Eyes on Gaza

If you are experiencing backlash contact your steward, 1281 staff person and our co-lead stewards and find resources here.   Resources about current situation in Gaza that CUPE 1281 is following and have gathered for the membership. CUPE 1281 Statement on Gaza CUPE Ontario statement Palestinian Youth Movement An Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions: End all Complicity, Stop Arming Israel Independent Jewish Voices … Read More

Part-time Workers at Westerns’ University Student Council (USC) Win Seniority, Reimbursements for Personal Safety Equipment, Priority in Hiring and More

On Monday April 10th, the part-time workers of the productions department of Western’s University Student Council (USC), organized with CUPE 1281, ratified their first collective bargaining agreement winning them wage increases, compensation for safety equipment and guaranteed paid safety training for all workers, amongst others. “Our main motivation was ensuring worker safety,” says one of the worker organizers Praveena Saktikantan, … Read More

Grassriots Workers Join CUPE 1281 After Winning Their Certification Fight!

CUPE 1281 is ecstatic to welcome Grassriots workers into our ranks. After three years of building support amongst their coworkers for unionizing, the non-profit marketing agency staff handily won their certification vote to unionize and are now getting ready to bargain their first contract. Anna Lermer, Terra Gillespie and Joanna Adamiak, three staff-turned-organizers at Grassriots, all recognized there were issues … Read More

CUPE 1281 is Hiring Two Positions!

CUPE Local 1281 IS SEEKING A STAFF REPRESENTATIVE and ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT STAFF REPRESENTATIVE Administrative Coordinator/Assistant Staff Representative – Temporary Contract Position WE ARE: CUPE 1281 is a chartered Local Union of the Canadian Union of Public Employees; a small grassroots Local that represents approximately 300 members with more than 46 separate collective agreements that govern workplace relations in 50 workplace … Read More

CUPE 1281 Convention

*Updated as of May 14, 2020* The CUPE 1281 Convention will take place on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm. The CUPE 1281 Executive have made the tough decision to hold Convention online this year to ensure the safety of members and so that online preparations for the meeting can begin. Who can attend the CUPE … Read More

COVID-19 Resources for Workers

We are living in challenging and fluctuating times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Responses by the government and our employers mean major impacts will be felt by all workers in Canada.  Here are some resources that will help you navigate some of the issues. If you have any specific concerns regarding your CUPE 1281 Collective Agreement and a situation with … Read More

Statement regarding Ryerson University’s termination of RSU Operating Agreement

February 11, 2020 CUPE Local 1281 strongly condemns the actions that Ryerson University has taken to sever all ties with the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). This drastic measure starves the RSU of the fees that full time undergraduate students and all graduate students pay to their students’ union.This action also prevents these students from accessing advocacy services, important equity service … Read More

CUPE 1281 response to concerning CMG emails

On Friday December 20, 2019, outgoing members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) executive board made a number of incendiary and unfounded allegations against our unionized CMG staff, CUPE 1281 and our CUPE National Staff Representatives.  Such needlessly inflammatory statements do nothing to bring the Parties closer to concluding a  Collective Agreement that’s been outstanding since 2016 nor to repair … Read More

CUPE 1281 is Fighting Back Against the Ford PSE Agenda

MEDIA RELEASE “CUPE 1281 is Fighting Back Against the Ford PSE Agenda”   For Immediate Release January 27th, 2019 The Executive of CUPE Local 1281 joins the chorus of  post-secondary students and workers on post-secondary education campuses to condemn the attacks from the Ford Government announced on January 17th. University and college students in Ontario now face a precarious and … Read More

CUPE 1281 Statement on workplace closure at The Centre for Women & Trans People (York University)

(November 23, 2017) This statement is to inform the York University community of the current situation at the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP-York), to dispel inaccurate information or misinformed perceptions which may negatively impact our members. As the union representing the Centre’s two staff, CUPE 1281’s main concern is to defend these workers from negative repercussions resulting from … Read More