Ontario government is not doing enough to protect them or the people they care for, say 70 per cent of hospital staff polled

TORONTO — More than 2400 hospital staff took part Saturday in an urgent Ontario-wide conference call sponsored by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) focused on the impact of COVID-19 on them as they care for the sick. Throughout the information-based call, several key questions were posed to the hospital workers. When asked if…

One of the strongest protections for Ontarians is to keep health-care workers healthy and working during COVID-19 Pandemic

Toronto – March 13, 2020: Ontarians know that they can count on the commitment of the province’s health- care workers to provide the best and safest care possible under challenging conditions, including under the current Pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. This is why nurses and other front-line health-care workers are calling on the Ontario Government to ensure…

Health care unions call for honest, frank collaboration from Ontario government regarding COVID-19 protection for health care workers

Toronto – March 11, 2020: The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are calling for honest and frank collaboration with the Government of Ontario regarding guidelines for COVID-19 protection…

COVID-19 & CUPE ONTARIO EVENTS: March 11

CUPE Ontario shares the concerns of many about the spread of COVID-19 around the globe and taking precautions to limit the spread of infectious disease is our priority. We have received multiple inquiries about how this virus may affect CUPE Ontario’s scheduled events in the foreseeable future and wanted to provide this update. Over the…

Durham Region paramedics highlight ambulance shortages and call for real investment in paramedic services

WHITBY, ON – The union representing paramedics in Durham is calling on regional political leadership to join forces in calling for a greater investment in emergency health services. CUPE Local 1764, which represents about 320 paramedics in Durham Region, recently shared with Durham Region councillors a report that definitively shows the disparity between call volume…

CUPE alerts community to rushed March closure of Hamilton forensic pathology, calls for independent inquiry

HAMILTON, ON –The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 7800 has learned that Hamilton’s forensic pathology unit is closing hastily at the end of March, months earlier than the original proposed and controversial closure in July. The decision to end forensic autopsies at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is already riddled with “controversy, equivocations and contradictions…

Ontario paramedics ask: “Will an ambulance be there when you need one?”

TORONTO – The union representing a majority of Ontario paramedics released a report today, detailing rising call volume and ambulance shortages in 22 regions. CUPE submitted Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in all municipalities where it represents paramedics and dispatchers, in order to track “code zeros” – times when no ambulance is available to respond…

Diverting bodies from Niagara down the QEW for autopsies in Toronto, “makes no sense”

HAMILTON, ON – The union representing staff in pathology at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is calling on the provincial government to reconsider a recent decision to divert pathology cases from Niagara to Toronto, by-passing Hamilton. The move to shuttle forensic autopsies from Niagara to Toronto, is the latest in a series of controversial and questionable…