CUPE supports reconciliation in Wet’suwet’en Territory and across Canada

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is offering solidarity and support to the people of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia.

CUPE is relieved that the police standoff has been averted for the time being, and hopeful that the federal government will recognize that it is long past time for real action when it comes to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Harm reduction services must be available where needed

In a recent submission to Health Canada’s public consultation on the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, CUPE recommended that the federal government increase funding to expand public harm reduction services. This will ensure that services are available based on need and not an ability to pay, and that there’s adequate and high-quality services to meet the demand. All services must be provided in stigma- and judgment-free settings to reduce barriers that often prevent people from accessing them. 

Day of Mourning

CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a national Day of Mourning in 1984.

That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is recognized in more than 120 countries around the world.

Statement from Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury on the January 11 bus crash in Ottawa

The entire CUPE family is sending out its thoughts and sympathies for the victims of Friday’s tragic bus crash in Ottawa which took the lives of three people and injured dozens more. In particular, we are thinking of Bruce Thomlinson, Judy Booth, and Anja Van Beek, the three public service workers who were killed in the collision, as well as their families and loved ones.

Speak out today for public libraries

Late last year, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted a secretive library review. They held a series of meetings with employer groups, but library workers and the public were not included in the process.

The Government of Saskatchewan has finally decided to let the public have a say. They are accepting public comments on the future of our provincial libraries until January 24.