Health-care workers at Queensway Carleton to protest Thursday for expanded pandemic pay in hospitals

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says there are still “tens of thousands of health-care staff” who have been excluded from the pandemic pay program. Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, tells CTV News the government has created effectively two classes of workers in the province’s hospitals. Click here to…

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North Bay Nipissing News: Cracks in Ontario’s long-term care let coronavirus take root

CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick said many of the conditions contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care and nursing homes existed long before the virus emerged. “People can be saddened by what’s happening here, but absolutely nobody who’s been paying attention can be surprised,” she said. Rennick has fought for several years to…

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The Star: Temporary agency workers have long been a crutch for a care system in crisis, experts say. Now, they are exempt from new COVID-19 health directives

“We know there is a complete staffing crisis with respect to shortages and retention and recruitment. They are so reliant on this temporary agency contract work that they need to exempt them from a fundamental order to keep people safe.” – Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Click here to read the full article.