As universities eye reopening, student and worker safety taking a back seat, warns CUPE University workers

TORONTO, ON – As universities across Ontario begin planning for reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of workers and students appears to be taking a back seat to other considerations, the Chair of CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) warned today. “Over and over again, we are seeing…

University ‘re-opening’ announcement yet another abdication of responsibility by Ford Government

Toronto, ON — An announcement earlier this week by Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities is yet another abdication of responsibility by the Ford Government, according to the leader of university workers within CUPE Ontario. “Once again, we see the Ford Government announcing with much fanfare the resumption of a vital public service, with few—if…

Statement from David Simao, Chair of OUWCC Re: Canadian Emergency Student Benefit

TORONTO – The Federal Government’s announcement this week of further supports for the post-secondary education sector across Canada is a step in the right direction. The Government’s inclusion of new financial benefits for university students is a welcome, albeit overdue recognition that students and workers in the post-secondary education sector have not been immune from…

Ontario’s University workers and students need more than ‘window dressing’ from Ford Government to get through COVID-19 crisis

TORONTO, ON – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and students at Ontario’s post-secondary institutions need more than ‘window dressing’ currently on offer from the Provincial Government, the Chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario University Workers’ Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) warned today. “Ontario’s Universities are by no means immune from…

Statement from Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario and David Simao, Chair of OUWCC

TORONTO – CUPE Ontario represents more than thirty thousand (30,000) university workers across Ontario, who are represented within the union through the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC). CUPE Ontario and OUWCC strongly condemn the recent moves by Ryerson University to terminate its operational agreement with the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and sever all ties…

CUPE 3908 and Trent University reach tentative agreement

Peterborough, ON – A tentative agreement has been reached between Trent University and the union representing the institution’s part-time instructors. Negotiators for Unit 1, Local 3908 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3908-1) and Trent reached the deal following a marathon round of bargaining between the parties, who were assisted by Provincially-appointed mediator…

Diverting bodies from Niagara down the QEW for autopsies in Toronto, “makes no sense”

HAMILTON, ON – The union representing staff in pathology at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is calling on the provincial government to reconsider a recent decision to divert pathology cases from Niagara to Toronto, by-passing Hamilton. The move to shuttle forensic autopsies from Niagara to Toronto, is the latest in a series of controversial and questionable…