Budget 2019 correctly identified many of the problems that are facing Canadians: lack of affordable housing across the income spectrum, skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, the need for on-the-job experience for young workers and re-skilling for mid-career workers, the heavy burden of student debt, lack of retirement security for low income seniors, and the continued physical infrastructure needs of municipalities and First Nations communities.
Even though there will be more children with autism enrolled in London’s Thames Valley schools in September, layoff notices went out this month to educational assistants (EAs), the very workers who provide support for students with a wide range of special needs. And EAs who want to become certified in Autism Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are having to cancel their training because there isn’t enough coverage for them in the classroom.
CUPE 8443 has ratified a new collective agreement with Saskatoon Public Schools. Over 450 members cast ballots, and the result was a 67% vote in favour of the proposal.
“We are pleased we were able to reach a deal that saw modest wage increases for our members,” said Scott Barrett, President of CUPE 8443. “Our schools work because we do, and this deal recognizes the hard work of our members.”
Community Social Services workers, members of CUPE 1936, have reached a tentative agreement with Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) in Vancouver.
Both the qathet Regional District and their workers, represented by CUPE 798, are celebrating the ratification of a new collective agreement. The five-year agreement will bring a host of benefits and stability for workers and the community.
“Workers at our regional district have a strong connection to the communities they work and live in,” said CUPE 798 President Graham Tonks. “Our members were seeking important improvements to make life more affordable and recognize our increasingly complex work. We are pleased that this agreement achieves both of those goals.”
Sisters, Brothers and Friends:
As always, I began the new year meeting with staff across the country. This was an opportunity to discuss our priorities for 2019 and the challenges we are facing, as a union and as a movement, in the year ahead.
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends:
Division Convention season is underway, with the Saskatchewan Division convention which took place during the first week in March. The conventions provide an opportunity for delegates to set the direction and priorities for their Division for the year ahead.
Mark Hancock | National President
It’s no secret: 2019 is going to be a big year for CUPE.
We’re up against a wave of newly-elected right-wing governments who are determined to undo a generation of progress on issues that matter to working people.
We’re going to be in difficult rounds of bargaining across the country, as we push back against governments and employers who want to take away our pensions, our benefits, and the job security we’ve fought so hard for.
But we will be ready.