All across Canada, CUPE members are experiencing growing pressure from employers to give up hard-earned collective agreement rights. In key provinces like British Columbia, Newfoundland/Labrador and Quebec, governments have also taken legislative action to roll back our rights and/or destroy our ability to negotiate freely on behalf of our members.
CUPEs National Executive Board has adopted a special plan to fight concessions and defend free collective bargaining in response to this critical situation.
Effective immediately, special measures will be taken to ensure that any group of CUPE members faced with contract concessions, or under attack by government legislation, has the full, mobilized support of CUPE. A detailed solidarity plan will be launched in every province, similar to plans already well under way in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Quebec.
In a letter to all locals and staff, CUPE National President Paul Moist and National Secretary Treasurer Claude Gnreux are calling on local unions to develop a strategy for building support among the membership for the plan.