Happy holidays!

As 2018 comes to a close, we are sending our warmest greetings and our most sincere thanks to all CUPE members.

We have much to celebrate this year. CUPE locals have won victories for our members at the bargaining table, our activists have helped elect progressive politicians, and our union has led the fight for fairness and respect in our workplaces and in our communities.

The year has also had its challenges. Perhaps most significantly, we have seen the growth of right-wing rhetoric, and increasing intolerance and hatred, across Canada and indeed around the world.

CUPE National demands fair treatment for Niagara paramedics and dispatchers

CUPE National President Mark Hancock is calling out the unfair and irresponsible treatment of paramedics and dispatcher in the Niagara Region, which is putting both workers and the public at risk.

Niagara Region paramedics and dispatchers, who are represented by CUPE Local 1019 (known as CUPE 911), currently have more members off on stress leave than any other paramedic service in Ontario. A major contributor to that stress is the repeated bullying and demeaning behaviour committed against paramedics and dispatchers by Niagara EMS management.

CUPE National condemns Ford government’s attack on Power workers and the Charter

The Canadian Union of Public Employees strongly condemns the Ford government’s introduction of back-to-work legislation against members of the Ontario Power Workers Union (CUPE Local 1000). “These workers have not even gone on strike yet, but the Ford government is already laying the groundwork to deny them their rights and bail out their employer who refuses to negotiate a fair deal,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “The premier’s hostility to the basic rights of workers runs that deep.”

CUPE questions federal social finance plans

CUPE is concerned the federal government’s plans to encourage private lending to social and community groups will open the door to privatization of vital services .

The federal government’s Fall economic update announced $755 million over 10 years in seed funding for “social financing” to charities, non-profit groups and other organizations serving a social purpose. An additional $50 million over two years will be used to increase access to and knowledge of social finance by social purpose organizations.

Joliette RCM employees reach second collective agreement

The 24 employees of the Joliette RCM, which includes about 10 cities in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, have their second collective agreement in their history.  The new agreement was signed on Friday December 14th, after workers unanimously ratified the agreement in November.

Their new agreement includes wage increases of 2% annually from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2024. The deal also includes a mandatory group RRSP for all regular employees, with a possible quick move over to the Member Funded Pension Plan (RRFS-FTQ).