CUPE Manitoba encourages members to get involved in provincial budget consultations

Citing the real danger of major cuts to education, health care and other frontline services, CUPE Manitoba is encouraging all their members to have their voices heard at public information sessions in the coming weeks.

“This is a government that wants to make cuts,” said Gord Delbridge, President of CUPE Manitoba. “It’s important they hear from Manitoba families that there will be a political cost to them if they make those cuts.”

The information sessions take place as follows:

Deal reached between the City of Weyburn and CUPE Local 90

CUPE Local 90 has ratified a new collective agreement with the City of Weyburn.  The Union membership voted 90 per cent in favour of ratification.

“The Union was adamant throughout bargaining that they would not accept concessions, and we did not back down on that,” said Sherri Blackburn, President of CUPE Local 90.  “It is unfortunate that it took until mediation for the Employer to realize that the Union was serious about not accepting the Employer’s concessions.”

PWU calls for more investment in the Thunder Bay Region’s biomass innovation cluster

The Power Workers’ Union (CUPE 1000) believes the recent decision by Ontario Power Generation to close the world’s largest generating station to be converted from coal to advanced biomass in Thunder Bay, is short-sighted.

“It will ultimately lead to the disappearance of the region’s established biomass innovation cluster and most importantly the significant economic, environmental and social benefits it provides,” stated PWU President, Mel Hyatt. “We believe it’s time to grow these benefits, not kill them.”

CUPE Ontario calls on municipal candidates to be “Champions for Children”

Today (October 16) is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. Coming just days before the municipal election, educators and their supporters are calling on municipal and school board politicians to join them as “Champions for Children” by committing to three big ideas to build a better child care system in Ontario: affordable fees for families, decent work for educators and an expansion of public and non-profit programs.

WorkSafe NB: CUPE reaction to Taskforce recommendations

CUPE New Brunswick held a press conference this Monday to challenge the recommendations made by the Taskforce responsible for evaluating WorkSafeNB.

“Like the NB Ombuds has said, the Taskforce produced “simplistic” recommendations, and they kept a decidedly pro-employer, rather than a pro-worker stance when they proposed changes to a system made to help injured workers,” said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB.

While the union does not oppose all 28 recommendations contained in the report, CUPE has major concerns such as: