CUPE Ontario retirees are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees currently retired and living across Ontario.
When our public services, pensions, benefits, and public healthcare system are threatened by all levels of governments and their corporate allies, we strongly believe that we as retirees need to come together to fight to protect our hard won-rights and to express our solidarity to the current unionized and non-unionized workers who are fighting for better working conditions and to build a better society.
To join our network, fill out the form at the bottom of this page or simply call us at 905-739-9739 or e-mail us at [email protected]
Current chair/executive board rep of our Retirees Network, Stephen Seaborn of CUPE Local 1281.
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Retirees’ Semi-Annual Meeting
CUPE Ontario will hold its next Retirees’ Meeting on November 10th at 1pm.
Members of local and district council Retiree Committees are urged to attend. (As this is a virtual meeting, other CUPE retirees and soon-to-retire members are also welcome to join us.)
Our 2-hour meeting will include:
- Updates from retiree reps at locals & district councils
- Model bylaw retiree amendments
- CUPE Ontario news
- Retiree amendment at November 22ND National CUPE convention
Please register now: Meeting Registration – Zoom
Friday October 1st was the International Day of Older Persons. Each year, this day allows retirees to reflect on the situation we are facing across Ontario.
Here are four observations by our Retirees’ Network Chair, Stephen Seaborn, of Local 1281:
- Long term care, community-based health services and supports for older workers living with disabilities–these are of course the very services older workers and retirees depend on. Yet these are the services facing the prospect of accelerated cutbacks as the Ford Conservatives roll out their plans for economic recovery.
- The impacts of age discrimination in the workplace and in retirement are of major concern for our union.
- While we are encouraged that the Ontario Human Rights Code designates age and ageism as a specified protected ground, discrimination based on age is not taken as seriously as other forms of discrimination.
- However, ageism can have very similar workplace, economic, social and long-term psychological impacts as other forms of discrimination for older workers and retirees–notably, when it is combined with discrimination based on gender and gender identity, racialization, ability, sexual orientation and language.
The cutbacks to public services for older and retired workers are also in direct violation of Canada’s international treaty commitments under the UN declaration on the Human Rights of Older Persons.
• Serious cuts are being made to the services delivered by the now-retired members of CUPE
• Ford’s cuts directly violate the human rights of older persons as defined by the UN Independent Expert on older adults.
• Cuts in our communities impact CUPE’s retired members across Ontario. Our reliance on long term care facilities, hospitals, municipal health service supports for disabilities are increasing just as those services fall victim to dramatic cutbacks.
“Recycling” our members back into activism provides huge potential in the age of Doug Ford. ♻️
One of the ways locals and district councils are supporting their retiree members (and, importantly, drawing retirees back into the work of our union) is by establishing, via a local meeting motion, a Retiree Council or Committee.
- Support from CUPE Staff Reps is, of course, really important for promoting retiree engagement by setting up Retirees’ Committees.
(Two locals and one district council have chosen to take this a step further by modelling their bylaws on CUPE Ontario’s Constitution. See below.)
• CUPE Retirees Network member Ed Thomas of local 5167 (pictured here on the right) has shared “terms of reference” and model By Laws for Retirees Committees at locals. Get your copy of each to share with your local. Contact [email protected]