Canadian Labour Congress Atlantic Open House

Greetings :

On behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress Atlantic Regional Team, I would like to extend an invitation to attend our Open House on October 11, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for you to visit our new office and meet all members of the Atlantic Team, along with President Hassan Yussuff.

You are welcome to join us anytime between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm at our new location at 1718 Argyle Street, Suite 420, in Halifax, NS.

Please RSVP by October 4th.

I look forward to seeing you there!

In Solidarity,

Alex Furlong
Atlantic Regional Director
Canadian Labour Congress

Solidarity with CUPE Local 108

A message from Todd MacPherson, National Representative, regarding Local 108:

As you may be aware, CUPE Local 108, Halifax Civic Workers are in tough negotiations with HRM. The employer will not come back to the bargaining table after the members overwhelmingly rejected the employer’s final offer. The local is having a rally on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at City Hall at 5pm to send a clear message to the mayor and council.

We need a new treasurer!

Here’s an opportunity to volunteer and serve your union! We are looking for a new Treasurer for CUPE 3912. The Treasurer takes care of financial matters including:

• bookkeeping using CUPE’s electronic ledger,
• depositing rebates,
• making payments,
• serving as liaison with the local’s and employers’ payroll services,
• participating in the investments committee and Executive meetings,
• corresponding with CUPE National in financial matters and
• ensuring that the local’s trustees finish the yearly audit.

As a member of the executive, the Treasurer receives an honorarium.

Please note this is an elected position of the CUPE 3912 executive. We will be in touch with interested members after we set a date for the election.

Please contact if you are interested or for more information.

CUPE 3912 extends its thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who were killed in the terrible and abhorrent attack in Orlando, Florida. CUPE 3912 supports the LGBTQ+ communities at Dalhousie, St. Mary’s and Mount St. Vincent. CUPE 3912 is committed to eradicating homophobia and transphobia. Hate has no place in our communities.

Dear CUPE members,

Many of you have met, or spoken with our office manager of many years, Renee Dankner.

It is with sadness that we report that Renee is bereaved of her beloved husband of 54 years, and we join her in mourning Gordon’s passing.

Renee, her children, grandchildren, other family and friends are in our thoughts, with affection and respect.

Your 3912 Executive Committee

CUPE NS Interim President Obituary

Michael Hugh Paul McNeil

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Michael Hugh Paul McNeil, also known as Bunky on Saturday, March 12. Mike was first and foremost a family man; a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Mike’s personality shone for all to see; even strangers felt comfortable in his presence. Mike umpired at the Provincial level for Softball Nova Scotia. Mike’s love of life was evident in his passion for attending Blues festivals with the Keith’s brothers or playing washers in the back yard at Camp Cavendish. He was an avid hockey fan, whether he was watching his grandson or his favourite team, the Montreal Canadians. Mike worked for35 yrs for Gem health Care he started at Keddys Nursing Home then the name changed to Glades Lodge and the last 5 yrs he was at the Admiral Long Term Care Centre. Mike also had another passion; the Labour movement. He was a true union activist. Over the last 37 years, he held various union positions and worked his way to the President of CUPE Nova Scotia. He was predeceased by his mother Kathleen McNeil, father Frank McNeil, and sister Diane. He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 29 years Darlene, and children Diane McNeil, J.R. (Ursula), Emily (Trevor), his beloved grandchildren, Anthony, Brandon, and their mother Melissa, Tristan, Chase and Callie Rose, sister Christina, brothers Pat (Heather) and Darrell (Donna), and numerous nieces and nephews, his other extended family, Keith’s Brothers and Camp Cavendish. Visitation will be held in the Great Hall at the Anglican Diocesan Centre located at 1340 Martello Street, Halifax (entrance via the purple awning door) on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-8:30pm. Funeral Service will be held at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello Street, Halifax on Friday, March 18 at 11am. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cathedral Church of All Saints Outreach Program. In support of the workers at the Chronicle Herald, this obituary will not be submitted to the newspaper.

Special thanks to CUPE National, CUPE Nova Scotia and CUPE Local 1259 for their tremendous support during this most difficult time.

CUPE Nova Scotia Higgins Insurance Scholarships

CUPE Nova Scotia Higgins Insurance Scholarships are awarded by CUPE Nova Scotia.  Two scholarships valued at $1,000 each are available annually.

Individuals planning enrollment at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2016-17 academic year may make application.  The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of registration.


1) Union members in good standing with a local union affiliated to CUPE Nova Scotia; and,
2) Sons, daughters, or legal wards of a member in good standing of a local union affiliated to CUPE Nova Scotia.

Basis of awards shall be the applicant’s financial need and current and ongoing volunteerism/social activism in his/her community.

Applications must be complete and on the prescribed form and must be received by the CUPE Nova Scotia Scholarship Committee no later than May 15, 2016.  Supporting documents must be provided with the form in order for the application to be considered.  Application forms are available by contacting the CUPE 3912 office at