City of Longueuil pool employees and the employer reach a tentative agreement

Without a contract since late 2015, the Syndicats regroupés des employés municipaux de la Ville de Longueuil (SREM-CUPE 306) announced that they have reached a tentative agreement. At a general meeting on July 17, 95% of aquatic sector employees of the City of Longueuil rejected the employer’s offers. The pressure tactics under consideration at the time could even have resulted in a strike, shutting down the City’s 25 pools.

City of Weyburn offer inadequate, CUPE Local 90 files for impasse

CUPE Local 90 has served written notice to the City of Weyburn, Saskatchewan and the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety that the Union and the City have reached an impasse in the current round of negotiations.

The City of Weyburn is seeking serious concessions, including changes to bereavement leave, changes to emergency and serious illness leave, changes to the grievance process, and changes to seniority and promotion rights.

Solidarity with Fredericton

Last Friday, the City of Fredericton was shaken by a terrible act of violence. In this difficult time for the community and our members, I offer my condolences and support to our members who are affected by the shooting, including members from CUPE 1709 (inside workers), CUPE 508 (outside workers), CUPE 1783 (transit workers), CUPE 3864 (professional technical group), CUPE 4848 (paramedics and dispatchers) and CUPE 908.01 (health care workers).  

Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy is about influencing the political decisions which shape our lives. Advocacy involves building relationships with and making our views known to politicians.

Advocacy is a way to build and demonstrate public support for progressive policies on issues that matter to us.

In order to achieve change, we need to put pressure on politicians to embrace a progressive vision for post-secondary education in Canada.

This toolkit provides advice on steps you can take to build that pressure.

Collective agreement awarded for Nova Scotia Highway Workers

Today, the interest arbitration board chaired by arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award that establishes a collective agreement for approximately 1,000 members of CUPE Local 1867, highway workers employed by the Province of Nova Scotia.

The process leading to this arbitration award began in November 2014 when CUPE and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) began negotiations to renew the province-wide collective agreement.

Our Time to Act

After years of government underfunding, access to high quality post-secondary education is at risk.

That is why it is Our Time to Act.

Federal transfers for post-secondary education are almost 40 per cent less per student now than they were twenty-five years ago. Thirty years ago, universities received more than 80 per cent of their operating revenue from governments. Today, government funding has shrunk to barely 50 per cent. 

Postdoctoral fellows and non-student researchers at University of Regina unionize

Approximately 70 postdoctoral fellows and non-student researchers at the University of Regina have unionized with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). After an organizing drive that began early in 2018, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board issued a certification order for the union on August 7, 2018 following a secret ballot vote that saw the academic workers vote 88 per cent in favour of unionizing.

The postdoctoral fellows and non-student researchers and technicians are seeking to improve their conditions of work on campus over the long term.