Ontario government announces flawed, out-of-touch child welfare overhaul

Toronto, ON — CUPE Ontario is disappointed by the Ford Conservative’s announcement revealing a vague strategy to fundamentally redesign the child welfare system—without new funding in a chronically underfunded system, the plan is destined for failure. “Families and service providers are concerned—just last year Ford wanted to cut $28 million from Children’s Aid Societies. If…

More Canadian musicians adding their voice in support of the “CARE NOT PROFITS” advocacy campaign to reinvest profits back into Ontario’s long-term care system

Chantal Kreviazuk, The Sheepdogs, Basia Bulat, Born Ruffians, and Tokyo Police Club latest to support the growing campaign to reform Ontario’s long-term care system TORONTO — SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Unifor, unions that represent healthcare workers across the long-term care sector, are proud to welcome Chantal Kreviazuk, The Sheepdogs, Basia Bulat, Born Ruffians, and…

Ontario health care workers announce 22 political protests against the PC government’s removal of their basic workplace rights

TORONTO, ON—Ontario health care workers, angered that their workplace rights are being trampled on by the same government that called them heroes at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, will escalate political protests throughout the summer and fall. Beginning August 17, 22 regional rallies are planned in communities across the province. The protests are in…

“On this day we recommit to fighting anti-Black racism everywhere”: CUPE Ontario’s Emancipation Day statement

Today we celebrate Emancipation Day, which marks the legal abolition of slavery in Canada on August 1, 1834. Ordinarily, we would be marking Emancipation Day at Carnival, which is both a celebration of Caribbean culture and a symbol of resistance against oppression. But even though we need to practice social distancing this year, Emancipation Day…

Cheap won’t keep Ontario students and staff safe from COVID in reopened schools: CUPE – Education workers demand more funding for post-COVID schools –

Read the CUPE and safe school reopening bulletin here TORONTO – Ontario schools need vastly more investment for staffing and supplies to make them safe for students’ return in September, as well as shield them against the effects of a second wave of COVID-19, says the union that represents 55,000 education workers in the province.…

“Enough talk. We need bold action now.”: a coalition of unions representing front-line healthcare workers respond to Ontario’s long-term care staffing study

TORONTO — Unions that represent front-line healthcare workers across the long-term care sector issued the below joint statement following the release of Ontario’s long-term care staffing study, attributed to Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare, Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Ontario, and Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor: “Today the provincial government received yet another recommendations report on…