CUPE National President Mark Hancock to join striking Toronto Zoo workers’ picket lines tomorrow morning

TORONTO, ON – As the strike between the Toronto Zoo and Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) enters its third week, Mark Hancock, CUPE’s National President, will join strikers tomorrow on their picket lines. Hancock will arrive on the picket lines tomorrow, May 25, at approximately 9:00 a.m., and remain…

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Would hospital funding be better for the Sudbury, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins hospitals if they had a by-election?

SUDBURY, ON — If North Bay, Sudbury, Kenora, Thunder Bay and Timmins were in the middle of a by-election like Sault Ste. Marie, would their hospitals see a similar funding increase? Asked Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) in Sudbury today. While the majority of northern Ontario hospitals, including Sudbury’s…

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Major labour law reform? Changing Workplace Review Final Report “majorly disappointing,” says CUPE Ontario President

  TORONTO, ON – The long awaited Changing Workplaces Review Final Report proved a major disappointment today when after expecting major reform of Ontario’s labour law to make the legal right to join a union a practical reality for workers outside of traditional workplaces, the final report contained nothing of the sort.   “Rewriting Ontario’s…

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With near-unanimous member support, CUPE 905 urges City of Markham to “come prepared to bargain”

MARKHAM, ON – Following a week in which the City of Markham’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ municipal workers gave their bargaining committee a near-unanimous mandate to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve a fair contract, the unit chair for Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905) urged their employer to “come…

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Is it political when only one northern Ontario hospital gets more than 2 per cent base funding? Media conference Wednesday

SUDBURY, ON – Although the provincial budget dangled a 3.1 per cent funding increase for hospitals, from North Bay and Sudbury to Kenora and Thunder Bay and communities in between, the average funding increase for northern hospitals was 2 per cent – with one notable exception. In north eastern Ontario, $23 million went to 25…

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As talks break down, CUPE 1600 calls out Toronto Zoo and City-what is their real agenda?

Toronto, ON—Negotiations to settle the week-long strike between Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo broke down following the Zoo’s refusal to provide any rational around why they insist on changes to the collective agreement that only hurt the important work of the zoo “It is incredibly…

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With 95% of the job done, CUPE 1600 waiting for response from Toronto Zoo to ‘finish the job’ and settle strike

TORONTO – Negotiations between Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo have ended with no further talks scheduled at this time. “At this time, we are waiting for the Zoo’s negotiating team to respond to our last offer,” said CUPE 1600 President Christine McKenzie. “We believe that…

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CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo to resume bargaining this afternoon

TORONTO, ON – Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo will resume bargaining this afternoon, one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo. “The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so…

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As Zoo Board prepares to meet, community and labour allies to join striking CUPE 1600 members today for a solidarity rally and barbecue

TORONTO, ON – One day ahead of a special meeting of the Toronto Zoo’s Board of Management, community and labour allies will join striking members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) on the picket line for a barbecue and solidarity rally. Organized by CUPE Ontario, today’s solidarity rally and…

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