CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Privitization + Globalization = Disaster for BC Hospital Workers

We in the trade union movement often say that privatization is a bad thing, or even that globalization has negative consequences, and sometimes the two come together and give us an absolutely classic example of what we're trying to say.

This is what's happening today in British Columbia, Canada, where a recently-privatized sector of the health care system has been taken over by a Paris-based multinational company, Sodexho. The result has been catastrophic. Wages for the mostly female workers have been cut nearly in half. Health care unions representing the workers have made an entirely reasonable demand: Sodexho must sit down and negotiate a fair contract and a decent wage. The company refuses.

You can help.

Please send off your message to Sodexho by going here:

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York University has Sohdexho some operating food services [including all of the Tim Hortons and some pubs (including the Cock and Bull)] and a hotel component on campus known as the Executive Learning Centre, as part of the Schulich School.


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