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”

U of G: One Strike Averted, Another Pending

All signs pointed to dicey first day back from Reading Week for the students at the University of Guelph, but a deal was struck last night to keep teaching assistants and sessionals working on through the rest of the semester. Continue reading “U of G: One Strike Averted, Another Pending”

City Council Ratifies CUPE Deal; Full Details Still Not Known

Monday night, city council ratified the new contract between the City of Guelph and three Canadian Union of Public Employees locals that was reached on April 3. The motion was passed unanimously with all councillors and the mayor voting in favour, but they know what’s in the deal. We, among the general public, still do not. Continue reading “City Council Ratifies CUPE Deal; Full Details Still Not Known”

City Reaches Agreement with CUPE Unions

Despite the issuance of a “no board” report a little over a week ago, and the inference that there may have been issues in reaching a deal between the City and three key CUPE locals, it seems that a four-day weekend of negotiations has wiped away all concerns. Tonight, as city plows hit the roads to deal with an early spring winter storm, the people of Guelph are assured that there will be no lockout of, or strike by its office employees, outside workers and librarians. Continue reading “City Reaches Agreement with CUPE Unions”