“Ford could reverse job losses today”: CUPE Ontario says a damning report should spark immediate action

TORONTO, ON – A new report by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) of Ontario about significant job losses underscores the need for greater supports for workers and to bolster public services, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “The job losses are a clear indictment of the Ford government mishandling of this pandemic,…

CUPE Ontario calls for increased public funding to save Laurentian University

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario is calling on the Ford Conservative government to safeguard Laurentian University’s future through adequate public funding that will ensure continuing access to higher education for Northern Ontarians and protect jobs. The union is supporting an online petition from the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) demanding better public funding. Earlier this…

Developmental service workers at Tamir Foundation vote 96.2 per cent in favour of striking if necessary

OTTAWA, ON – Front line developmental service workers at Tamir Foundation, who support Jewish adults with developmental disabilities, voted overwhelmingly in favour of striking if necessary. “We’re disappointed in our employer’s refusal to improve paid sick leave, introduce a wellness day, or address the fact that members are covering insurance premiums and costs for vehicles…

Toronto Paramedics reach bargaining impasse with City of Toronto; headed to interest arbitration

Toronto, ON — Front line paramedics, who are members of Toronto Civic Employees Union (TCEU) CUPE Local 416, are entering interest arbitration with the City of Toronto to settle outstanding terms of the collective agreement, which expired on December 31, 2019. Comparatively, other first responders including Toronto Police and Toronto Fire, reached separate five-year agreements…

Pink Triangle Day 2021

On Pink Triangle Day 2021 we embrace love’s diversity by celebrating LGBTQI2S+ people, families, and communities. We also reaffirm our solidarity with struggle against the oppression of the Ford Conservative government and wider homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in our society. In Nazi Germany, thousands of LGBTQI2S+ people were sent to concentration camps where they were…

“Anti-Black Racism is a Public Health Crisis”: CUPE Ontario calls on Province to finally make the declaration

Last summer, in the middle of a renewed and massive global movement to affirm that Black Lives Matter, CUPE Ontario’s 280,000 members, in recognition of the moment of reckoning we’re in, took the step of echoing a call of Black health leaders. We joined them in insisting that the Government of Ontario to immediately declare Anti-Black racism a…

“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…