Report outlines the implications of P3-giant Carillion’s collapse on Manitoba’s economy


The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives MB released a report today The Collapse of P3 Giant Carillion and Its Implications.


The report, by University Economist Dr. John Loxley, explains the role Carillion has played in the UK’s longtime use of P3s and how the multi-national’s bankruptcy could reverberate around the world.  Carillion was involved in many large P3  ventures meant to provide reliable service to schools, hospitals, prisions, and major public infrastructure projects.  It had annual sales of Ca$9 billion, and employs 46,000 workers worldwide, including 6,500 in Canada. Continue reading

Strike pay from day one strengthens bargaining power


Charles Fleury | National Secretary-Treasurer

At the bargaining table, governments and employers across the country continue to ask for more and offer less in return.

To strengthen the power of our members during bargaining, delegates at the 2017 National Convention passed a resolution to have strike pay begin on the first day of a strike or lockout. Previously, strike pay of up to $300 a week began on the fifth day of a strike.

This change is now in effect. It adds strength to the bargaining position of locals when employers try to bargain unreasonable demands. From now on, bargaining strategies will take into account the fact that our members will have their strike pay in hand sooner.

Before proceeding with strike action, locals can put in place a strike-averting campaign which is funded 100 per cent by CUPE National.

With strike pay from day one, strike-averting campaigns and CUPE’s strengthened bargaining policy rejecting concessionary demands and two-tier proposals by employers, our members are now better equipped than ever to negotiate in the current climate of austerity.

This is the power of a pan-Canadian union of 650,000 members with a national strike fund of $95 million.

At CUPE, when our members are involved, when our locals are prepared and when we have all the necessary resources in place, we can fight back and win.

Together, we will continue to uphold the interests of our members, our public services and our communities. Our victories will continue to benefit not only our members but also all workers across Canada.

In 2018, the National President and I are counting on your commitment to help us in our ongoing struggle for justice and equity for all.

Solidarity and all the best for the coming year.

Labour Day: Celebrating our progress and moving forward


As the summer comes to an unofficial close with its last long weekend, let us celebrate Labour Day by rededicating ourselves to our goal of improving working conditions for our members and all workers in Canada.

Many of us will be marching in Labour Day parades or participating in commemorative events over the long weekend, and as we celebrate the progress and gains we have made for workers over the years, we contemplate the struggles ahead to achieve true social justice and equality for all.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our CUPE activists, leaders, and staff across the country, who work tirelessly on behalf of CUPE members every day, improving working conditions and promoting public services that make Canada a better place for everyone.

CUPE helps workers through progressive collective bargaining, political activism, mobilizing on important social issues, and building fairness and respect for all.

Together, we bargain forward, not back – improving pension plans, wages, benefits and other working conditions for our members. We also encourage workers without a union to join us, so they can benefit from a stronger voice in their workplace, and lead their lives with confidence, benefitting from better job security, and real respect in their workplace.

Organizing workplaces is one of the best ways to build a more equal and inclusive society, and CUPE is proud to be Canada’s largest trade union, as we continue to grow, with 650,000 members from coast to coast to coast. While we grow in numbers, we also grow in strength by building links between our members in different sectors and workplaces, and supporting local activists in their work and struggles.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Labour Day long weekend, with time to spend with loved ones and friends, as we celebrate the struggles and gains of the labour movement over the years, while we gather our strength for the work ahead of us.

We look forward to seeing many of you as delegates to the upcoming CUPE National Convention in Toronto the first week of October, where we will continue to build on our work together to make CUPE the most progressive and inclusive union in the labour movement.

In Solidarity,

Mark Hancock
National President

Charles Fleury
National Secretary-Treasurer

Statement by CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury on white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia


The Canadian Union of Public Employers (CUPE) and its 650,000 members across Canada refuse to stay silent in the face of white supremacy, bigotry, and the racist violence it spurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. CUPE condemns these hateful acts, and stands in solidarity with those who courageously stood up against this violence and hatred. Continue reading