jobs out-sourced to a company that recruits and hires temporary foreign workers.

“We’re in shock,” CUPE Local 1505 President Les Collins said. “Temporary foreign workers aren’t supposed to displace hard-working Canadians who want to keep their jobs.”

Stop care cuts, make long-term care safer for residents, health minister urged

TORONTO – Claudia George front line staff at a Toronto nursing home where a resident was killed by another resident in 2013, today urged Ontario’s health minister to intervene immediately to stop a 200 hour a week cut to resident care at the home. At a Queen’s Park media conference, George cautioned that The Wexford Residence, a 166 bed home is already operating at “bare bones staffing levels. Cutting care hours and personal support workers, will undermine resident care and their safety.”

National Secretary-Treasurer's Report - December 2014

Sisters and Brothers:

So much has happened since our last Executive Board meeting in September. Our Union is at the forefront of many struggles and challenges each day and every day.

Recent revelations and allegations of sexual harassment on Parliament Hill, and the sexual assault charges related to the CBC, have shaken the country. We continue to push for stronger laws and procedures for our workplaces. We also hope that the national discussion will wake us up to the reality that women still face every day.

National Secretary-Treasurer's Report - March 2015

Sisters and Brothers:

In the early days of 2015, we have finalized much of the financial and strategic planning for national initiatives to be carried out this year. If the first quarter of 2015 is representative of what lies ahead this year, we can be confident that we have the resources, the leadership and the strategies needed for the challenges that we will face this year.

Talks break off between Halifax Water, CUPE Locals 227 and 1431

HALIFAX – Contract talks between Halifax Water and its two groups of unionized employees have broken off, and both sides have moved one step closer to a possible work stoppage.

CUPE Local 1431 represents 110 inside workers with the utility, while Local 227 represents some 235 outside workers.

Wages and pensions continue to be the stumbling blocks in bargaining. These are the same two issues that prompted both groups to vote in favour of strike action in December 2014.

April 8 - Day of Pink

On the second Wednesday in April, we mark the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia. In communities across Canada and around the world people wear pink to call for an end to bullying in all its forms, especially bullying targeting members of the LGBTTI community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, or intersex persons).

Care cuts at home where resident brutally killed in 2013, put residents’ safety at risk, warn nurses and PSWs

TORONTO, ON – A 200 hour a week cut to resident care at the Wexford Residence, the Toronto nursing home where a resident was brutally killed in 2013 by another resident, poses a safety risk, warn front line staff holding a media conference this Thursday, April 9 (10:30 a.m.) at the Queen’s Park media studio.

Following the 2013 beating death of a 72-year old resident at the Wexford, registered practical nurses and personal support workers (PSW) committed to push the province to make nursing homes safer through a legislated care standard.