Abe Araya Elected as President of CUPE Manitoba

BRANDON – Delegates at the 2019 CUPE Manitoba Convention in Brandon elected Abe Araya as President of the province’s largest union. Abe Araya comes from CUPE Local 110, representing custodians, maintenance, and painters at the Winnipeg School Division.

“Our union is focused on fighting back against cuts to health care, education, social services, and privatization,” said Araya. “Despite Brian Pallister’s attempts to divide working people, we will be uniting workers from across Manitoba to put a stop to Pallister’s austerity agenda.”

Delegates at convention voted in support resolutions, ranging from health and safety in the workplace, anti-oppression training for activists, pushing back against privatization, fighting against health care and education cuts, and supporting the Green New Deal.

“CUPE is an incredibly diverse union,” said Araya. “With the strength of Manitoba’s largest union, we will be on the front line defending public health care and education, public Hydro, and fighting for properly funded childcare and social services for all Manitobans.”

CUPE’s annual convention featured guest speakers, including NDP leader Wab Kinew, NDP Critic for Infrastructure and Municipal Affairs Matt Wiebe, NDP Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre Leah Gazan, Winnipeg School Division Trustee Yijie Chen, and Manitoba Health Coalition Director Breanne Goertzen.

CUPE National President Mark Hancock and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury spoke to delegates, committing the full strength of CUPE’s 700,000 members to fight against cuts and privatization.

Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck provided updates on labour’s united front against Bill 28 (The Public Services Sustainability Act) and committed to fight against the Pallister government’s unconstitutional wage freeze.

Two hundred people rallied outside Brandon City Hall with CUPE Local 69 on Wednesday evening, voicing concern over the contracting out of work at the Wheat City Golf Course.

Gord Delbridge, President of CUPE Local 500 served as interim CUPE Manitoba President throughout 2019. Delbridge continues to serve as Vice-President of CUPE Manitoba. Barb Gribben of CUPE Local 737 was this year’s recipient of the prestigious Jack Rodie Award, recognizing dedication and activism in the union.

“Our union is stronger, and more united than ever,” said Araya. “Manitobans can count on CUPE to defend good jobs, and fight for our public services.”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than 700,000 members.  In Manitoba, CUPE represents over 36,000 members working in health care facilities, personal care homes, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.

CUPE welcomes Flight Medics/Nurses at Vanguard Air as newest members

CUPE is pleased to welcome Flight Medics/Nurses at Vanguard Air Care Inc. as the newest members of our union!

Paramedics and Nurses at Vanguard Air provide 24-hour service in Manitoba with locations in Norway House, Thompson, Island Lake, and Winnipeg.

“All workers in Manitoba deserve a safe work environment and a strong union to represent them in the workplace,” said Terry Egan, President of CUPE Manitoba.

“We are proud that Flight Medics/Nurses at Vanguard Air chose CUPE as their voice at work, and we are committed to representing them!”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than 643,000 members. In Manitoba, CUPE represents approximately 26,000 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.

CUPE Manitoba Welcomes New Members at the City of Steinbach

STEINBACH, MANITOBA – The Canadian Union of Public Employees is proud to welcome new members from the City of Steinbach Public Works and Solid Waste departments.

“CUPE is Manitoba’s strongest union for municipal workers” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba “we know the types of issues municipal workers face, and we’re proud to represent members at the City of Steinbach”.

CUPE will now represent approximately 26 members in the City of Steinbach, in addition to approximately 7000 municipal workers in communities across Manitoba.

An application for certification to join CUPE was issued by the Manitoba Labour Board on March 27, 2015.

CUPE Manitoba represents over 25,000 members in Manitoba, including municipalities, school divisions, health care, social services, crown corporations, and post-secondary education.

CUPE Manitoba Welcomes New Members at the Western School Division

WINNIPEG – Educational Assistants at the Western School Division chose to become members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in a vote held by the Manitoba Labour Board on Wednesday.

“We are honoured to welcome our newest members to CUPE” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba, “CUPE is a strong union for school sector support staff, and we look forward to representing the Educational Assistants at the Western School Division.”

CUPE will now represent approximately 64 Educational Assistants at the Western School Division, in addition to over 5,000 school sector support staff in communities across Manitoba.

CUPE Manitoba represents over 25,000 members in Manitoba, including school divisions, municipalities, health care, social services, crown corporations, and post-secondary education.

Emterra drivers and swampers join CUPE

Winnipeg – Emterra employees in Winnipeg have voted to become members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We welcome our newest members from Emterra into CUPE,” says CUPE Local 500 President Mike Davidson. “All workers have the right to be represented by a union, and we are looking forward to negotiating a fair contract on their behalf.”

CUPE will now represent approximately 185 Emterra employees, including garbage and recycling collection (drivers and swampers) as well as employees working in the recycling plant who voted to join CUPE in May, 2013.

“CUPE is committed to representing employees at Emterra”, concludes Davidson.   “We believe that a strong unionized workforce is the best way to deliver the quality services that Winnipeggers rely on”.

CUPE Local 500 represents about 5,000 members who provide important municipal services in Winnipeg.

ArlingtonHaus Employees Join CUPE

Winnipeg – Employees at ArlingtonHaus have voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“We are honoured that employees at ArlingtonHaus have chosen to join Canada’s largest union,” says Debb Grimaldi, Acting Regional Director for CUPE.  “We are looking forward to working with these new members and the employer to establish a first collective agreement for their workplace.”

CUPE now represents 24 employees at ArlingtonHaus, a senior’s community operated by The Bethania Group.

CUPE represents long-term care workers across Manitoba.

Another Emterra group looking to join CUPE

Another Emterra group looking to join CUPE

Story by CUPE Local 500

Another group of Emterra workers have decided to seek union representation through CUPE Local 500.

On May 29, a certification vote was held at the Manitoba Labour Board for the Drivers and Swampers at Emterra in Winnipeg.

“We’re encouraged and excited that these workers are interested in joining the Union,” said Local 500 President Mike Davidson.  “We antcipate that this process will be finalized by the end of June and will update the membership as more information becomes available.”

On May 6, 2013, about 80 employees who work at Emterra’s material recycling facility became members of CUPE Local 500.

Please watch for further updates in the coming weeks.

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CUPE 500 welcomes Emterra Recycling workers as its newest members in Winnipeg

Emterra recycling workers in Winnipeg have voted to become members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We are very honoured and privileged to welcome our newest members to CUPE,” says CUPE Local 500 President Mike Davidson. “All workers have the right to be represented by a union, and we are looking forward to negotiating a fair contract on their behalf.”

The Manitoba Labour Board counted the vote on May 6, 2013. CUPE will now represent approximately 80 employees who work at Emterra’s material recycling facility.

CUPE Local 500 represents about 5,000 members who provide important municipal services in Winnipeg.