Lack of paramedics in Waterloo Region puts public at risk, says union

WATERLOO, ON – Region of Waterloo Council must address chronic understaffing of its Paramedic Services, according to Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191) which represents the Region’s 220+ paramedics. “It’s a public safety issue,” says Chris Sutton, representative for CUPE 5191. “There are times when there are no ambulances readily…

Hydro One’s purchase of U.S. utility puts empire building ahead of Ontario rate payers

TORONTO, ON – Hydro One’s purchase of U.S. gas and electricity utility, Avista, saddles the company with $6 billion in new debt that puts Ontario rate payers at risk of further rate increases, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “If you needed proof that privatizing Hydro One is bad for the people of Ontario, this…

Government must address huge economic imbalance in Ontario: Hahn

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON – We have a huge economic imbalance in our province that continues to leave workers behind and the government must make the necessary changes if Ontario is going to thrive again, said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, speaking to the Finance and Economic Affairs committee in Kitchener-Waterloo. “Anti-union policies brought in by the…

CUPE Ontario President in Kitchener-Waterloo Tuesday for government hearings on labour reform

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON – CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn will be in Kitchener-Waterloo on Tuesday to present to the government hearings on Bill 148, the proposed legislation that would raise the minimum wage and make substantial changes to both the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. Concerned that the misinformation being reported on the…

“Risky, dangerous” changes being proposed for emergency medical response by Ontario Liberals, say CUPE paramedics

TORONTO, ON —  Diverting and triaging patients who call 911 for emergency medical care away from hospitals and allowing paramedics on firetrucks, instead of putting more ambulances and paramedics on the road, is fraught with risks, warn paramedics with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) responding to an announcement today, by the Ontario Liberals to…

Toronto Zoo workers want Board of Management to put animal health and safety first

TORONTO, ON – Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600), representing the men and women that care for the animals at the Toronto Zoo, have advised Zoo negotiators that they have a new proposal and have requested the employer to come back to the table. Christine McKenzie, President of…

Supporters from across Ontario rally at Toronto City Hall in support of striking Zoo workers

TORONTO, ON – As the strike by nearly 400 Toronto Zoo workers enters its fourth week, more than a thousand supporters from across the province joined striking members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) in Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon, with a simple message. The time to settle is…

As Zoo strike enters fourth week, CUPE 1600 and allies to hold noon-hour rally at Toronto City Hall

TORONTO, ON – As the strike by Toronto Zoo employees enters its fourth week, members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) will be joined by more than a thousand fellow CUPE members and other allies for a mass rally and demonstration this afternoon in Nathan Phillips Square. Today’s rally…

Perth Smiths Falls nurse, winner of 2017 RPN award praised for her dedication to patients and mentoring new nurses

PERTH, ON — Rhonda Eaton, a 39-year nursing veteran at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is the 2017 winner of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) registered practical nurse of the year award. A celebration to recognize Eton’s achievements as a nurse will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00…