Contract academic faculty at the University of Toronto authorize strike action, if necessary, in historic vote

In historic numbers, sessional lecturers, writing instructors, music professionals and sessional instructional assistants, members of Local 3902 (Unit 3) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3902), have voted overwhelmingly to authorize ‘any and all actions necessary’ to secure a fair collective agreement with their employer, the University of Toronto (U of T).

CUPE wins its case in Supreme Court

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Quebec has prevailed in the Supreme Court on the matter of the Expenditure Restraint Act (Bill C-10) and its impact on Radio-Canada employees belonging to CUPE 675. The Association des réalisateurs (AR) de Radio-Canada was also contesting the decision rendered by the Québec Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court has ordered that a new hearing be held.

Not enough home care for mom, prompts daughter to call patient hotline set up by CUPE

CHATHAM, Ont. – Despite severe mobility issues and a history of kidney problems, Anne Howley’s 84-year old mom Joyce only receives three, half-hour home care visits a week from the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). Howley’s and her mom’s story, is one of several dozen compelling stories left by residents from communities between Windsor and London on a home care patient hotline number, set up by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, late in 2014.

Ontarians suffer from government choices, this budget a chance to change for the better

Falling incomes, failed tax cuts, costly privatization must be addressed

TORONTO, ON – Past decisions to cut corporate taxes, and use costly privatization schemes are creating a drag on the economy and driving down incomes across the province, Fred Hahn, president of the provinces’ largest union, told the finance committee during pre-budget consultations at Queen’s Park on January 29.

Winnipeg's public water a service to be proud of

WINNIPEG – Following two days of a precautionary boil water advisory, final testing proved that there is nothing wrong with Winnipeg’s water. Winnipeggers should be confident with the quality of the city’s public water system.

“We are very proud of our public water in Winnipeg,” said Gord Delbridge, vice-president of CUPE Local 500. “It is one of the best systems in the country, and recent events prove how seriously the City takes the monitoring and testing of our municipal drinking water.”

February is Black History Month

This year, Black History Month comes at a critical moment for human rights and equality in North America. The police shooting of Michael Brown, a young African American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the decision of a grand jury not to indict the police officer, led to protests across the U.S. and around the world. Subsequent, similar incidents involving police violence against people of African descent in New York, Toronto and elsewhere have only heightened unrest, and thrust the issues of anti-black violence, systemic racism and discrimination into the public spotlight.

CUPE Saskatchewan applauds Supreme Court decision restoring balance to collective bargaining; calls for more consultation

REGINA – CUPE Saskatchewan applauds the historic Supreme Court of Canada decision handed down today which recognizes the constitutional right of public sector workers to go on strike and has determined the Saskatchewan Party Government’s essential services legislation to be unconstitutional.