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Ontario tables legislation to keep education workers from striking, CUPE to stage protest

Despite the legislation, CUPE said education workers still stage a province wide protest and walk off the job this Friday, Nov. 4. The Ontario government has tabled legislation that will impose a contract on education workers and not allow them to legally walk off the job. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), who represent…

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CUPE to stage provincewide protest Friday in response to ban on strike

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says its approximately 55,000 education workers will stage a provincewide protest Friday, meaning they will be off the job despite the Ontario government tabling legislation to impose contracts and ban a strike. Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said whether workers continue to protest…

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Top questions answered about Ontario’s back-to-work legislation

The Ontario government tabled legislation on Monday that was supposed to prevent an education worker strike from occurring on Friday. The 82-page bill, when passed, would establish a four-year collective agreement with approximately 55,000 school support staff under the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)—including custodians, early childhood educators, education assistants and administrative staff—and make…

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Ontario school workers say they’ll walk out Friday after province imposes new contract

Support staff in most school boards across the province say they will walk off the job Friday, defying legislation introduced by the education minister to avert a strike while imposing a four-year contract on them. School support staff across the province say they will walk off the job Friday, defying legislation introduced by the education…

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Human rights tribunal upholds unionized workers’ right to file claims in Ontario

Lawyers and advocates were concerned — especially for marginalized people — that unionized workers would lose access to the human rights tribunal. Unionized workers in Ontario will still be able to file complaints independently at the province’s human rights tribunal, the tribunal has determined, despite a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that limits access…

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CUPE calls for reversal of Ford’s plan to move disabled and elderly people from hospitals to LTC homes

CUPE is calling for the Ford government to reverse a controversial decision to start moving elderly people and those with disabilities from hospitals to long-term care homes. In a release, CUPE says that emergency rooms and intensive care units are shutting down province wide because of inadequate staffing, not because of “the inability to coerce…

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CUPE calls for province to reverse plan to “force” elderly into long-term care homes

Canada’s largest labour union is accusing the Ontario government of “scapegoating” elderly people with a plan to force them into long-term care homes as a way of fixing the province’s health-care crisis. The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 90,000 health-care workers in Ontario, called on the province Friday to scrap its proposed Bill…