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CUPE 543 joins local 82 on strike in Windsor

CUPE 543’s 1,400 inside workers are now on strike against the City of Windsor.

The City is looking to impose a two-tier system for post retirement benefits.

Windsor’s Mayor and City Council are looking to use the recession as a cover to demand rollbacks that will stay with city workers long after the economy has recovered,” said CUPE 543 President Jean Fox.

Moist urges support for Cali municipal workers

Paul Moist urged CUPE members to support a group of public sector workers in Cali, Colombia who had their jobs privatized at gunpoint.

Juan Carlos Ortiz of SINTRAEMSIRVA wrote Moist to say thank you for the messages already sent, and to say that members of his union are still camped out in front of their workplaces.

They were evicted at gunpoint earlier this month after the government sold off the waste disposal and utility companies to a private company.

To date, more than 1,000 messages have been sent from CUPE activists to the Colombian government protesting this action.  To send a message, visit:


NB rally against budget cuts

More than 500 CUPE members and community activists protested provincial budget cuts in Fredericton today.

We need to send a strong message to this government that the measures contained in this budget are unacceptable to the workers of this province.  Services and job cuts are going to impoverish the working families of this province who are already going through tough economic times,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist.

CUPE flight attendants helped end hijacking

CUPE’s National Officers commended five CUPE flight attendants at CanJet for their work during the hostage-taking in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 19 and 20, 2009.

Five flight attendants were among the eight crew members and 159 passengers held captive by a lone gunman at Sangster International Airport.

Passengers on the flight heaped praise on the flight crew for calming the gunman down and convincing him to let the passengers off the plane.

Design writer features CUPE building

Ottawa Citizen design columnist Maria Cook features the new CUPE national office in her most recent blog post.

The post features an interview with National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux, and lists the companies used to build Ottawa’s second Gold LEED standard building.

CLC’s Labour College is back

The CLC is re-launching its Labour College in 2010 with a new format and a new curriculum.

The intensive program includes two in-residence sessions for two weeks each where students come together from across the country.

Union activists with a demonstrated commitment to building a stronger labour movement and a broader social justice movement should apply to Labour College by filling out an application, available on the CLC web site, before June 30, 2009.  Visit:


Moist congratulates CAW on pension protests

Paul Moist offered the support of 590,000 CUPE members to CAW President Ken Lewenza this week as their union mounted a huge protest at the Ontario legislature over the government’s refusal to extend its pension insurance regime to cover CAW member pensions at Chrysler.

The rally was also organized to draw attention to the fact that large numbers of workers retire with no supplemental pension at all.

Governments must do everything in their power to protect all pensions,” the union argues on its website.  “Since they set the funding rules for both public and private pension plans, they must also guarantee a safety net for those faced with insufficient funding.”

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