Invest in people, not apps: CUPE Ontario calls on Province to create contact tracing jobs

(TORONTO, ON) The Province of Ontario’s new contact tracing app falls short of ensuring safety and creating jobs, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Techno-fixes that Ontarians are supposed to navigate on a voluntary basis are wholly inadequate replacements for making sure there are boots on the ground,” said Fred Hahn, President of…

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“It takes a team to care, fix bungled pandemic pay”: 75,000 hospital workers tell Premier on provincial day of action

TORONTO, ON – Although they’ve provided therapies, tests and other key supports to patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of highly skilled hospital staff are still excluded from receiving Ontario’s $4/hour pandemic pay. In addition, none of the premium has flowed to the paycheques of staff the province has tapped as eligible. Today across Ontario…

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Government of Ontario can’t keep ignoring appeal for funding municipal governments: CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) – With municipalities still facing immense financial impacts due to the crisis, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is dismayed that in nearly a month the Government of Ontario has yet to respond to the union’s joint letter with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) urging immediate support. The President…

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The Leap workers vote to join CUPE

(TORONTO, ON) – Workers at The Leap, a Canada and US-based organization focused on the intersecting crises of climate change, inequality and racism, voted unanimously to join Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “We’re very excited that workers at The Leap have made this decision,” said Kristy Davidson, a CUPE representative…

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Ford botches child care re-opening, sets centres up for failure

Toronto, ON — Child care centres across Ontario remain closed today despite Ford’s announcement that re-opening could commence. “Premier Ford simply hasn’t given child care centres adequate notice, support, or guidelines – it took emergency child care centres three weeks to prepare for opening, not three days,” says Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, CUPE Ontario Social Services…

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