COVID-19 infections among Ontario health care workers spike Release more N95 masks, other protections before it’s too late to curb spread

TORONTO, ON – The fight against the spread of COVID-19 hinges on Ontario hospital and long-term care, home care workers and paramedics not contracting the virus in large numbers, so that they can care for the sick across the province.  But already dozens of health care staff have COVID-19. This includes one who is very ill…

Province spends billions but leaves most Ontarians behind: CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, says the Conservative government’s economic update today missed an opportunity to provide immediate and direct financial support for thousands hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to adequately increase health care funding. “People are worried about rent and mortgages, about putting food on the table, and about…

“Workers must be paid!”: CUPE Ontario calls for immediate measures to support struggling workers

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, has announced proposals to help Ontarians who are financially impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With reports of wide-spread layoffs and income loss, the union has called on the Ontario government to include significant measures in the economic and fiscal update that’s scheduled for Wednesday. The union…

Delayed budget must be opportunity to introduce substantial investments to help Ontarians

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, representing 280,000 public sector workers, calls for more measures to support the province’s workers and for increased resources from the Ontario Government to support communities affected by COVID-19, in response to the Ontario Government’s announcement. “Delaying next week’s budget was clearly necessary,” said Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario President, about the province’s…

COVID-19 & CUPE Ontario Operations

Dear CUPE Ontario members, As we all know, the situation related to COVID-19 is changing rapidly. CUPE Ontario is committed to doing our part to help slow the spreading of this infectious disease in our communities. CUPE Ontario will be providing regular updates to keep members informed regarding our operations as things change. Effective Tuesday…

One of the strongest protections for Ontarians is to keep health-care workers healthy and working during COVID-19 Pandemic

Toronto – March 13, 2020: Ontarians know that they can count on the commitment of the province’s health- care workers to provide the best and safest care possible under challenging conditions, including under the current Pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. This is why nurses and other front-line health-care workers are calling on the Ontario Government to ensure…

Province’s youngest, vulnerable and low-paid left out of government plans to stop COVID-19: CUPE

Government says leaving childcare open in schools is “up to school boards” TORONTO – The Ford government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 could make life more dangerous in Ontario if the government won’t also protect the children, families and workers in and around the childcare centres that operate out of publicly funded schools,…