Pilot project that brings private autism therapy operators into schools raises alarms: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Aspects of a pilot project announced by the Ministry of Education today for students with autism are raising alarm bells about the future of fully accessible, public education in the province, say CUPE Ontario education workers. “We represent 13,000 Educational Assistants who work hard, with other Board employees and parents, to develop…

CUPE Ontario congratulates parents and education workers for victory in stopping school closures

TORONTO, ON (June 29, 2017) – Parents, education workers and community supporters should be very proud of their success in getting the provincial government to put an end to school closures in Ontario, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “These families and workers never gave up,” said Hahn. “They knew how valuable their local schools…

CUPE education workers reach agreement on Bill 115 “remedy” with provincial government

TORONTO – In what may be one of the largest settlements of its kind for employees who have suffered a workplace breach of Charter rights, CUPE education workers have reached an agreement on “remedy”, or financial compensation, with the provincial government. The settlement comes slightly more than a year after the Ontario Superior Court issued…

Niagara Catholic District School Board’s plans to cut front-line school board workers will impact services, says CUPE 1317

NIAGARA, ON – Niagara Catholic District School Board workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are questioning why the board is talking about a ‘balanced portfolio’ when front-line school board staff, including 32 CUPE 1317 members, are being laid off as early as June.   “We find it disingenuous for the board…

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board’s plans to close 11 schools will severely impact vital school services to students: CUPE 1022

BELLEVILLE, ON – Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are raising the alarm over the school board’s plans to close or consolidate 11 schools, including 9 elementary and 2 high schools in Belleville, Centre Hastings and Prince Edward County. In reports posted on their…

Local and Provincial CUPE leaders pen open letter to Peel School Board Community in wake of Islamophobic incidents

Mississauga, ON – Earlier today, in the wake of several Islamophobic and Anti-Muslim acts taking place in Peel Region, Local and Provincial CUPE Leaders issued an open letter to all members of the Peel District School Board Community. The full text of this letter is below.     An Open Letter to the Peel District School…

Statement of Solidarity with Locked Out OECTA Teachers

NIAGARA, ON – The following statement was made today by Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario: CUPE Ontario sends their support and solidarity to the members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) who were locked out by the Niagara Catholic District School Board on Monday, March 20. CUPE Ontario is the province’s largest…

Change to School Board Bargaining Act Anti-Democratic

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario strongly opposes an amendment to the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA) tabled yesterday by the Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, that will make central bargaining with the provincial government mandatory for all education workers. If passed, the new legislation would take away the rights of school board support workers…