CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer to Ford government, “the people of Ontario do not want cuts and privatization, focus on raising revenue in upcoming budget”

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Service cuts and privatization is a failed strategy that the people of Ontario have seen far too many times, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick told a pre-budget committee hearing in Peterborough today. “Doug Ford likes to talk about the provincial deficit, he even tried to redo the math to make it seem…

Ford Conservatives’ latest attack on workers’ constitutional rights sets dangerous precedent

Toronto, ON (December 17, 2018) – The Ford Conservatives’ extraordinary decision to recall the Ontario legislature and force power workers “back-to-work” when they are not even on strike represents a precedent-setting attack on the constitutional right to free collective bargaining, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. “An attack on the rights of any worker…

New Conservative Bill set to damage Ontario’s democracy, demolish accountability and increase big corporate donations

TORONTO, ON – A new omnibus Bill being fast tracked through the Ontario legislature will bring in sweeping changes that will corrupt our democracy and make it easier for big corporations to influence government decisions, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. Bill 57, entitled the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act will have only…

French language rights in Ontario under attack from Ford government’s cuts

TORONTO, ON – Doug Ford’s decision to eliminate the office of the French Language Services Commissioner and Ontario’s planned Francophone University represent an attack on the rights of Franco-Ontarians, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “These services and protections are how French language rights are realized in our province. This decision by Ford’s government is…

Ford government uses fall economic statement to bring in deep cuts to public services

TORONTO, ON (November 15, 2018) – Tax cuts for the wealthiest and further tax breaks for corporations announced in the Ford government’s economic statement will mean deep cuts for public services, says CUPE Ontario’s Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick. “You can’t reduce taxes for corporations and the wealthy and bring down the deficit without making significant cuts…

Ford’s line-by-line spending review is a misleading strategy to privatize health care, gut public services and increase costs for Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – The Ford government’s spending review that uses numbers, taken out of context, to justify their plan for massive cuts and privatization, will make life much more difficult and expensive for working people and their families, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. In the report released Tuesday, corporate financial advisors Ernst &…