The Regional Municipality of Waterloo must respect its workforce

Throughout the pandemic, paramedics, public health and social services workers, and staff in public works have provided essential services to the residents of Waterloo Region. They have responded to increased frequency of emergency calls relating to multiple forms of crises including domestic violence incidents and opioid overdoses, aided in managing vaccination clinics, helped people access…

The Ford Conservatives are not above the Charter

When the Ford Conservatives proposed Bill 254, we called it an attack on the right of workers, unions, advocacy organizations, and concerned citizens to raise important issues through political advocacy and advertising and for Ontarians to hear about them. The Bill would create real barriers for all Ontarians who want to work together to expose…

Stop the Privatization of the Durham Vaccine Program

The ongoing vaccination program in Durham Region is being undermined by the Ontario government’s decision to privatize the service. Thus far, the vaccine rollout has been operated publicly by the Regional Municipality of Durham through CUPE 1764 paramedics. However, the Ford government recently contracted out part of the vaccination drive to Medavie Health Inc, a…

Take Action to Support Developmental Service Workers

Throughout the pandemic, workers in developmental service have been on the frontline providing direct support to adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities. As COVID-19 rapidly spread in Ontario, developmental service workers across the province grappled with inadequate PPE, were initially excluded from hero pay despite their frontline and crucial role in supporting people living…

“Not just ‘one tough year’”: CUPE Ontario calls for independent review of OMERS investment performance

TORONTO, ON – The long-term underperformance of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension plan urgently requires a full and independent review, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario in a report released today. Take action at cupe.on.ca/fixomers “Investment returns are a critical part of funding the pensions of front-line workers. Unlike…

Fix OMERS

On May 19th, CUPE Ontario released a comprehensive and third party verified report detailing the long-term underperformance of investments at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension plan. CUPE Ontario believes plan members have the right to know why OMERS’ investments have, over a ten-year period, underperformed other large pension plans and funds. As…

Stop the Scapegoating

On April 30, 2021, the Ford Conservatives requested that the Federal Government suspend the entry of international students into Ontario. In contrast to the ability of people with permanent residency to return to Canada, this would prevent international students who reside in Ontario from returning to their homes. In response, a growing chorus of advocates,…