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  • Quebec budget: investment in home care, fears about the private sector's role March 22, 2019
    CUPE welcomes the 5-year $1.5 billion investment earmarked for home care in the budget tabled March 21 by Quebec Finance Minister, Éric Girard. These investments are a necessary step toward rebuilding the public health and social services system that was rocked by the Barrette-Couillard one-two punch. However, the government is clearly unwilling to funnel this […]
  • Saskatchewan budget is balanced in favour of bureaucracy, at the expense of front line care March 21, 2019
    Saskatchwan’s newest provincial budget is balanced in favour of bureaucracy, at the expense of front line care, says CUPE 5430. The merger of 12 health regions into the Saskatchewan Health Authority was predicted to save $20 million annually, with all savings being directed to front line care.  But there is little evidence to show that such […]
  • Long-time City of Calgary foreman elected new president of CUPE Alberta March 21, 2019
    Delegates at CUPE Alberta’s annual convention elected Rory Gill to be their new provincial president on Thursday, wrapping up the three-day event. “I’m very honoured that members elected me to further the mission of CUPE to protect workers’ rights, promote social justice and better our society,” said Gill, shortly after his acclamation. “My priorities as president are to […]
  • World Water Day March 21, 2019
    Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protecting water and wastewater services from privatization and strengthening these services for future generations.  Read more about World Water Day 2019.
  • Families living with autism need public services, not a six month reprieve March 21, 2019
    Ontario Children, Community and Family Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, faced with a massive province-wide backlash against the Conservative Government’s changes to funding for autism supports, failed to address the real problems facing families living with autism in her announcement today. “Families living with autism need public services and access to full supports, not a six-month reprieve, […]
  • BC municipal & library locals mobilize for bargaining – together March 21, 2019
    Jordana Feist | CUPE Research Municipal and library workers in BC have found common cause – and have collaborated on a breakthrough campaign to mobilize their collective power at the bargaining table. After several rounds of bargaining with limited coordination, the union heard from members that they were looking for more in-depth planning. This prompted CUPE staff and […]
  • CUPE declares impasse in talks with Town of Placentia, NL March 21, 2019
    Negotiations between the Town of Placentia, NL, and municipal employees represented by CUPE 1761 have reached an impasse. The local has been attempting to reach a negotiated settlement with the help of a conciliation officer from the provincial department of labour. Talks broke off yesterday. CUPE National Representative Derrick Barrett says, “We have been trying to bargain […]
  • Ontario school board workers defend public education through central bargaining March 21, 2019
    Dan Crow | CUPE Research Canada’s system of collective bargaining is, for the most part, based on the premise that workers in individual workplaces will bargain directly with single employers at that workplace. It is a highly fragmented system of collective bargaining that poses challenges for unions in the era of government austerity and privatization. Workplaces, and […]
  • SK Budget barely balanced but on the back of working people and public services March 20, 2019
    Yesterday’s budget delivered disappointment and disrespect for working people and public services of Saskatchewan, says CUPE Saskatchewan. “This budget continues the drastic underfunding of our public services while corporations and high-income earners continue to get off the hook by not paying their fair share,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan.  “And let me be crystal […]
  • National Executive Board Highlights - March 2019 March 20, 2019
    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: Jane Louise Baker, Local 3550; Robert Wolfe, Local 4155; Jocelyne Chery, Local 3691; John Cronkhite, Local 1096; Katherine Barnes, Local 3550; Howard Matthews, retired staff; Jean-Pierre Cabana, retired staff; Art Kube, retired President, […]