Picture shows Rob Ford, wearing a black face mask, wearing a suit and positioned in front of two hanging Ontario flags.

Ontario didn’t spend money from COVID-19 response program in first quarter: watchdog

TORONTO – Ontario did not spend any funds from a new $2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter, the province’s fiscal watchdog found, prompting critics to question why the government didn’t use the money during the third wave. A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found health spending was $691 million lower than…

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Hundreds march in 14 communities across New Brunswick in solidarity with front-line workers

“I’m here from Ontario to show solidarity with our members in New Brunswick. What’s happening here is incredibly inspiring because frontline workers, public sector workers are facing the same challenges. Whether we’re in Ontario and New Brunswick, Alberta, across the country, we’re the folks who got our communities through the pandemic, in incredibly stressful, difficult…

A hospital worker holds a colourful paper sign that reads "Respect Us; Protect Us; Pay Us" at an outdoor rally.

Trillium Hospital Workers Protest Thursday to Fight Wage Cuts and Concessions

The hospital workers are asking for respect and better pandemic protections – safety measures, which will also benefit patients. In addition to getting Bill 124 repealed, they want the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) the umbrella group for hospital employers, to take several concessions, including language around seniority and retirement packages, off the table. In July,…

Paramedics lean over a patient ona stretcher

CUPE Files Legal Challenge to OMERS’ Punitive Treatment of Paramedics

“Paramedics have been demanding that OMERS allow them fair access to earlier retirement options for over a decade,” said Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, about the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. “Now OMERS is saying working paramedics can transition to earlier retirement options only at the risk of deep cuts to their pensions. This…

Photo shows Michael Hurley with a megaphone.

“You are heroes”: Union rally highlights hospital workers’ sacrifices ahead of fall contract negotiations

“Our members at this hospital were working very long hours, 14, 15, 16 hours a day,” said Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees of Ontario. “Then, when they went home, they were so worried and uncertain about infecting their families that they slept in their garages, or in their cars in…

Ontario votes down 14 days paid sick days, offers three for workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario represents 280,000 public sector workers. President Fred Hahn says it is time to listen to experts and legislate. “We have been crystal clear from the first day of this crisis,” said Hahn. “Ontarians need this government to legislate universal employer-provided and permanent paid sick days that is…