CUPE’s Equality History Timeline wins award

CUPE won the Cliff Scotton Prize for its online Equality History Timeline at a ceremony in May 2016. The timeline captures more than 200 stories on CUPE’s history of championing equality in our union, our workplaces and our communities.

The prize is awarded “for a narrative, video, audio or visual that reflects history, traditions, and culture of the labour movement” by the Canadian Association for Labour Media as part of its annual awards presentation.

Launched in September 2015, the Equality History Timeline features stories that cover all five CUPE equality-seeking groups: women, LGBTTI, racialized and Aboriginal members and members with disabilities. They touch on bargaining, political action, organizing, education and other areas of activism. Examples of our global solidarity work are woven throughout.

Big change in Manitoba brings opportunity to mobilize

With the election of Manitoba’s first Progressive Conservative government in nearly 20 years, the results of the April 19 election bring a new set of challenges for CUPE members in Manitoba. Under the Manitoba NDP, the relationship between labour and government was positive. However, the new government has already made overtures that ring alarm bells for members.

Premier Brian Pallister has expressed interest in privatizing child care, long-term care, and social services through Social Impact Bond schemes. At the CUPE Manitoba convention, members pledged to organize campaigns to keep these important services public, and work with the community to raise awareness of the dangers of privatization. 

Sector Council Conference: Registration is open!

Registration is now open for CUPE’s National Sector Council Conference, to be held October 17-20, 2016 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Register early and save! Get the early bird rate if you register before August 26. The deadline to register is September 16. Space is limited.

CUPE’s National Sector Council helps locals share information across sectors. At this year’s conference, participants will meet in sector groups, and come together in a national plenary to discuss organizing and other issues affecting our union. Your local will learn from the experience of others and share your knowledge. The conference will help CUPE to better represent our members at the bargaining table and in our communities.

We hope you’ll join us and send a group from your local.

Consider sending a group with strong representation from equality-seeking groups (women, racialized and Indigenous members, persons with disabilities, and LGBTTI members) and young workers as our next generation of leaders.