World Refugee Day 2020

Saturday, June 20th is World Refugee Day. Today, we reaffirm our solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and internally displaced people worldwide. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that at least 70.8 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes in recent years. Among them are nearly 25.9…

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…

CUPE Ontario condemns the coup d’état and the repression of protesters in Bolivia

CUPE Ontario joins CUPE National and the international community in condemning the coup in Bolivia. The military removal of Evo Morales, the crushing of democratic rights in Bolivia and the repression of protesters including the indigenous people, poor and labour activists in the country amount to nothing but a military coup, which is a violation…

CUPE Ontario condemns Turkish government’s invasion of Syria

October 13, 2019: The Canadian union of Public Employees – Ontario strongly condemns invasion of North-Syria by the government of Turkey. Turkish armed forces have been bombarding Kurdish regions in North-Syria since October 9th, which has caused many civilian casualties. We have been informed that a large number of people are fleeing the area. CUPE…

Health care workers at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre choose CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Over 120 registered practical nurses, personal support workers, therapists and therapy assistants, social workers, nutrition aides and clerical staff at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre have chosen to improve their working conditions and increase their job security by joining the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Workers cited understaffing, an expansion to the scope…

U of T Campus Unions to hold 11 a.m. news conference tomorrow to discuss release of Asbestos Report

TORONTO, ON – Following a lengthy delay, the University of Toronto’s (U of T) panel reviewing its asbestos management program released its Asbestos Panel Review Report late last month, along with a response from senior U of T administrators. Tomorrow (April 18), at 11:00 a.m., representatives from Local 3902 of the Canadian Union of Public…

Cuts to overdose prevention fuel worst health emergency in a generation

TORONTO – Today, CUPE Ontario is standing in solidarity with hundreds of concerned Torontonians in mourning the thousands of deaths due to overdose caused by government inaction, and sounding the alarm that overdose deaths will increase after the Ford Conservatives cancelled funding for three currently-operating, and two proposed Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) across the province.…

CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn Media Availability to Comment on the Ontario 2019 Budget

TORONTO, ON – Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario President Fred Hahn will be at Queen’s Park today as Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivers the first budget of the Doug Ford Government. As the province’s largest union with over 270,000 members across the province, CUPE Ontario has serious concerns that today’s budget will negatively…