CUPE meets with Nova Scotia Minister of Labour to establish common ground

CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen along with senior CUPE staff met with Minister of Labour Mark Furey yesterday to highlight the work CUPE members are doing in the province and to establish neutral ground on which to work together on common interests.

Both sides agreed that better communications, resources and timing could help resolve issues, especially in health care where reorganization has resulted in a lot of change and stress for employees.

Janus ruling is a step back for workers in the United States and worldwide

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is disappointed in today’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), arguing it weakens the power of workers everywhere.

The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled to strip labour unions of their ability to collect “agency fees.” Agency fees are like union dues for workers who benefit from collective agreements but who never signed a union card. Twenty-two states currently allow public sector unions to charge agency fees.

CUPE 4797 signs deal with Saskatchewan's Northwest School Division

Members of CUPE 4797 have ratified a new collective agreement with the Northwest School Division. The deal was signed by both the Board of Education and the Local’s bargaining committee on June 15, 2018.

The new contract includes a wage increase of 3.75 per cent over three years, improvements to vacation entitlement for caretakers, and a number of improvements in language.

“Our members are the backbone of the education system and we are pleased our local was able to reach a deal with Northwest School Division,” said Denis Ouellette, President of CUPE Local 4797.

CUPE asks: Why were stakeholders not consulted on Cape Breton hospital closures?

CUPE, representing clerical workers at the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals, says the announcement to close both facilities came out of the blue with no prior consultation with employees or the communities served by the hospitals.

“This is a huge loss for two communities that are already struggling with unreliable and inaccessible hospital services and beds,” says CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen. “To not consult with the communities that will be affected by this dismantling of services is disrespectful to say the least.”

National Secretary-Treasurer's Report - June 2018

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends:

Division Conventions

This year once again, I was very warmly welcomed at each of the nine Division Conventions held this spring across the country. Listening to the debates and issues, I was reminded of the profound difference that CUPE makes in the lives of CUPE members, their families and our communities. I come through the regional convention season with a renewed sense of the commitment of our leaders and activists and the power of our National Union.

CUPE National Taskforce on Staffing