CUPE Local 30 to mark 100th anniversary

The union representing Edmonton’s ‘outside’ municipal workers will mark 100 years of activism on Monday.

Local 30 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees was known as the Civic Employees Federal Labour Union when it received its first charter on May 1, 1917. In 1951, the Local was one of nine unions to form what would become the Alberta Division of CUPE – now Canada’s largest union.

Big win for library funding – but what does it mean for workers who were already laid off?

The Government of Saskatchewan has reversed the drastic funding cuts for public libraries, a move that is welcomed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). However, there are still questions about what this means for the library workers who already received pink slips.

“Close to 15 library workers were laid off due to funding cuts. Now that the funding is restored we hope the regional libraries will do the right thing and welcome these workers back to work,” said Tom Graham, president of CUPE Saskatchewan.

Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre workers get first contract

CUPE Local 4951-01 and the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre have signed off on a first collective agreement that provides stability for the non-profit society while offering better conditions for its employees.

The Centre, which is run out of the College of New Caledonia, currently has four employees who provide childcare to children and, through a faculty-run program, instruct students to become early childhood educators.

Add your voice to the No More Operating in the Dark campaign

In February 2016, CUPE participated in a multi-union delegation to Bangladesh. We were hosted by the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS), a center founded in 2001 by garment workers who were organizing for better working conditions, wages and labour rights in factories sourced by some of the richest corporations in the world.

Workers in Bangladesh, mostly women, are courageously organizing for better working conditions and to be able to join independent trade unions.

Pacific Blue Cross workers vote in favour of job action

CUPE Local 1816, representing more than 600 employees of the benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross (PBC), have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action after a strike vote held yesterday.

The strike vote came after several rounds of bargaining failed to result in a tentative agreement. The latest PBC proposal includes concessions to retiree benefits and the extended health care plan, including drug coverage, paramedical services, and vision care. It also includes a small lump-sum payment in lieu of wage increases.