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.
Reducing wages and gutting protections for our provinces lowest paid workers proves Premier Ford is only interested in helping his corporate friends and has no problem hurting working people and their families to do it, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.
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 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.
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.
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.”
As a new session of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly begins, a Throne Speech was delivered today. CUPE NB has a mixed reaction to the decidedly centrist speech from the Gallant Liberals.
“For one, I am pleased to see a clear will to maintain the Labour-Government Steering Committee,” said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB.
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.