Ford Conservatives’ attack on democracy: CUPE Ontario opposes motion that silences public debate

(TORONTO, ON) In a move the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is calling “an attack on democracy”, Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives have tabled a motion that would limit debate and public input over proposed bills in the legislature. “With this government’s recent history of pushing through legislation like Bill 195 without consultation, and…

Ford Conservatives sitting on billions meant for schools, health care, and jobs: CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) The Government of Ontario is falling far short when it comes to financially supporting people and public services, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, drawing on a new report by the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO). The report reveals that the provincial government’s share of direct support measures compared…

Ford Conservatives’ all-out attack on Ontarians: CUPE Ontario commits to fighting three new laws

(TORONTO, ON) The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is calling the passing of three pieces of legislation yesterday by the Ford Conservatives an all-out attack on Ontarians that they will oppose. The province passed Bill 195, which extends emergency orders despite the legislation itself declaring the end of the state of emergency. According…

“Front-line workers deserve better”: CUPE Ontario opposes extension of emergency powers

(TORONTO, ON) The Ford Conservatives’ proposed legislation extending emergency powers will give the province significant powers at the expense of front-line workers, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Emergency orders and the power to make immediate decisions to defend against a public health crisis are supposed to be temporary,” said Candace…

CUPE Ontario and AMO make joint appeal for funding of municipal governments

(TORONTO, ON) – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have joined forces in a first-ever joint letter to the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs seeking urgent financial help for struggling municipal governments. The President of CUPE Ontario, which represents 80,000 municipal employees, Fred…

“We need more investment, not less”: CUPE Ontario warns against austerity

(TORONTO, ON) The Government of Ontario should continue to increase spending and invest in the services Ontarians need, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario released its Spring 2020 Economic and Budget Outlook report today, revealing that the pandemic has increased spending and will significantly impact the province’s…

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…

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…