Tough negotiations ahead with minority NB Conservative government

This morning, hundreds of citizens and union activists watched from the visitor gallery of the NB Legislature as Brian Gallant’s liberals lost power on a vote of confidence. 

Tories propped up by the 3 MLA of the People’s Alliance Party (PANB), will attempt to hold power for the next four years as a minority coalition government.

Immediately after the confidence vote results, CUPE bargaining teams assembled to strategize and prepare their coordinated bargaining.  

CUPE stands behind CUPE 5362 and CancerCare Manitoba

With news of provincial plans for a value-for-money audit of CancerCare Manitoba, CUPE is backing CancerCare services, and the 300 CUPE Local 5362 members working to support Manitobans suffering from cancer.

“The request for proposals to review CancerCare is not about improving health care for Manitoba families, it’s about justifying health care cuts,” said Shannon McAteer, CUPE Health Care Coordinator. “Manitoba families in treatment deserve a government that will put their needs first.”

Lockout averted for Grey County roads workers

A potential lockout of road workers in Grey County has been averted, following a day of mediation between Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1530 and the County. A tentative settlement was reached on Monday, November 5th. No details will be released until Local 1530’s membership has had the opportunity to review the settlement and conduct a ratification vote. The deal must also be ratified by the County.

Sudden increase in buyout offers at TELUS raises concern

CUPE is sounding the alarm about a recent wave of buyouts at TELUS, where fifty such offers have been reported in recent days. The union is worried that the buy-outs are actually lay-offs in disguise.

“The workforce has been shrinking since 2015, but these departures are different. The workers who are left are expected to add the work of those who are leaving to their existing workloads,” said Brian Leclerc, president of CUPE Local 5144.

Is Quebec’s largest psychiatric hospital changing its mission?

Members of CUPE 2960, which represents employees of the Philippe-Pinel Institute in Montreal, are deeply concerned about the institution’s future. The hospital is internationally recognized for its work in forensic psychiatry. However, rumours that the institute’s mission might be changing were confirmed in late October, when the board of directors announced it would be eliminating sociotherapist positions.