CUPE 1334 reaches tentative agreement with University of Guelph

The union representing trades, maintenance and service workers at the University of Guelph last night reached a tentative agreement with the University of Guelph.

Negotiators for Local 1334 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1334) reached the deal with the University late Saturday evening, averting a potential lockout or strike that could have begun as early as Monday morning.

It is expected that the union will hold a ratification meeting early next week to present the agreement to members for a vote on whether to accept or reject it.

Until members have had a chance to review and make a decision on the tentative agreement, CUPE 1334 will make no further public statements.

Sector Council Conference builds links for success

One thousand CUPE activists met in Winnipeg October 17-20 for the National Sector Council Conference. Delegates from across the country shared the experiences of their local with other leaders in their sector. “Members looked at the campaigns that have won support for the public services CUPE members deliver. They took the opportunity to talk about the challenges they face, and to learn from each other about how to overcome them,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

While the theme of the conference was Organizing for Success, there were presentations on building coalitions, organizing, pensions and discussions on ways to best use our collective agreements to end workplace violence and harassment. Members were also invited to highlight the advantages CUPE offers potential members in their sectors of work.

“We have one particularly powerful tool that we can use to better the lives of Canadian workers,” said Brother Hancock. “The best tool to fight for equality, to stop the spread of precarious work, to improve wages and make sure workers have a safe workplace is organizing the unorganized to get them a collective agreement and the best union – CUPE.”

Delegates left the Sector Council Conference with new ideas to fight back against cuts to the public services they deliver, and inspiration to defend and improve their collective agreements.

“Your work every day, and your involvement here, show that you are committed to improving the lives of our members and all Canadian workers,” CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury told delegates at the end of the conference. “Because of what we accomplished together in Winnipeg, CUPE will be stronger and better equipped to make Canada better.”

Open letter: Regarding concerns over future for U of T foodservice workers

Miscommunication around the University of Toronto’s decision to contract back in hundreds of foodservice workers is generating a state of fear that should not exist in the face of the facts.

In a time when multi-national corporations continue to lead the charge in driving down wages and creating an economy based on precarious work, we rarely get good news stories and it is important that we recognize them when they happen.

In an effort to provide more local food on campus, U of T chose to end its contract with multi-national foodservice provider Aramark and instead bring the work back in house. Much has been said about what this means for the workers and much has been wrong. I would like to set the record straight.

All of the current Aramark workers have been offered jobs without having to re-apply.

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Brock University food service workers ratify new collective agreement with Sodexo

Agreement includes improvements to wages and scheduling long sought by CUPE 1295

Food service workers at Brock University, members of Local 1295 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1295), yesterday ratified a new three-year collective agreement with their employer, Sodexo.

“It wasn’t easy and there were certainly some difficult moments along the way but our members demonstrated that you can make gains by standing together and working collectively,” said Shane Jenkins, President of CUPE 1295.

Yesterday’s ratification vote came on the heels of an intensive bargaining session late last week.

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