24,000 healthcare workers in Nova Scotia still in the dark about union representation

HALIFAX – CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, “Nova Scotians should be extremely concerned that their provincial government has categorically failed in its attempt to re-organize the health care sector.

“They have spent somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 of taxpayers’ money on an arbitrator, and now they plan to throw his ruling in the garbage can.

CUPE Nova Scotia devastated with Dorsey ruling on healthcare unions

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, “Today’s ruling from Arbitrator James Dorsey is devastating for thousands of hard-working, proud CUPE members.

“We now know that, through no fault of their own, CUPE members in the Healthcare and Clerical bargaining units have been ripped from their union by this government and given to another union.”

Dorsey has also said the Nursing and Service bargaining units continue to be an outstanding matter. The composition of those units is still not settled.

Union supports move to bring Fort McMurray Transit in house

FORT MCMURRAY – The union representing about 100 employees at TOK transit is supporting a move by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to operate transit services directly as a municipal service.

The municipality has activated a 90 day cancellation policy in its contract with TOK. Existing TOK employees will be kept on by the city in their current positions.

CUPE 1505 President Les Collins says public services are always better delivered directly by municipalities rather than private contractors.

DB pension plan protected, signing bonus and fair wage increase in Happy Valley-Goose Bay settlement

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY – After being locked out for four weeks and two days, 43 members of CUPE Local 2019 have protected their Defined Benefit pension plan, won a fair wage increase and a signing bonus.

CUPE National Representative Ed White says, “From the outset, we knew there was a pension solution that did not include moving to a divisive, two-tiered plan and I am very pleased to say we were able to achieve that. With these negotiated changes, this pension plan is sustainable well into the future.”

Public sector unions stand up for right to strike

February 18, 2015

Public sector unions are calling on governments around the world to recognize and protect the right to strike of all workers.

Public Service International, the international organization of over 650 public sector unions representing over 20 million workers in 148 countries and territories, is making the call on the global day of action in defense of the right to strike called by the International Trade Union Confederation.

Local children win CUPE Colouring Contest

YORKTON, SK  – CUPE Local 4980 is pleased to announce the winners of its colouring contest, “Don’t Endanger Public Health Care”. 

Close to 50 young people entered the contest to win an iPad and an iPad mini.

CUPE Local 4980 would like to thank all who participated in its colouring contest held earlier this year.  The winner in the seven years of age and under category is Brooklyn Taylor from Kamsack; and the winner in the over seven years of age category is Christina Oleynik from Yorkton.