With new critical reports, Ontario’s Solicitor General must act to stop the closure of Hamilton forensic pathology

HAMILTON, ON – Ontario’s Solicitor General must act immediately to stop the controversial closure of the Hamilton forensic pathology unit, in light of two new critical reports – one from respected provincial auditor Bonnie Lysyk – the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says. Since the summer of 2019 when the closure was made public,…

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2019 Year End Message from Fred & Candace

Dear Friends, What a year 2019 has been. Every part of our union, every member of CUPE Ontario, every public service we treasure in our communities, have been impacted by a right-wing Conservative Government, and a Premier hell bent on creating chaos, cutting funding and supports for the services we all rely on. All parts…

Why is a hospital residential addiction program being cut when North Bay had 138 drug-related overdoses since May?

NORTH BAY, ON – In the midst of an opioid crisis that continues to devastate families in northeastern Ontario, an in-hospital residential addiction and detox program – that “helps save lives”, is on the chopping block at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) warned today. Funding cuts…

Coalition of Ontario unions to launch Charter challenge, vowing to defend the rights of all Ontarians with aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124

TORONTO, ON – Today, ten Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 thousand affected broader public sector employees, announced their intention to launch a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. In addition, the Ontario Labour movement, with the Power of Many, will be initiating an aggressive campaign to have Bill 124 repealed. The joint Charter challenge…

North Bay hospital to cut key program CUPE has learned, media conference Tuesday 1 p.m.

NORTH BAY, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has learned that cuts are coming to a key program at North Bay Regional Health Center (NBRHC) that vulnerable individuals rely on. Michael Hurley president of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) will provide details and outline the impacts of the cut at…

Northumberland County Social Services Workers Return to Bargaining Table with a Strong Strike Mandate

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, ON – Thirty-three workers with the Social Services Department of Northumberland County are entering contract negotiations with the assistance of a provincially-appointed conciliator on Thursday, and they are armed with a strong strike mandate. The workers, represented by CUPE Local 3725, work in income support, housing, childcare, and outreach. “We’ve only had a…

Human Rights Day 2019

On December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The rights enshrined in that declaration—among them the right to equal access to public services and the right to equality without discrimination before the law—were deemed to apply to all. But 70 years later, our province, our country, and…