Joint AMO, CUPE Ontario Letter

July 2, 2020 The Honourable Doug Ford Premier of Ontario Legislative Building, Room 281 Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Ford: Re: Immediate Federal-Provincial Financial Assistance for Municipalities Time is running out for municipal governments and the municipal workers who have kept this province safe and delivered the frontline and core services Ontarians…

Government of Ontario can’t keep ignoring appeal for funding municipal governments: CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) – With municipalities still facing immense financial impacts due to the crisis, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is dismayed that in nearly a month the Government of Ontario has yet to respond to the union’s joint letter with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) urging immediate support. The President…

CUPE Ontario and AMO make joint appeal for funding of municipal governments

(TORONTO, ON) – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have joined forces in a first-ever joint letter to the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs seeking urgent financial help for struggling municipal governments. The President of CUPE Ontario, which represents 80,000 municipal employees, Fred…

CUPE Local 1883 delivers a solidarity coffee break to frontline workers in the Region of Waterloo

WATERLOO, ON – Members of CUPE Local 1883, representing over 850 workers with the Region of Waterloo, will deliver coffee and cookies to frontline workers at various locations today. Members of Local 1883 have been redeployed into various frontline posts throughout the region to help respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local members…

CUPE Ontario has joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding.

CUPE Ontario has joined more than 50 organizations across Canada to send a letter to the federal government calling for emergency and permanent transit operating funding. You can read the letter below. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Honorable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance,…

“Keep municipal staff working”: CUPE Ontario calls on the province to defend services and workers

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, is calling on the provincial government to fund municipalities during the pandemic in order to keep staff working and on the payroll.   “Municipal services matter, now more than ever – and many municipal governments are doing the right thing by keeping workers on staff,” said Fred Hahn,…

“Just because we work half the hours, does not mean we are half the worth!”: Laid off Whitby city workers hold creative action to call for equity and wages

On Friday, March 13, the Town of Whitby laid off 210 part-time staff, members of CUPE Local 53. Unlike neighbouring municipalities, like Pickering, Clarington, Uxbridge, and Ajax, where city workers were paid for between two and three weeks when layoffs were still considered temporary, Whitby’s part-time workers were left with no compensation. “If the town provided the three-weeks worth of wages, it would give us the opportunity to…