CUPE Celebrates Developmental Service Worker Appreciation Day

On June 24, CUPE Ontario celebrates Developmental Service Worker Appreciation Day—a day dedicated to recognizing the crucial work done by workers in developmental services to support people with intellectual and physical disabilities. CUPE Ontario recognizes the important role workers in developmental services play in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and more broadly, our…

Ford botches child care re-opening, sets centres up for failure

Toronto, ON — Child care centres across Ontario remain closed today despite Ford’s announcement that re-opening could commence. “Premier Ford simply hasn’t given child care centres adequate notice, support, or guidelines – it took emergency child care centres three weeks to prepare for opening, not three days,” says Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, CUPE Ontario Social Services…

Lack of PPE makes homes for people with developmental disabilities the next hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks: CUPE

TORONTO – Without adequate PPE and protocols, developmental services residences will become the next major sites of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 8,000 workers at 64 residences across the province. The union is demanding the provincial government provide proper protections for people with developmental disabilities and…