Take Action on World Blood Donor Day – June 14

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day. For countries around the world, it is a time to raise awareness of blood safety and recognize the precious, life‑saving contributions of voluntary, unpaid blood donors. For CUPE, which represents over 450 members working for Canadian Blood Services throughout Canada, it is also a time to act, as Canada’s national blood system faces some of the most serious challenges since the 1990s.

CUPE 1600 ratifies collective agreement with Toronto Zoo

A month‑long strike at Canada’s largest zoo is one step closer to ending today after members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) voted to ratify a four‑year collective agreement.

“While we are looking forward to returning to work and to looking after the animals we so deeply care about, our employer should be under no illusions that this was an easy decision for us to collectively take. This was a month of struggle, for the right reasons, and I am incredibly proud of what our members have achieved,” said Christine McKenzie, President of CUPE 1600.

CUPE education launches local executive training

Members of local union executives deal with many expectations and demands. Executive members have many roles, from representing members, to running a local and mobilizing for action. It can feel like a lot of pressure and sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. Even experienced leaders face new challenges every day. CUPE Education is now offering a collection of workshops designed to help you meet those challenges.

CUPE 500 members vote 85% in favour of strike mandate

CUPE Local 500 members from across City of Winnipeg departments voted 85 per cent in favour of a strike mandate at a meeting held on June 7, 2017. Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots in an overwhelming show of support for the bargaining committee.

“The CUPE Local 500 bargaining committee takes this direction from our members seriously,” said Gord Delbridge, President of CUPE Local 500. “We are committed to bringing this message back to the City’s bargaining team with the hopes that they will be able to table a more acceptable package.”