CUPE was shocked to learn that several members of Unifor, including Unifor National President Jerry Dias, were arrested Monday during a peaceful protest outside the Co-op Refinery in Regina. Co-op workers represented by Unifor Local 594 were locked out by their employer six weeks ago for resisting Co-op’s attempts to gut their pensions during bargaining.
A new report produced for CUPE entitled Influences: Lessons from policy and practices in literacy and essential skills in Canada, 1990-2019, explores the numerous issues dealing with literacy and essential skills and the evolution of these concepts in the past thirty years. It also analyzes trends with respect to government policies and their impacts on workers, learners, and the communities affected.
As we prepare to begin the new decade, CUPE has much to be proud of. While there are many accomplishments to list, two of the most significant are that CUPE National is now 700,000 members strong, with a strike fund of over one hundred million dollars. This provides CUPE great strength and stability.