CUPE school board leaders endorse tentative deal that secures services for students

– Deal now proceeds to province-wide ratification votes – TORONTO, ON – Within a week of their union securing a tentative central agreement that restores vital services to Ontario’s schools, hundreds of school board leaders gathered near Toronto today and gave their endorsement to the deal. Leaders from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)…

CUPE Ontario condemns Turkish government’s invasion of Syria

October 13, 2019: The Canadian union of Public Employees – Ontario strongly condemns invasion of North-Syria by the government of Turkey. Turkish armed forces have been bombarding Kurdish regions in North-Syria since October 9th, which has caused many civilian casualties. We have been informed that a large number of people are fleeing the area. CUPE…

Province-wide strike averted as CUPE education workers reach tentative agreement

TORONTO – After an intensive weekend of negotiations, a tentative deal has been reached for a new central agreement, following talks between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the provincial government and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA). The new deal secures services for Ontario students and improves working life for 55,000 education workers,…

Northumberland Hills hospital on track for a loss akin to 12 beds and 97 staff under Ford Conservatives

COBOURG, ON – A report released today in Cobourg shows that hospitals in Northumberland could lose (in today’s terms) 12 beds and 97 staff under the provincial Conservatives’ fiscal plan. Patients, too, are losing out as across the province, emergency room wait times have increased 13.2 per cent since Doug Ford’s government was elected just…

With record high hallway medicine, how will Northumberland’s hospitals fare under strain of more in Conservative cuts? Media conference Wednesday

COBOURG, ON – Already struggling with increasing hallway health care and the flu season in the offing, how will Northumberland’s hospitals fare under the strain of billions of dollars more in provincial cuts the Conservatives have signaled making in health care? At a media conference Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (10:00 a.m.) at the Columbus Community…

Care staff at Gravenhurst Sienna Senior Living take rare step of picketing their employer over tens of thousands in pay owed them

GRAVENHURST, ON – Area long-term care staff, who have for many years openly advocated for increased care levels for residents, are taking the rare step of going public with a workplace-related issue that affects them directly – their own outstanding pay. The 160 front-line staff at Sienna Senior Living in Gravenhurst are owed almost two…

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CUPE Ontario’s statement on International Day of Older Persons: Ford Conservatives ongoing cuts to Ontario’s budget hurting our older persons and retirees

TORONTO, ON – Since December 14, 1990, when the UN General Assembly proclaimed October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons this has been a key date for older persons across Ontario. In Canada and around the world, demographics are shifting. The rapid increase of older persons within Ontario communities is creating a much…