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CUPE’s national office is closed between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1 while staff take a welcome rest. Updates on this website will be infrequent until the office opens Jan. 2.

Meanwhile we wish our visitors peace and relaxation over the holidays, and pause to look ahead to 2008.

Here are a few things we’d like to see in 2008:

  • Rejuvenated public services

Whether renewed defence of the public health care, moves toward national pharmacare program, a national child care program, or publicly-funded steps to address our infrastructure deficit, we’re pretty easy to buy for. But in case the federal government doesn’t deliver on these, we will be getting busy.

  • A world that takes climate change seriously and acts accordingly

Starting with the federal government. Bali was a start, but we need to do better.

  • A country that is not at war in Afghanistan

Pointless, counterproductive and just plain wrong, our involvement in Afghanistan must end.

  • Pay equity for Victoria library workers

A ten year wait for pay equity has sparked 105 (and counting) days of creative job action. We encourage the library board to end this now and deliver on their promise.

  • A just settlement for Journal de Québec workers

With negotiations set to resume in January, Denis Bolduc, spokesperson for the three CUPE locals, locked out since April 22 2007, contends that this conflict will be settled at the bargaining table. We agree.

The vast majority of rounds of collective bargaining are settled without a strike or a lockout. And to all CUPE locals who are in bargaining, or are going into bargaining this year, we offer you our best wishes, solidarity and assurances of support.