Cornwall city workers call on municipal government to incorporate stronger public services in “healthy communities” vision

Cornwall, ON — City of Cornwall workers are calling on the municipality to incorporate decent working conditions and stronger public services in its vision of being a “welcoming and healthy community.” “City workers are also part of the community and we want Cornwall to be a great place to live. That requires strong public services…

National Day of Mourning solemn reminder of the consequences of diminished health and safety spending

Toronto, ON — Leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding to Ontario’s health and safety associations declined by approximately 17 per cent between 2013 to 2020. On April 28, National Workers’ Day of Mourning for those who lost their lives on the job, CUPE calls on all political parties to commit to improved spending on…

Newly unionized language instructors at University of Toronto make historic job security gains

TORONTO, ON – Contract instructors at University of Toronto’s New College are enjoying new job security, pension and other benefits as several provisions in their historic first collective agreement come into force this week. The group includes language and academic skill instructors. Some work year-round in the International Foundations Program (IFP) and others work summers…

“Workers demand access to every avenue toward justice and reparations”: CUPE Ontario calls on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to maintain unionized employees’ access

TORONTO, ON – The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) needs to maintain the right of unionized employees to access the tribunal, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Workers whose lives are impacted by systemic racism, ableism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression have always had the option of either filing a…

Who will staff new Vaughan long-term care beds?

VAUGHAN, ON – A severe, provincewide staffing shortage will prevent many of the Ford government’s promised new long-term care beds, including those announced today in Vaughan, from opening, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the province’s largest healthcare union. “Minister Calandra can make all the announcements he wants, but if there’s no…

North Bay hospital must answer for low morale, cutting positions, huge overtime costs, record grievances

NORTH BAY, ON – With Ontario hospitals dealing with record staffing shortages and now a pandemic sixth COVID-19 wave, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is raising serious concerns about North Bay Regional Health Centre’s (NBRHC) conflictual and costly approach to staffing stability and labour relations. In 2022 alone the hospital has cut 4%…

Injured workers are facing benefit cuts: CUPE Ontario says benefits should at least match cost of living increases

TORONTO, ON – The refusal on the part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to apply cost-of-living benefit increases as required by law for injured workers means devastating income reductions for already vulnerable Ontarians, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Far too many injured workers are already on the economic…