COVID-19 infections among Ontario health care workers spike Release more N95 masks, other protections before it’s too late to curb spread

TORONTO, ON – The fight against the spread of COVID-19 hinges on Ontario hospital and long-term care, home care workers and paramedics not contracting the virus in large numbers, so that they can care for the sick across the province.  But already dozens of health care staff have COVID-19. This includes one who is very ill…

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Province spends billions but leaves most Ontarians behind: CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, says the Conservative government’s economic update today missed an opportunity to provide immediate and direct financial support for thousands hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to adequately increase health care funding. “People are worried about rent and mortgages, about putting food on the table, and about…

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“Workers must be paid!”: CUPE Ontario calls for immediate measures to support struggling workers

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, has announced proposals to help Ontarians who are financially impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With reports of wide-spread layoffs and income loss, the union has called on the Ontario government to include significant measures in the economic and fiscal update that’s scheduled for Wednesday. The union…

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Ontario government is not doing enough to protect them or the people they care for, say 70 per cent of hospital staff polled

TORONTO — More than 2400 hospital staff took part Saturday in an urgent Ontario-wide conference call sponsored by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) focused on the impact of COVID-19 on them as they care for the sick. Throughout the information-based call, several key questions were posed to the hospital workers. When asked if…

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World Water Day 2020

Access to safe drinking water is a right many of us take for granted. But contaminated water and a lack of adequate sanitation in Ontario’s First Nations communities jeopardize the health and well-being of thousands of indigenous people. 62 First Nations communities across the province are currently on boil water or do not consume advisories. CUPE…

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Delayed budget must be opportunity to introduce substantial investments to help Ontarians

(TORONTO, ON) CUPE Ontario, representing 280,000 public sector workers, calls for more measures to support the province’s workers and for increased resources from the Ontario Government to support communities affected by COVID-19, in response to the Ontario Government’s announcement. “Delaying next week’s budget was clearly necessary,” said Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario President, about the province’s…

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