Gatineau white-collar workers join CUPE

After a union card membership signature blitz, CUPE has filed an application for union certification on behalf of Gatineau’s white-collar workers’ union which has been independent for the past 30 years. A majority of white-collar workers decided to join CUPE.  

“We are very pleased with the outcome. CUPE reflects who we are and provides clear and unparalleled support to its members. With the help of Quebec’s largest municipal union, we will have a better bargaining position at the negotiating table with the City of Gatineau,” said Marc Demers.

BC Premier eager to work together with UBCM members to build strong communities

BC Premier John Horgan pledged to work together with local governments to tackle the province’s tough challenges during his address to delegates at the annual convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities—and CUPE members in British Columbia are looking forward to the work ahead, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies said today.

Child care Sector

Child care workers met at the CUPE sector council meetings on Sunday and discussed how many child care workers have poor wages, benefits and working conditions. With 25 per cent of all program staff across the country earning below $14.00 per hour, decent work and wages for child care workers needs to be the foundation of any child care system.

Municipal Sector

CUPE’s municipal sector meeting focused on the dangers of the federal Liberal government’s infrastructure bank of privatization. The bank will broker privatized megaprojects with expensive private financing, leaving municipalities with less money to provide vital public services.

Health care Sector

Public solutions to protect and expand public health care, and a snapshot of challenges CUPE health sector members face at the provincial level, dominated discussion at a well-attended health care sector caucus. Priorities identified included campaigning to strengthen public hospitals and develop a system for public seniors/residential care and a national public drug plan.

Library Sector

During the library sector council meeting on Sunday, “Staff-less” libraries, de-professionalization, the use of public space, and the high rate of precarious work were some of the emerging issues discussed.

Post-Secondary Education Sector

At the CUPE post-secondary sector council meeting delegates heard from CUPE locals 1870, 2500, 1334 and 1975 about how solidarity and member engagement lead to gains for members. Strategies to fight off pension plan changes included building solidarity with all campus locals; bringing younger members on board by using their contract to talk about trust; and engaging members with a “you talk, we listen” campaign. Choosing a strategic bargaining end date two years in advance helped custodians stave off attempts to contract out their work.

Energy Sector

The energy sector meeting addressed a range of issues affecting CUPE members across Canada.

At Hydro-Québec, the employer has introduced new customer service and over-time policies. Pensions plans, health and safety and subcontracting will be at the center of discussions during collective bargaining.

In Manitoba, employer pressure to reduce costs has affected workers’ health and safety.

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