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PSI World Congress – A humbling reminder of our need for solidarity

African delegates address the final PSI plenary in Vienna

Oct 3, 2007 11:49 AM It was a humbling week of networking, debate, learning and tears for CUPE delegates at the 100th anniversary world congress of Public Services International last week in Vienna, Austria.

How to ‘fix’ BC’s Bill 29

HEU starts negotiations with the BC government today on how to undo the damage caused when five years ago Gordon Cambellís liberals gutted the unionís bargaining rights.

Oct 3, 2007 09:55 AM HEU starts negotiations with the BC government today on how to undo the damage caused when five years ago Gordon Campbell’s liberals gutted the union’s bargaining rights.

Saanich mayor bolts from meeting, CUPE 410 members present pay equity case

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Oct 2, 2007 09:07 PM SAANICH, BC — Saanich mayor Frank Leonard had seen enough, so he got up and left through the back door.

Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society workers deliver strong strike mandate

Oct 2, 2007 02:10 PM Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society workers voted 93 per cent to strike if a fair deal is not reached with management. The 80 child protection and administrative support workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are facing heavy workloads, inferior wages and concession demands from their employer.

New study shows funding for EAs short $189M – McGuinty’s band-aid fix short-changes special needs children

Oct 2, 2007 10:47 AM Ontario’s faulty school funding formula resulted in an estimated $189 million funding shortfall for Educational Assistants (EAs) for the 2006-2007 year, according to a new study by economist Hugh Mackenzie. Furthermore, the report demonstrates that $20 million in funds announced by the McGuinty government this past August for improvements in salary benchmarks has had virtually no impact on the layoffs of Educational Assistants sweeping boards across the province.

New study confirms severe underfunding of Educational Assistants; McGuinty funding fix in August woefully short of claim

Oct 2, 2007 10:41 AM A new study by economist Hugh Mackenzie will quantify the shortfall in Ontario’s school funding formula for Educational Assistants (EAs) who serve Ontario’s special needs children.

CUPE surveys three party leaders on election issues

Oct 2, 2007 09:17 AM (St. John’s) – CUPE wants to know what the leaders of the three main political parties think about several key issues facing the public sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"Word on the Strike" attracts thousands

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Oct 1, 2007 07:20 PM VANCOUVER—Despite the steady downpour, the Word on the Strike event at Library Square was the place to be on Sunday. Thousands turned out and more than $1,400 in donations was raised. CUPE 391 organized the event, with support from CUPE 15 and 1004 members.

No more burn barrels on Vancouver CUPE picketlines

Oct 1, 2007 02:33 PM VANCOUVER—In the interests of public safety, the safety of CUPE members on the picket line and in accordance with City of Vancouver by-laws prohibiting the burning of open fires, CUPE 15, CUPE 391 and CUPE 1004 will move from the traditional practice of staying warm on the picket line with burn barrels, to staying warm by using alternate outdoor heating methods, such as commercial propane heaters and/or barbeques. We are making this change as quickly as possible on all of the over 70 picket lines currently up in the City of Vancouver.

CUPE Ontario calls on voters to elect a government that will stop wholesale sell-offs of water, other services to private companies

Oct 1, 2007 09:11 AM The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario today called on voters to elect a government that will protect water as a public good and a fundamental human right. Speaking just prior to a community forum in Sudbury on the issue of bottled water, union leader Fred Hahn said that allowing municipalities to remain cash-strapped because of provincially downloaded services is one more way to coerce them into selling off public services like water to private companies who see big profits in providing local services.

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