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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Military help needed immediately for Ontario long-term care homes in outbreak: CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Calling the Ontario PC government’s effort to ramp up long-term care reforms like a care standard and increased staffing “lethargic and inadequate”, today the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) joined advocates urging military intervention to curb COVID-19 wave two infection outbreaks in care homes. “We are tragically losing the battle to…

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“Long overdue improvements,” but Ontario government moving in the right direction to increased resident care and staffing: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – A long-awaited plan for staffing in long-term care released today by the Ontario government squarely recognizes that front-line care staff are a vital “pillar” to improve resident well-being, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “These are long overdue improvements. While we do not have the full details, what was…

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Revera report ignores complicity of for-profit long-term care owners and operators in conditions that led to hundreds of residents’ deaths

TORONTO, ON – In what can only be described as wilful omission – Revera’s carefully constructed new report – glaringly overlooks how their own for-profit model of ownership contributed to the sad and in some cases deadly outcomes for hundreds of long-term residents in the COVID-19 pandemic. “This report underlines the lack of distance between…

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