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  • A bad day for students: funding cut disguised as tuition cut, will cost students more and hurt Universities January 17, 2019
    Doug Ford’s PC government has announced an unprecedented round of deep cuts to Ontario Universities, the conversion of student grants to loans, and an attack on student democracy on campuses. “These cuts were made without consultation with the University sector, and will have damaging impacts for students for a long time to come”, said CUPE Ontario […]
  • Cut to health planning network cynical optics for Ontario's PCs January 17, 2019
    With reports that Ontario’s PC government is moving to chop the province’s health planning networks (Local Health Integration Networks or LHINs), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) today urged the Premier and health minister to stop and focus instead on proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine. “Rather than a solution, the evidence shows from […]
  • CUPE supports reconciliation in Wet’suwet’en Territory and across Canada January 16, 2019
    The Canadian Union of Public Employees is offering solidarity and support to the people of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia. CUPE is relieved that the police standoff has been averted for the time being, and hopeful that the federal government will recognize that it is long past time for real action when it comes to […]
  • Disappointment that staff to client ratio and working conditions not part of panel’s recommendations January 15, 2019
    CUPE’s response to Nova Scotia Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Long-Term Care Report The Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Long-Term Care missed a golden opportunity to recommend the needed steps to fix the underlying problems in long-term care in Nova Scotia. The panel should have recommended a 4.1 hours of direct care per resident […]
  • Harm reduction services must be available where needed January 15, 2019
    In a recent submission to Health Canada’s public consultation on the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, CUPE recommended that the federal government increase funding to expand public harm reduction services. This will ensure that services are available based on need and not an ability to pay, and that there’s adequate and high-quality services to meet […]
  • Day of Mourning January 15, 2019
    CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a national Day of Mourning in 1984. That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is […]
  • Statement from Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury on the January 11 bus crash in Ottawa January 14, 2019
    The entire CUPE family is sending out its thoughts and sympathies for the victims of Friday’s tragic bus crash in Ottawa which took the lives of three people and injured dozens more. In particular, we are thinking of Bruce Thomlinson, Judy Booth, and Anja Van Beek, the three public service workers who were killed in […]
  • Speak out today for public libraries January 14, 2019
    Late last year, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted a secretive library review. They held a series of meetings with employer groups, but library workers and the public were not included in the process. The Government of Saskatchewan has finally decided to let the public have a say. They are accepting public comments on the future of our […]
  • National Executive Board Highlights – December 2018 January 14, 2019
    Our National Executive Board met December 11 – 13, 2018 in Ottawa. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions. In Memory The National Executive Board (NEB) observed a minute of silence to reflect upon the loss of members in our CUPE family. Remembered were: Carole Morin, Local 4979; Remy Brault, Local 4400; Rick Keep, Local 500; […]
  • National President's Report - December 2018 January 14, 2019
    Sisters, Brothers and Friends: It’s been a busy fall, and just like that another year is coming to a close. It’s hard to know where the time goes! It was great to be able to spend time this fall with our members across the country. I was in almost every province these last couple months: I attended symposiums […]