Day 3 Convention Newsletter

On the second day of our first-ever virtual convention, delegates continued debates over timely resolutions, applauded members who received well-deserved awards, heard about our exciting Action Plan, and exercised the collective and democratic power of voting for some of our most critical positions. Delegates re-elected Fred Hahn as President and Candace Rennick as Secretary-Treasurer. Also…

Ontario votes down 14 days paid sick days, offers three for workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario represents 280,000 public sector workers. President Fred Hahn says it is time to listen to experts and legislate. “We have been crystal clear from the first day of this crisis,” said Hahn. “Ontarians need this government to legislate universal employer-provided and permanent paid sick days that is…

Ontario asks Ottawa to administer sick leave benefit for workers amid third wave of COVID-19

The Ontario government is offering to double federal sick leave payments to $1,000 a week for workers in the province amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic – if Ottawa agrees to administer the program. In an April 22 letter to Finance Minster Chrystia Freeland, obtained by The Globe and Mail, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said…

Ontario details plan for 3 paid sick days after a year of mounting pressure

According to the Opposition NDP, the vote marked the 25th time the Ford government has voted down a proposal for paid sick days in 2021 alone. In a statement reacting to the announcement, CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said the Ford government had “chosen chaos and confusion” over delivering the type of program Ontarians truly need. “Everyone…

Day 2 Convention Newsletter

“A historic opportunity” “This may be an historic crisis, but it’s also an historic opportunity to collectively make Ontario the best possible province it could be,” said Fred Hahn during the convention video that kicked off our first virtual convention. Also in this newsletter: Hopefulness despite the challenges; From the National Officers to Ontario; A democratic union’s…

Pre-Convention Newsletter

CUPE Ontario’s 57th Annual Convention Begins. Over 1,000 delegates are getting together to build power. We’ve been through a lot the last year. We’ve lost loved ones and neighbours and we’ve witnessed our communities avoidably burdened instead of supported. But we’re getting through this because Public Services Save Lives and because, together, we’re building power…