CUPE calls for public funding for Plains Surgery Centre

REGINA – CUPE is disappointed with Health Minister Dustin Duncan’s suggestion that the government might not publically fund the Plains Surgery Centre.

“The long awaited Plains Surgery Centre has been on the government to do list for seven years,” said Gordon Campbell, president of the CUPE Health Care Council.  “Instead of investing in public solutions, this government is subsidizing private, for-profit clinics that cost the public more.”

CUPE 79 votes to affiliate with Canada’s New Democrats

TORONTO – Canada’s largest local union has voted to affiliate with Canada’s New Democrats.

At a general membership meeting this week, members of Local 79 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 79) voted unanimously to affiliate with the federal New Democratic Party (NDP).

“Our members understood that they can’t sit on the sidelines during the upcoming Federal Election, and they supported the leadership’s recommendation to formally affiliate with the NDP,” said Tim Maguire, President of CUPE 79.

Water Watch to host event shedding light on continued P3 secrecy

Regina Water Watch is hosting a town hall meeting about how key data on the costs of the Regina Waste Water Treatment Plant public private partnership (P3) has never been disclosed to the public.  The talk is titled The Black Box of Numbers: Voting blind in the P3 referendum in Regina.

WHO: Dr. Morina Rennie and Dr. Bill Bonner are business professors at the University of Regina who have studied the publicly released documents on Regina’s first P3.

President Moist energizes striking London ‘inside’ municipal workers

LONDON, ON – Led by CUPE National President Paul Moist, striking London municipal workers chanted ‘one day longer, one day stronger’ in rhythmic unison in front of London City Hall on Friday, May 29. Brother Moist energized the crowd with a boisterous speech and encouraged the members to remain strong in their fight for a fair collective agreement.


CUPE sponsors concert in Toronto to mark Canada’s first ever Flight Attendant Day on May 31st

OTTAWA – International Flight Attendant Day will be celebrated for the first time ever in Canada on May 31. To mark this historical event, CUPE’s Airline Division, representing more than 10,000 flight attendants in Canada will sponsor a live-music concert in Toronto for flight attendants and guests.

The Ottawa Hospital’s announcement to abandon patients’ frontline service “unconscionable,” says CUPE

OTTAWA – The president of Local 4000 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) expressed profound dismay today at The Ottawa Hospital’s move to cut yet more patient services and dump sick and frail patients onto an overstretched and under-resourced community care system.

CUPE Alberta welcomes government announcement on education funding

CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts today said the NDP government’s education funding announcement is good news for students, their families, and workers.

“With 12,000 new kids entering the system in the fall, we need this additional funding,” Roberts said. “This will ensure we have well-maintained schools, with the support students need.”

Under the previous government, boards were ordered to cut their budgets, Roberts said. Boards were also told no new provincial funding would be available for the next three years, despite Alberta’s soaring enrollments.