“Every Child Matters”: CUPE Ontario mourns with communities and calls on all levels of government to act

215. This is a number every single person in what we call Canada must reckon with. This is what Canada was built on – on the foundation of the separation of Indigenous children from their families, of their abuse, of their deaths due to neglect and violence. 215 Indigenous children’s remains found in Tk’emlúps te…

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“A government more committed to cuts than to kids”

CUPE-OSBCU comment on FAO review of Ministry of Education’s spending plan TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) responded to yesterday’s release of the review by the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO), which analyzed the Ministry of Education’s spending plan from the 2021 Ontario Budget and the 2021-22 Expenditure Estimates, with…

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El Jones

El Jones, a spoken word artist and former CUPE member, delivered a powerful performance of her original poem “#PublicServicesSaveLives” on day three of the CUPE Ontario Convention 2021. The piece was specifically written for this event. Click below to watch the video.

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CUPE Ontario convention re-elects President and Secretary-Treasurer, elects 4 VPs

TORONTO, ON – With CUPE Ontario’s first-ever virtual convention still underway, delegates re-elected Fred Hahn as President and Candace Rennick as Secretary-Treasurer. Additionally, 4 Vice-Presidents were elected. “I’m so thankful and humbled that the hard-working front-line workers and members of CUPE Ontario have entrusted me yet again with this position,” said Fred Hahn, who has…

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Social services resolutions highlight urgent need to protect frontline workers from COVID-19; resist and repeal the unconstitutional Bill 124; and address gaps in internal policies to protect members from sexualized violence and harassment

Additional resolutions aim to support CUPE’s lead child care coalition partner, the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and prioritize first-hand member stories in a comprehensive public awareness campaign. Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, Chair of Ontario’s Social Service Workers’ Coordinating Committee (SSWCC), encouraged convention delegates to support Resolution No. 5 that calls on CUPE Ontario…

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Day 3 Convention Newsletter

On the second day of our first-ever virtual convention, delegates continued debates over timely resolutions, applauded members who received well-deserved awards, heard about our exciting Action Plan, and exercised the collective and democratic power of voting for some of our most critical positions. Delegates re-elected Fred Hahn as President and Candace Rennick as Secretary-Treasurer. Also…

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Ontario votes down 14 days paid sick days, offers three for workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario represents 280,000 public sector workers. President Fred Hahn says it is time to listen to experts and legislate. “We have been crystal clear from the first day of this crisis,” said Hahn. “Ontarians need this government to legislate universal employer-provided and permanent paid sick days that is…

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Ontario asks Ottawa to administer sick leave benefit for workers amid third wave of COVID-19

The Ontario government is offering to double federal sick leave payments to $1,000 a week for workers in the province amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic – if Ottawa agrees to administer the program. In an April 22 letter to Finance Minster Chrystia Freeland, obtained by The Globe and Mail, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said…

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