International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier 2016

February 6 will mark the 40th year of Leonard Peltier’s false imprisonment. A member of the American Indian Movement, Peltier (Anishinaabe-Lakota) is a political prisoner who was incarcerated after having been wrongfully extradited from Canada on the basis of fraudulent and coerced testimony. Leonard Peltier’s imprisonment has been the subject of global condemnation. Amnesty International,…

CUPE Ontario President to Wynne government: “Reverse course, make people your priority in upcoming provincial budget”

TORONTO, ON – Six years of Liberal austerity budgets have failed the people of Ontario but have profited already wealthy corporations, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn told a pre-budget committee hearing at Queen’s Park today. “We’ve seen years of cuts to public services to pay for corporate tax cuts from the Liberal government,” said Hahn.…

Black History Month 2016

February is Black History Month. CUPE Ontario urges its members to take this time to acknowledge and honour the many contributions people of African heritage have made to Canada and to the Canadian labour movement. The history of Black Canadians can be traced back to the early 1600s. While some people of African descent were…

Demise of PSW registry gives province opportunity to get it right and end exploitation of racialized, female workforce

Toronto, ON – Now that the “ill-conceived” registry for personal support workers (PSWs) has been scrapped, the 20,000 PSWs represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario in long-term care, hospitals and community care are asking for the issue of regulation for PSWs to be made a priority. Educational requirements and occupational demands…