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  • CUPE Ontario responds to Star report of Ford government’s penny-pinching strategies for schools and COVID-19 January 22, 2021
    CUPE leaders expressed shock but not surprise at the findings in the Toronto Star’s investigation into the ‘watered down’ strategies that the Ontario government used to keep COVID-19 out of schools. Laura Walton, President of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), gave the following comment: Thanks to the Star’s investigation, we now know two things: […]
  • “People with disabilities must be exempted from pool closures now”: CUPE Ontario January 21, 2021
    Provincial restrictions must immediately allow exemptions for people with disabilities wishing to use indoor municipal facilities for physical therapy or rehabilitation, says CUPE Ontario. “More than ever, people with disabilities have been treated like an after thought,” said Peter Stapper, Chair of CUPE Ontario’s Workers with Disabilities Committee. “How can anyone justify not allowing people with […]
  • As public sector psychologists are being devalued, Minister Carmant opens the private sector floodgates January 21, 2021
    Psychologists working in the Quebec’s public health and social services system were left disappointed recently. To address a lack of personnel and services, the Minister Delegate of Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, released a non-recurrent budget for $25 million in November to send cases to private sector psychologists. Authorized hourly rates are as high as […]
  • Months of pandemic sacrifices grinding down Kingston hospital staff January 21, 2021
    Staff morale is low – stress high at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Following months of gruelling long hours, critical staff shortages and an environment where there is no pay for staff who have to isolate or quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19, Barb DeRoche the President of CUPE […]
  • Toronto respite workers join CUPE January 21, 2021
    Housing and respite workers at the St. Felix Centre in Toronto are the newest members of CUPE. Today the Ontario Labour Relations Board certified that the 155 workers are officially CUPE members, following a near-unanimous vote that ended January 12.  The St. Felix Centre provides supports and services to people experiencing marginal housing and homelessness, and operates […]
  • Canada’s flight attendants call for action plan from Trudeau government for airline sector January 20, 2021
    Canada’s flight attendants are calling on the Trudeau government to stop stalling and provide urgently-needed support for Canada’s airline sector, and a plan for a safe return to domestic and international air travel. “The aviation industries in other countries around the world have now received over $200 billion in aid from their governments, but not here […]
  • The Fraternité des travailleurs et travailleuses du préhospitalier du Québec to join CUPE January 20, 2021
    The Fraternité des travailleurs et travailleuses du préhospitalier du Québec (FTPQ) has undertaken a process to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The FTPQ represents close to 1,000 members scattered through most regions in Quebec and was founded in 2009 by employees wishing to change how trade unionism operated in the pre-hospital sector. It […]
  • Human Rights in the time of COVID: Organizing for Change January 19, 2021
    The conference will take place online March 1-4, 2021, from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.   Join CUPE members from across the country to explore human rights concerns in the context of COVID-19, and to strategize on how to create a more just post-pandemic world. Participants will learn how to build stronger, more equity-focused locals, and how to bargain for equality […]
  • Ford Government must protect frontline workers and stop letting employers off the hook for workplace COVID-19 outbreaks January 19, 2021
    Region of Waterloo paramedics are being denied Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) claims after contracting COVID-19, a move CUPE believes is being enabled by the Ford Government’s unwillingness to hold employers accountable for workplace outbreaks. “Having fallen ill with COVID-19 from working was scary enough,” said one Region of Waterloo paramedic, who wishes to remain anonymous, […]
  • Abusive use of a camera and difficult labour relations in long-term care January 18, 2021
    CUPE 3247, the largest union in the integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) of Montérégie-Ouest, deplores an incident involving abusive use of camera surveillance. In a period of very difficult labour relations, the local discovered that a camera had been installed, for no valid reason and therefore illegally, in the office of maintenance workers in a […]