University Health Network cannot continue to exploit women and racialized workers, say Toronto labour council, black trade unionists

TORONTO, ON – What seems like a deliberate workforce policy of exploiting racialized women as cheap labour by the University Health Network (UHN) is being roundly criticized by many Toronto/GTA labour and community groups advocating for economic justice for new immigrants. UHN is avoiding the direct employment of patient rehabilitation care staff at its Hillcrest…

“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,…

“Any successful stay-at-home order must include legislated paid sick days”: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – The stay-at-home order is yet another sign of the Conservative Government’s deep political failure during this pandemic, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Every single expert makes it clear that the people contracting COVID-19 in this third wave are essential front-line workers and members of racialized communities,” said Fred…

“Anti-Black Racism is a Public Health Crisis”: CUPE Ontario calls on Province to finally make the declaration

Last summer, in the middle of a renewed and massive global movement to affirm that Black Lives Matter, CUPE Ontario’s 280,000 members, in recognition of the moment of reckoning we’re in, took the step of echoing a call of Black health leaders. We joined them in insisting that the Government of Ontario to immediately declare Anti-Black racism a…

Order Black History Month Posters for Your Local

This Black History Month the CUPE Ontario Racial Justice Committee will be mailing posters to all locals who request them. Please note that locals may only order a maximum of 40. Click here to read our statement on Black History Month. You can submit your request by filling out the form on this page. Your…

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions and legacy of Black people in our communities, across the province, as well as in our union. It is a time to recognize the importance of resistance in the struggle for racial justice. It is also a time to be mindful of the deadly perils…