Workers at Toronto Parking Authority vote to authorize strike action

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Local 416 members at Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike action, if necessary, as both parties await the appointment of a conciliation offer to help resolve differences at the bargaining table. CUPE Local 416 applied for conciliation on July 9. A provincially appointed conciliation officer has…

“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…

“Draw on the skill, expertise, and passion of front-line workers”: CUPE Ontario condemns Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee for excluding workers and their unions

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is leaving front-line workers out of the new Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee and it must immediately stop its work until it’s fully inclusive, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario in a written letter to Minister Monte McNaughton. “The committee is comprised solely of business owners,…

Region of Waterloo public service workers file for “No-Board” as negotiations stall

REGION OF WATERLOO, ON – After more than a year of unproductive negotiations, about 1,200 Regional Municipality of Waterloo workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have filed for a No-Board, which will initiate a 17-day countdown to a strike or a lockout. The workers, represented by CUPE Locals 5191 and 1883,…

Rideau Transit Maintenance workers join CUPE

OTTAWA, ON – Workers at Rideau Transit Maintenance in Ottawa voted almost unanimously yesterday to join he Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Rideau Transit Maintenance has a 30-year contract to maintain the Confederation Line, Ottawa’s new light rail transit system. “This group does the same work as our members in transit systems across the…

“No encampment clearings”: CUPE Ontario’s statement of solidarity with unhoused Trinity Bellwoods residents

CUPE Ontario condemns the City of Toronto’s decision to clear encampments at Trinity Bellwoods Park where unhoused Torontonians have been living. The use of over 100 police officers and dozens of private security would be a completely unjustified display of forced removal at any time. Toronto’s one of the most expensive cities in the world and far too many of our neighbours can’t afford…

Region of Waterloo’s mismanagement is negatively impacting EMS services and harming the community, say CUPE 5191 paramedics

REGION OF WATERLOO, ON – The Region of Waterloo’s mismanagement is harming the quality of paramedic services and putting the community and its workforce at risk, according to paramedics represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 5191 (CUPE 5191). Luke McCann, an active paramedic and president of CUPE 5191, said emergency calls had increased…