CUPE members at Fairmont Homes and Marine Services to rally before Frontenac County Council meeting Wednesday morning

KINGSTON, ON – Members of CUPE Locals 109 (Marine Services) and 2290 (Fairmont Homes) will rally outside Frontenac County Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Members of both locals have been in bargaining with the County for some time, and they are gathering before the Council meeting to chat with councillors and members of the public…

St. Michael’s urged to live up to its Catholic values, stop treating clerical staff badly; Tuesday afternoon rally planned

TORONTO, ON – Publicly, St. Michael’s Hospital (St. Mike’s) says it values and respects its staff. But inside the hospital, that’s not what’s happening. Long-time staff are being fired without cause or being offered employment at another area of the hospital. A 20-year chaplain and four clerical staff were recently terminated. There is pressure on…

Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017, Committee Election Results

The following delegates from the Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017 were elected to the respective committees for a two year term: Aboriginal Council Dawn Bellerose, Local 1880 Larry Giffin, Local 3798 Miaco Kuzyk-Hildebrand, Local 4207 Racial Justice Yetti Atilola, Local 1750 Joy Davis, Local 4400 Michael Gordon, Local 1483 Rebecca Jegeshar, Local 79…

Paramedics protest at Queen’s Park Tuesday; say province is courting death and disaster with changes to Ambulance Act

  TORONTO, ON – In an uncommon show of opposition to changes to paramedic pre-hospital medical care, dozens of paramedics from several communities are protesting at the Ontario Legislature tomorrow (Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m.) amendments to the Ambulance Act they believe will hurt patients needing emergency medical care. The government plans third and…

Ontario P3 program draws auditor’s fire – again

  Public-private partnerships (P3s) are once again drawing the criticism of Ontario’s auditor general, in her 2017 annual report. In 2014, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s wide-ranging report exposed major problems with Infrastructure Ontario’s entire P3 privatization program, known in the province as Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). Her 2016 and 2017 reports continue to highlight…

Statement on International Human Rights Day

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each December 10th, it’s important for us to reflect on the important gains we have made in advancing human rights in our province that flow directly from this declaration.  It’s also…

Year-end message from Fred and Candace

Sisters & Brothers, Comrades & Friends, As 2017 draws to a close, let’s reflect on the significant victories that we’ve accomplished together this year. Thanks to the work of CUPE Ontario members, our partners in labour and our community allies, we were successful in getting the Ontario government to pass Bill 148 and legislate real…

Stop the wave of intimidation, employee firings, CUPE urges St. Mike’s; media conference with affected staff, Thursday

TORONTO, ON – Terminations of long-time employees without cause. Violations of basic employment standards using aggressive tactics to force staff to sign agreements to work excess hours and work eight and ten days in a row. All shocking behaviour associated with employers with tarnished reputations. But this is happening at Toronto’s prestigious St. Michael’s Hospital (St.…