Fighting austerity at the bargaining table

Angella MacEwen | Senior Economist

The last recession in Canada ended almost ten years ago, yet provincial governments across the country are still asking public sector unions to ‘tighten their belts.’ CUPE’s senior economist Angella MacEwen explains why public sector workers’ wages have barely budged in a decade—despite a healthier economy—and why the battle against austerity will be fought and won at the bargaining table. Get to know Angella by reading our Q&A.

Locals want more staff to better support our members and CUPE National delivers

In today’s bargaining and political climate, our locals and chartered organizations face complex new realities.

In many regions, locals are merging into big provincial locals, and we have more central and provincial bargaining tables. This requires much more team work and provincial coordination. Small locals are a big part of our union, and we needed to look at how we could service them better.

The National Task Force on Staffing was launched after our last National Convention precisely so we could find out how to best meet everyone’s needs.

Like father, like daughter

Emily Turk | CUPE Communications

Mylene Holmes is no stranger to the labour movement. Her father was a union man and activist back in the Philippines, working for the Marcelo Steel Corporation for 37 years.

“I remember when I was six or seven, there were always people in our house. There were always rallies,” Mylene says. “My father tells his friends, ‘When I was young, I was involved in the union and now my daughter is retracing my footsteps.’”

Bargaining forward in 2019 and beyond

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.

CUPE joins global push for gender justice at UN

From March 9 to 15, CUPE joined 180 union women from over 42 countries to fight for the rights of women and girls at the 63rd annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City.

This year’s session focused on social programs and public services as the keys to fighting inequality. Public services that are inclusive, accessible and available to everyone can transform the lives of women and girls, especially women who experience poverty, racism, ableism, and other forms of oppression.

What is a “staffless library”?

Staffless libraries are libraries that are—thanks to technology—accessible to the public, for certain periods, without the presence of staff. To use a staffless library, patrons must first register. They can then access the library outside staffed hours by scanning their library card under a keypad reader and entering their PIN.

Patrons also have to sign a waiver that legally indemnifies the employer against any lawsuits in the event of an injury or assault during non-staffed hours. (Ironically, no such waiver is required when the library is staffed.)