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On December 6, we mark the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender. One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school.

Sadly, in the 27 years since the massacre, gender-based discrimination and violence remain widespread in our workplaces and communities. Today, we recognize that such violence has particular impacts on Indigenous, racialized, LGBTTI women and women with disabilities.

On this day, we join with millions of Canadians, in unions and organizations of all kinds, to encourage our members to take action.

There are concrete actions that union members can take:

Tell your MP that the federal government’s promised action plan on violence against women should follow the Blueprint created by feminists across the country.
Bargain and lobby for paid leave and other protections for women facing domestic violence. See CUPE’s guide and the Canadian Labour Congress resources on domestic violence at work. If you’re in Ontario, follow the Ontario Federation of Labour campaign announcements on Bill 26, for paid domestic violence leave.
Support organizations like the Native Women’s Association of Canada in their demands with regard to the national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women, and take action in your community.
Organize or attend a December 6 event in your workplace or neighbourhood.
Many CUPE members and staff across the country work daily to end gender-based violence and to support workers and families affected. On December 6, CUPE applauds your activism, and we re-dedicate ourselves to ending violence against women.

National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women
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Government Announces Economic Stability Dividend for 2017
November 30, 2016
In the last round of provincial public sector bargaining, which included CUPE 4163, the BC Liberal government, in an attempt to soften the optics of a forced 5.5% wage increase settlement, promised an “Economic Stability Dividend”. Here is the explanation from the contract settlement:

“Employees will receive a general wage increase (GWI) equal to one-half (1/2) of any percentage gain in real GDP above the forecast of the Economic Forecast Council for the relevant calendar year.”

On Nov. 29, the Ministry of Finance announced the Economic Stability Dividend for this year will be 0.35 per cent.

This means that on March 1, 2017, component 3 members will have the 0.35% added to the scheduled 1% general wage increase (for a total increase of 1.35%) , and on July 1, 2017, Components 1 and 2 member will have the same 1.35 % increase.
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In a very rare move, the Supreme Court of Canada has issued a decision from the bench. We won! As you know, the BCTF legal team was presenting our case on bargaining rights in the Supreme Court of Ca...

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CUPE4163 is the union representing Sessional Lecturers,Teaching Assistants, Lab Assistance, Computer Help Desk, Other Language Teachers, Cultural Assistants and Community Leaders. CUPE4163 members teach over 60% of first and second year courses at UVic. ... See MoreSee Less

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