Eleventh-hour agreement between CUPE and Maison d’amitié ensures continuity of services for women fleeing violence

OTTAWA, ON – A Sunday spent in negotiations with a provincial mediator has yielded a tentative agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Maison d’amitié, the francophone women’s shelter in Ottawa. The deal ensures that the members of CUPE 5237, who are employed by Maison d’amitié, will continue to deliver vital shelter…

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CUPE 443 reaches tentative agreement with City of Owen Sound

OWEN SOUND, ON — Municipal workers at the City of Owen Sound, members of Local 443 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 443) have reached a tentative agreement with their employer. The agreement was reached yesterday afternoon following a marathon round of bargaining. Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until…

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Solidarity to College Faculty, Shame on Liberals, and Congratulations to the NDP

After more than five weeks of doing nothing to help resolve the strike at Ontario’s colleges, the Liberals now have the audacity to try to blame the NDP for preventing students from getting back to class. “I’ve never heard such an outrageous bunch of hooey in my life,” says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “The…

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Celebrating the accomplishments of the Trans community and remembering those we’ve lost

Monday, November 20th, we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance by celebrating how far we’ve come in the fight for trans rights. While transgender people still face significant discrimination, we are also witnessing unprecedented signs of acceptance. Just weeks ago, the small catholic town of Très-Saint-Redempteur in Quebec elected Julie Lemieux as Canada’s first openly…

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Shelter workers stand up to bullying by Maison d’amitié by saying “no” to a deal that hurts services

OTTAWA, ON – Despite attempts to intimidate them into accepting a deal that would degrade services at Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Maison d’amitié are determined to defend the vital services they provide to women and children who are fleeing violence. Despite two days of…

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Sign of the times – Georgina residents offer up front lawns in support of CUPE 3572

GEORGINA, ON – On front lawns across Georgina, signs of support are going up for members of Local 3572 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Beginning late last week, dozens of volunteers began putting up 500 lawn signs bearing the message ‘CUPE 3572 Workers Make It Possible at Georgina Community Living’. “We’re thrilled that…

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Safeguarding best-quality child care services: child care workers and YMCA-YWCA sign a three-year deal

OTTAWA, ON – Early childhood educators (ECEs), educational assistants (EAs) and support staff at three National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA child care centres have agreed to a contract that will help deliver stable, reliable care to the children enrolled at the agency’s centres. Workers at Taggart Family Y, Ruddy Family Y and Avalon Public School child…

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CUPE applauds Campaign for Public Education’s calls for review and overhaul of funding formula

TORONTO – The union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario is applauding the Campaign for Public Education’s (CPE) latest effort to secure a review and overhaul of the province’s outdated funding formula. “CUPE has been calling for a review and overhaul of the funding formula for years,” said Terri Preston, who chairs CUPE’s education sector…

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Ottawa hospital nurses, personal support workers at great risk of violence, new poll finds

OTTAWA, ON – Hospital direct care providers, such as nurses and personal support workers, are at great risk of physical violence in the workplace, a poll of Ontario and Ottawa hospital staff released today finds. Ontario-wide, 68 per cent of registered practical nurses (RPN) and personal support workers (PSWs), said they had experienced at least…

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Putting services at risk part of Maison d’amitié’s tactics to intimidate its workers into accepting cuts, says union

OTTAWA, ON – Maison d’amitié, Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, is creating an environment of fear and intimidation in an attempt to bully its workers into accepting a deal that will hurt them and services to vulnerable women fleeing violence, according to the union that represents frontline staff at the agency. Maison d’amitié is demanding…

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