“The heroic contributions of workers will always inspire hope”: CUPE Ontario’s Labour Day statement

This Labour Day, there’s certainly lots for working people to be concerned about. Elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, are reopening without the safety measures students and workers alike need. Meanwhile, the Ford Conservatives are still refusing to sign an agreement to ensure $10/a day childcare. Cases are steadily going up, with the latest…

University staff fear for their health and safety as Ford government drops basic COVID-19 precautions on campus

TORONTO, ON – Students and workers feel abandoned after an Ontario government memo said universities and colleges will re-open without measures like class capacity limits or improvements to ventilation, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “More than 30,000 support and academic workers are now apprehensive about returning to campuses. They are baffled…

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Hundreds march in 14 communities across New Brunswick in solidarity with front-line workers

“I’m here from Ontario to show solidarity with our members in New Brunswick. What’s happening here is incredibly inspiring because frontline workers, public sector workers are facing the same challenges. Whether we’re in Ontario and New Brunswick, Alberta, across the country, we’re the folks who got our communities through the pandemic, in incredibly stressful, difficult…

Port Hope Parks & Recreation workers join CUPE

OTTAWA, ON – Parks and Recreation workers at the Municipality of Port Hope voted almost unanimously on Friday to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). They join workers in Port Hope’s water and wastewater department and at the municipal library, who are already members of CUPE 749. “It can be challenging for the…

“Mid-year results don’t paint the whole picture”: CUPE Ontario says first-ever report should not distract from call for an independent review of OMERS

TORONTO, ON – A first-ever mid-year report by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) can’t draw attention away from the systemic underperformance of OMERS investment returns, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Just like a single cold day doesn’t mean temperatures aren’t rising, half a year of investment returns tells us…

A hospital worker holds a colourful paper sign that reads "Respect Us; Protect Us; Pay Us" at an outdoor rally.

Trillium Hospital Workers Protest Thursday to Fight Wage Cuts and Concessions

The hospital workers are asking for respect and better pandemic protections – safety measures, which will also benefit patients. In addition to getting Bill 124 repealed, they want the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) the umbrella group for hospital employers, to take several concessions, including language around seniority and retirement packages, off the table. In July,…