“We can’t keep repeating the cycle. We can end repetitive strain injuries”: CUPE Ontario’s statement on International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day

We’re now a year into a global pandemic that’s put a greater strain on front-line workers than we’ve seen in generations – a strain that has impacted the working conditions, the jobs, and the health and safety of people keeping our communities functioning and safe. On International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, CUPE Ontario…

CUPE Ontario calls for review of OMERS’ investment processes after pension manager posts a 2.7-per-cent loss in 2020

Article by Andrew Willis, The Globe and Mail Pension plan OMERS turned in a 2.7-per-cent loss on its investments in 2020 as the pandemic weighed down returns from its holdings in shopping malls, a theatre chain and other consumer-facing businesses. Assets of Toronto-based OMERS declined by $3-billion last year to $105-billion after the plan posted…

6,000 new PSWs, “tip of what’s needed, gravity of shortage requires Ontario double number to tackle long-term care staffing crisis,” say health care unions

TORONTO, ON – Long-term care staffing in Ontario remains far below pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels. The gravity of the staffing shortage requires a substantive and comprehensive recruitment, training and retention workforce strategy, say health care unions representing approximately 70,000 personal support workers (PSWs). Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction from what was announced…

Ontario’s PSW plan woefully inadequate, critics charge

“Shocking,” “appalling,” “offensive” and “disappointing” are just some of the words critics are using to describe the Ontario government’s latest plan to train personal support workers (PSWs) in the province. “Their lethargy is profound…delaying training and recruitment. In the meantime nearly 4,000 residents have died in long-term care in the last year,” said Candace Rennick,…