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, June 17, 2009

Error in Collective Agreement Printing CUPE Local 1356

There is an error in the printing [and web versions] of the CUPE Local 1356 Collective Agreement in Article 24.03 part 8 only. To correct this just delete the phrase " (Employee Coverage Only) " The coverage for this benefit was, is, and continues to be for the employee and family [if the family is registered with the employer.]

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

CUPE protests at Mac convocation

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is picketing McMaster’s social sciences convocation ceremonies at the Hamilton Convention Centre today.

CUPE Local 3906 says the demonstration is to inform the public of “layoffs” which are the consequences of restructuring at the university.

The complaints stem from the concerns of sessional faculty members – faculty serving in a temporary capacity to instruct specific courses on a course-by-course basis – represented by CUPE Local 3906.
source Hamilton Spectator

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VCU Professor gets Silicosis

One of Virginia Commonwealth University's star professors is incurably ill from dust inhaled in university studios, but the school says its facilities are safe and warnings adequate.

from Richmond Times-Dispatch
Contact David Ress at (804) 649-6051 or

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

UW Custodians Angry by Shift Change

custodians at the University of Washington are coming together across ethnic lines and language barriers to keep their work shifts. The predominantly Asian, Latino, and East African workforce consists of 66 custodians who work from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. On June 1, they will be reassigned to a day-shift that begins at 5 a.m.

source Northwest Asian Weekly

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Green Roof on All New Buildings in Toronto

The new bylaw mandates rooftop vegetation on all new high-rise condos and offices with a floor surface greater than 2,000 square metres, mid-rise residential buildings above eight storeys, industrial plants, schools and non-profit housing.

source National Post

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UNITE-HERE President Resigns

Bruce S. Raynor, the longtime labor leader for the nation’s apparel workers, announced on Friday that he was resigning as president of Unite Here, the joint union that garment workers created with hotel workers five years ago.
source - NY Times