We remember Rocky…

We were thrilled to see coverage in this week’s Coast on Rocky Jones and his wife, Joan, who fought side by side for civil rights in Nova Scotia. For CUPE, Rocky Jones embodied all that we aspire to be as activists and as a movement. Striving for equality, speaking out against injustice, resisting those who … Read more…

Seniors pay the price for austerity in long term care

Long term care workers at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, were pleased to see their employer raise the issue of funding cuts in the Chronicle Herald last week.

“The medical director of Saint Vincent’s, Dr. Barry Clarke, reiterated what we have been saying for years,” says CUPE Long Term Care Committee Chair Louise Riley, “that nursing home staff are really struggling to give residents the quality of care they need and deserve, due to funding cuts and understaffing.”

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Conciliation fails CUPE justice workers

July 4

Bargaining for Community Justice Society caseworkers fell apart yesterday after the employer failed to deliver a wage proposal. The seven members of CUPE Local 4764 will be able to give 48-hour notice of their intent to strike 14 days after the conciliator files their report. The local passed a unanimous strike vote in May.

“The Department of Justice didn’t have enough respect for these workers to provide a funding formula to the employer so that a wage proposal could be tabled,” said CUPE National Rep Govind Rao. “This is a slap in the face to community justice workers by Minister of Justice Mark Furey.”

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