“A Day of Action for the Day of Mourning”: It’s time to redouble our efforts to protect workers

Every year, on April 28, we pause to mourn and recognize workers who have been injured and killed on the job. And while we remember we also understand the fundamental importance of the political work of fighting for the living by redoubling our efforts to demand real safety for workers and the communities that rely…

CUPE Educational Assistants and Outdoor Education Instructors to DDSB: “Enough is enough”

WHITBY, ON – Durham District School Board (DDSB) has put its students’ education at risk of needless disruption with its offhand dismissal of the issues that are deeply important to dedicated educational assistants and outdoor education instructors who support students with special needs, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union that represents…

Rejected info request raises questions about government’s claims for school and student safety

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Education has flatly refused to give a school board-by-school board breakdown of the number of education workers hired with COVID-related funds, prompting the union that made the inquiry to cast further doubt on the Ford government and its claims that it is doing everything possible to protect students in…

“A provincial government that doesn’t care much about children, workers, or the truth” – CUPE responds to Star report of Ford government’s penny-pinching strategies for schools and COVID-19 –

TORONTO, ON – CUPE leaders expressed shock but not surprise at the findings in the Toronto Star’s investigation into the ‘watered down’ strategies that the Ontario government used to keep COVID-19 out of schools. Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), gave the following comment: Thanks to the Star’s investigation,…