Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Throughout this reporting period CUPE members have been active on a number of fronts.
Three groups, Local 3207 in Regina (Saskatchewan), Local 3251 in Cornwall and Local 3261 in Toronto (Ontario) have been on the picket line; their stories are further on in this report.
Many locals are at the bargaining table in what promises to be another busy year in negotiations.
The federal political scene has been very busy, with daily speculation about a spring election. Our Union is a big part of the CLC–led efforts to secure passage of Bill C-257, federal anti-scab legislation.
The Canadian economy remains a study in contrast. Rampant growth and labour shortages in Alberta, while some regions experience higher unemployment and lay-offs (i.e. Ontario’s auto industry).
In addition to the above snapshot, CUPE activists and staff remain extremely busy on a host of local and regional issues.
This report covers the following topics:
- Federal Political Scene
- Trade Agreements
- Quebec Election
- Provincial Division Conventions
- National Women’s Task Force (NWTF)
- Collective Bargaining
- Regional Reports
- Staff Bargaining