“The first point of contact for this crisis deserve better”: CUPE Ontario’s Statement on First Responders Day

This year, on May 1st, First Responders Day, we recognize workers who are often the first point of contact in this pandemic – and recommit to address the challenges first responders face. CUPE Ontario and the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) extends their gratitude to the 5,500 paramedics and ambulance communication officers (ACOs) who respond to calls and…

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“Working people will change our world for the better:” CUPE Ontario’s International Workers’ Day Statement

This is a critical time for the labour movement, for working people around the world. We’re confronted by a global pandemic that is impacting so many aspects of our lives, and one that is damaging the health of millions of people. And we know that in times of crisis, it’s working people who feel these multiple impacts most keenly.…

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Sacrifice of health care and social service workers must be valued after COVID-19 ends with stable, better paid work

TORONTO, ON – A wage increase for some Ontario health care and social service staff is belated recognition by the provincial government of the immense contribution and sacrifice this mostly female workforce is making in the fight against COVID-19, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said today. “It is also, in our view, a…

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Statement from David Simao, Chair of OUWCC Re: Canadian Emergency Student Benefit

TORONTO – The Federal Government’s announcement this week of further supports for the post-secondary education sector across Canada is a step in the right direction. The Government’s inclusion of new financial benefits for university students is a welcome, albeit overdue recognition that students and workers in the post-secondary education sector have not been immune from…

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GM Oshawa plant will now produce millions of masks following worker mobilization: CUPE Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) Today, April 24, the Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that the government signed a letter of intent with General Motors to reopen the Oshawa assembly plant in order to produce a million masks a month for essential workers, something CUPE Ontario has advocated and organized for. “Our local community is…

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North Bay Nipissing News: Cracks in Ontario’s long-term care let coronavirus take root

CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick said many of the conditions contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care and nursing homes existed long before the virus emerged. “People can be saddened by what’s happening here, but absolutely nobody who’s been paying attention can be surprised,” she said. Rennick has fought for several years to…

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