CUPE Canada News
Wood Buffalo Housing lockout ends as CUPE members vote to accept mediator’s recommendations
by 880 on October 17, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Unionized employees of Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) in Fort McMurray, AB, voted last night to accept the recommendations of a mediator to end the five-month lockout at the public housing agency. The lockout, which started May 10th, impacted all 46 CUPE members working for WBH. The dispute centered on the company’s desire to contract out services conducted by groundskeeping, housekeeping and maintenance employees. CUPE Local 1505 President Judy Collier said she is satisfied with the results. “After five months on the picket line, our members have fought and won an important battle,” said Collier. “While we didn’t get everything we wanted, our actions made a difference and showed Wood Buffalo Housing that employees are not expendable.” Collier said the mediator’s recommendations saved many of the jobs set to be contracted out, guarantees no further contracting out, and increases the severance package for those who are not protected. Workers return to work Oct 23. “In the days to come, the new normal starts at WBH. Many of our members go back to doing what they love – helping residents and serving our community.” “Lockouts and strikes are challenging, I could not be prouder of our members. They have shown strength, courage and determination against a hostile employer. They’ve stood up for themselves and earned the respect they deserve.”
Brian Keith, Regional Vice-President, Northern Ontario
by 2306 on October 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm
Brian Keith was elected Regional Vice-President representing Northern Ontario at the 2019 National Convention.
Debra Merrier, Diversity Vice-President
by 2306 on October 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm
Debra Merrier was elected Diversity Vice-President at the 2019 National Convention.
Ernest Green, Regional Vice President, Newfoundland and Labrador
by 2306 on October 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Ernest Green, was elected Regional Vice President representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2019 National Convention.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh only federal leader to visit picket line in Vancouver
by 5817 on October 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was a welcome sight for striking hotel workers on the picket line in Vancouver on Thanksgiving Monday. Singh is the only federal party leader to come and show support for over 1,200 hotel workers who walked off the job over four weeks ago for more stable working hours and safer working conditions. Picketers cheered the NDP Leader’s arrival, many clamoring for selfies before Singh marched on the picket line with them. Singh has been proud to walk the picket lines from coast to coast throughout this election campaign – and prior to it as well. It is a stark contrast to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who only shows his face and pretends to be on the side of workers when he needs their votes. Justin Trudeau’s record on supporting workers speaks for itself. When postal workers exercised their right to strike in 2018, Trudeau and the Liberals were quick to invoke draconian back-to-work legislation – even faster than Stephen Harper did in 2011. He also betrayed retirees when he refused to stand up for pensions for workers at Sears across Canada, and at Stelco in Hamilton. When push comes to shove, Justin Trudeau will always side with the rich and the powerful over the people that work to provide the services that we all rely on. The NDP is the only party that will always fight for workers. Something not to be forgotten when heading to the polls on October 21.
CUPE school board leaders endorse tentative deal that secures services for students - Deal now proceeds to province-wide ratification votes
by 5345 on October 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Within a week of their union securing a tentative central agreement that restores vital services to Ontario’s schools, hundreds of school board locals’ leaders gathered near Toronto Friday and gave their endorsement to the deal. CUPE local leaders approved the tentative settlement that was agreed to last Sunday, after a weekend of intense negotiations that averted a province-wide strike by 55,000 education workers. The leaders’ backing today kicks off two weeks of ratification votes by members of 109 CUPE bargaining units across the province. “This deal has major wins for students, families and CUPE education workers and I’m pleased that the leaders of CUPE school board locals agree with us on that,” said Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU). The council bargains centrally on behalf of CUPE members who are employees of school boards. “This tentative agreement invests in high-quality services for students in Ontario’s schools, now and for the future. And at the same time, it ensures that education workers have secure jobs and decent benefits.” To date, CUPE education workers are the largest group of public sector workers to negotiate with the Ford government. “Our members were prepared to go on strike to stand up for services for students and for their own right to decent, safe, jobs. But we couldn’t have gotten the deal we did without the tremendous support that CUPE education workers received from parents, teachers’ unions, their communities and other allies,” said Walton. “In the end, a combination of members’ readiness to take job action and public support for their action kept students in school across in Ontario. OSBCU negotiated a tentative central agreement for the 55,000 education workers it represents across Ontario – education assistants, custodians, early childhood educators, school secretaries and clerical staff, library workers, IT technicians, maintenance and tradespeople, food service workers, child and youth workers, speech language pathologists, professionals, paraprofessionals, and others.