CUPE National Feeds

CUPE welcomes the announcement by the federal government to table a bill to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. This follows a similar private member’s bill that was introduced by former NDP MP Romeo Saganash in 2016, which was passed by the house but died in [...]
Thu, Dec 03, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE 87, representing roughly 600 workers with the City of Thunder Bay, have armed their negotiating team with a strong strike mandate. Ninety-seven per cent (97%) of the members have voted in favour of job action if necessary, as the local prepares to return to bargaining next week. The union has also [...]
Thu, Dec 03, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
This expanded edition of Economic Directions takes a deeper dive into the economic impacts of COVID-19: what we know so far, what we might see in the coming months, and what it all means for CUPE members.  Economic growth – The Bank of Canada estimates that Canada’s economy will shrink by 5.5 [...]
Wed, Dec 02, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
Avoiding the liquidity trap Central banks have flooded the global economy with cash to keep the financial system functioning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, experts suspect the world is experiencing a ‘liquidity trap,’ where interest rates and economic growth are low, making monetary policy ineffective. In a liquidity trap, savers prefer [...]
Wed, Dec 02, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is important to workers because it is often used to determine wage increases in collective agreements, pension indexing, and increases in the value of income supports such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) or Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). CPI is not a cost-of-living index, but it [...]
Wed, Dec 02, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
Economists often use letters of the alphabet to describe how they think the economy will recover from a recession. A ‘V’ shaped recovery, where everything bounces back very quickly, is often talked about but rarely experienced. An ‘L’ shaped recovery describes a sharp drop and a long delay before any [...]
Wed, Dec 02, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
Monday’s financial update from Ottawa provided no support for Canada’s struggling airlines. CUPE 4070 represents 4,100 cabin crew members at WestJet and its affiliates. The union joined business, industry experts and others this week in sounding the alarm about the future of Canada’s airlines. “After months of inaction, Canada remains the only G7 country with [...]
Wed, Dec 02, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE 1949, the union that represents around 130 lawyers and staff at Legal Aid Saskatchewan, is calling for a targeted, temporary release of some inmates to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan’s jails after a massive outbreak at the jail in Saskatoon. Julia Quigley, President of CUPE 1949, says the recent [...]
Tue, Dec 01, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE 5257 members, who are Montessori teachers and support staff at Blaisdale Montessori School, have ratified a new collective agreement ending a two-week long strike action across five campuses in Ajax, Oshawa, Bowmanville, and Pickering. “These workers took a meaningful stand for a fair contract that raises the bar for everyone, [...]
Tue, Dec 01, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees
The federal government’s fall economic statement on Monday represents another opportunity squandered by the Liberals to help tens of thousands of airline workers left jobless by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the union that represents Canada’s flight attendants. The Airline Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents about 15,000 [...]
Tue, Dec 01, 2020
Source: News | Canadian Union of Public Employees