CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer's Task Force on Staffing Report

As outlined in the National Secretary-Treasurer’s Report adopted at the 2017 National Convention, a project was undertaken to: i) update and review the process used to determine staffing allocations; and, ii) identify servicing challenges facing CUPE National to ensure that locals, chartered bodies and staff have the best available support and resources.

National Sector Council Conference 2018 Agenda

Monday, November 5, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

• Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer
• Annie Smith St-Georges, Elder, Algonquin Anishinaabeg
• Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, CUPE

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                                              


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           

Plenary – Public wins: Fighting privatization

CUPE will defend the rights of SQDC employees

CUPE is decrying the poor management and terrible planning done by the SQDC, Quebec’s cannabis distributer, in the launch of its 12 outlets. The union has reassured its new members that it will do everything in its power to assert the rights of the new employees.

“We’re talking about real people here, who are trying to earn their living. Some left good jobs to come and work at the SQDC and now they’re being asked to take a cut in hours. It’s a complete mess!” said economist and CUPE representative Pierre-Guy Sylvestre.

Réseau de transport de Terrebonne – Mascouche: Drivers reject the employer’s offer

Bus drivers with the Réseau de transport métropolitain in Terrebonne-Mascouche are still far from a collective agreement, after voting 99.9% in favour of rejecting the offer by their employer, Keolis Canada, a transport multinational.

After approximately thirty bargaining meetings from March to October, the last seven of which were attended by a conciliator, the employer made a final offer on October 4, 2018. It also asked the union to have members ratify the offer at a general meeting, which took place October 20. The members’ response was crystal clear.

UN poverty expert condemns privatization

The UN expert on poverty is warning that privatization of public services tramples on human rights, hitting people who are already marginalized the hardest.

Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, looked at privatization from a human rights perspective.

His report finds that “privatization often involves the systematic elimination of human rights protections and further marginalization of the interests of low-income earners and those living in poverty.”

Saguenay bus drivers vote overwhelmingly in favour of the tentative agreement

Saguenay bus drivers vote overwhelmingly in favour of the tentative agreement

Bus drivers with Saguenay public transit (STS), in Quebec, have shown their enormous support for the agreement reached last month between their bargaining committee and the employer. The 125 drivers, who had been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2016, voted 95.9% in favour of the new agreement Sunday night, October 21, in Saguenay.