At a time when it was informing the public that activities at the four casinos in the province would be gradually resuming, the Société des casinos du Québec (SCQ) has announced layoffs of 2,250 employees across the province. CUPE represents close to 50% of the unionized employees in these establishments.
Our National Executive Board (NEB) has been meeting regularly, by teleconference and videoconference, since March 2020, in order to monitor and discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our members and our union.
Our regular June meeting was also held by videoconference, from June 16-18, 2020. These are the highlights of their deliberations and decisions.
Municipal workers for the District of Fort St. James in British Columbia have unanimously ratified their first collective agreement. After nearly nine months of negotiations, members of CUPE 4951-02 have achieved a huge step forward in job security and fairness in the workplace.
“First contracts are rarely easy, but this group of workers put in the hard work and have met every challenge they faced at the bargaining table,” says Lily Bachand, president of CUPE 4951. “On behalf of all CUPE 4951 members I want to congratulate them and their bargaining committee on a job well done.”
CUPE NB made history on Thursday, June 25, 2020, being the first CUPE provincial division to ever hold a virtual annual convention.
As public gatherings are not possible in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, CUPE NB took on the challenge of organizing its 57th Division Convention through the online conferencing platform Zoom.
Close to 250 members participated throughout the 9 hour-long conference.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Airline Division, which represents 15,000 flight attendants across Canada, is calling on the federal government to recognize the role airline workers have played during the COVID-19 crisis, and support them while their industry weathers the economic turmoil that the pandemic has caused.