Contract faculty vote to end strike at York University; teaching and graduate assistants reject tentative agreement

<p><strong>TORONTO</strong> – The 3,700 striking teaching assistants, graduate assistants and contract faculty of York University, members of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903), have completed their ratification vote on a tentative agreement reached last Friday.</p>
<p>Members of Unit 1, representing teaching assistants, have voted to reject the tentative agreement.</p>
<p>Members of Unit 2, representing contract faculty, have voted to accept the tentative agreement.</p>

Winnipeg operating budget “devil is in the detail”

WINNIPEG – The union that represents Winnipeg’s municipal workers is looking to the Mayor to protect the city’s front line services and staff.

“Our city relies on our contingent of expert staff,” said Mike Davidson, President of CUPE Local 500. “After many years of vacancy management and a proposed additional increase of $3.4 million over last year, many of our city’s services are being operated with reduced levels of staffing.”

CUPE NL to Pre-Budget Consultations – now’s not the time for more cuts

Corner Brook – CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas has told the province’s 2015 Pre-Budget Consultations that Newfoundland and Labrador must invest in infrastructure, like a new hospital in Corner Brook and municipal drinking water systems in rural communities.

Said Lucas, “Spending cuts will deepen our economic and social problems, not help resolve them.  At the same time, our province’s tax system must be made fairer and more progressive.

CUPE Nova Scotia warns McNeil government against selling off our public assets

Truro – CUPE Nova Scotia is warning the McNeil government against any privatization of our public services - assets that are worth well over $5 billion.

In its submission to the Department of Finance and Treasury Board’s Budget Consultation 2015, the union says these valuable assets belong to the people of the province and are not for sale.

CUPE NS President Danny Cavanagh says, “Each and every Nova Scotian receives the equivalent of $17,000 a year in the form of public services provided by government.

March 8 - International Women&#039;s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. Across the country, CUPE will participate in community events celebrating women’s activism and our reaffirming our commitment to gender justice.

CUPE has a number of campaigns that address women’s rights as workers and community members. We encourage you and your local to use International Women’s Day to promote these initiatives.

We’re gearing up for the federal election this year, and women’s issues are a top concern.