Public and Private Sector Pay: Why Workers Need to “Break the Mandate”

On Monday, March 19th, the Daily Gleaner published an editorial misrepresenting the position of CUPE members and attacking the right of public sector unions to exist.

Why is the Daily Gleaner so opposed to the betterment of the working conditions in this province? Painting ordinary CUPE members – our plow operators, licensed practical nurses, educational assistants, municipal workers, nursing-home caregivers that are delivering essential services - as “fat cats” is as false as it is ridiculous.

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Editorial: Hold line on public sector wages


A public sector union conference underway this week in Fredericton is titled “Breaking the Mandate.” But it would be more appropriate to call it “Breaking the Bank.”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is calling for drastic action, even mass strikes. The move is to force the province to bump-up pay hikes to two per cent per year – an amount above many private sector raises and well above what taxpayers can afford.

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Newsletter LPN 2018

Newsletter # 1 – March 2018







During the last round of negotiations, NBCHU CUPE Local 1252 and the Government of New Brunswick bargaining teams agreed that the Joint Maintenance Committee (JMC) will conduct a complete and thorough review of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs during the term of the collective agreement.

What HAS Been Done to date

On January 23, 2018, CUPE Hospital Local 1252 organized an education day with a Joint Job Evaluation (JJE) specialist from CUPE National. LPNs from all sites reviewed the job evaluation process and Job Analysis Questionnaire (JAQ). LPNs in attendance are considered the Champions in your facilities and their role is to support and guide you through the process.

Participating in the review

Your participation is important. Each LPN will have the opportunity to provide information about their job by completing a JAQ with a group of fellow employees who do the same or similar job, or by completing a JAQ on their own.

Copies of the JAQ are available on Skyline, Boulevard and the NBCHU CUPE Local 1252 website.

Please use your own words when completing the JAQ and provide clear and concise statements. The collection of accurate, complete and up-to-date information is essential to, and forms the basis of, the job evaluation process.

The JAQ must be completed and date stamped by Human Resources no later than April 2, 2018. The employee, or group representative, is then responsible for forwarding the JAQ to his or her respective manager/supervisor for review and comments.

The completed JAQ must be submitted to Human Resources by April 30, 2018. Once tracked, all requests are to be sent to the JMC care of Treasury Board.

Next Steps

The JMC will review all submissions received in accordance with Article 40.04 of the collective agreement. Results will be communicated once the JMC has completed the evaluation process.



Health-care union, province reach deal

As appeared in the Times Transcript June 12th 2017

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Members of the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions, CUPE Local 1252, protest cuts in this file photo.

FREDERICTON • New Brunswick’s largest union representing health-care workers has signed a tentative agreement with the province for a new contract.

No details have been released about the tentative deal for just under 10,000 licensed practical nurses, paramedics, and clerical and housekeeping staff at the hospitals, but it comes on the heels of the government signing a new contract with the teachers’ union.

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President’s Message

Good Morning NBCHU CUPE Local 1252 Membership..... I want to inform you the CUPE 1252 Bargaining Team have reached a Tentative Agreement with the Province of NB. I want to thank your bargaining team, our Coordinator Ralph McBride and Co-Coordinator Patrick Roy for achieving the Tentative Agreement and for their dedication commitment to the membership of 1252.

A meeting for all the President locals will be held on July 8th at the Fredericton Trade and Convention Center for the presentation of the tentative agreement. 

On July 10th, meetings will be held in each local to explain the tentative agreement to all members.

The ratification vote will be held province wide on July 13th.

In Solidarity

Norma Robinson
President NBCHU CUPE Local 1252

Joseph Lanteigne récipiendaire de la Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles-2

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Acadie Nouvelle: David CaronJoseph Lanteigne a reçu la Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles, remis annuellement par le gouverneur général du Canada. Sa candidature a été proposée par Rose-Marie Collin, récipiendaire de la médaille en 2015.

Joseph Lanteigne, de Saint-Léolin, se souvient encore de l’une des premières fois qu’il s’est engagé à fond dans une campagne de financement pour venir en aide à des personnes malades dans sa communauté. Les familles de deux jeunes enfants hospitalisés à Montréal et à Halifax avaient besoin d’un coup de main. En quelques heures, huit bénévoles ont réussi à récolter près de 8000$.

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Healthcare Summit, 2017, Miramichi April 29th.

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CUPE NB Endorses Égalité Santé en Français’ Lawsuit

Fredericton – In the aftermath of the NB Public Health Summit in Miramichi last Saturday, CUPE NB decided to formalize its support to Égalité Santé en Français (ESF) to fight privatization.

On April 7, 2017, ESF filed a Notice of Prosecution against the Government of New Brunswick, which would counteract the arrival of Sodexo, a private for-profit multinational, into our hospitals. CUPE NB supports the work of the organization, as it is also of the view that the government is overriding the authority of the Vitality Board, which has unanimously voted against privatization.

"Dr. Hubert Dupuis, president of ESF, understands how food services, cleaning services and porterage services are all a vital part of clinical care. Outsourcing hospital services means dismantling our health care system - and that is unacceptable," said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB.

CUPE NB is calling on other unions, organizations and associations to show their support to the ESF efforts.

For more information : 

Daniel Légère
CUPE NB President
(506) 869-0424 

Simon Ouellette
CUPE Communications Representative

Cupe 813 in Campaign Mode

Cupe 813 set up a table at Rhoda's Flea market in Saint John Sunday March 12th to gather signatures for the petition against the cuts to Healthcare and Privatization of Public Services. The public was very willing to sign and we had great feedback in support of our fight.

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