CUPE Nova Scotia

CUPE Nova Scotia

10% Shift Nova Scotia

CUPE Nova Scotia represents more than 18,000 working women and men employed throughout the public sector.  We are proud to be part of Canada's largest and fastest-growing union.

CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, child care, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

CUPE members are service-providers, white-collar workers, technicians, labourers, skilled trades people and professionals. More than half of CUPE members are women. About one-third are part-time workers.

Letter to Liberal MLA's from CUPE acute care members

Here's a generic letter you can use to write Liberal MLA's about their latest attack on CUPE members.

Stop Harper - Call Out for Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Town Halls

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is continuing plans to hold town halls on federal issues in the lead up to the 2015 federal election.  Across the country, the Labour Movement is mobilizing to defeat the Harper Conservatives.  These town halls will help identify the issues union members want to see the Labour Movement focus on as well move forward with this campaign.

Click above for dates, times and locations for the Town Hall Meetings.

CUPE National Human Rights Conference, 2015 - Winnipeg

We are at a critical moment for equality and the labour movement. Though we’ve made important human rights gains over time, growing inequality, globalization, privatization and the rise of precarious work threaten the progress we’ve made.  CUPE must be a leader in advancing equality. Our efforts benefit everyone. 

CUPE activists will gather to share ideas and develop strategies in areas where workers have power: bargaining, organizing, mobilizing and political action. 

Click above for more details.

CUPE Nova Scotia 52nd Annual Convention

The 52nd Annual CUPE Nova Scotia Convention 2015 will convene on Sunday April 26th at 7:00 pm, and end at 4:00 pm, or until all Convention business has been completed, on Wednesday, April 29th . It will be held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Center, 50 Maillard Street, Sydney.

More information is provided under the Convention Documents for 2015.

Presiden'ts Update

Go to the "President's Report" (tab on left hand side)  for an update on Bill 1, Pensions and Ebola.  Go to the "Newsletter/Bulletin" (tab on left hand side)  for newsletter from the All Committees Conference.

Bill 1 'Mediation' was doomed from the outset - CUPE Nova Scotia

CUPE Nova Scotia says the mediation process set up under the McNeil Government’s Bill 1 was doomed from the outset.

CUPE Acute Care Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas says, “Mediation only works if all the parties involved feel vulnerable enough to
work toward a solution. The way this bill is structured, however, meant that the employer had zero reason to
come up with a mediated settlement, since they weren’t vulnerable in any way.

“Thanks to this bill, HANS (Health Care Associations of Nova Scotia) knew they could simply sit back and wait for
the arbitration phase, where the Act spells out in detail what will happen, with the unions having no say in the matter” says Thomas.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh, meanwhile, says, “Bill 1 put all four unions in the untenable position of
having to horse-trade their own members.  No union worth its salt would ever consider doing that.

“That’s what makes this bill so cynical and diabolical.  The government knew we would never betray our own members in
this way,” says Cavanagh.

With the process now proceeding to arbitration, the legislation dictates that CUPE could be assigned to one of three
new bargaining units - support, clerical or healthcare.  

Says Thomas, “In two of those three options, hundreds of CUPE members – many of them long-term members - will
no longer be in the union of their choice.”