“CUPE will not let striking workers be intimidated and criminalized”: CUPE challenges Black River-Matheson trespassing notice

Black River-Matheson, ON – Following last week’s trespassing notice against striking Black River-Matheson municipal workers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is challenging the effort to criminalize workers, according to the union. “These courageous CUPE Local 1490 members are engaged in a legal strike and they’re making a legitimate call for better wages for…

Workers Hit by Scabs in More Acts of Anti-Worker Violence on Northern Ontario Picket Line, Criminal Charges Needed as Bare Minimum

Doug Ford’s Conservative government must ban scabs if there’s any sincerity to his claims of supporting workers BLACK RIVER-MATHESON, ON –(COMMUNITYWIRE)– Two equipment operators were hit by two different scabs driving a pickup truck through picket lines on Wednesday. These are the second and third incidents of a motor vehicle being weaponized to attack Black River-Matheson’s…

“We wanted the township to hear us at the meeting but they’ll hear our voices anyway”: Black River-Matheson council meeting cancelled ahead of solidarity caravan of Toronto municipal workers

Black River-Matheson, ON – Dozens of municipal workers from Toronto, members of CUPE Local 416, and striking members of CUPE Local 1490, were headed to a Black River-Matheson council meeting when they heard the news that it was cancelled, said Local 1490. “The Township is trying to force a new wage grid that slashes wages…

As court confirms Bill 124 unconstitutional, Ford PCs must finally invest in public services: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO – CUPE Ontario welcomed the news today that Ontario’s Court of Appeal has denied the Ford government’s appeal of the earlier decision to strike down Bill 124, the wage restraint legislation that was ruled unconstitutional in 2022 by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice. The union also called on the Conservatives to repair the damage…

It’s time for a living wage, say 8,000 University of Toronto workers as they set the clock ticking on a strike

TORONTO – Today, two locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing about 8,000 academic and support workers at the University of Toronto filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), setting the scene for a possible strike later this month. “U of T workers face serious struggles, whether working in a classroom,…

Arbitration award leaves issues unresolved at Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

BRADFORD-WEST GWILLIMBURY, ON – An arbitrator’s decision provides significant raises to some workers at the Bradford-West Gwillimbury Public Library (BWGPL), but leaves many issues unresolved, says local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents the library workers. “We appreciate that the arbitration board has recognized the substantial wage gaps that have…