Air Canada flight 624 crash: a message from cupe’s airline division

OTTAWA – CUPE’s Airline Division and its many thousands of Canadian flight attendant members from across the country collectively breathed a sigh of relief at the news that all 132 passengers and 5 crew members had made it out safely after Air Canada flight 624 crash-landed in Halifax.

 “Words can’t express how relieved we all feel,” said Michel Cournoyer, CUPE’s Airline Division President, also President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE. “Our entire community is so glad that everybody made it out safe and sound.”

Day of action on the Health Accord to be held in St. John's

ST. JOHN – March 31, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the expiry of the Health Accord between the federal government and the provinces. Canada-wide actions will take place, including news conferences; protests outside MP offices, legislatures and other public buildings; and more.

In the past year, Canadians have lost $987 million in federal funding for public health care. Without a new Health Accord, over 10 years the cuts to public health care will be $36 billion.

WHAT: News conference and rally 

Day of action on the Health Accord to be held in St. John's

ST. JOHN – March 31, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the expiry of the Health Accord between the federal government and the provinces. Canada-wide actions will take place, including news conferences; protests outside MP offices, legislatures and other public buildings; and more.

In the past year, Canadians have lost $987 million in federal funding for public health care. Without a new Health Accord, over 10 years the cuts to public health care will be $36 billion.

WHAT: News conference and rally 

Strike ends at University of Toronto as CUPE 3902-1 votes to go to arbitration

TORONTO – The strike at the University of Toronto is over. By a margin of 942 to 318, members of Unit 1, Local 3902 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3902-1) have voted to send all outstanding issues to binding arbitration.

That means classes could resume as early as Friday.

We’re very pleased to see an end to this dispute,” said Ryan Culpepper, CUPE 3902-1 Vice-Chair. “The members have spoken and I share in their confidence that the arbitrator’s rulings will result in a fair settlement,” he added.

The benefits of public solid waste services: Lessons for Toronto

Public municipal solid waste services are fundamental to the quality of life in our communities. How we collect and dispose of our garbage and recycling is essential to our health, our environmental future and the appearance of our cities and towns.

Landfills are reaching the end of their lifespan, and carry a high financial and environmental price. Extended producer responsibility legislation and a decline in the market price of recyclables add to the pressure on municipalities struggling to deliver high-quality, affordable public services.

Mandatory presence of two crew members in the flight deck: Minister Raitt must demonstrate consistency

OTTAWA – CUPE’s Airline Division welcomes Transport Minister Lisa Raitt’s decision to impose the presence, at all times, of two crew members in the flight decks of aircraft in the aftermath of the revelations surrounding the crash of Germanwing’s flight in France.

«Flight attendants are highly-trained safety professionals, and we are absolutely capable of helping to maintain safety in the flight deck whenever one of the pilots must leave», stated Michel Cournoyer, president of CUPE’s Airline Division.

Province “Picking the pockets” of public workers: CUPE Alberta

 Today’s provincial budget chips away at the incomes of hard-working public employees and their families while failing to increase revenues through progressive taxation, CUPE Alberta Treasurer Glynnis Lieb said.

“The Premier is picking the pockets of public workers,” Lieb said. “Demanding wage concessions while eliminating health care tax cost-sharing means less money for our kids’ after-school activities and less money for groceries and rent.”

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