National Executive Board Highlights - June 2018

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: Brother Xiaochun Luo, Local 500, workplace fatality; Sister Renuka Amarasinghe, Local 4400; Brother Simon Cudworth, Local 1858; Sister Stacey Laidlaw, Local 873; Brother Ray Arsenault, retired staff; Brother George Wilson, retired staff; Brother Denzil D’Souza, retired staff.

Canadian Labour Congress

CUPE meets with Nova Scotia Minister of Labour to establish common ground

CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen along with senior CUPE staff met with Minister of Labour Mark Furey yesterday to highlight the work CUPE members are doing in the province and to establish neutral ground on which to work together on common interests.

Both sides agreed that better communications, resources and timing could help resolve issues, especially in health care where reorganization has resulted in a lot of change and stress for employees.

Janus ruling is a step back for workers in the United States and worldwide

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is disappointed in today’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), arguing it weakens the power of workers everywhere.

The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled to strip labour unions of their ability to collect “agency fees.” Agency fees are like union dues for workers who benefit from collective agreements but who never signed a union card. Twenty-two states currently allow public sector unions to charge agency fees.

CUPE 4797 signs deal with Saskatchewan's Northwest School Division

Members of CUPE 4797 have ratified a new collective agreement with the Northwest School Division. The deal was signed by both the Board of Education and the Local’s bargaining committee on June 15, 2018.

The new contract includes a wage increase of 3.75 per cent over three years, improvements to vacation entitlement for caretakers, and a number of improvements in language.

“Our members are the backbone of the education system and we are pleased our local was able to reach a deal with Northwest School Division,” said Denis Ouellette, President of CUPE Local 4797.

CUPE asks: Why were stakeholders not consulted on Cape Breton hospital closures?

CUPE, representing clerical workers at the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals, says the announcement to close both facilities came out of the blue with no prior consultation with employees or the communities served by the hospitals.

“This is a huge loss for two communities that are already struggling with unreliable and inaccessible hospital services and beds,” says CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen. “To not consult with the communities that will be affected by this dismantling of services is disrespectful to say the least.”