Celebrating CUPE-Cuba solidarity

International convention guest Avigail Pérez Llanes comes from the Havana local of SNTAP, a public sector union in Cuba representing more than 250,000 workers across the small island country. Given shifting U.S. relations and the unstable Cuban economy, it’s now more important than ever to keep the bonds of solidarity strong between his organization and ours, he told CUPE Communications at convention.

City of Kelowna Commissionaires renew strike mandate

CUPE Local 338 members who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action after negotiations broke down with the Commissionaires and the City of Kelowna.

The 17 members who provide correctional services and supervise offenders originally voted in favour of strike action this past May. However, they chose not to take any action at that time and focused on resolving negotiations through mediation which included discussions with the City.

Workers’ health and safety the bottom line, forum told

How much money our members earn makes no difference if they don’t get back home alive, Senior Health and Safety Officer Troy Winters told the H&S Forum.

“If our members’ job takes even one day away from their ability to live life to its fullest, we are not doing our job of keeping our workplaces safe,” Winters said, stressing the importance of health and safety committees in building strong locals.

Silence breeds racism

Self-congratulatory complacency about rising hate is a serious problem that can lead to more “alt-right” disasters in the wake of the Brexit vote in Great Britain, the rise of Donald Trump, and rejuvenated white supremacist groups everywhere, guest speaker Nesrine Malik told delegates on Tuesday.