TSB Finding & Federal Court of Appeal Ruling Major Wins for CUPE

CUPE has consistently fought against the 1:50 regulatory change that was ushered in by the federal government in 2015. The increase in the flight attendant to passenger ratio from 1:40 to 1:50 means that there are fewer cabin safety personnel on flights to respond to emergency situations. This constitutes an unnecessary and unacceptable risk for passengers and cabin crew.

A recent Transport Safety Board of Canada (TSB) finding and a Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) ruling both support CUPE’s concerns and the ongoing challenge to the 1:50 ratio.

Layoff avoided for City of Montreal's security officers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Montreal came to an agreement this past Wednesday, August 9, that avoids laying off auxiliary security officers.

Under this agreement, the 46 officers responsible for security at municipal buildings will have the option to be reassigned to auxiliary labourer positions with the City of Montreal. Their seniority will be maintained during the process of reassigning them to another municipal department in the city centre or one of the boroughs.

Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting.

The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make their decision shortly.

No details of the agreement will be released until it is ratified by both parties.

CUPE 5191 represents 220+ paramedics and dispatchers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Keep our health care facilities out of the hands of private interests: Rally on August 15

The P3 deals that the Ball Government want to use to build health care facilities in Corner Brook are a Trojan Horse that will allow the quality of our public health care to be influenced by private profits.

People living in Corner Brook and the surrounding region have needed new health care facilities, including more beds in long-term care, for many years. It came as welcome news to everyone, including CUPE members and their families, when the province announced two new facilities would begin construction later this year.

BC Labour Relations Board sanctions Pacific Blue Cross

In separate rulings involving three managers at Pacific Blue Cross, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board (LRB) has found that the non-profit benefits provider violated Section 68 of the Labour Relations Code by using prohibited replacement workers.


In a decision released yesterday, the LRB ruled that three PBC managers hired or promoted after the notice to bargain had performed work ordinarily done by CUPE 1816 members. The LRB issued a cease and desist order for these violations.


Pacific Blue Cross harming its brand with lockout: Labour

By locking out its unionized staff, Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) is only hurting its corporate brand and weakening the company with service disruptions and a mounting backlog of unprocessed benefit claims, union leaders told a picket line rally in support of CUPE Local 1816 outside PBC’s head office late this afternoon.

“Pacific Blue Cross and its CEO, Jan Grude, will of course blame the union for a situation that now sees us more than a month into a lockout with no end in sight,” said CUPE BC President Paul Faoro.

CUPE wins court case regarding airline safety

In a decision rendered last week, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against the Federal Minister of Transport, confirming CUPE’s position that safety is paramount in the operations of airlines in Canada.

“This is a major wake-up call for Transport Canada. The safety of passengers and crew must come first, before any other consideration,” said Mark Hancock, National President of CUPE.