Canadian unions have a long history of struggle and victories, dating back to the early 1800s. 

Throughout the 19th century, education was a luxury and not a right. Most workers could not read or write and very few written records documenting their struggles and conditions exist today. The records we do have, however, show a big division between skilled (or “trade”) workers and unskilled workers. An unskilled worker usually could not earn enough money to house and feed a family. Women (paid half as much as men) and children (paid about one-third a man’s wage) worked to supplement the household income.  Read more…

Joint Job Evaluation Committee and Job Description Updates

The Joint Job Evaluation Committee (JJEC) has begun working on updating all of the CUPE job descriptions. The committee is composed of 4 representatives from CUPE and 4 from the employer, plus one alternate each.

In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to you all to provide us with feedback to help ensure that the job descriptions reflect your current job duties and responsibilities (if you are not on our e-mail and newsletter lists, please reach out to us to get added).

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