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STRIKE VOTES

The strike vote has begun in over 33 locations in New Brunswick. In most locations, voting will continue daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until noon on Saturday the 11th.

To find the polling place closest to your location, please see the following list: https://bit.ly/3zWIjay

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE LAUNCHING A STRIKE

 

No one wants to be in a labour dispute. But if the members of a local or provincial union democratically and overwhelmingly decide to exercise their right to strike to fight for better wages and working conditions, CUPE will always be there to support them.

 

CUPE has a National Strike Fund and also a National Defense Fund.

 

STRIKE ALLOWANCES

 

Because CUPE has over 650,000 members across Canada (2015 data), it can provide good strike (or lockout) allowances.

 

CUPE's strike fund is funded by a predetermined percentage of the dues paid by each member across Canada. In the event of a labour dispute, every member is entitled to an allowance of $60 per day, up to a maximum of $300 per week (tax-free).

 

INSURANCES IN CASE OF DISPUTE

 

For the duration of a dispute, CUPE's National Strike Fund pays the group insurance premiums (life, health and hospitalization) for members of a local union on strike (or locked out). In addition, if an employer refuses to continue to pay its share of the premiums, thereby jeopardizing the insurance policies, the Strike Fund pays the full cost of the plans for the duration of the work stoppage. The coverage that you and your family would normally have is then fully maintained.

 

COST-SHARING CAMPAIGNS

 

The National Defense Fund is used to provide financial support for public opinion campaigns conducted by a local union. This is called a public relations campaign and the costs are shared between the local union and CUPE, usually in equal parts. These campaigns are usually conducted outside of bargaining periods.

 

CAMPAIGNS DURING BARGAINING PERIODS

 

On the other hand, the National Strike Fund, separate from the Strike Fund, may pay the full cost of a local union's public relations operation. This is referred to as either an anti-strike campaign or a strike support campaign when a labour dispute is already underway.

 

LEGAL SUPPORT

The National Strike Fund also provides support when legal issues arise during a labour dispute. National Defense Fund and National Strike Fund Regulations

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Coming soon.