Dauphin – Over one hundred union activists from across Manitoba gathered on April 8 -11 at Credit Union Place in Dauphin for the annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Manitoba.
“We are proud to host this year’s convention in Dauphin,” said Kelly Moist who was re-elected as president of CUPEManitoba. “Dauphin has a rich history of progressive movements, from the ground breaking guaranteed wage project to our union activists today.”
Keynote speakers included Premier Greg Selinger, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre Pat Martin, and Mayor of Dauphin Eric Irwin. “We’ve seen all across Canada the role CUPE plays in fighting for equality and justice,” said Premier Selinger. “The role of the labour movement in advocating for safe workplaces is fundamental.”
“We need to build an economy that benefits everybody in the community: fair wages and working conditions, working together to create good jobs and public services,” said Mayor Irwin. “None of that would be possible without CUPE.” Irwin reminded us that while some governments “beat up on unions” we need to “work together to oppose those governments that don’t share our beliefs and values.”
Members debated resolutions over the course of four days, including a re-commitment to pushing for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Other resolutions were passed strengthening our fight for defined benefit pension plans for school sector and long-term care sector members, continuing our fight against privatization, as well as a resolution to fight against racism in our workplaces and community.
Delegates also spoke on the importance of our relationship with the New Democratic Party, emphasizing the need to get involved in the upcoming federal and provincial elections to help elect a labour-friendly federal government in Ottawa and re-electing our party here in Manitoba.
CUPE Manitoba was proud to honour brother Mike Davidson of Local 500 with the prestigious Jack Rodie award in recognition of his long-standing commitment to the labour movement.
Kerri Irvin-Ross, Manitoba Minister of Family Services, Housing and Community Development, also stopped by the convention to meet with delegates.
Special thanks to our brothers and sisters from the labour movement including CUPE National President Paul Moist, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury, CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham, Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck, Canadian Labour Congress Representative Cindy Murdoch, and Carolyn Unsworth, 1st Vice-President of the Hospital Employees’ Union in B.C.
Dauphin – Over one hundred union activists from across Manitoba are gathering at Credit Union Place in Dauphin for the annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Manitoba.
“We are proud to host our annual convention here in Dauphin” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba “Dauphin has a rich history of progressive movements, from the groundbreaking guaranteed wage project to our union activists today”.
Speakers at this year’s convention include:
Wednesday, April 8
Eric Irwin, Mayor of Dauphin
Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba
Thursday, April 9
Kevin Rebeck, President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour
Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan
Paul Moist, CUPE National President
Friday, April 10
Pat Martin, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre
Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer
Saturday, April 11
Cindy Murdoch, Canadian Labour Congress
In Manitoba, the Canadian Union of Public Employees represents approximately 25,000 members working in health care facilities, personal care homes, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.
Over 140 CUPE members from across the province met in Brandon from November 26 – 29 at the CUPE Manitoba Solidarity Sector Conference.
At this conference members from Healthcare, Social Services, Municipalities, Long-term Care, and School Divisions met to discuss issues facing their sectors.
Additionally, special guest speakers included Mark Janson, CUPE Research who spoke to a number of sectors on Defined Benefit pension plans, CUPE National President Paul Moist who spoke about Manitoba’s positive track record on pensions, comparing Manitoba to other provinces where pensions are under attack. Newly elected Brandon City Councilor Lonnie Patterson also spoke on the importance of labour activists getting involved in local politics and elections.
Protect, strengthen and expand health care; town hall meeting in Winnipeg
Winnipeg – Manitoba is facing a $1.4 billion cut to health care funding by the federal government over the next ten years. By refusing to sign a new health accord with the provinces, the federal government is abandoning its responsibility to protect quality public health care services for all Manitobans.
Tonight in Winnipeg, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees are hosting a town hall meeting to discuss what these cuts will mean for Manitobans, and what can be done to support public solutions to make our health care stronger for all Canadians.
“With fair federal funding, we can create the health care system we need, with quality public health care for every Manitoban and every Canadian,” says Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “But when the federal government let the 2004 Health Accord expire and refused to negotiate a new agreement with the provinces and territories, it walked away from its responsibility to protect our public health care system.”
Barlow will be joined by Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, at tonight’s town hall and will discuss the need for the federal government to be a full partner with Manitoba and the other provinces and territories on health care.
“Without a new agreement, it will mean $36 billion less for Medicare over the next 10 years. This is not acceptable,” says Moist. “Over 87 per cent of Canadians – in every region of the country and across party lines – support public solutions to make health care stronger. What we’re missing is real federal leadership to protect our public health care system.”
The town hall will feature in-depth discussions on how health care funding cuts will affect services for Manitobans, and explore effective ways to expand public health care to better serve the changing needs of Canadians – such a public home care, long-term care and a national pharmacare program.
The Council of Canadians and CUPE invite the public to participate in the town hall meeting. Media are also invited to attend.
Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba is facing a $1.4 billion cut to health care funding by the federal government over the next ten years. By refusing to sign a new health accord with the provinces, the federal government is abandoning its responsibility to protect quality public health care services for all Manitobans.
This week in Winnipeg, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees are hosting a town hall meeting to discuss what these cuts will mean for Manitobans, and what can be done to support public solutions to make our health care stronger for all Canadians.
Protect, Strengthen and Expand Health Care Town Hall
Why we need a new Health Accord
National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
National President of CUPE
Former Minister of Health Manitoba, community activist
CUPE members from across Manitoba gathered in Brandon for the 51st CUPE Manitoba Convention to discuss, debate, and set a strong agenda for CUPE in the coming year. Nearly 200 members, activists, staff, and guests met at Brandon’s Keystone Centre from March 16th – March 19th and tackled issues including the dangers of multi-tiered collective agreements, access to clean public drinking water in Northern and Aboriginal communities, the Health Accord campaign, expanding the CPP, and mobilizing for the upcoming 2014 municip
al elections – among many more!
Front-and-centre was discussion on new ways of reaching out to CUPE members, and the importance of communicating the work of our union to workers across the province. This discussion was rooted in CUPE’s Unite for Fairness project, with the aim of generating conversations with every one of the 25,000 CUPE members in Manitoba.
Special guest speakers included the Premier of Manitoba, Greg Selinger, the Mayor of Brandon, Shari Decter Hirst, Jan Chaboyer, 1st Vice-President, Brandon Labour Council, Denis Bolduc, General Secretary of SCFP Quebec, and Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan.
Delegates also heard from CUPE National President, Paul Moist, CUPE National Secretary Treasurer, Charles Fleury, President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, Kevin Rebeck, and Darren Steinhoff of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Brother Paul Moist provided a breakfast presentation on the state of the Canadian and global economy, and how unions play a positive role in stimulating both economic and social justice. Other presentations included an overview of the Health Accord, workplace health and safety, the Supreme Court’s Lavigne decision, and a special presentation by CUPE Manitoba President Kelly Moist on her participation in the CUPE Global Justice solidarity tour to the Philippines.
Delegates also raised over $6,500 in support of CancerCare Manitoba’s pediatric oncology.
The annual Jack Rodie award was presented via Skype to Sister Arlene Macklem of Local 998, who was in Guatemala, in honour of her decades of dedication to CUPE Manitoba, the CUPE Manitoba Human Rights Committee, and to social justice at home and abroad.
CUPE is proud of the work of members in Manitoba, and
looks forward to another year of strong activism across the province.