Comfort Committee submission


New agreement for Sechelt library workers makes important gains for precarious workers

SECHELT—Workers for the Sechelt Public Library, represented by CUPE 391, are celebrating the recent ratification of their new collective agreement. After three days of collaborative negotiations, union and library representatives were able to reach a positive agreement that addresses key issues for precarious workers.

CUPE postpones job action for Flair flight attendants

Union shifts focus to legal fight with airline following company memo to employees
BURNABY— Due to recent actions by Flair Airlines that have raised concerns for the job security of CUPE 4060 members—actions the union will be challenging at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB)—the Canadian Union of Public Employees has called off job action by Flair’s 139 flight attendants that was to begin at midnight on December 10.

CUPE BC celebrates International Persons with Disabilities Day

BURNABY—Each year on December 3, the United Nations announces a new theme in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. CUPE British Columbia joins with members with disabilities in celebrating and applauding this year’s theme of “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”

CUPE National News

CUPE National condemns Ford government’s attack on Power workers and the Charter

The Canadian Union of Public Employees strongly condemns the Ford government’s introduction of back-to-work legislation against members of the Ontario Power Workers Union (CUPE Local 1000). “These workers have not even gone on strike yet, but the Ford government is already laying the groundwork to deny them their rights and bail out their employer who refuses to negotiate a fair deal,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “The premier’s hostility to the basic rights of workers runs that deep.”

CUPE questions federal social finance plans

CUPE is concerned the federal government’s plans to encourage private lending to social and community groups will open the door to privatization of vital services .

The federal government’s Fall economic update announced $755 million over 10 years in seed funding for “social financing” to charities, non-profit groups and other organizations serving a social purpose. An additional $50 million over two years will be used to increase access to and knowledge of social finance by social purpose organizations.

Joliette RCM employees reach second collective agreement

The 24 employees of the Joliette RCM, which includes about 10 cities in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, have their second collective agreement in their history.  The new agreement was signed on Friday December 14th, after workers unanimously ratified the agreement in November.

Their new agreement includes wage increases of 2% annually from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2024. The deal also includes a mandatory group RRSP for all regular employees, with a possible quick move over to the Member Funded Pension Plan (RRFS-FTQ).