Hamilton/Niagara hospital workers first to tell Ontario government, hospital employers that a wage cut and attack on working conditions, not the thanks “pandemic heroes” can accept

HAMILTON/NIAGARA, ON – Hamilton and Niagara hospital workers took a visible stand today, rallying outside area hospitals, frustrated with the “lack of respect” they are getting from both their hospital employers and the provincial government in contracts negotiations. Provincial bargaining for nearly 70,000 registered practical nurses, personal support workers, clerical, cleaning, maintenance, dietary and other…

Workers at Toronto Parking Authority vote to authorize strike action

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Local 416 members at Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike action, if necessary, as both parties await the appointment of a conciliation offer to help resolve differences at the bargaining table. CUPE Local 416 applied for conciliation on July 9. A provincially appointed conciliation officer has…

A letter to the Minister of Labour about the Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee

July 8, 2021 Sent Via Email Hon. Monte McNaughton Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development 14th Floor, 900 University Avenue Toronto, ON M7A 1T7 Dear Minister McNaughton, I am writing in response to your announcement that the Ontario Ministry of Labour will undertake an Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee. The Committee is tasked with…

“Our struggles are interwoven and they demand solidarity”: CUPE Ontario sends message of solidarity to 22,000 CUPE New Brunswick members

Today, we joined an important press conference to extend a message of solidarity to CUPE New Brunswick on behalf of CUPE Ontario’s 280,000 members. Attended by about 200 local leaders, rank and file members, the President of CUPE New Brunswick, Stephen Drost, CUPE New Brunswick announced that the Premier of the province has yet to…

University Health Network cannot continue to exploit women and racialized workers, say Toronto labour council, black trade unionists

TORONTO, ON – What seems like a deliberate workforce policy of exploiting racialized women as cheap labour by the University Health Network (UHN) is being roundly criticized by many Toronto/GTA labour and community groups advocating for economic justice for new immigrants. UHN is avoiding the direct employment of patient rehabilitation care staff at its Hillcrest…

Advocates Call on Ford Government to Make Universal Child Care a Reality in Ontario

Following the recent announcement of a landmark deal between British Columbia and Nova Scotia and the Federal government, CUPE’s child care advocates call on Premier Ford to prioritize universal child care in Ontario. “Generations of women have been calling for universal, affordable, accessible, public and not-for-profit child care for decades—they’re the ones who’ve brought us…

Statement from CUPE Ontario on the lifting of COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated staff, visitors and caregivers in LTC

In a sector ravaged by COVID-19 for more than a year,  today’s provincial announcement that fully immunized long-term care staff and visitors will no longer have to be tested before entering LTC homes, is good news and a sign that we are finally getting the edge on the virus. We want to thank the thousands…

Queen's Park legislature with gardens in front

First third-party advertisers out of the gate; and coming up against the challenge of new campaign finance rules

And they’re off! It may be almost a year until the 2022 election, but thanks to the new campaign finance rules — for which the PCs invoked the notwithstanding clause for the first time in provincial history — there’s a new 12-month timeline and more onerous requirements for registration. So far, 11 third-party groups have…