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Survey to help learn more about the impact of domestic violence in the workplace

You are invited to participate in a survey conducted by the Women’s Committee of the Canadian Labour Congress in partnership with researchers at the University of Western Ontario (Western). Barb MacQuarrie is the Community Director at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) in the Faculty of Education at Western; Dr. Nadine Wathen is an Associate Professor, and Dr. Jen MacGregor a post-doctoral researcher in Western’s Faculty of Information & Media Studies.  Information and survey can be found at following link.

Norm Quan Bursary and Glen Makahonuk Scholarship Applications

Attached - Norm Quan Bursary applications - Deadline June 27, 2014

Attached - Glen Makahonuk Scholarship - Deadline August 15, 2014

Bill C - 525 - Reduces the capacity for workers to organize a union.

Bad news… Bill C-525, aiming to reduce the capacity for workers to organize a union, just passed second reading (149 votes against 133). You can sign our petition here:

The next stage will be a study in front of committee.

Regarding the cuts at Canada Post, you are probably aware that we are circulating an electronic and paper petition. PLEASE continue to share it and collect signatures. We have over 12000 signatures on the electronic one and the paper version is starting to come in our office. It’s looking good!

It's time to Expand CPP!

In two short weeks, the finance ministers will decide whether or not now is the right time for expansion. They need to hear a clear message. They need to hear that all Canadians deserve to retire with dignity. They need to hear that with an increasing number of seniors living in poverty, we can’t afford another delay.

Over 11 million Canadian workers – more than 6 in 10 – have no workplace pension plan. The best way to ensure retirement security for all Canadians is a gradual and modest expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. Visit the following site?

Send them a message, and let them know that an expanded CPP would make a big difference in the lives of all Canadian workers.
To learn more on how you can help spread the word please see attached link


Attached is the new Executive for 2014/2015


New letter link

Changes coming to WHMIS

New GHS Hazard pictograms to replace WHMIS symbols


As you are aware the local has been in bargaining with the University since the spring.  We have satisfactorily reached agreement on many issues, although there are still some outstanding matters including pensions.  The University’s Chief Negotiator is Cheryl Carver.  Ms. Carver is taking a planned parental leave until March. While we had hoped that bargaining would be concluded by this time, the outstanding issues are complex and require further negotiations. Rather than starting over with someone new, we have agreed with the Employer that we will hold bargaining in abeyance until Ms. Carver returns from her leave. This time away from bargaining will allow for the parties to review their positions and consider options for resolving the outstanding matters. We ask the membership for your understanding as this means that bargaining continues in camera and therefore we cannot discuss any of the details of bargaining.  Your bargaining committee believes that this is in the best interest of the membership at this time.

Wayne Foley, President on behalf of the Bargaining Committee


CUPE Non Academic Pension Plan Town Hall Meeting Held April 17, 2013.

Watch this video of guest speaker Kevin Skerrett, CUPE National Pension Representative.


Please read the attached document pertaining to Scope. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the union office at 966-7015 and you will be directed to the appropriate table officer.

Article 18.4.1 Personal Leave

Collective Agreement is being printed. If you need to review this article prior to obtaining new agreement please see attached.

Health and Wellness Information

Please find attached information regarding Health Spending Account Summary Wellness Plan Summary Reimbursement form for Wellness spending Account