Ontario long-term care staff at “breaking point;” new study and poll on workplace violence released Tuesday in Hamilton

HAMILTON, ON – Two new reports that expose the high level of violence, abuse and harassment against staff working at Ontario long-term care homes, are being released at a media conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the CUPE Local 7800 Boardroom, 795 King Street East, Hamilton. The study titled, “Breaking Point:…

West Park Healthcare Centre workers join CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Behavioural Support Workers and Behavioural Therapists in the Acquired Brain Injury Behavioural Services Department (ABIBS) at West Park Healthcare Centre have joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) after a certification vote held Monday, March 11, 2019. Organizer Deb Oldfield was happy to welcome the group into CUPE. “These workers decided…

Tentative settlement reached between CUPE and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

BELLEVILLE, ON – The union representing workers at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3314 has reached a tentative settlement in negotiations with the health unit. CUPE Local 3314 represents approximately 62 workers, including public health inspectors, dental hygienists, registered dental assistants, health promoters, programme assistants, family home visitors,…

PC health overhaul legislation explicit power to privatize services must be removed, says CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Despite assurances from the PC government that they will not use new health restructuring legislation to privatize services, “key sections of Bill 74 are designed to do just that,” warns Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU). One of those sections explicitly removes reference to keeping hospital…

PC’s attack on health system threatens patient care: Ontario health care workers begin vigorous response

TORONTO, ON – Calling PC government legislation introduced today, “a serious threat to patient care,” the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Ontario), representing 80,000 hospital, long-term care and home and community care staff, will begin escalating actions province-wide to push the government to reconsider its “radical…