PSWs, RPNs at Peel’s lauded dementia care pilot say understaffing is leaving them physically and mentally exhausted

MISSISSAUGA, ON – With Peel Region expanding its “Butterfly” dementia care project to two more long-term care homes, direct care staff working on the Malton Village pilot site are speaking out publicly for the first time about the challenges they’ve faced to make the experiment a success.   “There is widespread commitment among care staff…

CUPE Ontario Members Stand in Solidarity Against Islamophobia

On Jan. 29, 2017, a gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim Canadians during a prayer service. Six worshippers were killed and 19 were injured. We will always remember Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzedine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti, and Khaled Belkacemi. The shooter expressed far-right, anti-Muslim,…

CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer to Ford government, “the people of Ontario do not want cuts and privatization, focus on raising revenue in upcoming budget”

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Service cuts and privatization is a failed strategy that the people of Ontario have seen far too many times, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick told a pre-budget committee hearing in Peterborough today. “Doug Ford likes to talk about the provincial deficit, he even tried to redo the math to make it seem…

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we observe Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the liberation of  Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, and to remember the victims of the holocaust. Today is also an opportunity to recognize that hate crimes targeting Jewish, Muslim, and black Canadians are on the rise and that we have a collective responsibility to resist modern anti-Semitism and hate…

“Get back to class!”: CUPE urges government MPPs to visit Ontario classrooms rather than consult about increasing class sizes

On the first-ever International Day of Education (January 24), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 55,000 education workers in Ontario, is calling on the Ford government to send its MPPs back to the classroom to learn how education really works for students, teachers, and education workers in the province’s schools. CUPE makes…

“Help us,” urge staff with no pension and low wages at teachers’ pension plan owned Hamilton care home

HAMILTON, ON – Direct care staff with no pension and low wages employed at Amica Dundas, a Hamilton-area care home owned by the powerful Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) have taken the unprecedented step of appealing to the teachers’ fund board to help them achieve better working conditions.   Responsible investing principles, such as social and…

Office and Clerical workers at Markham Stouffville Hospital vote to unionize

MARKHAM, ON – Office and Clerical workers at Markham Stouffville Hospital have joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) after a certification vote held Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The 257-person unit consists of hospital Receptionists, Secretaries, Clerks, Transcriptionists, Coders and various Clerical positions. Organizer Deb Oldfield was happy to welcome the group into CUPE. “Our health care…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the work of the civil rights movement which he helped to lead and honouring his legacy by continuing the fight for racial and economic justice. Throughout his life, Dr. King worked closely with organized labour. His last days were spent standing in solidarity with black sanitation…