CUPE Ontario mourns the loss of Sister Lynn Mackenzie

It is with the greatest of sadness that we deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague and friend, Sister Lynn Mackenzie. Lynn recently retired as secretary from the CUPE National Peterborough Office after 20 years of dedicated service to CUPE. On behalf of all of us here at CUPE…

Fedeli’s funding for the North Bay hospital still comes up short; $4 million more needed “just for the hospital to stand still”

NORTH BAY, ON – “It is understandable that former finance minister and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is compelled to defend his government’s 2019 budget and their overall funding plan for hospitals. However,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), “the reality of the funding allocated for the North Bay Regional…

One year later; are Belleville hospital patients faring better under Ford PCs? New report released Friday

BELLEVILLE, ON – When the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives (PCs) took office last summer, they made vague promises about ending hallway medicine, increasing system capacity and no public sector staff layoffs, while cutting government spending on services. Now, one year later, have the PCs delivered? How they are really doing to enhance patients’ access to…

Health minister urged to overrule “poorly thought out” decision to close forensic pathology in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant and Dufferin

HAMILTON, ON – Ontario’s health minister is being urged by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to overrule closing the forensic pathology unit at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre and moving 1,300 medical-legal autopsies and investigations in sudden or suspicious deaths annually for Hamilton/Niagara/Brant, to Toronto. Calling the decision to close the unit, which contradicts…

With $8 billion more in cuts coming, Ford PCs “worse than Harris” Kingston shorted 91 hospital beds, 790 staff, new report finds

KINGSTON, ON – When it comes to hospital funding, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative (PC) government is “worse than Mike Harris” new data reports released in Kingston today by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OHCU) show. For Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government to keep its proposed budget plan for the next five years, “it is…

Premier Ford can’t wish hallway medicine away and cut millions of dollars from hospitals, long-term care, public health and EMS in 2019

TORONTO, ON – While Premier Doug Ford announced last week that, within a year, no more patients would receive care in hospital hallways, the spring 2019 provincial budget and an economic review by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) point to hallway medicine getting much worse as health care cuts intensify, reports released at Queen’s Park…

CUPE Ontario members and the community rally against Ford Conservative’s cuts to Brant Family and Children’s Services as entire Board resigns

BRANTFORD, ON – Fred Hahn, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE Ontario) joined front-line workers at Brant Family & Children’s Services (Brant FACS) and community members to rally against cuts to services for children and families, mandated by the Ford Conservatives, that prompted the entire Board of the Brant FACS to…

With $8 billion more in cuts coming, Ford PCs “even worse than Harris” Brockville shorted 27 hospital beds, 180 staff, new report finds

BROCKVILLE, ON – When it comes to hospital funding, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative (PC) government is “even worse than Mike Harris” new data reports released in Brockville today by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OHCU) show. For Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government to keep its proposed budget plan for the next five years, “it…