September 22, 2020

On September 30th where an orange shirt to honour residential school survivors, remember the past, and create a better future.

Subscribe for CUPE Local 1169 updates by adding your personal email below

September 10, 2020

Calgary Transit has successfully employed expert staff to maintain and disinfect COVID-19 exposed buses since the onset of this pandemic.

Now, while Calgarians begin returning to work and school on crowded buses and trains, much of this work is being contracted out to an inexperienced and transient work force.

By mid-October, the same company that has failed miserably in cleaning our transit shelters and stations – and received thousands of complaints for shoddy work – will clean and service all our public transit vehicles.

This will happen as we are entering into what is expected to be a second wave and likely surge in COVID-19 cases.

Unlike a dirty bus shelter which you can possibly avoid, this will result in poorly serviced and biohazard-exposed vehicles that transit riders will have no choice but to board or find other transportation.

This is not just a workplace issue, this is a public health issue.

Keeping public transit running during a public health emergency has taken a great team effort by thousands of dedicated employees.

The system remains extremely vulnerable and contracting out the disinfecting of these vehicles during a deadly pandemic is a reckless and irresponsible experiment that puts the riding public at risk.

Please call your councillor to advocate for safer, cleaner public transit and join the campaign here: https://www.atu583.com/

Or sign up and call your city councillor here: https://www.atu583.com/ct-riders-deserve-safe-transit-call-your-councillor/

September 10, 2020

Have you heard?

Only a few days into the school year, and already there are at least 32 schools with COVID cases.

Over 100 students at a single Edmonton High School have to self isolate for two weeks because of an outbreak.

Jason Kenney’s lack of a proper school plan is already causing disruption, fear and chaos.

Kenney didn’t want to pay for masks. But CUPE, parents, and others pushed back and we got funding for masks.

Kenney didn’t want to pay for extra custodial help.  CUPE, parents, and others pushed back and we got funding for extra custodial help.

The UCP didn’t want to pass on federal money to schools, but we fought back and made sure those federal dollars got to the classroom.

Jason Kenney and the UCP didn’t want to alert the public to outbreaks, but that changed today after even more public pressure

There is still much more to do. We need smaller class sizes so our students and staff can properly distance.

Please, take 60 seconds.

Go to https://www.weworkforalberta.ca/keepschoolssafe and send an email to your MLA.

This kind of pressure works.

Kids are depending on us.

Sincerely,

Rory Gill,
President CUPE Alberta

August 31, 2020

Retirements:  Wendy S., Maureen B., Patricia R., and Francisca R.

Illness: Viera D., Maureen M., Yasmeen A., Jane W., Kaitlyn B., and Rebecca C.

Bereavement:  Dobrila J-T., Viera D., Monica P., Mei-Chen L., and Jing A.

Baby:  Ryan P.