CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with Black members at CUPE Local 4914 who are working together to fight anti-Black racism at work

Members of CUPE Local 4914 who work at Peel’s Children’s Aid Society (CAS) have been on the frontlines in their communities, keeping children and families safe. They are also on the frontlines in the fight to address anti-Black racism in our workplaces. On behalf of the 280,000 members of CUPE Ontario, we express our full…

“On this day we recommit to fighting anti-Black racism everywhere”: CUPE Ontario’s Emancipation Day statement

Today we celebrate Emancipation Day, which marks the legal abolition of slavery in Canada on August 1, 1834. Ordinarily, we would be marking Emancipation Day at Carnival, which is both a celebration of Caribbean culture and a symbol of resistance against oppression. But even though we need to practice social distancing this year, Emancipation Day…

“Front-line workers in the public and the private sector deserve a permanent pay increase:” CUPE Ontario stands in solidarity with UFCW 175 & 633

Our communities are getting through this crisis, and will thrive on the other side, because of the efforts of front-line workers. These are the workers in our long-term care facilities caring for the elderly; in group homes caring for people with disabilities and providing a range of supports for the most vulnerable; in our towns and cities, providing…

The Leap workers vote to join CUPE

(TORONTO, ON) – Workers at The Leap, a Canada and US-based organization focused on the intersecting crises of climate change, inequality and racism, voted unanimously to join Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “We’re very excited that workers at The Leap have made this decision,” said Kristy Davidson, a CUPE representative…

Anti-Black racism is a public health crisis and it demands urgent action: CUPE Ontario

The Government of Ontario must immediately declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, echoing a call by a coalition of Black community health leaders. “Anti-Black racism has undeniably harmful effects on Black Ontarians,” said Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. “We need to name what happens to Black people when it comes…

“Black communities deserve better”: The Ontario government’s plan to fight racism falls short, says CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) The Ontario government’s plan to address anti-Black racism isn’t nearly good enough, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. Three months into a pandemic that disproportionately impacts equity-seekers, the province delays collecting and publishing urgently needed race-based data despite calls from CUPE Ontario and many others to do so. Instead, today,…

“Other ways of living and loving are possible”: CUPE Ontario statement on fighting anti-Black racism

Anti-Black racism is overwhelmingly present – sometimes surfacing suddenly; always systemic; consistently and needlessly burdening Black people everywhere. In this difficult moment when the worst of white supremacy is as clear as ever, CUPE Ontario shares in the collective grief and rage felt across Black communities. Today, we recommit to addressing anti-Black racism and white supremacy in all its forms, both inside and outside…

Asian and South Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian and South Asian Heritage Month—a time to acknowledge and celebrate Asian and South Asian workers and communities in Canada. It is also a time to remember and honour the historic and ongoing activism of Asian and South Asian people in the fight for human rights and social justice. Asian and South Asian…

Recognize and Resist White Supremacy

The Campaign Recognize and Resist White Supremacy is our campaign to strengthen the work of naming and resisting white supremacy for our locals, elected leaders, union activists, and staff. Unfortunately, we continue to experience an increase in public displays of white supremacist, racist, anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic actions. It is important to understand that…