With pandemic here and deadline fast approaching, CUPE 79 urges City of Toronto to ‘get this right’ and conclude negotiations

TORONTO – With a global pandemic here and the deadline for labour disruption just around the corner, the leader of Canada’s largest local union today urged the City of Toronto to reach a settlement. “The whole city is watching. The actions we all take in the coming days will be incredibly consequential. We have to…

Durham Region paramedics highlight ambulance shortages and call for real investment in paramedic services

WHITBY, ON – The union representing paramedics in Durham is calling on regional political leadership to join forces in calling for a greater investment in emergency health services. CUPE Local 1764, which represents about 320 paramedics in Durham Region, recently shared with Durham Region councillors a report that definitively shows the disparity between call volume…

City of Toronto needs to shift focus from contingency planning to negotiating a fair deal with CUPE Local 79

TORONTO, ON – The President of the union representing over 20,000 City of Toronto ‘inside’ workers today urged the City to shift its focus from contingency plans to the place it needs to be – the bargaining table. “The best possible contingency plan is to negotiate a fair contract,” said Dave Mitchell, President of Local…

CUPE Local 79 requests no-board in negotiations with City of Toronto

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Local 79, representing over 22,000 inside workers with the City of Toronto, has requested a no-board report in their negotiations with the City, citing a lack of meaningful discussion on significant outstanding issues. “The City has been quite open about their attempts to seek significant concessions, erode job security and set…

CUPE Ontario urges national solidarity with locked-out CUPE 3768 members in Newfoundland and Labrador

Locked out CUPE 3768 members—municipal employees at the Town of Holyrood in Newfoundland—symbolize the struggle municipal workers face across Canada, say CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick. The employees provide snow clearing, water and sewage treatment, and clerical and accounting services. Despite their heroic efforts to keep snow cleared during last month’s…