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  • Students’ return to school uncertain at UQAM with 1800 support employees threatening strike action - Pas d’employé.e.s, pas de rentrée! (No employees, no back to school!) August 21, 2019
    With only two weeks to go before university students return to UQAM, the parties at the bargaining table still have not come to an agreement, and a strike by 1800 support employees could be called when the new session starts. The Syndicat des employées et employés de l’UQAM (SEUQAM) have begun a new phase in its […]
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  • Placentia municipal workers are ready for a fair deal to get back to work August 15, 2019
    Members of CUPE Local 1761, representing municipal workers at the Town of Placentia, are ready for a fair deal that saves the town money and gets them back on the job, providing valued public services to their community. On Tuesday, August 13, CUPE attempted to end the ongoing job action by offering changes to scheduling language […]
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  • Health care presidents anticipate growth in sector August 15, 2019
    Growth in CUPE’s community health sector was a major topic of discussion at CUPE’s Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC) meeting held on August 14. Council members from several CUPE locals heard some exciting news about the prospect of increasing membership, both for the council and for the community health sector at large. “The results of this growth […]
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  • CUPE members on the front lines of the opioid crisis August 15, 2019
    Across every sector and province, CUPE members are seeing the impacts of opioid addiction and fentanyl poisoning. For some members, the crisis is intensifying well-worn challenges. For others, it means taking on demands outside their original job descriptions. Either way, our members have stories to tell—and an important analysis of the pressures the crisis is […]
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  • Kelly Budway: Bracing for impact August 15, 2019
    Dan Gawthrop | CUPE Communications CUPE 873 member Kelly Budway loves her job as an ambulance paramedic. Since being trained in emergency medical response and joining the BC Ambulance Service in 2011 after more than a decade as a flight attendant, she has never looked back. “Working in the city as a full-time paramedic, I am challenged […]
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  • Terrill Budd: Other duties as assigned August 15, 2019
    Emily Turk | CUPE Communications Terrill Budd and her colleagues at the Calgary Central Library know the opioid crisis is on their doorstep. Budd’s branch is located in the city’s Downtown East Village, a neighbourhood that sees a high rate of EMS responses to opioid-related events and is currently being considered for a supervised consumption site. “I spoke […]
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  • Tuesday Andrich: Meeting people where they are August 15, 2019
    Janet Szliske | CUPE Communications Tuesday Andrich’s regular routine as day shift coordinator for PHS Community Services Society can include almost anything. She deals with medical emergencies, cooks meals, and helps residents with everything from laundry to mental health support. She has even literally put out fires. “We meet people where they are at,” explains Andrich, a member […]
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  • Jennifer Kirby: When the ‘new normal’ is anything but August 15, 2019
    Emily Turk | CUPE Communications To ask Jennifer Kirby if the opioid crisis impacts her work seems an almost ridiculous question. Kirby works with Brant Family and Children’s Services (FACS) in Brantford, Ontario, a community with the second-highest rate of hospitalizations for opioid poisonings in all of Canada. Brantford, a city of roughly 100,000, is caught between two […]
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  • Why the federal election matters August 15, 2019
    Canadians go to the polls on October 21st to elect their Members of Parliament and a new government. But why does this election matter, and why is it important for CUPE members to get out and vote? Because since becoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau has broken more promises than he has kept. Whether it’s his broken […]
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  • Q&A with Judy Darcy August 15, 2019
    As Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Judy Darcy is leading the province’s response to the overdose crisis that is continuing to take three to four lives every single day in British Columbia. As a past CUPE National President, she understands the crisis is a national issue that affects our members personally and professionally. 1)    How […]
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