It’s time to respond to the concerning COVID-19 modelling with comprehensive action, CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Despite the increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions predicted by the Science Advisory Table, the Ford Conservatives are still failing to take comprehensive action to fight the pandemic, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Ontarians are tired of this seemingly unending COVID cycle that the Ford Conservatives…

Ontario government’s erratic, ad hoc approach to the health workforce will mean a shortage of more than 50,000 nurses and personal support workers

TORONTO, ON – With health care job vacancies skyrocketing, new long-term care beds and a provincial government fond of “Band-Aid” health workforce approaches, Ontarians will see unprecedented health care staff shortages of more than 50,000 workers over the next few years. More than 59,000 new registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs) and registered…

“No one will be singled out or scapegoated”: CUPE Ontario’s statement for the International Day for Disabled Persons

On December 3, CUPE Ontario’s 280,000 members mark the International Day for Disabled Persons with the recognition of the moment we’re in. With cases still ticking upwards in Ontario, and variants of concern rapidly spreading around the world, it’s more critical than ever that we acknowledge that it’s people with disabilities who are among the…

“Now the Ford Conservatives are sitting on $4.3 billion”: CUPE Ontario calls for more spending, not less

TORONTO, ON – Yet again the Ford Conservatives are leaving billions of dollars on the table that could be spent to keep Ontarians safe and ensure the delivery of critical services, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “If it wasn’t obvious before the pandemic, it is now: spending saves lives,” said Fred Hahn, President of…

“Wealth Tax Now”: CUPE Ontario calls on Province to institute changes to tax system

TORONTO, ON – Ontario must immediately address growing income and wealth inequality by radically restructuring the tax system to tax wealth and high incomes, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario during a press conference this morning. “CUPE Ontario’s 280,000 members are saying that, in the face of growing income and wealth inequality,…

Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement ignores the child care crisis in Ontario

Toronto, ON—The Ford Conservatives’ Fall Economic Statement fails families by continuing to ignore the importance of child care to our social and economic recovery. There was little mention of child care and no new, critically needed funding announced. Families and educators continue to wait for the Ford government to sign on to the federal child…

Ontarians not fooled by Ford Conservatives’ economic pre-election gimmicks: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Fall Economic Statement (FES) is a disturbing mix of accounting tricks and political spin designed to support the Ford Conservatives’ electoral ambitions rather than truly support Ontario’s workers and economy, still struggling through the pandemic. “Anyone who thinks Doug Ford has had a sudden change of heart and will stand up…

“The resilient flame of resistance shines on”: CUPE Ontario’s statement for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

It’s been said so many times it’s become cliché: the pandemic exposed the deep inequities running through our communities from the local to the global. But unlike other clichés, this well-worn phrase must be recognized as an important truth, deserving attention and urgent action. Nineteen months into this crisis, and after multiple waves of this…

85 per cent of direct COVID-19 measures came from the Federal government as Ford Conservatives evade responsibility: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – The Ford government has underspent and has passed the buck to the Federal government when it comes to measures in response to COVID-19, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “This week, Doug Ford launched his re-election bid with an advertising campaign billing him as a big spender, but yet…