Health care workers rally at Queen’s Park drive-by action: No more temporary fixes, tomorrow’s Ontario budget must include respect, protection and pay for dedicated front-line staff

TORONTO, ON – Ahead of tomorrow’s budget in Ontario, hospital, and long-term care workers, who have borne the worst of pandemic risks in the last year, surrounded Queen’s Park in a drive-by action with a clear message for Premier Doug Ford and his finance minister: Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us. After a year of…

Ford Government Minister’s funding announcement for colleges and universities ‘woefully inadequate and not up to task—just like Ford Government: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario today called an abrupt funding announcement late last week by Provincial Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano a real-time example of just how ill-equipped the Ford Conservatives are to respond to the challenges facing Ontario’s post-secondary education sector. “Minister Romano’s announcement Friday was textbook Ford Government,” said…

Peterborough, Durham Region communities urged to back call for human rights inquiry into years of systemic ageism in health policies that contributed to LTC COVID-19 deaths

Peterborough/Durham, ON – Advocates asking the Human Rights Commission for a ground-breaking probe into years of systemic ageism in Ontario’s health system are urging Peterborough, Oshawa and central east area residents to get behind their call for a public inquiry. The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division…

CUPE 3902

Now in legal strike position, CUPE 3902-1 pledges to continue negotiations, urges campus and community to show support and solidarity this Wednesday

Toronto, ON—CUPE 3902, the Union representing nearly 11,500 academic workers at the University of Toronto, called on all members of the campus community today to show their support for the members of Unit 1 at a socially-distanced, COVID-19-safe solidarity event taking place this Wednesday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Unit 1 consists of…

Sault Ste. Marie community urged to back call for Ontario human rights inquiry into years of systemic ageism in health policies that contributed to LTC COVID-19 deaths

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Advocates asking the Human Rights Commission for a ground-breaking probe into years of systemic ageism in Ontario’s health system are urging Sault Ste. Marie residents to get behind their call for an inquiry. The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division of the…

Region of Waterloo paramedic services workers give union a strong strike mandate

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON – Region of Waterloo paramedics and logistics and support workers have given their union a strong strike mandate in their current contract negotiations with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The paramedic services workers, represented by Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), held an online strike mandate vote on…

Years of systemic ageism in health policies contributed to long-term care residents dying of COVID-19; Ontario human rights inquiry needed

SUDBURY, ON – Years of systemic ageism in Ontario’s health system that treats the elderly as though their right to care is lesser than others contributed to nearly 4,000 long-term care residents dying from COVID-19 in the last year across the province, say advocates asking the Human Rights Commission for a ground-breaking probe. The Ontario…

Youth justice workers call for expanded Ombudsman’s investigation into facility closures

Toronto, ON—CUPE urges the Ontario Ombudsman to expand the scope of its investigation into the sudden, covert closure of 26 youth justice facilities that occurred earlier this month.  CUPE workers at three of the closed facilities describe the Ministry’s closure decision and operation as “cruel, unjust, and heartless”. The investigation must explore the rights of…

The Ford government is handing out $15-billion in electrical subsidies to companies like Loblaws: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – The government is handing over money through electricity subsidies to large, profitable, industrial and commercial businesses, money that should instead be used to bolster critical public services that keep Ontarians safe, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Companies like Loblaws who have actually profited during this pandemic are getting…