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,…

For Earth Day, time to recognize a Climate Change Emergency

This Earth Day, we invite Local executives to sign on to the CUPE Climate Change Emergency Declaration. While the planet reels in response to the health emergency from COVID-19, we cannot lose sight of the environmental crisis. There is no vaccine for climate change. Global temperatures continue to go up, and we continue to experience an increasingly destabilized climate. CUPE recognizes…

Tell Doug Ford to save Laurentian University

Two months ago, Laurentian University (LU) was forced to file for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). This situation was caused by years of underfunding by the province and fiscal mismanagement by the Board of Governors. LU could have recovered had the Ford government injected a healthy dose of funding. But the…

“We won’t pay for the mistakes of OMERS executives”: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario is calling for increased scrutiny of today’s announcement by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) that the pension fund lost more than $3 billion last year. This represents a shortfall of more than $10 billion compared to their own benchmark returns for 2020. OMERS manages more than $100 billion…

No to staffless libraries!

Essex Town Council is embarking on a highly-concerning new plan to extend library hours without any staff present at the McGregor branch. The so-called ‘staffless’ libraries compromise quality, safety and accessibility for members of the community. Library workers are essential to community-building by delivering programs and serving diverse patrons. They perform a range of skilled…

URGENT: Tell the Board of Regeneration Community Services to step-in to avert a strike

Regeneration Community Services, whose employees are represented by CUPE Local 4891, is proposing a three-year wage and benefit freeze that workers simply cannot afford. Provincial government underfunding may result in a service disruption at Regeneration Community Services on April 23, 2021 if workers are forced to strike. Dedicated funding to community mental health and addictions…

Support CUPE 907

During the COVID-19 pandemic everyone has had to pull together to help keep Belleville running and keep residents safe. In this difficult time Belleville city workers, represented by CUPE Local 907, stepped up to do their part. They have continued to deliver vital public services, and even took on new responsibilities to ensure that city…

Paid Sick Days Save Lives

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government announced a second State of Emergency and instituted a stay-at-home policy. A growing chorus of advocates, experts, and workers responded by pointing out a glaring omission: the Ford Conservatives failed to institute paid sick days for all workers. With workplace transmissions making up a bulk of the rise…

Fairness for Carleton Contract Instructors

CUPE 4600, the union representing Contract Instructors and Teaching Assistants at Carleton University, is asking Carleton to fairly compensate Contract Instructors for the extra work that they have had to do in order to make the switch from face-to-face instruction to online teaching. This switch has meant many extra hours of work on the part of…

CUPE Local 191 Needs Your Support

The City of Kenora has decided to start the clock ticking toward a Christmas lockout of its own workers. Today we learned the deadline will be December 26th at 12:01 a.m. We would like them to get back to the table with us, and resolve this together. We cannot believe that in 2020 of all…