Powell River library workers vote to strike, plan to file for mediation

CUPE 798 members working at BC’s Powell River Public Library passed a strike vote nearly unanimously at a meeting held Thursday. The two parties have been in negotiations for more than a year to replace the last collective agreement, which expired in December 2017. The vote was called after the two parties reached an impasse in early February.

Cathay Pacific closure at Pearson lets down flight attendants

CUPE is deeply dismayed by Cathay Pacific’s announcement that the Company intends to close its Toronto base, which will cause more than 120 flight attendants to lose their jobs. Apart from our immediate concern for the welfare of these employees, who are hard-working members of CUPE Local 4088, we are also disappointed that the Employer would open its latest round of bargaining with this Local by announcing the closure of one of its bases.

CPP and QPP benefits start to grow

On January 1, Canadian workers started earning a better public pension, thanks to the labour movement’s successful campaign to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

For the first time in 50 years, CPP and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits are growing. The expansion covers all workers – public and private sector, union and non-union, and self-employed. The change kicked in on Jan. 1, 2019.

CUPE was a major supporter of the Canadian Labour Congress campaign to expand the CPP and ensure everyone has a secure retirement.

Town of Trenton municipal workers take strike vote

Municipal workers employed by the Town of Trenton, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 281, have given their bargaining committee a strong strike mandate in voting that was completed Wednesday. A tentative agreement was reached on October 19, 2018, and the union ratified the agreement on October 29, 2018. However, at the December town council meeting, councillors refused to ratify the agreement, which was negotiated by the town’s former chief administrative officer (CAO).

CUPE mourns the loss of Paul Dewar

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is mourning the loss, and celebrating the life and achievements, of Paul Dewar – former school teacher, union leader, and NDP MP for Ottawa—Centre from 2006 to 2015 – who passed away on February 6, 2019, after being diagnosed with glioblastoma in February 2018.

As a teacher, Paul encouraged and inspired his students to do better and make the world around them a better place.

As an executive member of the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers Federation, Paul fought for a better future for educators and students alike.