CUPE National condemns Ford government’s attack on Power workers and the Charter

The Canadian Union of Public Employees strongly condemns the Ford government’s introduction of back-to-work legislation against members of the Ontario Power Workers Union (CUPE Local 1000). “These workers have not even gone on strike yet, but the Ford government is already laying the groundwork to deny them their rights and bail out their employer who refuses to negotiate a fair deal,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “The premier’s hostility to the basic rights of workers runs that deep.”

CUPE questions federal social finance plans

CUPE is concerned the federal government’s plans to encourage private lending to social and community groups will open the door to privatization of vital services .

The federal government’s Fall economic update announced $755 million over 10 years in seed funding for “social financing” to charities, non-profit groups and other organizations serving a social purpose. An additional $50 million over two years will be used to increase access to and knowledge of social finance by social purpose organizations.

Joliette RCM employees reach second collective agreement

The 24 employees of the Joliette RCM, which includes about 10 cities in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, have their second collective agreement in their history.  The new agreement was signed on Friday December 14th, after workers unanimously ratified the agreement in November.

Their new agreement includes wage increases of 2% annually from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2024. The deal also includes a mandatory group RRSP for all regular employees, with a possible quick move over to the Member Funded Pension Plan (RRFS-FTQ).

Louisville white- and blue-collar workers vote in favour of the tentative agreement

Tuesday night, the white- and blue-collar workers in the municipality of Louiseville in Mauricie, Quebec voted unanimously in favour of the tentative agreement reached by their bargaining committee and the employer’s representatives. They had been without a contract since December 31, 2017.

Negotiations between both parties to renew the collective agreement were arduous. Last October, the 24 employees voted 100% in favour of pressure tactics up to and including an unlimited general strike. However, an agreement was reached last week in the presence of a conciliator.

CUPE rallies with postal workers at Canada Post public meeting

CUPE came out in strong support of postal workers who’ve been forced back to work, rallying in defence of their right to strike and for free collective bargaining at the Canada Post annual public meeting.

Members of CUPE’s National Executive Board joined postal workers and their allies outside the meeting at Canada Post headquarters in Ottawa. The Liberal government legislated members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) back to work late last month. They’d been on rotating strikes, pressing for progress on key issues including equal pay and safer workplaces.

CUPE postpones job action for Flair flight attendants

Union shifts focus to legal fight with airline following company memo to employees

Due to recent actions by Flair Airlines that have raised concerns for the job security of CUPE 4060 members—actions the union will be challenging at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB)—the Canadian Union of Public Employees has called off job action by Flair’s 139 flight attendants that was to begin at midnight on December 10.