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An article on the strike by Ontario education workers was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. CUPE’s Ontario education workers striking for extended benefits, wage increases 2. Stellantis, Unifor agreement includes pension and retirement gains 3. Sounding Board: How employers can better support employees […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 11, 2022 November 11, 2022
  • 09:00
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Ontario education workers are striking over extended benefits, short-term disability leave and wage increases, among other requests by the workers’ union the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The CUPE is asking the provincial government to provide additional funds to cover the increasing costs of medications and health and dental services, according to the CUPE’s Ontario […]

Ontario’s school support staff are moving toward a strike vote starting Sept. 23 over extended benefits, short-term disability leave and wage increases, among other requests by the workers’ union the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In its initial proposal, the CUPE is asking the government to provide additional funds to cover the increasing costs of […]

The union representing employees at the City of St. John’s, N.L. ratified a collective agreement that includes enhanced bereavement leave. The agreement increases bereavement leave from three to five days for a spouse, child/stepchild or grandchild. The term “legal guardian” will be added for a three-day entitlement and an additional paid day will be included […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 22, 2022 August 21, 2022
  • 09:00
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The United Way British Columbia and the union representing the organization’s employees have reached an agreement to increase extended mental-health coverage. The coverage, which has been increased to a combined maximum of $1,200 per person annually, can be used to access psychologists, registered clinical counsellors, social workers and online cognitive behavioural therapists, according to a press […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 22, 2022 April 21, 2022
  • 09:00

When the coronavirus pandemic shook up the investment landscape last spring, Canadian pension funds were also jostled by the shock wave, with the Alberta Investment Management Corp. and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System among the hardest hit. And while the pandemic was an unprecedented event, such losses have raised the issue of whether Canadian pension […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 17, 2021 September 16, 2021
  • 08:56
New Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre collective agreement includes paid days off

Employees at the Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre in Winnipeg who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2348 have ratified their first collective agreement. The new agreement allows “employees wishing to take part in traditional Indigenous ceremony such as a Sundance or healing ceremony up to four paid working days leave per calendar […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 12, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
Union agreement for legal aid workers includes vision care, sick leave

Legal aid workers who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1949 have signed a tentative agreement that includes an increase in vision care benefits, sick and vacation leave and wages. “This is not just good news for our members, it’s a major victory for our most vulnerable citizens who rely on legal aid services […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 29, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 08:15
Calgary unions decry city councillor’s pension review proposal

While a Calgary councillor’s proposal to review all municipal pensions was passed to a city committee for further study in late April, local unions are still concerned. Councillor George Chahal, who put forward the proposal, says the city should review its pensions because the related costs for both unionized and non-union workers are rising at double the rate […]

CUPE calling for meeting with University of Saskatchewan over pension talks

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1975 is calling for an immediate meeting with the University of Saskatchewan’s board of governors to a find a resolution to the bargaining unrest on campus, which includes issues around the pension plan. The university is proposing to eliminate the current defined benefit plan and replace it with a defined contribution […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 1, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 08:45