Toronto education workers call on TDSB trustees to protect services for students from Ford government’s cuts

TORONTO, ON – As the expected impacts of Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB’s) proposed 2019-20 operating budget become devastatingly clear, education workers are urging the school board’s trustees to take a stand against making cuts that will hurt the city’s children, families and communities. The cuts proposed by TDSB in the budget released last week…

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Meet the face of exploited low-waged labour: Peterborough VON home care staff

PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is one Peterborough’s oldest community care providers. “Unfortunately, corporate, VON Canada, who aren’t local, are also the epitome of an exploitative employer, already paying low wages and refusing to give a decent raise. These home care workers are the face of low-waged labour,” says Amanda Wells,…

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In the face of dire funding cuts, Ontario paramedics ask: “Will there be an ambulance available when you need one?”

TORONTO, ON – In the week since the Ford government announced it is freezing land ambulance grants at 2017-2018 levels, municipalities have been scrambling to sort out the full impact of what could be a cut of $40-50 million province-wide. Ontario paramedics, the bulk of whom are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees…

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Goal is to preserve and enhance services for students, say education workers heading into bargaining

TORONTO, ON – As school boards across Ontario suffer deep and destructive cuts at the hands of the provincial government, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing 55,000 education workers, is heading to the bargaining table. But as they give notice to bargain, they will also be giving notice to their counterparts in negotiations:…

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Dozens of St. Mike’s hospital clerical staff laid off with 2 weeks’ notice; CUPE asks Premier Ford for an explanation and a solution

TORONTO, ON – Dozens of clerical staff at St. Mike’s, St. Joseph’s and Providence – Toronto’s most recent hospitals to undergo restructuring – have been laid off, many with two weeks’ notice, in contradiction to Premier Ford’s election promise that no one in the public sector would lose their jobs. The Canadian Union of Public…

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