Nan McFadgen re-elected president of CUPE Nova Scotia

Nan McFadgen, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, was re-elected at the union’s 54th annual convention on May 31, 2017. More than 200 voting delegates from locals across the province attended the convention held May 28 to 31, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro.
Other election results are as follows:
• Dave Dort, recording secretary
• Donna Vankroonenburg, three-year trustee
• Chris Melanson, vice-president, Halifax
• Marcy Vacon, vice-president, Yarmouth
• Liz Paris, equity vice-president

CUPE members elected to Nova Scotia Legislature

CUPE Nova Scotia congratulates former CUPE members Sue LeBlanc, MLA for Dartmouth North, and Tammy Martin, MLA for Cape Breton Centre, on their election to the Nova Scotia Legislature in the provincial election held May 30, 2017.
“It is thrilling to see two incredible women elected to represent Nova Scotians,” says Nan McFadgen, CUPE Nova Scotia president. “Having new progressive voices in the legislature is important for the future of the labour movement in the province. We know they’ll do a wonderful job.”

Workplace changes are far from restoring balance for workers in Ontario

Workplace changes, announced by the Ontario government today, are a long way from rectifying the huge imbalance in our economy that continues to leave workers behind, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.

Thanks to the hard work of thousands of workers and advocates, the government has finally acknowledged that we have a serious problem in this province when it comes to workers’ rights and compensation, Hahn told a meeting of his Executive Board that is preparing for the union’s annual convention this week in Toronto.

CUPE 1975 concerned about potential contracting out at the University of Saskatchewan

CUPE 1975 is concerned that the University of Saskatchewan’s interest in negotiating an incentivized exit with union employees may lead to contracting out of key university services.

“Under the current collective agreement, the employer is prohibited from contracting out our work as a result of layoffs,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE Local 1975. “We believe that incentivized exits should provide the same assurance, but the university has yet to provide us with that assurance.”

Agreement reigns at the City of Bécancour

On Tuesday, May 23, employees of the City of Bécancour signed their collective agreement, which includes wage increases of 14% over seven years.

In addition to wages, the key points in the agreement are an improved employment floor and a clause on staff mobility when a position is abolished. The Union is also satisfied with a clawback clause for employees required to work overtime at night.

The City of Moose Jaw and CUPE 9 ratify new collective agreement

After almost two years at the bargaining table, the City of Moose Jaw and CUPE 9 have ratified a new collective agreement.

“We are relieved to have finally reached a fair and reasonable agreement. It was a long and difficult round of bargaining, and we are hopeful that the relationship between the employer and employees will go more smoothly moving forward,” said Stacey Landin, president of CUPE Local 9.