Education support workers at Horizon School Division faced with reduction in days worked

The Horizon School Division in Saskatchewan is cutting days for ten-month term education support staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

Education assistants, librarians, secretaries, occupational therapists, student counsellors, and outreach workers all lost between 4 and 13 working days. The Division also cut the only two speech pathologist assistant positions.

Seniors pay the price for austerity in long term care

Long term care workers at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home in Halifax, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, were pleased to see their employer raise the issue of funding cuts in the Chronicle Herald last week.

“The medical director of Saint Vincent’s, Dr. Barry Clarke, reiterated what we have been saying for years,” says CUPE Long-Term Care Committee Chair Louise Riley, “that nursing home staff are really struggling to give residents the quality of care they need and deserve, due to funding cuts and understaffing.”

Contracting out bus services in Ile-a la-Crosse wrong choice for students

Ile-a la-Crosse School Division, in northern Saskatchewan, has decided to sell off its fleet of school buses and contract out bus services to a private bus operator.

“The evidence from other school divisions shows that contracting-out is more expensive and is less accountable to the community,” said Tony Head, CUPE servicing representative for Local 4607. “Once the school division sells its buses, it has no control over price increases.”

Village of Harrison Hot Springs workers reject ‘last offer’

CUPE 458 members have overwhelmingly rejected the Village of Harrison Hot Springs’ “last offer” in a vote administered yesterday by the Labour Relations Board at the request of the Village.

Fourteen of 17 eligible voters participated, voting 86 per cent in favour of rejection.

CUPE 458 President Darlene Worthylake says that union has already contacted the Village and that they are prepared to return to the bargaining table at any time.

Village Workers reject ‘last offer’

CUPE 458 members have overwhelmingly rejected the Village of Harrison Hot Springs’ “last offer” in a vote administered yesterday by the Labour Relations Board at the request of the Village.

Fourteen of 17 eligible voters participated, voting 86 per cent in favour of rejection.

CUPE 458 President Darlene Worthylake says that union has already contacted the Village and that they are prepared to return to the bargaining table at any time.

Contracting out bus services in Ile-a la-Crosse wrong choice for students, says CUPE

Ile-a la-Crosse School Division has decided to sell off its fleet of school buses and contract out bus services to a private bus operator.

“The evidence from other school divisions shows that contracting-out is more expensive and is less accountable to the community,” said Tony Head, CUPE servicing representative for Local 4607. “Once the school division sells its buses, it has no control over price increases.”

National Executive Board Highlights - June 2018

In Memory

The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. Remembered were: Brother Xiaochun Luo, Local 500, workplace fatality; Sister Renuka Amarasinghe, Local 4400; Brother Simon Cudworth, Local 1858; Sister Stacey Laidlaw, Local 873; Brother Ray Arsenault, retired staff; Brother George Wilson, retired staff; Brother Denzil D’Souza, retired staff.

Canadian Labour Congress

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