CUPE in solidarity with migrants travelling from Honduras to US

Thousands of migrants are travelling in a caravan, making their way from Honduras to the United States. CUPE expresses our solidarity with these migrants who have left their homes in search of a better life for themselves and their families. We acknowledge the injustices that force these migrants to leave their homes, including growing inequality, poverty, unemployment, corruption and foreign intervention.

In recent years, Honduras has been reeling from the impact of a right-wing government that took power in a coup and imposed austerity and privatization.

Health care workers in the Eastern Townships speak out

Health care workers in the Regional Health Authority (CIUSSS - CHUS), in Quebec, addressed the institution’s board of directors last Monday, November 12. They staged a demonstration before the general meeting and their union representatives took to the floor during the question period.

CUPE 4475 represents the more than 5400 employees of the health centre, including paratechnical staff, auxiliary services and trades. CUPE members account for about 30% of the personnel.

Myth Buster: Tuition and Student Debt

Over the past thirty years, tuition fees for university undergraduates in Canada have doubled, even after accounting for inflation. Other compulsory fees have also increased. College students are seeing a similar rise in tuition and fees. We need urgent action to address the high costs of post-secondary education. Don’t fall for these common excuses as to why the rising price tag of higher education doesn’t matter.

Myth: Total tuition doesn’t matter; what matters is net tuition – the cost to students after financial aid is taken into account.

Cafeteria workers at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières could go out on strike

Labour relations between cafeteria workers, represented by CUPE 2999, and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières have taken a turn for the worst. At a general meeting last Saturday, employees of the Sodexo-managed cafeteria voted unanimously in favour of pressure tactics, up to and including strike action—and this after only one bargaining session.

Another painful chapter for Longueuil library workers

CUPE 306 is speaking out against recently announced budget cuts to the library network in Longueil, Quebec. The union, which represents the City’s 1200 white-collar workers, including 70 library clerks, believes its these members who will end up paying the price of the cuts.

The City’s decision is particularly surprising given that restructuring the library sector was on the table during the last negotiations. The union had proposed eliminating two vacant positions in order to minimize the impact of the cuts on active employees, a proposal accepted by City representatives.

Tell Newfoundland and Labrador’s MHAs we have the right to know how our money is spent

For too long, P3 contracts have been a black hole for accountability and transparency, with generally negligible disclosure by the provincial government. Meanwhile, the use of P3 deals has accelerated while providing sweet deals to corporations and private investors.

We need to stop the drain on our finances and one of the first steps we can take is to legislate disclosure and reporting of how our money is spent in P3 deals.

Tell Nova Scotia’s MLAs we have the right to know how our money is spent

For too long, P3 contracts have been a black hole for accountability and transparency, with generally negligible disclosure by the provincial government. Meanwhile, the use of P3 deals has accelerated while providing sweet deals to corporations and private investors.

We need to stop the drain on our finances and one of the first steps we can take is to legislate disclosure and reporting of how our money is spent in P3 deals.

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