Buildings are crammed, dilapidated, and further hard-hit by COVID-19: Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) workers aim to improve quality of life for 110,000 tenants during collective agreement negotiations

Toronto, ON—Social housing workers, who are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, are at the bargaining table to improve housing conditions for more than 110,000 residents at TCHC’s nearly 60,000 rental housing units. “CUPE Local 79 is bargaining to enhance safety, improve quality, and ensure affordability for Torontonians who rely…

“There’s no room for discrimination against people with disabilities”: CUPE Ontario and Joel Harden call for consultation and revision of triage protocol

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Government’s draft plan to ration access to at-capacity critical-care is discriminatory and must be revised immediately, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and Joel Harden, NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre and the Critic for Accessibility & Persons with Disabilities. “The fact that the draft plan says that…

CUPE Ontario commemorates National Nursing Week

During National Nursing Week (May 10-16), CUPE Ontario recognizes the heroic efforts of nurses and acknowledges the entire team of healthcare workers from personal support workers to therapists and cleaners as you go all out to support care recipients across our healthcare system during a tumultuous period. This pandemic is stretching healthcare workers to their…

“The Ford government’s racist scapegoating must be resisted”: CUPE Ontario condemns rhetoric about borders and international students

TORONTO, ON – The Ford government’s escalating rhetoric about closing the borders and banning international students is racist dog whistle politics that has nothing to do with fighting COVID-19 and the Federal government must not enforce border controls unfairly targeting anyone, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “This is part of a…

Northern Ontario patients at even more risk under PC’s 8-year funding plan, like operating area hospitals today with 1,875 fewer staff and $372 million less dollars

Although COVID-19 has shown how little capacity our hospitals have after decades of cuts, the crisis for northern Ontario hospital patients will get much worse, says a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) research paper, Ontario Hospital Crisis: Overcapacity and Under Threat released today. The Ontario 2021 budget plans to cut COVID health care funds…