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…

Striking CUPE members at Blaisdale Montessori School reject contract offer

Toronto, ON—Montessori teachers and support staff at Blaisdale Montessori School have voted overwhelming to reject the employer’s latest offer, prolonging the strike for fair wages and a fair contract. “The CUPE Local 5257 members at Blaisdale Montessori School are dedicated, loyal, and highly-skilled Montessori teachers and support staff who deserve to be treated with respect,”…

“Solidarity with striking Montessori teachers and support staff”: CUPE Ontario sends message of support to over 100 CUPE Local 5257 members fighting for good wages

Yesterday, November 16, more than 100 front-line members of CUPE Local 5257 went on strike. Providing blended childcare and learning support at seven Blaisdale Montessori School campuses across Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, and Bowmanville, they are fighting for good wages – and on behalf of the 280,000 members of CUPE Ontario, we wholeheartedly support this important action. We call…

Ford’s child care re-opening disastrous, earns F on report card says CUPE Ontario

Toronto, ON — Ford’s conservatives continue to steer child care in Ontario on a disastrous course, as tens of thousands of parents prepare to return-to-work without accessible child care. “We’re giving the Ford government an F for their botched child-care re-opening,” says Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam. “Child care centres are faced with enormous challenges during COVID-19.…

Ford botches child care re-opening, sets centres up for failure

Toronto, ON — Child care centres across Ontario remain closed today despite Ford’s announcement that re-opening could commence. “Premier Ford simply hasn’t given child care centres adequate notice, support, or guidelines – it took emergency child care centres three weeks to prepare for opening, not three days,” says Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, CUPE Ontario Social Services…