Cornwall city workers vote on employer’s last offer: CUPE statement on vote results

Votes conducted today on the City of Cornwall’s last offers to four striking Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals have yielded an averaged 92.5% rejection of what the employer has proposed.

The City asked us to take their last offer directly to our members, and we have done that, using the documents submitted by the employer to the Ministry of Labour last week. Our members have voted, and we have communicated the results to the City of Cornwall. We expect they will respect the democratic outcome of these votes.

Housing is a human right

CUPE National President Mark Hancock has urged the Liberal government to make sure the government’s National Housing Strategy is on track to secure adequate housing for all people living in Canada.

Hancock wrote to Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to urge the government to follow up the National Housing Strategy it launched in November of 2017. He called on the government to implement a plan to provide more access to housing for individuals who need it.

CUPE Cornwall city workers to vote on employer’s last offer

As previously reported, the City of Cornwall has requested a vote supervised by the Ministry of Labour in its labour dispute with city workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). In light of information from the Ministry of Labour about the delayed timeline for a supervised vote (the Ministry has informed us they cannot hold the vote before June 15th at the earliest, in accordance with their procedures), CUPE has decided to put the employer’s last offer before members for a vote on Monday, June 4th.

Possible privatization of the SAQ: Quebeckers to be hit in the wallet

The decision by the Liberal government to explore the possible privatization of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) a few months prior to the election is not only vote-pandering but extremely ill-advised.

“How many studies does it take to put an end to this crazy debate? The SAQ is a Quebec jewel that we must protect at all costs!” said Denis Bolduc, the president of CUPE-Quebec.  “Whether the issue is price, product selection or public health considerations, study after study has shown that the public model is better than the private model.”

Health Care changes continue to concern CUPE in Manitoba

Today’s announcement of Phase II of “Healing Our Health System” continues to concern CUPE, which represents thousands of health care workers in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

“Instead of listening to the concerns of front-line workers and the community, the government continues to dig in its heels with their plans to close the Concordia and Seven Oaks Emergency Rooms,” said Debbie Boissonneault, President of CUPE 204, which represents health care support workers in both facilities.

More than 1000 CUPE members shut down Bay St. to demand better from our government

Toronto’s financial district was shut down this afternoon by more than 1000 CUPE Ontario members from across Ontario, demanding that the government put the needs of working people and their families ahead of the corporate elites.

“We’re here today to demand better from our politicians,” said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “We cannot afford another government that puts the needs of corporations and their rich friends ahead of the needs of workers, our families and the public services we all need.”

Meeting between FTQ health-related unions with minister Barrette

On Monday afternoon, the president of the FTQ and the representatives of its affiliates in the health and social services, SCFP-CPAS and the SQEES, met with minister Gaétan Barrette. Three major issues were discussed at the meeting: local collective bargaining negotiations in the CISSS and the CIUSSS, the excessive workload and shortage of labour; and the future of Institut Philippe-Pinel.