Municipal workers awarded for remarkable services during the pandemic at Association of Municipalities of Ontario annual conference

OTTAWA, ON — The Association of Municipalities of Ontario presented an award to municipal employees at the opening day of its annual conference in Ottawa on August 15, in recognition of their “remarkable service to Ontario’s communities in the global pandemic.” Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario, accepted the award…

Libraries’ drag story hours are about positivity & inclusivity: Statement from CUPE Ontario’s Library Workers committee

As Pride month draws to a close, CUPE library workers in Ontario wish to express again their solidarity with the LGBTQ2+ community and the continuing fight for equality, justice, dignity and inclusion. And it is in this sprit of solidarity that we challenge and condemn the intolerance shown against those Ontario libraries that hold Drag Queen…

“Repeal Bill 124”: CUPE Ontario launches campaign to support frontline workers

Toronto, ON – Now’s the time to finally repeal the Constitution-violating legislation which caps total compensation, including wages, for public sector workers to only 1 per cent, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario during a press conference. “The Ford Conservatives have simply done nothing to deal with the skyrocketing cost of living,”…

Cornwall city workers call on municipal government to incorporate stronger public services in “healthy communities” vision

Cornwall, ON — City of Cornwall workers are calling on the municipality to incorporate decent working conditions and stronger public services in its vision of being a “welcoming and healthy community.” “City workers are also part of the community and we want Cornwall to be a great place to live. That requires strong public services…

Statement: Ontario School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

CUPE Ontario recognizes school crossing guards on Ontario’s annual School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, that takes place this year on March 23, 2022. School crossing guards are vital to help ensure that children safely cross the street during their routes to and from school. They also remind drivers of the presence of pedestrians at intersections.…

Whitby Library workers vote to join CUPE

Whitby, ON – Library workers in Whitby became the newest members of CUPE, following a strong vote Thursday. “Library workers are all very passionate about what they do. They bring tremendous creativity to their communities, but don’t always feel supported by management,” said Daniela Scarpelli, a CUPE representative who has been involved in the organizing drive.…

Outside workers in Southwold and West Elgin join CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Tuesday saw workers in two southwestern Ontario municipalities vote to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “Outside” workers in the municipality of West Elgin and the Township of Southwold both voted to join the union, which represents municipal workers throughout the province. “Small municipalities often present themselves as being like…