CUPE 227 and 1431 call on Halifax Water Board of Commissioners to choose fairness over executives’ greed

HALIFAX – As the Halifax Water Board of Commissioners meets today to discuss CUPE Locals 227 and 1431’s latest offer, the union has a strong message to give them: Choose fairness to the pension plan members and accountability to the ratepayers over the personal greed of a few senior managers.

Royal Botanical Gardens’ workers to stage ‘Still Falling Behind in Paradise’ rally on Wednesday, July 8

While the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) prides itself as an ‘ecological jewel’ and a living paradise for locals and visitors to escape to, the 33 front-line workers who maintain the RBG’s gardens, grounds and buildings, are facing the harsh reality of falling behind as their wages have not kept pace with inflation in decades.

CUPE calls on Labour Market Ministers to increase transparency and accountability in EI decisions

As Canada’s Labour Market Ministers meet in Quebec City, this week the Canadian Union of Public Employees Maritimes divisions called on them to improve the transparency and accountability at all levels of Employment Insurance decision-making.

In a statement released today, CUPE’s New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia Presidents said:

CUPE calls on Ministry of Health to accept Privacy Commissioner recommendations and stop withholding information

The Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) says that the Ministry of Health is withholding information without regard for the public’s right to know. In a report released today, citing The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), the IPC dismisses a litany of Ministry claims that information allegedly supporting privatized surgical and diagnostic imaging services is too sensitive to be made publicly available.

Burlington transit workers reject tentative settlement, call on management to return to bargaining

The City of Burlington’s transit workers rejected a tentative agreement in ratification votes on Sunday, July 5 and CUPE 2723 is calling on management to return to the bargaining table to resume negotiations.

“Our members have spoken and indicated the contract offer before them did not go far enough to address their concerns,” said Dean Mainville, CUPE national representative for CUPE 2723. “We are calling on the city to resume discussions with us and explore ways to overcome this impasse.”

Solidarity with Greeks standing for a better future

CUPE would like to express our solidarity and gratitude to the people of Greece following Sunday’s historic vote. By a large margin, Greek citizens rejected plans being forced on them by foreign banks and governments demanding another round of deep cuts and restructuring of their economy, social safety net, and public services. 

The Greek struggle to build a better economic and political future has captured our imagination about the potential for democratic movements to resist an agenda driven by a wealthy few.