Today’s announcement by the Premier in response to the public outcry for legislating minimum care standards for seniors living in long-term care falls far short of what they’re packaging it to be, says Candace Rennick, Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario who has been leading the campaign for four hours of direct hands on care.
CUPE Local 358 members in the Cowichan Valley are still without a contract after nearly a year of negotiations and bargaining discussions with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), the City of Duncan, BC, and the District of North Cowichan have all broken down.
City of Duncan workers voted 95% in favour of strike action and a strike vote is planned for November 9 with CVRD members. Mediation through the Labour Relations Board (LRB) is also scheduled for both the CVRD and the District of North Cowichan later this month.
This morning, the Tribunal administratif du travail (TAT) issued CUPE union certification to the Gatineau white-collar workers’ union. In early October following a union membership card signature blitz, CUPE filed an application for certification for that union, which had been independent for 30 years.
CUPE, the largest union representing employees of the City of Montréal, welcomes this decisive victory of Ms. Plante and the Projet Montréal team. Overcoming incumbent Denis Coderre by capturing 51.4% of the vote versus his 45.6%, she becomes the city’s 45th mayor.
Bill 33, the Time to Care Act, passed second reading thanks to all party support for NDP Health Critic France Gélinas’ private members bill that would legislate a minimum care standard of four hours a day in Ontario’s long-term care homes.
Over 2,200 delegates attended the convention of Canada’s largest labour union in Toronto last week, and came out with a plan to strengthen workers’ rights and the labour movement across Canada.
Delegates approved a resolution to begin pay for members of striking locals on the first day of a strike, instead of the fifth, as is currently the case. This move will strengthen the position of locals who encounter obstinate and unreasonable demands from employers at the bargaining table.