CUPE Ontario sends message of solidarity to Indian farmers

Following the largest protest in human history, demonstrations have continued across India for nearly 50 days, with solidarity actions around the world. CUPE Ontario is proud to build on the solidarity statements of our National Union and to pledge our active support for the hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers impacted by devastating changes to agriculture laws. Passed by…

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$1 million payout for vacationing hospital boss but no paid sick days for staff facing COVID “profoundly unfair and disrespectful”

TORONTO, ON – By not announcing paid sick days for all hospital, long-term care and other essential workers, Ontario’s Premier missed a key opportunity this week to tell “this important workforce – who are at greater risk of COVID-19 infection – that the province has their back for the increased risk they face,” says Michael…

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COVID-19 outbreak at Essex-Windsor EMS facility could lead to an ambulance shortage in the region

WINDSOR, ON – Essex-Windsor paramedics are extremely concerned that the region could face an ambulance shortage after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Essex-Windsor paramedic service. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting that ten paramedics from the service have contracted COVID-19. “Prior to the pandemic we were often operating in a code yellow or code red…

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With COVID outbreaks in Hamilton surging, hospital unions urge Ford government to immediately vaccinate at local care homes

HAMILTON, ON – With a flurry of new COVID-19 outbreaks in Hamilton hospitals, long-term care, and retirement homes this weekend – bringing the total to 36 outbreaks locally – today area hospital union leaders urged the province to include the region as a vaccination priority area. All residents, health care workers and essential caregivers at…

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OSBCU responds to government’s extension of virtual learning in Ontario schools

Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) released the following statement in response to the Ontario government extending virtual learning: “The last-minute announcement to extend virtual learning betrays lack of planning by the government, which has yet to formulate a safe back-to-school plan despite being nearly a year into the…

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