What is the duty to accommodate?

The duty to accommodate is a broad equality concept that applies to all grounds of discrimination covered under human rights legislation and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Every human rights law in Canada protects workers from discrimination at work, including disability-based discrimination. Discrimination could occur any time that a workplace rule, job requirement, policy, or practice results in a barrier for a worker with a disability.

City of Longueuil pool employees and the employer reach a tentative agreement

Without a contract since late 2015, the Syndicats regroupés des employés municipaux de la Ville de Longueuil (SREM-CUPE 306) announced that they have reached a tentative agreement. At a general meeting on July 17, 95% of aquatic sector employees of the City of Longueuil rejected the employer’s offers. The pressure tactics under consideration at the time could even have resulted in a strike, shutting down the City’s 25 pools.

City of Weyburn offer inadequate, CUPE Local 90 files for impasse

CUPE Local 90 has served written notice to the City of Weyburn, Saskatchewan and the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety that the Union and the City have reached an impasse in the current round of negotiations.

The City of Weyburn is seeking serious concessions, including changes to bereavement leave, changes to emergency and serious illness leave, changes to the grievance process, and changes to seniority and promotion rights.

Solidarity with Fredericton

Last Friday, the City of Fredericton was shaken by a terrible act of violence. In this difficult time for the community and our members, I offer my condolences and support to our members who are affected by the shooting, including members from CUPE 1709 (inside workers), CUPE 508 (outside workers), CUPE 1783 (transit workers), CUPE 3864 (professional technical group), CUPE 4848 (paramedics and dispatchers) and CUPE 908.01 (health care workers).  

Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy is about influencing the political decisions which shape our lives. Advocacy involves building relationships with and making our views known to politicians.

Advocacy is a way to build and demonstrate public support for progressive policies on issues that matter to us.

In order to achieve change, we need to put pressure on politicians to embrace a progressive vision for post-secondary education in Canada.

This toolkit provides advice on steps you can take to build that pressure.