Toronto community housing workers approach possible job action; employer refuses to protect services for TCHC’s 110,000 tenants

Toronto, ON — Effective Sunday, August 22, at 12:01 a.m., more than 700 housing workers at Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) who are represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, will be in a legal strike position to enhance safety, improve quality, and ensure affordability for 110,000 Torontonians who rely on social housing.…

Toronto community housing workers trigger countdown to legal job action to enhance services for residents

Toronto, ON — Workers at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, are bargaining to enhance safety, improve quality, and ensure affordability for Torontonians who rely on social housing. The union has requested a “no-board” report from the Ministry of Labour, following TCHC’s targeting of…

Sudbury hospital workers tell Ontario government, HSN that a wage cut and attack on working conditions, not the thanks “pandemic heroes” can accept

SUDBURY, ON – Hospital workers in Sudbury took a visible stand today, rallying outside Health Sciences North (HSN), frustrated with the “lack of respect” they are getting from both their hospital employer and the provincial government in contract negotiations. Provincial bargaining for nearly 70,000 registered practical nurses, personal support workers, clerical, cleaning, maintenance, dietary and…

Workers at Toronto Parking Authority vote to authorize strike action

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Local 416 members at Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike action, if necessary, as both parties await the appointment of a conciliation offer to help resolve differences at the bargaining table. CUPE Local 416 applied for conciliation on July 9. A provincially appointed conciliation officer has…

Education workers at York University challenge racism and stress pandemic safety with strike mandate

Toronto, ON — Education workers at York University have voted in favour of a strike mandate in response to the institution’s unwillingness to address racism and safety at the bargaining table. The education workers comprising contract faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903. CUPE 3903…

“Solidarity and Respect”: CUPE Ontario stands in Support of Alberta Health Care Workers

On Monday, October 26, thousands of health care workers, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) went on a wildcat strike in Edmonton, Calgary, and other municipalities in the province. They were proudly joined in solidarity by workers from many other unions in that province, including members of CUPE Alberta from health care, social services, municipalities,…

City of Toronto needs to shift focus from contingency planning to negotiating a fair deal with CUPE Local 79

TORONTO, ON – The President of the union representing over 20,000 City of Toronto ‘inside’ workers today urged the City to shift its focus from contingency plans to the place it needs to be – the bargaining table. “The best possible contingency plan is to negotiate a fair contract,” said Dave Mitchell, President of Local…

CUPE Local 79 requests no-board in negotiations with City of Toronto

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Local 79, representing over 22,000 inside workers with the City of Toronto, has requested a no-board report in their negotiations with the City, citing a lack of meaningful discussion on significant outstanding issues. “The City has been quite open about their attempts to seek significant concessions, erode job security and set…

Union sends open letter to York University president, “Do better by our university and negotiate an end to this strike”

  TORONTO, ON – On the 115th day of the strike at York University, CUPE 3903, which represents contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and part-time librarians and archivists, has sent a letter to University President Rhonda Lenton outlining how the strike could end immediately should Lenton choose to do so. The letter acknowledges the…