Shelter workers stand up to bullying by Maison d’amitié by saying “no” to a deal that hurts services

Despite attempts to intimidate them into accepting a deal that would degrade services at Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Maison d’amitié are determined to defend the vital services they provide to women and children who are fleeing violence.

Pacific Blue Cross CEO’s exit ‘highlights need for change’

Need for a progressive new board all the greater with Jan Grude’s departure, says CUPE BC

The sudden retirement this week of Pacific Blue Cross President and CEO Jan Grude, which takes effect immediately, only reinforces the need for a progressive new board of directors at the non-profit benefits provider, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said in response to the news.

“The need for new leadership at Pacific Blue Cross, from the management group to the board of directors, has been glaring for some time,” said Faoro.

Bill on the Société québécoise du cannabis: CUPE salutes this step forward

CUPE welcomes the tabling of Bill 157 yesterday, which is aimed, in particular, at creating the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQC). In this case, Minister Lucie Charlebois opted to create a subsidiary of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) which will take responsibility for the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of cannabis in Quebec.

CUPE announces slate of progressive candidates for Pacific Blue Cross board

​Seven candidates with strong progressive backgrounds in labour activism and community involvement have put their names forward to run for the board of directors of Pacific Blue Cross, setting the stage for a critical election at the benefit provider’s annual general meeting on December 13.

Nomination packages for the seven candidates were delivered late last week to the offices of Pacific Blue Cross.

Fernie honours victims of fatal arena ammonia leak

Hundreds gathered around a bonfire at Fernie Secondary School last Sunday to remember and pay tribute to the three men who lost their lives in a tragic workplace accident last month.

Wayne Hornquist, 59, Lloyd Smith, 52, and Jason Podloski, 46, died October 17 while making emergency repairs to the refrigeration plant at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Hornquist and Smith were both City of Fernie employees and CUPE members, and Podloski was a CIMCO Refrigeration employee.

Sign of the times – Georgina residents offer up front lawns in support of CUPE 3572

On front lawns across Georgina, Ontario, signs of support are going up for members of CUPE 3572.

Beginning late last week, dozens of volunteers began putting up 500 lawn signs bearing the message “CUPE 3572 Workers Make It Possible at Georgina Community Living.”

“We’re thrilled that so many people in the community have taken a sign to show their support for the work that our members do every day,” said Lisa Thompson, President of CUPE 3572.