When it rains, it pours solidarity

CUPE National President Mark Hancock joined striking Toronto Zoo employees on the picket line today, braving near record-setting rainfalls to send a message that members of CUPE 1600 have support from across the country.

“We’ve seen what two-tier agreements and not having good contract language do to workers, over and over and what you’re doing here is the hard, right thing to do and you have the support of every CUPE member,” Hancock told picketers.

The City of Moose Jaw and CUPE Local 9 ratify new collective agreement

After almost two years at the bargaining table, the City of Moose Jaw and CUPE Local 9 have ratified a new collective agreement.

“We are relieved to have finally reached a fair and reasonable agreement. It was a long and difficult round of bargaining, and we are hopeful that the relationship between the employer and employees will go more smoothly moving forward,” said Stacey Landin, president of CUPE Local 9.

Oshawa community event on this Saturday to boost care for long-term care residents

Oshawa seniors in long-term care need the community’s help to get the Ontario government to support increased care levels for residents and new legislation to make a daily care standard the law, says Candace Rennick a former long‑term care worker and now secretary‑treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

First CUPE collective agreement for Trois-Rivières crossing guards

Trois-Rivières school crossing guards have signed their first collective agreement since they joined CUPE in 2015. The agreement includes wage increases and salary remediation measures totalling 3 per cent per year for the next five years.

“We are proud of our first CUPE contract. We are very satisfied with the service provided by the union, the negotiations with the employer, and the outcome–namely the ratification of the tentative agreement by 93 per cent of our members two weeks ago,” said Suzanne Pelletier, president of CUPE 5272.

CUPE members proud to promote human rights at World OutGames Miami

When it comes to human rights, CUPE knows no borders.

So it’s fitting that, next week, members of CUPE’s National Pink Triangle Committee will be in Miami to take part in the Global Human Rights Conference at the 2017 World OutGames.

CUPE members Mikka Corbeil (CUPE 30 municipal worker from Edmonton, AB), Brenda Doucette (CUPE 3260 school board worker from western PEI) and Gina McKay (CUPE 2348 social services worker from Winnipeg, MB) will be joined in Miami by Pink Triangle Committee staff advisor, Bill Pegler.

Library workers slam EY report on library services

CUPE members are asking how a long overdue report which came at a great cost to taxpayers, fails to provide the one recommendation it was ostensibly commissioned to deliver – whether or not to close public libraries in 54 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are no specific recommendations regarding the closures; rather, there are vague observations about establishing location parameters to decide which libraries should close or be amalgamated.

CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council elects new president

On May 19th, delegates at the annual CUPE Health Care Council Conference elected Weyburn resident Sandra Seitz as the new president for the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council.

Seitz is the president of CUPE Local 5999 and has been involved with the CUPE Health Care Council since 2003. She started her career as a continuing care aid at Tatagwa View long term care facility. She has been active with the union for 30 years and is passionate about health and safety, tackling workload, and improving public health care for everyone.

CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo resume bargaining

Negotiators for CUPE 1600 and the Toronto Zoo resumed bargaining on May 18, one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo.

“The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so I am very pleased both parties have agreed to a resumption in negotiations,” said Christine McKenzie, President of CUPE 1600.

After pushing workers into taking strike action one week ago, management closed the Zoo down just as peak visiting season was ready to commence.

CUPE Health Care Council elects new president

Today (May 19), delegates at the annual CUPE Health Care Council Conference elected Weyburn resident Sandra Seitz as the new president for the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council.

Seitz is the president of CUPE Local 5999 and has been involved with the CUPE Health Care Council since 2003. She started her career as a continuing care aid at Tatagwa View long term care facility. She has been active with the union for 30 years and is passionate about health and safety, tackling workload, and improving public health care for everyone.

Cape Breton education workers devastated by layoff notices

Twenty‑eight education workers received layoff notices this week from their employer, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB). The workers, who are members of CUPE Local 5050, include 23 teaching assistants, two secretaries, two supervisor cleaners and one cleaner. A bus driver and an inventory clerk position were also lost through attrition.

CUPE and Local 5050 members are devastated by the board’s decision to lay off staff.

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