Solidarity on display as York University Academic workers strike

After six months of fruitless bargaining, 3,000 academic workers at York University, members of CUPE 3903, are on strike for less. Less precarious employment and less of a university system that is far too reliant on short-term, precarious work with little to no stability or predictability. As strike action commenced on Monday morning, CUPE 3903 Chair and CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn urged the Provincial Government to ask why York University seems more interested in more. More Read more [...]

Carleton University’s staff on the picket lines in defence of pensions

Here is hoping that UNBC is not thinking of jeopardizing our pensions ! CUPE will have lots to say about that. In a fight to protect their pension rights, administrative, technical and library staff at Carleton University began job action on Monday at 6 a.m. After negotiations with Carleton University broke off in the early hours of this morning, the union that represents the employees who “make Carleton work” expressed disappointment and frustration at the university’s continued Read more [...]

Education Workers at York University Rally for a Fair Deal

Following five months of fruitless negotiations, Contract Faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Assistants at York University rallied for a fair deal today with campus and community allies in York University’s Vari Hall. These education workers are members of CUPE 3903. Their contract expired on August 31, 2017. With a strike deadline of March 5 looming, CUPE 3903 is calling for public support for a fair deal. “The bargaining team had remained optimistic Read more [...]

Support staff reach tentative agreement with Cape Breton University

Support staff at Cape Breton University, members of CUPE 3131, are pleased to announce that the union reached a tentative agreement with their employer on Thursday, February 22, 2018. CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod confirmed that the deal was reached with the assistance of a conciliation officer supplied by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. No further details will be released until the agreement is presented to the members of CUPE 3131. “I Read more [...]

Carleton University staff take a stand to defend pensions

Determined to stand up for Canadians’ right to security in retirement, staff at Carleton University are preparing to take job action in defense of their pension plan. “Canadians know that they can no longer take their pensions for granted; workers everywhere, from Sears to Stelco, can attest to that,” said Jerrett Clark, president of Local 2424 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents some 900 administrative, technical, and library staff at Carleton. “That’s Read more [...]

Whistler RCMP support workers join CUPE 2010

  Aug 4, 2017 Support workers at the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s RCMP detachment decided to become members of CUPE Local 2010 at a Labour Board vote counted Thursday morning. “We are very happy to welcome this department into our local,” said CUPE 2010 Vice President Pete Rozsa. “They will now have a collective bargaining agreement which is a legal contract between the employer and the employees, instead of a handbook that has been used as a guideline.” Rozsa Read more [...]

New report highlights the impact of precarious work on post-secondary sector

UNBC is no different than other post secondary educators in Canada. We have seen a huge increase in positions not being posted as full time permanent and rather as terms, which then get extended up to the maximum allowed under the collective agreement. We are also seeing positions posted only for a limited time frame, even though we know the work is needed to be done year round. Who is ending up doing the work ? Typically an exempt manager under the table. Why pay so much for all of these managers Read more [...]

Will robots steal your job?

Several recent studies have made headlines with their findings that nearly half of all jobs in industrialized countries, including Canada, are at threat of being automated, or replaced with robots. There are already over 1.5 million industrial robots in operation, with more than half being used in the auto and electronics industries. These robots are expected to multiply, tripling or quadrupling to more than five robots in operation for each thousand American workers by 2025. This is Read more [...]

CUPE 1334 reaches tentative agreement with University of Guelph

The union representing trades, maintenance and service workers at the University of Guelph last night reached a tentative agreement with the University of Guelph. Negotiators for Local 1334 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1334) reached the deal with the University late Saturday evening, averting a potential lockout or strike that could have begun as early as Monday morning. It is expected that the union will hold a ratification meeting early next week to present the Read more [...]

Sector Council Conference builds links for success

One thousand CUPE activists met in Winnipeg October 17-20 for the National Sector Council Conference. Delegates from across the country shared the experiences of their local with other leaders in their sector. “Members looked at the campaigns that have won support for the public services CUPE members deliver. They took the opportunity to talk about the challenges they face, and to learn from each other about how to overcome them,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. While the theme Read more [...]