CUPE Ontario Membership makes historic change for equality at Solidarity against Austerity Convention

TORONTO, ON – Members of Ontario’s largest union took a historic step last week, changing their union’s constitution to ensure broader diversity on its executive board, which will enhance the union’s work against the austerity agenda. Delegates to the 52nd annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted overwhelmingly to expand the…

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2015

Sunday, May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. CUPE Ontario encourages all members to join us in marking this day and renewing our commitment to take action in workplaces and communities to end discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. CUPE Ontario strongly supports important steps…

Image of a dozen people posing in front of the pink CUPE 966 bus in Toronto

Pride 2018

Pride 2018 CUPE Ontario has a proud tradition of fighting for equality for all members, and as a union we have pioneered many advances in LGBTQ rights. Our union was the first in Canada to use collective bargaining to advance LGBTQ rights. We challenged the definition of “spouse” in court and won, opening the door…

Senate transphobia inexcusable – past time for transgender rights bill, says CUPE Ontario president

TORONTO, Ont. – By sending Bill C-279 back to the House of Commons instead of passing it, Conservative senators have taken an inexcusable stand against equality and human rights, says Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “This is transphobia, plain and simple,” said Hahn. “The Senate had an opportunity…

World AIDS Day 2014 with text "#PutaRibbonOnIt"

World AIDS Day

Around the world, an estimated 35 million people live with HIV and 1.5 million died of AIDS-related illnesses last year. While new treatments and education are bringing down those rates in many parts of the world, HIV/AIDS remains a huge tragedy for many populations and discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS remains intolerably high. At CUPE…