Talks break down as U of S tables 3 year wage freeze and removal of retirement security for CUPE members

Talks between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE Local 1975 have further deteriorated after the Employer tabled a proposal to eliminate the Defined Benefit Plan and replace it with an inferior Defined Contribution or Target Benefit Plan. The local has informed the provincial Mediator that bargaining is at a standstill.

CUPE 402 welcomes City of Surrey fitness professionals

CUPE 402 gained 206 new members through a Labour Relations Board (LRB) vote held on Friday, January 25. The vote to join CUPE was successful: fitness professionals will now be members of CUPE 402.

The new members work for the City of Surrey as Group Fitness Instructors (including Aquafit), Personal Trainers, and Wellness Instructors (including Meditation, Pilates, and Yoga).

CUPE Statement on the situation in Venezuela

On January 23, Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan opposition leader and president of their national assembly, declared himself to be the interim national president of Venezuela.

The Canadian government was one of the first governments in the world to declare support for Juan Guaidó. In doing so, they have chosen to side with a self-declared leader over President Nicolás Maduro, who was duly elected by the people of Venezuela. They have also chosen to side with Donald Trump and US foreign policy.

CUPE Manitoba raises red flags on Education Review

CUPE expressed concern for the potential changes coming to Manitoba’s K-12 education system. CUPE fears the government is considering radical changes that have the potential to throw the education system into chaos, contemplating simultaneously eliminating elected school trustees, merging or eliminating school divisions and considering changes to the funding model for education in Manitoba. 

Tentative agreement reached for CUPE long term care workers in Nova Scotia

The CUPE Nova Scotia Long Term Care Coordinating Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

“Details of the agreement will be presented to CUPE members at meetings to take place across the province the week of February 10 to 14, 2019. A schedule of meeting dates and locations is available on CUPE Nova Scotia website,” says CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod.

A bad day for Ontario students

Doug Ford’s PC government has announced an unprecedented round of deep cuts to Ontario Universities, the conversion of student grants to loans, and an attack on student democracy on campuses.

“These cuts were made without consultation with the University sector, and will have damaging impacts for students for a long time to come”, said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Doug Ford’s insiders have attempted to cover up a devastating attack on students with a paper-thin discount on tuition that will cost students more in the long run”.