CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador


CUPE asks “Minister Kirby, will you support libraries as vehemently as you support teachers?”

CUPE is heartened to hear Minister Dale Kirby fervently defend the public education system. “I hope that Minister Kirby will support the library system just as strongly, by permanently reversing the devastating cuts and closure of 54 public libraries in rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Wayne Lucas.

Rally February 13 in Corner Brook – Tell the Ball Government there’s no room for profit in seniors’ care

On Monday February 13, CUPE members will be joined by friends and family to protest the Liberal Government’s use of a ‘so-called’ public-private partnership (P3) to build a long-term care facility in Corner Brook.

Ball Government pushing ‘alternative facts’ through phony budget consultations

“It’s an alternative fact that the Ball Government is interested in listening to the public about what they want in their provincial budget,” says Wayne Lucas, president of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador.

Why would Western Health eliminate a fulltime position in such a small community?

CUPE representatives are asking for the public’s support to protect laundry services at the Bonne Bay Health Centre, where job cuts are threatening to increase the workload of remaining staff at the primary health care and long term care facility.

Master Bargaining Update - January 30, 2017

As most of you are very much aware, our public sector Locals are now actively involved in bargaining with their Employers and Treasury Board officials. In order to establish a backdrop on the timelines of this round of bargaining we can offer the following.

Union Development Courses 2017

Please click on the highlighted link for the schedule of Union Development courses being offered for the period of February to December, 2017. 

CUPE NL sponsors Santa Calls Show and a special message for Dwight Ball

CUPE Newfoundland Labrador is connecting with the community through the holiday season! Listen and watch our holidays ads airing on radio and television.

Women and persons with disabilities being left behind on CPP expansion

(November 25, 2016) – Women and persons with disabilities will face a significant and unfair disadvantage under proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan. CUPE Newfoundland Labrador is urging the federal government to address troubling gaps in legislation to expand the CPP that will harm workers already vulnerable to post-retirement poverty.

Dale Kirby ‘no show’ at library review sessions; demonstrates Liberal government’s failure to consult public

November 10, 2016 – Education Minister Dale Kirby should show more respect for people living in rural communities, public library patrons and frontline library workers, say representatives of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador. His failure to attend any of the roundtable consultations, from October 5 to November 8, reveals the Liberal government was only paying ‘lip service’ to their review of the provinces public libraries.

CUPE disgusted with the slashing of jobs and lack of leadership at St. John’s City Hall

(St. John's) - CUPE Newfoundland Labrador and the two locals representing inside and outside municipal workers, CUPE 569 and CUPE 1289, are shocked and disgusted with the latest round of staff cuts resulting from the City of St. John’s Program Review.

Dale Kirby hiding from public engagement on libraries: CUPE NL

(October 13, 2016) – Representatives of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador are calling out Education Minister Dale Kirby for hiding behind paid consultants and secretive meetings. CUPE was recently made aware of an invitation-only meeting of library stakeholders, which took place October 12, 2016. Although some management level staff were invited, frontline library workers from the 54 public libraries under threat of closure were excluded. 

Frontline workers at Iris Kirby House support review process, but concerns remain

(September 9, 2016) - The union representing frontline workers at Iris Kirby House and O’Shaughnessy House continues to support the review process to resolve outstanding issues related to management of the shelter. However, staff are concerned by the potential effects that delays and the outcome may have for the safety and well-being of the women and children who require shelter and services.

Union Development - Fall 2016

The Fall 2016 schedule of union development courses is now available on-line.

Labour Day 2016

(September 2, 2016) - We invite you to come join with us at the Swilers Rugby Complex as we celebrate Labour Day 2016!

Labour Day message from CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas

(September 2, 2016) – For unions, Labour Day is our time to celebrate our work and the victories we win to make life better for everyone, like the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. There is also much to be done, tackling issues like saving our public libraries, precarious work and the shrinking number of good jobs.

One step forward, two expensive steps back for NL libraries

(July 19, 2016) - Representatives of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador are dismayed to learn that the provincial government has initiated a costly external review of the provinces libraries, in addition to the steep cost of hiring lawyers for bargaining.

CUPE representatives to speak at EI Service Quality Review consultations in St. John’s

(July 11, 2016) - CUPE representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador will speak at an upcoming public town hall session, as part of the federal government’s Employment Insurance Service Quality Review. 

CUPE NL encouraged by decision to suspend library closures

(June 30, 2016) - CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador is encouraged to learn that the province has listened to feedback from the public and will temporarily suspend library closures until a review is completed. 

CUPE NL TV ads contrast library closures with Ed Martin severance deal

(June 10, 2016) – The union representing the province’s library workers is launching a new TV ad campaign which contrasts the $1 million-dollar savings from closing 54 libraries to Ed Martin’s severance deal. 

Ed Martin severance deal more proof that library closures unnecessary

(May 31, 2016) – The union representing the province’s library workers says the latest developments in the Ed Martin severance deal are dramatic proof that closing 54 libraries had no basis in economics.

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