“The wrong direction in a pandemic. Tax cuts won’t cut it; we need more investments to keep people safe”: CUPE Ontario responds to the Fall Budget

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s 2020 Budget won’t protect and support communities, and it misses the opportunity to help us through the second wave of COVID-19, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “The Ford Conservatives did an excellent job of making their proposed budget sound good, but it misses the mark taking the…

“A second budget and a second chance during a second wave”: CUPE Ontario says the Fall Budget is an opportunity to protect and support Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – Tomorrow’s Fall Budget is an opportunity for the Government of Ontario to lay out a spending plan that will protect and support Ontarians, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “We need a change of course starting tomorrow,” said Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. “The Ford Conservatives have expertly…

In times of crisis, government must spend, not scrimp

Politicians often compare household and government budgets. For one, they tell us they’re both about balancing income against spending. But there’s an important difference between them. For a household in crisis, cutting spending and saving money is usually a key response. But for a government which represents many people and communities with different challenges, the…

“Abject failure to keep us safe – Spending saves lives”: CUPE Ontario says funding can slow the spread, amid record-setting 1,000+ cases

TORONTO, ON – With Ontario breaking two records this weekend, and logging more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is calling on the Government of Ontario to commit to funding immediate and significant actions. The record-setting spike in cases follows budget consultations hosted by Ontario’s Ministry…

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…