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  • YCDSB aggravating fallout from COVID by closing school libraries and laying off workers September 17, 2020
    Education workers throughout Ontario are condemning the decision by York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) and its trustees to shutter its school libraries and lay off all its library technicians, slamming the move as a short-sighted one that will hurt students’ ability to recover from the learning losses incurred during the months of schools’ shutdown. […]
  • The gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic September 17, 2020
    Workers have been deeply affected by measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. But the impact has been felt unevenly and in different ways than in recent recessions. In April 2020, more than 30 per cent of Canadian workers had been laid off or had their hours reduced. Immediate employment impacts were most severe in […]
  • COVID-19’s impact on Indigenous, Black and racialized communities September 17, 2020
    Health care authorities around the world are carefully tracking data about the spread of COVID-19, especially the location of outbreaks, the age of patients affected, and the way that patients came into contact with the virus. This data gives us valuable information about how to stop the virus from spreading further. Policy makers can clearly […]
  • A historic resumption of parliament and a historic recovery September 16, 2020
    The most important resumption of parliament in the recent history of Quebec takes place this week. CUPE Quebec is monitoring activities and reminds the Government of Quebec that the economic recovery must be equitable, fair and green.   “Health measures and the control of the pandemic are the prime collective concerns. At the same time, there […]
  • A budget for a better future September 16, 2020
    Every summer, the federal government asks the public to share their ideas for the following year’s budget. This year, they asked for input on how to restart the economy as we recover from COVID-19. CUPE’s submission challenged legislators to seize the opportunity to reimagine what our economy looks like. The federal government is forecasting a significant […]
  • Economic Briefs September 16, 2020
    The Future is Public Pushing back against privatization and P3s can seem daunting. But, more and more communities around the world are successfully reversing privatization or creating new public services, referred to as (re)municipalization. Researchers at the Transnational Institute have identified more than 1,400 cases across 58 different countries and several sectors. They published their findings […]
  • Economic Directions September 16, 2020
    This expanded edition of Economic Directions takes a deeper dive into the economic impacts of COVID-19: what we know so far, what we might see in the coming months, and what it all means for CUPE members. Economic growth – The global effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 had a deep impact on economic activity in […]
  • Ford Conservatives’ attack on democracy: CUPE Ontario opposes motion that silences public debate September 15, 2020
    In a move CUPE Ontario is calling “an attack on democracy”, Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives have tabled a motion that would limit debate and public input over proposed bills in the legislature. “With this government’s recent history of pushing through legislation like Bill 195 without consultation, and with the growing threat of voter suppression south of the […]
  • CUPE's emergency dispatchers in B.C. reborn as Local 8911 September 14, 2020
    More than twenty years after being brought into CUPE as a sub-local of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC (CUPE 873), B.C.’s 9-1-1 call-takers, emergency dispatchers and their support staff have been reborn as a brand new, standalone CUPE local. Now known as CUPE Local 8911 – Emergency Communications Professionals of British Columbia (ECPBC), this newly chartered […]
  • Heartfelt plea from health care employees: the time has come for true recognition September 11, 2020
    The Syndicat des techniciens et professionnels du CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CUPE 5425) held a demonstration in front of their workplace today to remind the government that the relative calm with respect to the epidemic has provided an ideal time to act without further delay to resolve the collective agreement of thousands of employees. The union […]