How Threads of Life helps families affected by life-altering incidents at work

As part of CUPE’s Year of Health and Safety, each month a new profile will be published on highlighting the work of CUPE’s health and safety activists, celebrating health and safety victories, and discussing health and safety resources available to members and locals. “I made a commitment to do something positive with our love for Tim” explains Shirley Hickman a grieving mother who lost her son Tim in a tragic workplace incident in 1996. Tim was a member of CUPE 739, working for Read more [...]

CUPE 5111 wins nametag arbitration, defends member health and safety

A Saskatchewan arbitrator ruled that including first and last names on employee nametags endangers workers and violates provincial workplace health and safety law. The ruling was a major victory for CUPE 5111 (Prairie North Regional Health Authority). The local filed a grievance after their employer introduced a new policy in 2012 that required employees to wear nametags with both their first and last names. The health region claimed the change was made to improve patient interactions. But Read more [...]

New workplace violence and harassment prevention kit ready

Workplace violence is a serious hazard that many CUPE members face every day. In response to this hazard, the CUPE health and safety branch is pleased to announce our most recent resource, the updated Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention Kit. The purpose of the kit is to provide CUPE members with resources to help protect them against violence and harassment in the workplace. Far too often, employers develop policies and procedures that only react to violence and harassment. This approach Read more [...]