“From the ‘Freedom convoy’ to Bill 21, we must end Islamophobia and hate”: CUPE Ontario Statement on National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia

Five years ago today, on January 29th, 2017, a gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslims during a prayer service. The shooter, fueled by white supremacist, Islamophobic rhetoric killed six worshippers and injured 19 others. Today, on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, we remember Mamadou…

“We Must Reach Beyond Partial Liberation”: CUPE Ontario celebrates Emancipation Day 2021

One hundred and eighty-seven years ago today, on 1 August 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act took effect marking the legal end slavery across the British Empire. The Act emancipated over 800,000 enslaved Africans across the Caribbean and South America. As educator and historian Natasha L. Henry notes, many enslaved Africans in British North America received…

“A testament to the contributions of front-line workers, but there’s still more to do”: CUPE Ontario calls for more action to ensure safety in Step 3

TORONTO, ON – Entering Step 3 early is a testament to the contributions of front-line workers but the Ford Conservatives are still failing to ensure safety and a recovery for all, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Front-line workers kept us as safe as possible during this pandemic, with members of CUPE…

Day of Pink – CUPE Ontario Statement

Statement by CUPE Ontario’s Pink Triangle committee on the Day of Pink: Today is the Day of Pink – an international commemoration reminding us about the need for solidarity with LGBTQ2+ people. This year it’s a particularly important issue, as COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted equity-seeking seeking people, including the LGBTQ2+ community. For instance, recent research shows that…

“Value us. Stand with us – not employers. Don’t appeal pay equity court decision that would see our wages rise,” long-term care workers urge Ontario Premier

TORONTO, ON – Approaching Equal Pay Day in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford and the PC provincial government are being urged by tens of thousands of long-term care staff to “stand with them and value their work” by not appealing a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that would raise their wages. Earlier this month, the…

“Front-line workers in the public and the private sector deserve a permanent pay increase:” CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with UFCW 175 & 633

Our communities are getting through this crisis, and will thrive on the other side, because of the efforts of front-line workers. These are the workers in our long-term care facilities caring for the elderly; in group homes caring for people with disabilities and providing a range of supports for the most vulnerable; in our towns and cities, providing…