Hydro One’s purchase of U.S. utility puts empire building ahead of Ontario rate payers

TORONTO, ON – Hydro One’s purchase of U.S. gas and electricity utility, Avista, saddles the company with $6 billion in new debt that puts Ontario rate payers at risk of further rate increases, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “If you needed proof that privatizing Hydro One is bad for the people of Ontario, this…

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Government must address huge economic imbalance in Ontario: Hahn

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON – We have a huge economic imbalance in our province that continues to leave workers behind and the government must make the necessary changes if Ontario is going to thrive again, said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, speaking to the Finance and Economic Affairs committee in Kitchener-Waterloo. “Anti-union policies brought in by the…

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CUPE Ontario President in Kitchener-Waterloo Tuesday for government hearings on labour reform

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON – CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn will be in Kitchener-Waterloo on Tuesday to present to the government hearings on Bill 148, the proposed legislation that would raise the minimum wage and make substantial changes to both the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. Concerned that the misinformation being reported on the…

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University of Toronto students’ union cuts 40 per cent of their staff despite student concerns

TORONTO, ON – Last week, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU), went ahead with a controversial 40 per cent cut to their staff positions, telling two young women, Vita Carlino, Clubs and Service Groups’ Coordinator, and Maria Galvez, Health and Dental Plan Coordinator, to pack up their things and go home.   Mathias Memmel,…

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Kati and Lori Wightman attending blood drive organized to support Kati in her ongoing battle

WINDSOR, ON – Join Kati and Lori Wightman as they attend a blood drive organized by members of the Essex County Library workers’ union. Kati Wightman, 21, is battling lymphoma and requires transfusions for her fight. She is the daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. What:     Kati and Lori Wightman attending blood drive…

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CUPE Ontario congratulates parents and education workers for victory in stopping school closures

TORONTO, ON (June 29, 2017) – Parents, education workers and community supporters should be very proud of their success in getting the provincial government to put an end to school closures in Ontario, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “These families and workers never gave up,” said Hahn. “They knew how valuable their local schools…

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Municipal Members – Next OMECC Area Meeting Notice – We need you!

Across Ontario, municipal locals are experiencing common challenges at our workplaces and during bargaining. Our members are pushing back against concessions and aggressive tactics from our employers. We need to support one another and advocate for the vital public services we provide in our communities. We need each other. This is why OMECC is organizing…

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Ontario’s first openly gay president of a major union to be honoured for his contribution to LGBTQ rights

TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario president, Fred Hahn, Ontario’s first openly gay head of a major union, is being presented with the Solidarity and Pride Champion Award this evening, for his contributions to improving LGBTQ rights in Ontario. Honouring his lifetime commitment to building a world where all members of the LGBTQ community have equal…

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Public consultations on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

Help make sure changes to Ontario labour laws help workers. Please mobilize your members and activists to let the government know Bill 148 needs to be improved to correct the huge imbalance in our economy that continues to leave workers behind. The government needs to hear how this legislation will impact working people across the…

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Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

ESSEX, ON – Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman. The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor. Kati…

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