University of Toronto students’ union cuts 40 per cent of their staff despite student concerns

TORONTO, ON – Last week, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU), went ahead with a controversial 40 per cent cut to their staff positions, telling two young women, Vita Carlino, Clubs and Service Groups’ Coordinator, and Maria Galvez, Health and Dental Plan Coordinator, to pack up their things and go home.   Mathias Memmel,…

CUPE education workers reach agreement on Bill 115 “remedy” with provincial government

TORONTO – In what may be one of the largest settlements of its kind for employees who have suffered a workplace breach of Charter rights, CUPE education workers have reached an agreement on “remedy”, or financial compensation, with the provincial government. The settlement comes slightly more than a year after the Ontario Superior Court issued…

CUPE 1334 reaches tentative agreement with University of Guelph

GUELPH, ON (March 12, 2017) – 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…

As College Royal open house approaches, University of Guelph moves backward – not forward – in negotiations with CUPE 1334

Union representing trades, maintenance and service workers calls employer’s latest offer ‘betrayal’ as two sides bargain in advance of Monday morning lockout/strike deadline   GUELPH, ON – The union representing 240 trades, maintenance and service workers warned that negotiations with Guelph University are moving ‘backwards, not forward,’ raising the likelihood of a work stoppage that could…

CUPE 4207 reaches tentative agreement with Brock University

ST. CATHARINES, ON – Negotiators for Unit 1 of Local 4207 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4207-1) have reached a tentative agreement with the administration of Brock University late last night, averting a strike which would have begun this morning. The two sides reached an agreement shortly after midnight following a marathon…

Lockout of a CUPE 1281 worker at University of Guelph

UPDATE (February 24, 2017) – The lockout has been suspended as of 12:01am on Friday, February 24. This is the right choice, as it means the line of communication between the parties has been reopened. We are hopeful that the parties are able to find a mutually agreeable solution as quickly as possible.   A…

Support university food service workers!

CUPE university workers in Ontario stand in solidarity with Unite HERE Local 75 food service workers at York University and University of Toronto Scarborough in their effort for decent wages and working conditions. CUPE’s Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) encourages all workers and students on these campuses to support Aramark food service workers by…

One of region’s top employers could have a labour dispute

ST. CATHARINES, ON – Instructors, lab demonstrators, course coordinators, marker-graders and teaching assistants (TAs) at Brock University have voted to take strike action if they cannot agree to a suitable contract with the university. Local 4207 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4207), which represents the academic workers at Brock, has been negotiating…

University of Guelph workers overwhelmingly endorse strike action

GUELPH, ON – Members of Local 1334 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1334) which represents trades, maintenance and service workers at the University of Guelph, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action in a vote completed yesterday. 93% voted in favour of authorizing the union to take strike action if…

“Top Employer” University of Guelph attempts to silence employees on campus

GUELPH, ON — Employees at the University of Guelph are in disbelief after representatives from the University entered the office of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3913 unannounced to remove posters with messages related to bargaining issues. The office was empty when the University’s representative entered, but members of the CUPE 3913 –…