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  • Kenney puts patients at risk with blood-for-money scheme June 22, 2020
    A bill before the Alberta Legislature will put Alberta’s blood collection system in peril by allowing private interests to ship plasma out of the province and country. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) who represents employees at Canadian Blood Services, says the Kenney government is giving for-profit blood brokers the ability to operate freely, […]
  • More layoffs at Red Deer College June 12, 2020
    Two-thirds of administrative staff now gone RED DEER – Another 39 CUPE positions were eliminated and reduced from Red Deer College today in a move the union is calling “devastating to programs and services going forward.” CUPE Local 1445 President Trina Carroll says there were once 157 people in her union delivering support services to […]
  • Reaction to cuts at Banff Centre June 12, 2020
    BANFF – Jason Pratt, President of CUPE 4318 issued the following statement in reaction to the layoff of almost 400 employees at the Banff Centre. The Centre has placed 284 members on long term leave and another 100 on short term layoff. – “CUPE Local 4318 members are immensely saddened by the news of the […]
  • State of public education in Alberta – webinar June 3, 2020
    Labour Activism During COVID-19: The Attack on Public Education in Alberta Join us for a discussion on the state of public education in Alberta. We will discuss a brief history of education in Alberta, government decisions, the new “Choice in Education” bill introduced by the government last week, and take questions. We have a panel […]
  • Still no wage increase for front line workers May 29, 2020
    CUPE launches letter campaign to MLAs CALGARY – Almost six weeks after Health Minister Tyler Shandro claimed his government would give a $2/hour raise to health care aides in seniors’ facilities, many workers are still waiting for the raise to kick in. CUPE Alberta, which represents over 5,000 health care workers across the province, unveiled […]
  • Long term care workers still waiting for promised raise May 28, 2020
    BC gives $4/hour to front line workers – Albertans get nothing CALGARY – Two days after the BC government announced a $4/hour raise for most health care workers, Alberta staff at long term care centers are still waiting for a smaller raise promised over a month ago. CUPE Alberta, which represents 5,000 health care workers […]
  • Long Term Care Report May 22, 2020
    CUPE members working in long term care (LTC) have felt the burden of COVID-19 as hard or harder than most.  Some are going to work every day in dangerous situations, made more stressful by residents who can’t see family and friends. Some have to stay at home due to childcare or health restraints.  Nowhere have […]
  • Where’s the money, minister? May 21, 2020
    CUPE calls on Shandro to deliver promised wages to staff at seniors’ homes CALGARY – Six weeks after promising a $2/hour raise for health care aides, those workers are wondering if they will ever see the wages promised by Health Minister Tyler Shandro. CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill says BC, Ontario and Quebec responded to […]
  • Calgary closed because Kenney won’t listen to workers May 15, 2020
    CALGARY — A union representing 5,000 health care workers says the Kenney government has failed to address problems in long term care and meat packing. According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, this failure is the reason Calgary cannot reopen with the rest of Alberta. “Calgary is still closed because the UCP would not […]
  • Help line is no help May 6, 2020
    Students deserve Educational Assistants, not hold times EDMONTON – A help line launched today for parents and students is a sad and insulting replacement for the 8000 educational assistants who were helping kids adapt to learning in a quarantine. CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill called Education Minister Adriana LaGrange ‘clueless’ if she thinks a help […]