CUPE Unions Have Ratified New Agreement with the City

Although many members of the City of Guelph workforce have found themselves laid off as a result of the pandemic, when the members of three public unions return to work they will at least be doing so with a new agreement. Three Canadian Union of Public Employees locals that represent City of Guelph staff have approved a deal reached between them and the City at the end of last month. Continue reading “CUPE Unions Have Ratified New Agreement with the City”

City of Guelph Announces New Deal With Unions

In the rush of new information daily about the City of Guelph response to COVID-19, one of the threads that’s gotten lost is the ongoing negotiations between the City, and three of their public workers’ unions to secure a new contract. Well, while we weren’t watching, it turns out that the City and those unions have struck a new tentative agreement. Continue reading “City of Guelph Announces New Deal With Unions”

Big Turnout for a Memorial to Fallen Security Guard

Over 70 people joined local labour organizers to mark the death last month of a 62-year-old security guard at Guelph Central Station. After leaving a wreath and tying green ribbons outside the station in memorial to Mario Ruffolo, City of Guelph labour leaders told the crowd that Ruffolo’s death is a reminder that more needs to be done for workers, and that more needs to be done for people suffering from mental illness. Continue reading “Big Turnout for a Memorial to Fallen Security Guard”

CUPE Strike Averted! Schools are Back to Normal (For Now)

Late Sunday evening, parents across Ontario got the news that they wanted to hear: there will be no strike by support workers organized under the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on Monday. A last minute deal has been reached between CUPE and the Government of Ontario, meaning peace at schools across the province. For now. Continue reading “CUPE Strike Averted! Schools are Back to Normal (For Now)”

CSA Cancels Debate After Being Pressured to Include PPC Candidate

A panel with the local Federal Election candidates that was supposed to take place in the University Centre courtyard at the University of Guelph tonight has been cancelled. The organizers are blaming Provincial Free Speech policies mandated on Ontario universities, which was forcing them to include a candidate of a certain party in the debate. Guess which one? Continue reading “CSA Cancels Debate After Being Pressured to Include PPC Candidate”

Countdown Begins to Job Action in Ontario Schools

Mark this coming Monday on your calendar because it might be the last day for a while that you’ll know labour peace at your neighbourhood public school. September 30 will be the day that members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees will be in a strike position, and now everyone’s waiting to see what happens. Continue reading “Countdown Begins to Job Action in Ontario Schools”

CUPE’s the First School Union to Call For No Board Report

At least one public union representing Ontario’s school workers has taken the first step to job action this week with the issuance of a no-board report. A no-board starts a 17-day countdown to a strike or lockout, but does that mean school will be out again by the end of September for the Canadian Union of Public Employees? Continue reading “CUPE’s the First School Union to Call For No Board Report”

GUELPH POLITICAST #97 – Trying to Privatize Toronto’s Garbage

Last week, city council heard from an interim report on the first service review being conducted by staff. The result of that investigation into Solid Waste Resources was that the service is almost entirely on par in terms of delivering service for money as many of the municipalities that are compatible to Guelph. There was just that one thing though… Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #97 – Trying to Privatize Toronto’s Garbage”

GUELPH POLITICAST #70 – Manuel Marques, Grievance Co-ordinator, CUPE 3913

Last weekend, the Canadian Union of Public Employees successfully negotiated an agreement with the University of Guelph and avoided a strike or lockout by the university’s 2,500 teaching assistants and sessional lecturers. Not bad, right? Classes keep going, studies aren’t interrupted and everybody’s happy! Well, not everyone. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #70 – Manuel Marques, Grievance Co-ordinator, CUPE 3913”

GUELPH POLITICAST #69 – Laura Maclure of CUPE on Precarious Work

Earlier this month, when the Canadian job numbers for January were released, there was a lot of congratulating from all levels of government about the unexpected increase in the number of private sector jobs created in the first month of 2017. In all 48,000 people got new jobs, but what wasn’t discussed as much was that less than a third of them got good paying full-time work, and this has been a trend for a long time now. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #69 – Laura Maclure of CUPE on Precarious Work”