Equal Pay Day delivers bitter reminder to developmental services workers in Guelph-Wellington

Workers still being short-changed over pay equity adjustments   GUELPH, Ont. – In the lead up to Equal Pay Day (April 20), developmental services workers at Community Living Guelph Wellington say that the provincial government’s refusal to provide base funding increases for services is denying women their human right to equal pay.   Employees at…

Carbon pricing announcement an important step for Ontario

TORONTO, ON –  Establishing a  system to combat climate change and generate new revenue for projects with social and environmental benefits is an important and positive decision says Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.   “Climate change is the biggest environmental and economic challenge of our generation, and Ontario…

“Don’t be saddled with bad decision of previous council. Rethink centre closure,” urges parent with toddler at Junior Citizens

SUDBURY, Ont. ― Sudbury parents with children at Junior Citizens Day Care (JCDC) are optimistic that city councillors – many of them newly elected last fall – will vote to support a motion coming before Sudbury council tomorrow night, to not close the child care centre.   Vanessa McMahon has two children – one of…

Canadian mental health workers join CUPE

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Social service workers from the Canadian Mental Health Association branch of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, recently voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The 160 workers who provide mental health recovery and wellness programs for individuals and families in the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton area will now…

CUPE welcomes government’s independent review of SAMS

A message from CUPE Ontario’s Social Service Workers Coordinating Committee The SSWCC welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister of Community and Social Services (MCSS) of an independent review of the problem-plagued Social Assistance Management System (SAMS). The announcement comes on the heels of Friday’s productive meeting between frontline CUPE members from Ontario Works and the…

By-election candidates urged to support new provincial funding to keep Junior Citizens open

SUDBURY, Ont. — Municipal child care workers today urged Sudbury provincial by-election candidates to support their call for new “mitigation” funding to keep Junior Citizens Child Care Centre open. Despite Sudbury families’ increasing need for after-hours child care and appeals by parents using the centre not to close it, the City of Greater Sudbury council…

By-election candidates urged to support new provincial funding to keep Junior Citizens open

SUDBURY, Ont. — Municipal child care workers today urged Sudbury provincial by-election candidates to support their call for new “mitigation” funding to keep Junior Citizens Child Care Centre open. Despite Sudbury families’ increasing need for after-hours child care and appeals by parents using the centre not to close it, the City of Greater Sudbury council…

Milestone for low-wage workers will deliver major improvements to services for people with developmental disabilities

TORONTO, Ont. – A landmark agreement reached by labour, government, and community living agencies will bring greater stability to the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Ontario as well as to the low-waged workers who care for them. On Saturday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), along with other unions, government and agencies…