Post-Secondary Workplace Sexual Violence and Harassment Survey

Dear brothers, sisters, and friends, In the past few years, CUPE members have consistently identified sexual violence and harassment as one of the most important issues facing our members in the post-secondary sector. In 2017, CUPE members passed a resolution at convention calling for a toolkit on the topic of sexual violence at work. In late 2018, CUPE released the Stop Workplace Sexual Violence guide for CUPE locals. Five provinces have now adopted legislation requiring post-secondary Read more [...]

Myth buster: The corporatization of post-secondary education

As public funding has fallen, universities and colleges have increasingly turned to private funding to fill in the gap. But many donations and corporate contracts come with strings attached and can end up compromising academic freedom, re-directing the priorities of post-secondary institutions away from the public interest, and eroding public faith in the quality of research and teaching. Don’t fall for these common excuses as to why private funding of post-secondary education isn’t a matter Read more [...]

Talks break down at the University of Saskatchewan

Talks between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE Local 1975 have further deteriorated after the Employer tabled a proposal to eliminate the Defined Benefit Plan and replace it with an inferior Defined Contribution or Target Benefit Plan. The local has informed the provincial Mediator that bargaining is at a standstill. “During our December bargaining dates, our bargaining committee proposed a clear compromise in the interest of ending this dispute before it escalates. Read more [...]

Quebec university workers report high levels of psychological distress

A new study shows that many employees of Quebec universities are experiencing high levels of psychological stress, a mental and emotional state characterized by depression and anxiety. The study was prepared by Professor Julie Cloutier and doctoral student Sabrina Pellerin, from the School of Management (ESG) at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), for CUPE Quebec’s provincial university sector council. It was presented at the council’s biennial conference, whose theme this year was Read more [...]

Local 1975 votes in favour of job action over pension issues at the University of Saskatchewan

CUPE 1975 members have voted in favour of job action in a vote held on September 27th and 28th. The main sticking point in negotiations is the pension plan. The university is refusing to talk pensions at the bargaining table and is threatening to make unilateral cuts to the pension plan. The local is looking to negotiate language into their collective agreement to protect their right to continue bargaining all pension changes at the bargaining table. “Changes to the plan have historically Read more [...]

CUPE to represent Westjet !

For years Air Canada flight attendants have been represented by CUPE and now Westjet is coming into the fold. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been issued an interim certification by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent 3,000 mainline flight attendants at WestJet. With the majority of WestJet flight attendants having signed cards in support of unionization, CUPE filed an application for certification on July 9. “On behalf of all 665,000 CUPE members Read more [...]

Six weeks after strike begins, York University still unwilling to negotiate with academic workers

As a labour dispute between York University and their academic workers moves into its sixth week, the union representing York’s striking teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants said today the two sides remain no closer to reaching a deal. “York University has consistently refused to bargain,” said Lina Nasr, a member of the Bargaining Team for CUPE 3903. “The Government should be very concerned that a publicly-funded institution is wilfully failing in Read more [...]

Citing ‘dishonest communications,’ CUPE 3903 files three unfair labour practices complaints against York University

The Union representing striking academic workers at York University has filed an unfair labour practices complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against their employer. The complaint, filed late yesterday afternoon by CUPE 3903, alleges that York University violated three sections (Sections 17, 70 and 73) of Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, by misrepresenting their own and the Union’s bargaining positions in both their communications to CUPE 3903 members and to the public. The Read more [...]

CUPE leaders from across Canada support striking members at Carleton University

Hundreds of striking CUPE 2424 members got a boost on Wednesday, as members of CUPE’s National Executive Board (NEB) joined them for a solidarity picket outside Carleton University. Over 800 administrative, technical, and library workers at the university have been striking since March 4 to defend their pensions. Carleton management has been trying to water down pension language during bargaining, but CUPE members have been holding the line. CUPE leaders from across Canada, in Ottawa Read more [...]