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CUPE members ratify agreement with major achievements

The six members of CUPE working at the Nor’West Early Learning and Child Care Centre in Winnipeg voted unanimously last week to accept an offer that would give them a four-year collective agreement. The new collective agreement includes wage increases of 2.5%, 2%, 2% and 2% until 2010 with wage re-openers based on government funding. The members also received $1,000 signing bonuses and an increase of hours in their workweek from 37.5 hours to 40 hours. Margaret Good, Shop Steward for the members at Nor’West said, “the membership is thrilled with this contract”.

Pay equity promise ten years overdue, say library workers

Employees of the Greater Victoria Public Library say it’s time the City of Victoria delivered on a more than 10-year-old promise to pay them the same wages as other municipal employees doing comparable work in the Capital Region. The library workers, members of CUPE 410, today launched a campaign called “Overdue” that calls attention to the unfair wage gap. CUPE members are encouraged to support the initiative here: http://www.overduepromise.ca/

JUST BARGAIN!” O’Neill tells Great Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau reps

Almost 50 CUPE civic worker representatives from across the Lower Mainland joined CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill to meet face-to-face with the political representatives of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Labour Relations Bureau (“the Bureau”). O’Neill had requested delegate status to speak, but was denied on the absurd grounds that his “subject is not related to a report on the agenda”. When the Bureau representatives arrived and noticed the CUPE crowd, they immediately made a motion to close the meeting. In the end, the politicians walked out, but returned after having agreed to a motion to allow CUPE BC’s president Barry O’Neill to speak.

Community workers host meeting & BBQ

Workers at Central Neighbourhood House (CNH), members of CUPE 4308, held a community meeting and free BBQ Saturday, July 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at Allen Gardens in Toronto. The Board of Directors at CNH has asked the Ministry of Labour for a ‘no board’ putting them in a position to lock out over 100 workers beginning July 14. CUPE and the employer will be in mediation on July 12. CNH is a multi-service community agency that has been providing programs, services and supports to the downtown east Toronto community since 1911. If there is a lock out, the members of CUPE 4308 will not be able to provide the many programs and services offered to the community.

Time is running out… get your communication award nominations in

Did you write a great feature this year? Did you take an amazing photograph? Is your website easy to navigate? Does your newsletter have clean and appealing layout? Nominate your locals newsletter, website or a member taken photograph to CUPE’s 2007 Convention Communication Awards. DEADLINE: July 30th

Do you know a CUPE member or group of members who champion workplace literacy and clear language? Nominations are now open for CUPE’s Literacy Awards. DEADLINE: August 24th

Do you know someone who has made a significant health and safety contribution? Nominations are now open for CUPE’s Health and Safety Awards. DEADLINE: August 24th

Know a CUPE sister who’s done outstanding work on women’s issues in our union? Has your local been breaking ground in the struggle for equity and social justice for women? Nominations are now open for the Biennial Grace Hartman Award. DEADLINE: September 1st

FastFacts in your inbox!

Did you know you can get FastFacts by e-mail? To sign up for this service, please send an e-mail to clandry@cupe.ca. Make sure to include your name, Local number, e-mail address and province. If you were receiving FastFacts by fax, also include your fax number so that we may delete your name from the fax list.