CUPE Post-Secondary Education Task Force Prepares Resolutions For CUPE National Convention, Oct. - 2017


The following are the final resolutions prepared for the CUPE National Convention in Toronto in October 2017.  The resolutions were prepared by the CUPE National Post-Secondary Education Task Force Resolutions Sub-committee.  The more locals that adopt these resolutions, the higher priority they will have for the Convention Resolutions Committee.


CUPE National will:


  • Create a toolkit on the topic of sexual violence at work (similar to the domestic violence bargaining tool kit) to include language for bargaining, training on the continuum of sexual violence, and general education about the topic;


  • Create a program to support stewards and union members in their support of others – to ensure that there are critical incident stress responders available especially in the absence of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and;


  • Develop bystander training for all CUPE members and CUPE staff to create a culture of true respect in our union.




  • Provincial governments are legislating for post-secondary institutions to develop a standalone sexual assault policy;


  • As rape culture continues to be pervasive in the media and on our campuses, CUPE members on the frontline are often the first ones to who survivors disclose their experiences of abuse.





Continue to develop and implement a comprehensive campaign that promotes CUPE’s commitment to

  • a Canada-wide Post-Secondary Act;

  • An accessible publicly funded post-secondary education system with dedicated adequate predictable multi-year funding; and

  • The elimination of post-secondary tuition fees.




  • Public post-secondary education is the most significant resource we can give our future generations;


  • Fluctuating government grants to post-secondary institutions make it difficult to do long-term educational planning;


  • Chronic underfunding of post-secondary education creates greater dependency on privatized funding and the influence of corporate interests on public education;


  • Business and industry depend on a steady stream of well-trained applicants to fill positions in the workforce; and


  • CUPE members have approved the principles of tuition-free education, dedicated multi-year funding for higher education, and the adoption of a Post-Secondary Act.



CUPE National will:


Petition the federal government to increase funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and take effective measures to reduce the lengthy backlog in applications to this program.




  • Canada’s Post-Secondary Student Support Program for Aboriginal students has been capped at 2% annual increases for over 20 years;


  • Student tuition and living costs have increased far above this; and


  • Student demand for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program now far outpaces the available funding, creating a barrier for Aboriginal student education.



CUPE National will:


Press the federal government to restore core funding for post-secondary education to 1996 pre-cutback levels, adjusted upward for inflation and student enrolments since that time.




  • Post-secondary educational institutions have never recovered from the severe federal budget cuts of 1996 that cut 18% from funding to post-secondary education;


  • These institutions have been shifting educational costs to students to make up for this difference;


  • Student debt has increased to unprecedented levels placing higher education beyond the means of many students; and


  • Post-secondary training in professional skills is essential to Canada’s social and economic future.



CUPE National will:


Continue to build on our commitment to support Indigenous treaty rights and to educate non-indigenous Canadians by:


  • Supporting the principle of Shannen’s Dream, named after the late Shannen Koostachin, the outspoken youth activist from Attawapisksat First Nation who worked tirelessly to convince the federal government to support safe, comfy, and equitable schools for Indigenous children;


  • Demanding the federal government follow through on its Budget 2016 commitment to “Making Sure Every First Nations Child receives a Quality Education” by investing far more in Indigenous schools, and address the funding bias against Indigenous schools;


  • Supporting the demands of the Circle of First Nations (Canadian Federation of Students), and the Assembly of First Nations, who are asking for $424.8 million in federal funding to address a backlog of Indigenous learners seeking access to post-secondary education;


  • Demanding that the federal and provincial governments implement mandatory education on Canadian history specific to Indigenous Peoples at all public universities, and that such education is tied to accessing funding.










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