CUPE Ontario donates winterized trailer for Moss Park overdose prevention site

TORONTO, ON – In the absence of government leadership CUPE Ontario has rented a large winterized trailer to ensure the volunteers working to save lives at the Moss Park overdose prevention site can continue to do their important work. “Our government needs to do more than track and talk about the opioid crisis. People are…

Eleventh-hour agreement between CUPE and Maison d’amitié ensures continuity of services for women fleeing violence

OTTAWA, ON – A Sunday spent in negotiations with a provincial mediator has yielded a tentative agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Maison d’amitié, the francophone women’s shelter in Ottawa. The deal ensures that the members of CUPE 5237, who are employed by Maison d’amitié, will continue to deliver vital shelter…

Shelter workers stand up to bullying by Maison d’amitié by saying “no” to a deal that hurts services

OTTAWA, ON – Despite attempts to intimidate them into accepting a deal that would degrade services at Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at Maison d’amitié are determined to defend the vital services they provide to women and children who are fleeing violence. Despite two days of…

Putting services at risk part of Maison d’amitié’s tactics to intimidate its workers into accepting cuts, says union

OTTAWA, ON – Maison d’amitié, Ottawa’s only francophone women’s shelter, is creating an environment of fear and intimidation in an attempt to bully its workers into accepting a deal that will hurt them and services to vulnerable women fleeing violence, according to the union that represents frontline staff at the agency. Maison d’amitié is demanding…

Women fleeing violence threatened further by shelter operators’ decision to force lockout/strike deadline

OTTAWA, ON – Maison d’amitié, which operates the only two francophone shelters in Ottawa, is putting vulnerable women and children at risk by imposing a three-week deadline to reach a deal with its unionized employees, say frontline workers at the Ottawa refuge. Frontline workers at Maison d’amitié – which employs an entirely female workforce to…

Systemic barriers must be addressed in education reforms geared to reflect diversity

TORONTO, ON – CUPE applauds the Ontario government’s recognition that our education system must address fundamental problems when it comes to meeting the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, but cautions real improvements won’t happen without dealing with systemic barriers.   “We know that students do better when the staff around them are more reflective…

After Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services closes, community coalition calls on Wynne government to ‘get the balance right’

Loss of vital agency in four NW Toronto neighbourhoods prompts public meeting to save services and strengthen community agencies everywhere   TORONTO, ON – Following the closure of a well-known community agency serving four northwest Toronto neighbourhoods, more than 100 concerned residents, activists and labour unions last night called on the Wynne government to ‘get the…

Layoffs to Children’s Aid Society hurts an already vulnerable population

WINDSOR, ON – The president of the union representing workers at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is calling recently announced cuts to the agency, “a move that will only do further harm to an already vulnerable population in our community.”   Craig Hesman, president of Local 2286 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE…

Strike is over at the Canadian Hearing Society

CUPE 2073 ratifies tentative settlement TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 12, 2017) – 227 workers with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) will return to the jobs they love on Monday, May 15th, following today’s ratification of the tentative settlement negotiated by their union earlier this week. The workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees…