Human Rights Day 2020

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The rights enshrined therein—among them equality before the law and equal access to public services—were deemed to be held in common by all human beings. The already longstanding global struggle to defend those rights is confronted by new challenges…

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The Neighbourhood Group and CUPE Local 7797 launch campaign for permanent wage increase for PSWs

TORONTO, ON – The Neighbourhood Group and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 7797 are launching a new, collaborative campaign to advocate for a permanent wage increase for personal support workers (PSWs) in home and community care. The campaign titled “PSWs Deserve More Than Our Thanks” outlines the harsh realities of poor wages,…

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With Ontario health care staff COVID-19 infections rising, study finds they worked under distress, feeling “sacrificed” and violated

LONDON, ON – Working unprotected and facing psychological distress over fears of contracting COVID-19 nurses, personal support workers (PSWs), custodians and other Ontario front-line health care workers felt they were being “sacrificed” by governments, according to a new peer-reviewed study released today in London. As noted in the recent Auditor General report, the Ontario government…

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Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) Joint Letter

CUPE Ontario, along with the Association of Ontario Municipalities, OMERS and other OMERS plan sponsor organizations, has sent a joint letter to the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB). The PSAB is considering changes to how defined benefit pension plans appear on government financial statements. These changes would make the reported liabilities and costs of these…

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“It’s time to ensure equity for all”: CUPE Ontario’s International Day for Disabled Persons Statement

On December 3, CUPE Ontario marks International Day for Disabled Persons. We celebrate our collective advancements, and we join others in redoubling our efforts to remove the many barriers which remain. One of the clearest lessons of COVID-19 is that it does not impact all of us equally. We’ve learned that people living with disabilities are more…

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