Rise in health care worker infections to more than 16,000 in last 3 months signals calamity; decisive action on airborne transmission needed

TORONTO, ON. – Even before the new COVID-19 variants hit Ontario, health care worker infections were dangerously high, doubling in the last three months to over 16,000, the Ontario government’s own data shows. In 2020 for the first 10 months of the pandemic to October 23, 7,488 health care staff contracted COVID-19 at work. In…

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“A provincial government that doesn’t care much about children, workers, or the truth” – CUPE responds to Star report of Ford government’s penny-pinching strategies for schools and COVID-19 –

TORONTO, ON – CUPE leaders expressed shock but not surprise at the findings in the Toronto Star’s investigation into the ‘watered down’ strategies that the Ontario government used to keep COVID-19 out of schools. Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), gave the following comment: Thanks to the Star’s investigation,…

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“People with disabilities must be exempted from pool closures now”: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Provincial restrictions must immediately allow exemptions for people with disabilities wishing to use indoor municipal facilities for physical therapy or rehabilitation, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “More than ever, people with disabilities have been treated like an after thought,” said Peter Stapper, Chair of CUPE Ontario’s Workers with…

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Toronto respite workers join CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Housing and respite workers at the St. Felix Centre in Toronto are the newest members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Today the Ontario Labour Relations Board certified that the 155 workers are officially CUPE members, following a near-unanimous vote that ended January 12. The St. Felix Centre provides supports…

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Ford Government must protect frontline workers and stop letting employers off the hook for workplace COVID-19 outbreaks: paramedic union

WATERLOO, ON – Region of Waterloo paramedics are being denied WSIB claims after contracting COVID-19, a move that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) believes is being enabled by the Ford Government’s unwillingness to hold employers accountable for workplace outbreaks. “Having fallen ill with COVID-19 from working was scary enough,” said one Region of…

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