New report finds 1400 seniors who died from COVID-19 would not have if Ontario had a fully public long-term care system: Time to make election a referendum on private health care

TORONTO, ON – More than 1400 seniors died from COVID-19 than would have if Ontario had a fully public long-term care system, according to a new report released today. That is a key lesson for voters in the June 2 election, since the Doug Ford PC’s have said they will deal with the post-pandemic surgical…

Doug Ford would face massive labour unrest in the hospitals if staff didn’t put patients’ interests ahead of their own as negotiations for 70,000 on the front-lines derail over PC Bill 124 wage cut, lack of protections

TORONTO, ON – Hospital staff are angered and stunned by how the Ontario government and the hospital employers are treating them following two years of pandemic sacrifice as provincial bargaining broke down May 14, says the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario.…

“Paramedics deserve urgent attention”: CUPE Ontario’s First Responders’ Day statement

On May 1 2022, First Responders Day, we acknowledge the life-saving work of nearly 6,000 CUPE paramedics and dispatchers in Emergency Medical Services while calling attention to the crisis in the sector. Last October, when we surveyed CUPE EMS members, the results painted a bleak picture of understaffed paramedic services, widespread ambulance shortages, and severe…

Ontario Budget 2022: child care plan can’t work without a workforce strategy. ECEs and child care workers are worth more than Ford’s budget

Toronto, ON— Child care advocates are warning the Ford government that without a better plan to solve the child care workforce shortage, their budget’s promise to build 86,000 new child care spaces will fail. “We have a child care workforce crisis right now, driven by low wages. As a result, child care centres are closing…

This budget is an election ploy: CUPE Ontario responds to underwhelming budget announcement

TORONTO, ON – Ontarians shouldn’t buy this spin from a government that’s trying to buy an election, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Ontarians have long been desperate for real action that would bolster the public services they rely on but today we got nothing more than misleading spending promises that aren’t…

National Day of Mourning solemn reminder of the consequences of diminished health and safety spending

Toronto, ON — Leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding to Ontario’s health and safety associations declined by approximately 17 per cent between 2013 to 2020. On April 28, National Workers’ Day of Mourning for those who lost their lives on the job, CUPE calls on all political parties to commit to improved spending on…

“Workers demand access to every avenue toward justice and reparations”: CUPE Ontario calls on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to maintain unionized employees’ access

TORONTO, ON – The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) needs to maintain the right of unionized employees to access the tribunal, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Workers whose lives are impacted by systemic racism, ableism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression have always had the option of either filing a…

Who will staff new Vaughan long-term care beds?

VAUGHAN, ON – A severe, provincewide staffing shortage will prevent many of the Ford government’s promised new long-term care beds, including those announced today in Vaughan, from opening, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the province’s largest healthcare union. “Minister Calandra can make all the announcements he wants, but if there’s no…

Injured workers are facing benefit cuts: CUPE Ontario says benefits should at least match cost of living increases

TORONTO, ON – The refusal on the part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to apply cost-of-living benefit increases as required by law for injured workers means devastating income reductions for already vulnerable Ontarians, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Far too many injured workers are already on the economic…