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…

Ontario’s universities need to take evidence-based pandemic precautions to keep campus communities safe: CUPE

Toronto, ON — The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Guelph raises questions about the role of post-secondary institutions that have been ignoring the science on transmission and neglecting workplace safety, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Universities in Ontario have taken the position that COVID spreads only through droplets or contact,…

“McVety can’t be rewarded for hate”: CUPE Ontario says the Canada Christian College’s University status must be revoked

TORONTO, ON – With growing criticisms of the hateful speech of Charles McVety, President of the Canada Christian College (CCC), an NDP motion opposing efforts to grant CCC University status passed yesterday. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is now calling on the Conservative party to respect the vote and immediately move to prevent the CCC from becoming an accredited University. “This…

Letter of Solidarity with striking support workers at the University of Ottawa

Jacques Frémont President and Vice-Chancellor University of Ottawa 550 Cumberland, Room 212 Ottawa ON K1N 6N5 [email protected] October 19, 2020 Dear Jacques Frémont, First and foremost, we hope that you and your family are doing well during these difficult times. We write as representatives of the Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition (OUCC)—which represents over 435,000…

Free CUPE member Cihan Erdal!

CUPE 4600 member, Cihan Erdal was arrested on September 25th by Turkish police on unspecified charges related to social unrest in 2014. Erdal is one of 82 people issued arrest warrants in relation to alleged incitement of protests in 2014 which were violently repressed by Turkish police. These arrests are part of a broader effort…

As campus COVID cases climb, Ford Conservatives need to stop pointing fingers and start protecting Ontarians

Toronto, ON– With COVID-19 cases spiking on multiple Ontario post-secondary campuses, Premier Doug Ford’s Conservative government needs to move past deflecting blame for its own failures and focus on keeping Ontarians safe, the Chair of CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) warned today. “Time and again, in recent days, we are seeing the Ford…

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…