What is the government’s plan for schools without education workers during COVID?

TORONTO, ON – Education workers are demanding that the Ford government come up with a plan that ensures custodians, education assistants (EAs), school secretaries and others are able to stay on the job once schools reopen next week, says the union that represents 55,000 education workers in Ontario. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)…

More money, more staff, safer classrooms: CUPE school board leaders set bargaining priorities for 2022

TORONTO, ON – Reacting to wrenching reports of classroom violence, pressures created by understaffing, and the human cost of low wages and precarious work, school board leaders from the Canadian Union Public Employees (CUPE) have determined that better wages and working conditions for education workers will be the focus of their next round of central…

The Ford Conservatives could have spent $2.6-billion to save lives: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – In the middle of a fourth wave, the Ford Conservatives are still senselessly sitting on billions of dollars that could go towards saving lives and ensuring a recovery for all, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “The single clearest lesson of the last 18 months is that public services…

“A testament to the contributions of front-line workers, but there’s still more to do”: CUPE Ontario calls for more action to ensure safety in Step 3

TORONTO, ON – Entering Step 3 early is a testament to the contributions of front-line workers but the Ford Conservatives are still failing to ensure safety and a recovery for all, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Front-line workers kept us as safe as possible during this pandemic, with members of CUPE…

Paying it forward: CUPE education workers step up to support public and colleagues hard hit by COVID-19

TORONTO, ON – Education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario are gearing up to help friends and neighbours whose lives and workplaces have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. CUPE school board leaders have strongly endorsed the provincial government’s “community involvement” initiative, paving the way for the union’s education…

CUPE education workers ready to defend students’ education services against Ford government cuts

TORONTO, ON – Against a backdrop of crowded classrooms, fewer opportunities for learning and less support for students, Ontario education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have voted in record numbers to deliver a strike mandate of 93 percent in favor of job action, as part of the fight to protect…