The latest edition of VOICE – CUPE Alberta’s Newsletter is now available online.
CUPE Alberta Equality Award
In addition to being a work of art, inukshuk means “to act in the capacity of a human.”
CUPE Locals in Alberta are invited to submit nominations for the CUPE Alberta Equality award.
The Equality award recognizes CUPE members whose work on equality issues has made a difference.
Deadline for nominations is February 12, 2016. Click here for more details
CUPE Alberta Health & Safety Award
Nominate a member who has made a significant contribution to the area of health and safety in Alberta.
CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts was one of three delegates from Alberta elected to CUPE’s National Executive Board at the recent CUPE convention in Vancouver.
Roberts was re-elected to the position of General Vice President (BC & Alberta). In addition to Roberts, David Graham (CUPE 941 – St. Albert Municipal Workers) was elected as Regional Vice President (Alberta) and Gloria Lepine (CUPE 3550 – Edmonton Public School Support Workers) was elected as Diversity Vice President.
You can see the whole list of newly elected National Executive Board members here.
For immediate release September 30, 2015
EDMONTON – Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd. and CUPE Local 3341 are pleased to announce the ratification of a new agreement that provides employees of an Alberta women’s shelter with their first pension plan.
The deal covers some 45 workers at all three facilities operated by Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd., also known as WIN House. The employees include crisis intervention workers, outreach workers, housekeepers, child support staff and administrative staff.
“A pension plan gives our employees further job security,” says Tess Gordey, Executive Director of WIN House. “We understand gender-equity issues women face in the workforce and have always strived to seek and secure monetary resources necessary for promoting equity in our sector. Success in this direction assists us in recruitment and retention of skilled workers and brings stability to our workplace. Ultimately, women and children fleeing family violence will benefit through increased expertise, best practices and leadership. It’s a win-win for WIN.”
The pension plan –a Multi-Sector Pension Plan (MSPP) – is a unique plan that CUPE and the Service Employees International Union innovated nearly 15 years ago to address the lack of retirement benefits in largely female-dominated workplaces.
It has taken CUPE Local 3341 nine years to champion the merits of a multi-sector plan pension for the shelter employees it represents.
Pension plans are rare in the non-profit sector and this is especially true for sheltering organizations,” says Marle Roberts, President CUPE Alberta. “The multi-sector pension plan makes this possible, creating an all around victory. Pensions allow people to retire with dignity. These are typically under-paid workers who do the job out of a calling to help others because they care,” said Roberts. “CUPE has and will continue to advocate for retirement security for “all” by continuing to negotiate workplace pensions and supporting expansion of the CPP.”
For more information, please contact Paula Arab at 403-889-9128
The employees voted 93% in favour of joining CUPE in their second attempt this year to form a union.
CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts said, “The members came to CUPE because of complaints about unfair treatment in their workplace”.
“With over 600,000 members across Canada, CUPE can offer these workers the best resources around to settle their issues and bring them better working conditions and wages,” said Roberts.
Alberta (July 28, 2014) –On July 24, 2014, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) attendant groups voted to join CUPE’s ever expanding membership. … Read more…
Calgary (July 18, 2014) – Employees from Canadian Blood Services has successfully voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1846. CUPE Local 1846 currently represents Canadian Blood Services employees in both Calgary and Lethbridge, and with this vote, it will now include Edmonton and Red Deer. … Read more…
If private is better, health board has nothing to fear from real competition
EDMONTON – The union representing lab workers at Covenant Health care is calling foul over the privatization of lab services, and the fact that public entities are being pushed aside in the process to develop central lab facilities.