Unions and social movement groups were on hand to challenge the recent round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks in Montreal this past January. Concerns about the ongoing re-negotiation of NAFTA brought trade unions, farmers, indigenous people, women, environmentalists, and human rights organizations together to convene a series of protests and public meetings.
Recent elections in Honduras have led tens of thousands of people, including CUPE’s partner organization CODEMUH, to the streets in protest. They are demanding the immediate resignation of Juan Orlando Hernández following what is widely believed to be fraudulent elections. Despite the public conclusion by the Organization of American States (OAS) that the November 26 elections were fraudulent and required new elections, the Canadian government recognized Hernandez prior to his inauguration.
In a fight to protect their pension rights, administrative, technical and library staff at Carleton University will begin job action on Monday at 6 a.m.
After negotiations with Carleton University broke off in the early hours of this morning, the union that represents the employees who “make Carleton work” expressed disappointment and frustration at the university’s continued attempts to strip pension language from its employees’ collective agreement.
The Liberals have titled their 2018 federal budget ‘Equality + Growth.’ It has a strong emphasis on reducing inequalities, particularly for women and Indigenous peoples. But unfortunately, it provides little support for programs and public services that would make a significant difference to the lives of most working women, such as a national child care program or a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.
After yet another high performing year, the OMERS pension plan is well ahead of schedule to be fully funded by 2025, keeping it in a strong position to maintain core benefits like guaranteed indexing, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.
This week, CUPE and allies in the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) went to Parliament Hill to lobby MPs on the merits of public solutions to improve our health care system.
The theme of this year’s lobby day was “Health care based on need.” Activists spoke to MPs about a variety of issues, including how privatization makes wait times worse, the need for a national and public Pharmacare program, and the role of the federal government in enforcing the Canada Health Act.