Ontario asks Ottawa to administer sick leave benefit for workers amid third wave of COVID-19

The Ontario government is offering to double federal sick leave payments to $1,000 a week for workers in the province amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic – if Ottawa agrees to administer the program. In an April 22 letter to Finance Minster Chrystia Freeland, obtained by The Globe and Mail, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said…

Ontario details plan for 3 paid sick days after a year of mounting pressure

According to the Opposition NDP, the vote marked the 25th time the Ford government has voted down a proposal for paid sick days in 2021 alone. In a statement reacting to the announcement, CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said the Ford government had “chosen chaos and confusion” over delivering the type of program Ontarians truly need. “Everyone…

Ford apologizes after public backlash to enhanced police powers, playground closures

In a statement issued after the news conference, Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, said Ontarians were waiting for some sort of commitment to deliver paid sick days, only to get “absolutely nothing.” “The chorus of voices calling for paid sick days is roaring over Ford’s inaction,” Hahn said.…

Doug Ford confirms paid sick leave program for workers coming, apologizes for backtracking

CUPE Ontario, the union that represents 280,000 public sector workers, said it wants action not apologies. “Yet again Ontarians were on the edge of their seats waiting for a commitment to deliver what we need to stay safe, only to get absolutely nothing,” said CUPE President Fred Hahn in a press release Thursday. Read the…

‘These workers are terrified’: Labour groups call for vaccine priority for education support staff

CUPE Ontario’s leaders made the case that on-site staff across the province who have continued to show up for work through school closures and periods of online learning are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 on the job and deserve vaccine priority. “We’re here today to shine a light on the front-line workers whose work…