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CUPE Ontario continuing opposition to provincial wage cap restrictions

“Let’s be real, it’s predominantly female workers who’ve had wages capped by Bill 124 while predominantly male workers, like police officers and firefighters, were exempted,” said Lisa Barker, a registered practical nurse and union member. “Those of us who are nurses, nutritionists, personal support workers and development service workers like Frederica, save lives and provide…

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Advocates say they’ll keep up pressure as sick days set to expire

Ontario’s three paid sick days are set to expire on July 31, unless the Ford government again changes its mind. Premier Doug Ford’s labour minister, Monte McNaughton, didn’t respond to questions about the program on Wednesday, including whether it would continue. Toronto pediatrician Dr. Daniel Bierstone noted that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet. Even…

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Here’s What Ontario’s Biggest Labour Unions Have To Say About Doug Ford’s Anti-Worker Track Record

Worker protections have “absolutely without question, taken a step back” under Ford’s leadership, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn told PressProgress. “Not only are they systematically negatively impacting and trying to trample on the rights of workers, but then they try to convince people that they’re doing the opposite,” Hahn said. “So we have double the…

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NDP has best plan for health care in Ontario

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is proclaiming himself the right pick for working class Ontarians, sometimes even assembling hard hat-wearing workers behind him at media events. It’s a novelty story that’s getting some attention. Working class Ontarians deserve media attention. Front-line workers kept Ontario going. Then they got walloped with job loss, wage cuts, COVID-19…