Ford government’s cuts to GSN funding signal drastic drop in services for students and job losses for education workers

TORONTO, ON – The union that represents 55,000 education workers in Ontario schools is calling today’s release of the 2019-20 Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) by the Ministry of Education “an attack on students, on public education and on the people who provide services to students.” It also projects a minimum loss of 2500 positions…

Ford’s $1 billion public health cut puts Torontonians’ safety at risk; will swamp metro hospitals

TORONTO, ON – Premier Doug Ford’s massive cut to public health funding, which will impact outbreak and infection control, drinking water testing, vaccination rates and fuel hallway medicine, can only be described as “callously dangerous” public policy, says the union that represents more than 1000 Toronto public health staff and thousands of Toronto hospital workers.…

Earth Day 2019

On Earth Day 2019, it is more important than ever that CUPE Ontario join with other unions, communities, businesses and governments to support strong efforts to address the devastating effects of human-caused climate change. This year, the people of Ontario are facing a climate change crisis on two fronts. The details of the first crisis…

U of T Campus Unions to hold 11 a.m. news conference tomorrow to discuss release of Asbestos Report

TORONTO, ON – Following a lengthy delay, the University of Toronto’s (U of T) panel reviewing its asbestos management program released its Asbestos Panel Review Report late last month, along with a response from senior U of T administrators. Tomorrow (April 18), at 11:00 a.m., representatives from Local 3902 of the Canadian Union of Public…

Cuts to overdose prevention fuel worst health emergency in a generation

TORONTO – Today, CUPE Ontario is standing in solidarity with hundreds of concerned Torontonians in mourning the thousands of deaths due to overdose caused by government inaction, and sounding the alarm that overdose deaths will increase after the Ford Conservatives cancelled funding for three currently-operating, and two proposed Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) across the province.…

Latest ford restructuring plan a recipe for longer waits for health services

TORONTO, ON – The Ford Conservatives’ latest restructuring plan will see increased chaos and confusion that will reduce the quality of care in this province, and ultimately punish municipal governments who are already struggling to provide quality health services in their regions, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. While the long-term health plan presented…