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Maison d’amitié, which operates the only two francophone shelters in Ottawa, is putting vulnerable women and children at risk by imposing a three-week deadline to reach a deal with its unionized employees, say frontline workers at the Ottawa refuge. Frontline workers at Maison d’amitié – which employs an entirely female workforce to counsel and assist other French-speaking women who are fleeing violent and abusive situations – expressed shock and dismay at their employer’s demand for a “no-board report” from the Ministry of Labour. This report starts the clock ticking towards a

Three busloads of local hospital workers will be heading to Ottawa early Friday morning to attend a rally calling for better provincial funding for hospitals. Approximately 150 hospital staff from Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1974), will join hundreds of other hospital workers from across Ontario for a noon rally at Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital. The local workers include hospital nurses, cleaners and clerical staff. The rally is organized by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), CUPE’s hospital division in Ontario. Read More

The chant of “Where are the women” echoed through the halls of the Winnipeg Convention Centre 14 years ago this month. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) had just elected their new Executive Board after 12 years of being led by Sister Judy D’Arcy. As the new Board members strode up the aisles towards the podium, delegates were astounded to see so few women marching toward the swearing in. Including the two highest officers who were male, only three women out of a total of 22 were about to