CUPE welcomes new members at Grand View Manor, Berwick, Nova Scotia

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is pleased to welcome our newest members, the employees of Grand View Manor in Berwick, Nova Scotia. Votes were counted by the Nova Scotia Labour Board today and CUPE is happy to welcome this newly certified local.

“We are pleased to welcome the new members of CUPE Local 5183, Grand View Manor, and we will work hard to represent them,” says CUPE National Representative Grant Dart.

Congratulations from CUPE BC to Premier John Horgan and his new government

CUPE BC President Paul Faoro issued the following statement:

“Finally, after 16 long years of BC Liberal government that favoured the wealthy and the well‑connected while raising the cost of living for the rest of us, we have a new government in British Columbia. Today, a new Premier and Cabinet have been sworn in, finally putting an end to the BC Liberal era of government in our province.

“Congratulations to Premier John Horgan and his diverse and impressive Cabinet. Now the hard work of building a better British Columbia for all of us really begins.

Hancock supports Pacific Blue Cross workers on picket line

CUPE National President Mark Hancock had a sober message for Pacific Blue Cross when he joined locked out CUPE 1816 members at the picket line on Monday afternoon: cutting retiree benefits is a good way to ruin the PBC brand.

“These workers are the heart and soul of Pacific Blue Cross. They’ve made the company what it is today, and they’re dedicated to making it the best benefits provider it can be. And yet they are being treated with no respect at all,” said Hancock.

Protesters picket Sask Party AGM

Members of SGEU and CUPE picketed outside Sask Party MLA Nadine Wilson’s Annual General Meeting for the Sask Rivers constituency to protest her support for the devastating 2017 provincial budget cuts and to highlight the impact that cuts are inflicting on northern communities.

The group is part of a broad coalition that is organizing protests at Sask Party events throughout the summer as a way of reminding government that its decision to cut services and programs has consequences.

Grand Falls: Union dissatisfied with slow negotiations

CUPE 886, representing municipal employees of the Town of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, is dissatisfied of the pace at which negotiations are advancing with the employer.

The union is frustrated by the employer that insists on attacking the principle of seniority, a basic element in any collective agreement. Notably, the employer wishes to exclude new workers hired on temporary contract from the collective agreement.

Fact sheet: Public transit, privatization and the Canada Infrastructure Bank

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will create a pipeline of privatization for our public transit systems. Corporations will be able to extract long-term profit from public transit fares and public subsidies.

Our governments subsidize public transit because it’s critical infrastructure for our communities: to get us from place to place, to reduce traffic congestion, and to green our environment. When we allow corporations to plan, finance, operate, maintain and own public transit, we funnel ridership fares and government funding into corporate coffers.