Health care unions welcome Ontario Long-Term Care Commission’s recommendation to institute a four-hour care standard

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Long-Term COVID-19 Commission released an interim report today, calling on the government to implement a minimum daily care standard of four hours of hands-on care per resident. “We thank the commission for their work and for recognizing the need to institute a staffing standard,” said Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario’s Secretary-Treasurer. “Residents…

“Your job is to keep Ontarians safe – not to keep your friends happy”: CUPE Ontario’s Pink Triangle Committee and University Sector oppose Ford’s disastrous special favour for the Canada Christian College

Over the course of this pandemic, we’ve seen that people who were already facing systemic barriers are the ones facing the greatest impacts now. Racialized communities, the LGBTQ2S+ community, and others marginalized by a foundationally unequal system have faced the brunt of COVID-19. And so it’s deeply concerning that, rather than extending more robust supports for all Ontarians, the Ford…

Health care unions welcome significantly improved COVID-19 protections for 400,000 health care workers

TORONTO – Today the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued Directive #5, which provides clear guidance that N-95 or superior protection masks, face shields and other equipment are to be provided to health care staff working on the front line in long-term care facilities or hospitals dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, among other improvements. “The updated…

The federal government promises criminal charges for those who neglect seniors, it should begin by charging itself

(Toronto, ON) —The Throne Speech promises criminal charges for those who neglect seniors, but receding federal funding is a major driver of the understaffing and neglect in long-term care facilities, reports the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE. “We call for the federal government to be…

To save lives, federal and provincial governments must order GM to make N95 masks says coalition

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and Green Jobs Oshawa have issued a statement in response to both federal and Ontario governments’ media release that 3M will make N95 masks in Brockville, Ontario. Production is not slated to begin until…

As campus COVID cases climb, Ford Conservatives need to stop pointing fingers and start protecting Ontarians

Toronto, ON– With COVID-19 cases spiking on multiple Ontario post-secondary campuses, Premier Doug Ford’s Conservative government needs to move past deflecting blame for its own failures and focus on keeping Ontarians safe, the Chair of CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) warned today. “Time and again, in recent days, we are seeing the Ford…

Ramin Karimloo, London West End & Broadway star, hosts special Facebook concert to end for-profit senior care

TORONTO, ON – On Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m., Peterborough and Richmond Hill-raised Ramin Karimloo, London West End and Broadway star, will hold a special Facebook concert session in support of the Care Not Profits (carenotprofits.ca) advocacy campaign. The concert, happening at facebook.com/officialraminkarimloo, is part of the campaign to urge government to end for-profit…

“This is Premier Ford’s second chance to take action in long-term care”: SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Unifor continue to ring the alarm bells

TORONTO – Unions representing health care workers across Ontario held a press conference urging immediate action to end the crisis in long-term care. CUPE Ontario, SEIU Healthcare, and Unifor, unions which collectively represent more than 70,000 long-term care workers, are condemning the inaction of the Government of Ontario and are raising concerns about the significant…

YCDSB aggravating fallout from COVID by closing school libraries and laying off workers

MARKHAM, ON – Education workers throughout Ontario are condemning the decision by York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) and its trustees to shutter its school libraries and lay off all its library technicians, slamming the move as a short-sighted one that will hurt students’ ability to recover from the learning losses incurred during the months…