“Ford lied about spending the contingency funds”: CUPE Ontario says budget must reflect that public services save lives

TORONTO, ON – The day before the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) of Ontario was scheduled to release a report on the province’s finances, the Ford Conservatives misleadingly claimed they spent all the COVID-19 contingency funds, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Yesterday, the Finance Minister announced to Ontarians that the Ford government…

PSWs at UHN-Hillcrest say hospital exploits them with dismal pay, back-breaking work and it must stop: CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Toronto’s prestigious University Health Network (UHN) is exploiting personal support workers (PSWs), nurses and other health staff at their satellite hospital the Hillcrest Reactivation Centre, charged several PSWs who spoke publicly for the first time about their dismal pay and back-breaking working conditions. The three PSWs described their gruelling workloads, constant understaffing,…

Over 40 Ontario unions take next steps in lawsuit against Ford government’s wage restraint legislation

Toronto, ON – A Coalition of over 40 Ontario unions has formally filed evidence in a lawsuit to repeal legislation which severely limits wage and benefit increases for public sector workers, a move the Coalition says violates bargaining rights enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “We have always believed that the Ford government’s…

Ontario proudly invests in an “airborne COVID-19 detector” but is still denying the virus is airborne; How can this be?

TORONTO, ON. – Today the Ontario government took a giant step in acknowledging that COVID-19 is an airborne virus by announcing they are investing in an “airborne COVID-19 detector”, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees. CEM Specialties Inc. (CEMSI)  will get $2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to help commercialize and accelerate production…