“Draw on the skill, expertise, and passion of front-line workers”: CUPE Ontario condemns Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee for excluding workers and their unions

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is leaving front-line workers out of the new Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee and it must immediately stop its work until it’s fully inclusive, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario in a written letter to Minister Monte McNaughton. “The committee is comprised solely of business owners,…

“A Day of Action for the Day of Mourning”: It’s time to redouble our efforts to protect workers

Every year, on April 28, we pause to mourn and recognize workers who have been injured and killed on the job. And while we remember we also understand the fundamental importance of the political work of fighting for the living by redoubling our efforts to demand real safety for workers and the communities that rely…

Bleak day as first wave of terminations crashes over Laurentian University and Northern Ontario

As Laurentian University announced a first wave of massive terminations and program cuts today, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and leaders representing University workers today warned it will take years to repair the damage that will be inflicted across Northern Ontario. “Today’s announcement represents a bleak day for Northern Ontario,” said CUPE Ontario President Fred…

For a University sector in crisis, Ford Conservatives’ 2021 budget a ‘shocking dereliction of responsibility’ says CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Chair

TORONTO, ON – The Provincial budget tabled yesterday by Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy represents a ‘shocking dereliction of responsibility’ to Ontario’s university sector by the Ford Conservative government, according to David Simao, Chair of the Ontario University Workers’ Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) which speaks on behalf of more than 30,000 university workers represented by CUPE across…

Ford Government Minister’s funding announcement for colleges and universities ‘woefully inadequate and not up to task—just like Ford Government: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario today called an abrupt funding announcement late last week by Provincial Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano a real-time example of just how ill-equipped the Ford Conservatives are to respond to the challenges facing Ontario’s post-secondary education sector. “Minister Romano’s announcement Friday was textbook Ford Government,” said…

CUPE 3902

Now in legal strike position, CUPE 3902-1 pledges to continue negotiations, urges campus and community to show support and solidarity this Wednesday

Toronto, ON—CUPE 3902, the Union representing nearly 11,500 academic workers at the University of Toronto, called on all members of the campus community today to show their support for the members of Unit 1 at a socially-distanced, COVID-19-safe solidarity event taking place this Wednesday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Unit 1 consists of…

CUPE Ontario calls for increased public funding to save Laurentian University

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario is calling on the Ford Conservative government to safeguard Laurentian University’s future through adequate public funding that will ensure continuing access to higher education for Northern Ontarians and protect jobs. The union is supporting an online petition from the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) demanding better public funding. Earlier this…

Laurentian University fiasco is an indictment of the Ford Conservatives’ failed post-secondary education policies: CUPE

Toronto, ON — The bankruptcy of Laurentian University is an indictment of the policy failures of the Ford Conservatives, who are failing in their responsibility to ensure Ontarians have access to high-quality post-secondary education, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “The chronic underfunding of post-secondary institutions has led to universities’ relying on revenues…