“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…

The Leap workers vote to join CUPE

(TORONTO, ON) – Workers at The Leap, a Canada and US-based organization focused on the intersecting crises of climate change, inequality and racism, voted unanimously to join Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “We’re very excited that workers at The Leap have made this decision,” said Kristy Davidson, a CUPE representative…

“Defend Ontarians with disabilities now”: CUPE Ontario says 2.6 million Ontarians face additional barriers and are in danger due to PPE shortages

There are growing signs that the 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities are being left behind during this crisis. Underlying medical issues mean people with disabilities are more susceptible to contract the virus and to experience its more severe effects. If they do contract the virus, the province has failed to provide home testing. And while…