by Emily Leedham In a move that shocked trade unionists across the country, the Regina Police Service arrested Unifor National President Jerry Dias and thirteen other Unifor members at Gate 7 of Regina’s Co-op Refinery Complex on Monday, January 20, 2020. About 730 refinery workers, members of Local 594, have been locked out for the Continue readingLabour unites around Unifor 594 after arrests at refinery lockout
Winnipeg’s city council proposes an austerity budget which would close libraries, pools & cut public transit. Meanwhile, police still receive the bulk of public funds.
On Monday, September 9, Winnipeg took a big step towards ending the airport-like security screening at the downtown Millennium library. The metal detector and bag check screenings were introduced by library management in February, responding to staff safety concerns. CUPE 500 President Gord Delbridge, representing Millennium Library workers, also supported the screenings. This was the Continue readingA Step Towards Removing Winnipeg’s Invasive Library Security
Last week, negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ (CUPE) bargaining agent the Ontario School Board Council of Union (OSBCU) and the province move to mediation as bargaining makes no progress for the 55,000 education workers CUPE represents across Ontario. RankandFile.ca spoke with OSBCU President Laura Walton about the role of the government and Continue readingOntario’s education workers inch closer to strike position
On July 31, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) filed for conciliation after 10 days of bargaining with the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the provincial government. RankandFile.ca spoke with Laura Walton, President of CUPE’s provincial bargaining agent, the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), to discuss bargaining so far and the Continue readingBargaining stalled for Ontario’s education workers
Read Part 1 of this look into the conditions of long term care in Ontario here. By Zaid Noorsumar On Jan. 23, 2007, 73-year-old Betty Moseley-Williams testified to the legislative standing committee about Bill 140, the Long-term Care Homes Act. Moseley-Williams, who had worked as a nurse for 50 years, harkened back to a conversation Continue readingIs it Time to Care Yet?
By Zaid Noorsumar Punched. Groped. Kicked. Killed. Violence in long-term care homes has to stop. Staff and residents are caught in a vicious cycle of violence in Ontario’s nursing homes. Caregivers who are punched, kicked, and spat on as they tend to residents. Caregivers who are scratched and bitten. Accustomed to bruises and burns. Groped Continue readingBreaking Point: Violence in Long Term Care
By Haseena Manek On November 15, representatives from employers and unions with members in the OMERS pension plan came together to vote on changes proposed in June. The result was 50% plus one in favour of the changes, a thin majority that fell short of the two-third majority required to make changes to the OMERS pension Continue readingVictory at OMERS
By Haseena Manek In June, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) announced it would be voting on a number of changes that would hugely impact the 500,000 workers that contribute to it across Ontario in November. According to Fred Hahn, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario, at the latest OMERS sponsors Continue readingCUPE fighting scare tactics at OMERS
By Robert Devet KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Employees of the Community Justice Society (CJS) have been on strike since July 30, looking for something closer to equity with government probation workers, whose jobs are very similar. However, the workers have no quarrel with their employer. They are looking at the provincial government to offer a solution. CJS administers the Continue readingJustice for justice workers: ‘Many of us have stuck around because the work is so powerful’
Showdown at York U affects entire Canadian university sector By Cynthia Loch-Drake, Course Instructor at the Schulich School of Business It’s High Noon in the Canadian university sector and the showdown is at York University. CUPE 3903, the strongest union representing precariously employed contract faculty, is confronting the most corporate-heavy Board of Governors running any Continue readingTheir fight is our fight: Students and contract faculty support 3903 strike
By Stuart Ryan Members of CUPE 2424, the support staff local at Carleton University, celebrated victory on April 3 by a 98% majority vote to ratify a tentative agreement. Their month-long strike secured their defined-pension plan for years to come. The local represents more than 850 administrative, technical, library, counsellors, and nursing staff at the Continue readingCUPE 2424 wins pension security in month-long strike