We’re Hiring!

Did you know CUPE 1281 is currently hiring a Union Staff Representative?

This is a Full-Time Permanent Position unionized under the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Click here for more details on the job posting and to find out how to apply.

Application deadline is Friday, June 5, 2019 at 5pm.

CUPE 1281 is Fighting Back Against the Ford PSE Agenda


“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 defunded future pursuing their education.

Meanwhile, our members, many of whom are employed by students’ unions or other student run organizations on university campuses, are forced to consider whether or not their workplaces will survive the new Ford Government mandate to make their student levies optional. CUPE Local 1281 sees this announcement as a blatant attack on students’ rights, important services for equity seeking student groups, and our members’ jobs. Moreover, this new directive by the Ford Government is but one part of a wider undermining of the social safety net of the Province, adding to already under attack areas ranging from social assistance to health care.

Our Local will fight back and do all that we can to support students’ right to organize and ensure post-secondary education in Ontario is not pushed out of reach or made unsafe for marginalized students or those coming from low-income backgrounds.

To our fellow organizers across the Province, we call for unity and diversity in action against the direct and consistent offensives of the Ford regime. Together, we will win.


For more information, contact:
Naila Lalji, CUPE Local 1281 President
Tel: 416-551-0057


CUPE 1281 Convention

CUPE 1281 convention is around the corner: Monday June 4, 2018.

If you’ve been thinking of getting more involved with your union, there are a number of opportunities that you can put your name forward for! Positions elected at convention will include:

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We’re hiring!

Did you know CUPE 1281 is currently hiring a Union Staff Representative?

This is a Part-Time Permanent Position unionized under the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Click here for more details on the job posting and to find out how to apply.

Application deadline is Monday June 4, 2018 at 5pm.


CUPE Ontario Spring School 2018

CUPE 1281 is sponsoring six (6) members’ attendance at CUPE Ontario Spring School, February 28-March 5, 2018 in Toronto.  Please click here for course listings and descriptions.  The Union is covering registration costs for 2-3 day courses priced at $100, and reimbursements in accordance with the Standing Policy on Reimbursement for Union Participation.  We urge members to use their leave provisions, workplace professional development funds (if any), CUPE council funds, and/or apply for CUPE scholarships if possible, to maximize access to funding.  CUPE 1281 members interested in participating in Spring School should submit a statement of interest to Sara Jaffri (admin@cupe1281.caby Friday, February 2, 2018.  Spring School generally fills up fast, so please do not delay in expressing your interest.

We are also covering registration for members to attend a training session of their selection from the 2018 CUPE Workshop calendar here from January to May 2018.  The same parameters outlined above apply.  For those selecting a course from the calendar, please state your interest to admin@cupe1281.ca at least three weeks prior to the course commencement so that you can be registered. We will also consider interest in courses offered by Local CUPE Council and labour council, OFL and CLC sponsored courses/educationals. If you are interested in attending a non-CUPE educational or have an idea for an alternative educational opportunity for your workplace please contact: admin@cupe1281.ca

In accordance with the Bylaws, members who have attended courses, conferences and educationals, please submit a brief report (250-500 words) outlining the materials covered or actions taken at the course, conference or educational workshop.  The report should also outline areas where the member would be able to share skills or materials with others in the Local. Such reports will be collected and held by the Vice-President.

Please take a look at the information links, note the deadlines, and take advantage of these opportunities! 

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 the Employer’s actions, including the Employer’s failure to defend workers from (and active complicity in) campaigns targeting trans staff.

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CUPE 1281 convention highlights

On Monday June 12th, delegates from across all sub-locals met for CUPE 1281’s annual convention. Thank you for all your support in making this convention happen.

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Bargaining update: tentative agreement has been reached

March 22 2017

We are very pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with CUPE 3913 and there will be no lockout.

Thanks to the hardwork of our bargaining team, and everyone’s public support, we have reached solutions with the Employer that commit them to respecting job security and unionized work.
Both parties will seek ratification for this tentative agreement this week.