Health-care workers at Queensway Carleton to protest Thursday for expanded pandemic pay in hospitals

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says there are still “tens of thousands of health-care staff” who have been excluded from the pandemic pay program. Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, tells CTV News the government has created effectively two classes of workers in the province’s hospitals. Click here to…

Hospital staff protest today as morale crisis over pandemic pay deeply divides workforce

TORONTO, ON – Today for the first time during the COVID-19 crisis Ontario health care workers are openly protesting provincial government decisions they say divide the workforce into those who are front-line heroes and those whose vital contribution goes completely unrecognized. Outdoor protests by hospital staff represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are…

Lack of PPE makes homes for people with developmental disabilities the next hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks: CUPE

TORONTO – Without adequate PPE and protocols, developmental services residences will become the next major sites of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 8,000 workers at 64 residences across the province. The union is demanding the provincial government provide proper protections for people with developmental disabilities and…

CUPE Ontario has joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding.

CUPE Ontario has joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding. You can read the letter below. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Honorable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance,…

Paying it forward: CUPE education workers step up to support public and colleagues hard hit by COVID-19

TORONTO, ON – Education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario are gearing up to help friends and neighbours whose lives and workplaces have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. CUPE school board leaders have strongly endorsed the provincial government’s “community involvement” initiative, paving the way for the union’s education…

“We need more investment, not less”: CUPE Ontario warns against austerity

(TORONTO, ON) The Government of Ontario should continue to increase spending and invest in the services Ontarians need, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario released its Spring 2020 Economic and Budget Outlook report today, revealing that the pandemic has increased spending and will significantly impact the province’s…