Employees at Clarington Museums and Archives seek recognition for their work

BOWMANVILLE, ON – Three Clarington Museums and Archives’ locations could have their doors closed to visitors and school groups later this month if the museum and the union representing its employees cannot reach an agreement in recent contract negotiations. “It’s really too bad that it has come to this,” said Roberta Stasyszyn, a museum interpreter…

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Systemic barriers must be addressed in education reforms geared to reflect diversity

TORONTO, ON – CUPE applauds the Ontario government’s recognition that our education system must address fundamental problems when it comes to meeting the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, but cautions real improvements won’t happen without dealing with systemic barriers.   “We know that students do better when the staff around them are more reflective…

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Occupational Disability Response Training

In the third of six core certification courses offered within the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Prevention Link disability prevention curriculum, participants that complete this hands-on course learn how to begin the appeal’s process and the legal principles involved in the preparation for a hearing. Learn more here.

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After Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services closes, community coalition calls on Wynne government to ‘get the balance right’

Loss of vital agency in four NW Toronto neighbourhoods prompts public meeting to save services and strengthen community agencies everywhere   TORONTO, ON – Following the closure of a well-known community agency serving four northwest Toronto neighbourhoods, more than 100 concerned residents, activists and labour unions last night called on the Wynne government to ‘get the…

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Happy Labour Day everyone! – from CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick

Labour Day is a time for all of us to reflect on how working people and our communities are doing. To think about the challenges we face, the battles we’ve fought, and the victories we have won together. We’ve come through more than a decade of austerity that has resulted in job cuts, frozen wages,…

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Layoffs to Children’s Aid Society hurts an already vulnerable population

WINDSOR, ON – The president of the union representing workers at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is calling recently announced cuts to the agency, “a move that will only do further harm to an already vulnerable population in our community.”   Craig Hesman, president of Local 2286 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE…

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Patients deserve freshly cooked, nutritious food to heal… so why is Toronto’s St. Joe’s going to factory-made TV dinners? Media conference Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

  TORONTO, ON – Fresh, local, nutritious food is what’s best for convalescing patients. But St. Joseph’s Health Centre intends to close its in-house kitchens and buy plated, microwavable “TV dinner”-style food from a factory operation somewhere outside of Toronto.   “It’s the wrong decision,” says Anne Piper, a Registered Practical Nurse at St. Joseph’s Health…

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Partial victory in ruling on hydro suit, but overall disappointment for Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – Judge Cavanagh’s decision contains a partial victory, ensuring the Premier and Ministers can’t hide behind legislative privilege, but his overall decision to dismiss the misfeasance suit over the sale of Hydro One is a huge disappointment to the people of Ontario, says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. CUPE, along with Fred…

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We will not let the virus of hate spread

Hate crawled up from the sewers of Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and flooded the streets with thousands of white men baring torches and chanting unbelievable hatred. Many thought we were past such horrors, that the days of torches and pitch forks held high by angry white men screaming hate were gone for good. We might…

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