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Legal Branch

The Legal Branch provides advice, assistance, and legal representation to CUPE locals, members and staff. We represent local unions and members at arbitration, labour board and court hearings.

Recent issues the branch has tackled include:

  • protecting collective bargaining rights and collective agreements in bankruptcy
  • mandatory retirement
  • duty to accommodate and the rights of workers with disabilities.

CUPE stands with LGBTTI students for equality in education

Apr 17, 2014 11:47 AM In a show of solidarity with the LGBTTI community, CUPE officials and staff have written multiple letters opposing a proposed law school that would discriminate against LGBTTI students.

CUPE local wins holiday pay issue

Dec 11, 2009 06:02 AM The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that part-time employees are entitled to holiday pay for statutory holidays even when they aren’t scheduled to work.

Summary of Supreme Court decision on BC's Bill 29

Jul 13, 2007 10:40 AM This is a summary, prepared by the legal firm Lang Michener for CUPE, of the Supreme Court decision that struck down Bill 29, a law that paved the way for BC health authorities to contract out thousands of union jobs.