Ontario government must step in to protect hospital staff and the public in Carillion bankruptcy

TORONTO, ON – The provincial government is being urged to “seize the moment” and protect patients and hospital staff by ending privatization of contracted out hospital services following the complete collapse of private contractor Carillion. The united call comes from Unifor and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), which represent hundreds of staff at…

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The fight of Martin Luther King Jr. – as important today as it was when he died

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and work of one of the most well-known leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States, whose work has resonance and importance around the world. This year on January 15, CUPE Ontario commemorates the timeless social justice values we gained from King’s example, including compassion…

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CUPE Ontario mourns heart-breaking losses

The CUPE family has faced some tragic losses over the past few weeks. Five of our members have died in tragic accidents that took them from us far, far too soon. All of CUPE Ontario mourns the heart-breaking loss of: James Baragar, a 39-year-old helicopter pilot from Orillia and member of CUPE 1000 Janelle MacPherson,…

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CUPE 5167’s statement on Dundas Tim Hortons rolling back workers’ benefits and paid-breaks

Hamilton, Ont. – CUPE 5167, representing workers in the Hamilton region, is issuing the following statement in response to reports of a local Tim Hortons franchise in Dundas rolling back worker’s benefits and paid breaks, following the introduction of the province’s new minimum wage laws. “As one of Hamilton’s largest unions, representing 4,300 workers in…

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CUPE Ontario is shocked and appalled that OMERS pension plan is investing in tax havens

TORONTO, ON – The revelation that the public sector pension plan, OMERS has been using tax havens to avoid their tax obligation has come as a shock to CUPE Ontario that represents the largest group of the pension plans membership. Tax avoidance is no way to fund a pension plan, says Fred Hahn, the union’s…

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CUPE members at Fairmont Homes and Marine Services to rally before Frontenac County Council meeting Wednesday morning

KINGSTON, ON – Members of CUPE Locals 109 (Marine Services) and 2290 (Fairmont Homes) will rally outside Frontenac County Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Members of both locals have been in bargaining with the County for some time, and they are gathering before the Council meeting to chat with councillors and members of the public…

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St. Michael’s urged to live up to its Catholic values, stop treating clerical staff badly; Tuesday afternoon rally planned

TORONTO, ON – Publicly, St. Michael’s Hospital (St. Mike’s) says it values and respects its staff. But inside the hospital, that’s not what’s happening. Long-time staff are being fired without cause or being offered employment at another area of the hospital. A 20-year chaplain and four clerical staff were recently terminated. There is pressure on…

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Thank you, Cheri Di Novo, for your commitment to equality and social justice, and your tireless representation of all working people.

  December 14, 2017, marks Parkdale High Park NDP MPP Cheri Di Novo’s last day in the Ontario Legislature. The activist MPP is set to resign her seat and return to her first calling as a United Church Minister.  Cheri has been a good friend to CUPE Ontario members and leaves gigantic shoes to fill.…

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Paramedics protest at Queen’s Park Tuesday; say province is courting death and disaster with changes to Ambulance Act

  TORONTO, ON – In an uncommon show of opposition to changes to paramedic pre-hospital medical care, dozens of paramedics from several communities are protesting at the Ontario Legislature tomorrow (Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m.) amendments to the Ambulance Act they believe will hurt patients needing emergency medical care. The government plans third and…

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