International Women’s Day 2017

On March 8, people across the globe celebrate women’s struggles and achievements by observing International Women’s Day.  The annual event, first celebrated in commemoration of the 1908 strike by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, has deep roots in the labour movement. Women have played a crucial role in the Canadian labour movement, fighting for…

College Street Bar Shutdown!

CUPE Ontario endorses the mandate of the Sexual Assault Action Coalition. The coalition is committed empowering survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence through grassroots initiatives and community collaboration and support.  At CUPE Ontario’s recent Women’s Conference, Sexual Assault Action Coalition co-founder and CUPE 2484 member Viktoria Belle presented on the coalition’s work, and our…

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 2016

Each December 6, CUPE Ontario members join millions across the county in recognizing the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This date marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal, when 14 women were targeted and killed by a lone gunman.  One of those women was Maryse Laganière,…

On Equal Pay Day, a pop-up bake shop in downtown Toronto highlights the real cost of gender wage gap

  Unequal pricing for men and women provides a bittersweet lesson on the true difference between their wages   TORONTO – The true cost of the gender wage gap will be underlined in dollars and cents when representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) set up the “Gender Pay Gap Bake Shop” at…

International Women’s Day 2016

Every March 8, people across the globe commemorate women’s achievements and call attention to their struggles by observing International Women’s Day.  In Ontario, women and allies participate in events in solidarity with all women in the fight for equality and social justice. Women have played a crucial role in the Canadian labour movement since its…

CUPE Ontario Membership makes historic change for equality at Solidarity against Austerity Convention

TORONTO, ON – Members of Ontario’s largest union took a historic step last week, changing their union’s constitution to ensure broader diversity on its executive board, which will enhance the union’s work against the austerity agenda. Delegates to the 52nd annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted overwhelmingly to expand the…

2015 CUPE Ontario Sisters in Solidarity Award

This year’s Sisters in Solidarity Award was presented to Pam Parks of CUPE Local 1999 in Oshawa. Sister Pam, who works at Lakeridge Health, was nominated for her support of social justice, union solidarity and fairness. Her nominees cited her encouragement of new and young workers, which led one of them to join the CUPE…