Safeguarding best-quality child care services: child care workers and YMCA-YWCA sign a three-year deal

OTTAWA, ON – Early childhood educators (ECEs), educational assistants (EAs) and support staff at three National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA child care centres have agreed to a contract that will help deliver stable, reliable care to the children enrolled at the agency’s centres. Workers at Taggart Family Y, Ruddy Family Y and Avalon Public School child…

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…

Tentative settlement in labour dispute between CUPE 2073 and Canadian Hearing Society

TORONTO – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 2073, representing 227 striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), has reached a tentative settlement with the CHS. The tentative deal, if ratified by both parties, ends a nine-week-old strike that started March 6th. Mediated talks were facilitated by third-party mediator John Stout over…