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    Still a long way to go in Ontario on this Transgendered Day of Remembrance

    Tuesday, November 20th, we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance by celebrating victories in the advancement of trans rights and by recognizing how vigilant we must remain in the face of increasingly vocal hate and intolerance. This year, for the first time in Ontario’s history, CUPE Ontario’s own Susan Gapka, a long-time social activist in […]

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    Province looking for clear rules on service dogs in schools

    Ontario school boards need to have clear, consistent policies when it comes to students’ service dogs — instead of the patchwork that now exists, says Education Minister Lisa Thompson. As part of wide-ranging education legislation that passed first reading last week — the Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act — the government wants to “establish policies and guidelines […]

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    CUPE welcomes long-awaited pay equity legislation

    The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) welcomes Canada’s long-awaited first federal pay equity legislation. “This is a great achievement for the women’s movement in Canada and the allies who fought for decades to right this historical wrong,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “There is room for improvement in this legislation, but we give credit to […]

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    Premier Ford betrays Ontario’s working people and their families

    TORONTO, ON (October 23, 2018) – Reducing wages and gutting protections for our provinces lowest paid workers proves Premier Ford is only interested in helping his corporate friends and has no problem hurting working people and their families to do it, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. Hahn’s comments come following today’s announcement that Ford […]

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    Tory government cancels $100 million school repair fund

    Ontario’s new Tory government has cancelled a $100-million fund earmarked for school repairs this year, a cut that comes as a result of Doug Ford’s campaign promise to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system. School boards were notified on July 3 that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would be eliminated and that only work contracted on […]

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    Time for a true national holiday to honour Indigenous peoples

    On June 21, CUPE members across Canada will mark National Aboriginal Day, also known as National Indigenous Peoples Day, an annual opportunity to honour and celebrate the diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Indigenous peoples will be celebrating in their communities, and graciously sharing their ceremonies, customs and heritage with others across the country. It […]

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    Preparing for a Doug Ford Conservative Government – a message for CUPE members and staff

    Attention all staff, CUPE leaders and activists: The election results on June 7, were not what we wanted and are very concerning for all CUPE members and the public services we provide. With only 40 percent of the vote, Doug Ford and the Conservative Party now have a majority government in Ontario. The race between […]

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    Premier Designate Ford’s hiring freeze demonstrates a lack of understanding of the scope of government services

    Yesterday’s announcement of a unilateral hiring freeze across all government services demonstrates Premier Designate Doug Ford’s lack of understanding of the overall scope of services the Ontario government provides, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Ford has not even been sworn in as Premier and he has made this sweeping decision without having had the […]

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    May is Asian Heritage Month

    Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s and was officially recognized by the federal government in May 2002. Every year at this time, CUPE celebrates the contributions that members of Asian communities have made to Canada. We acknowledge and honour the activism of people of Asian descent in their fight for human rights and […]

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    CUPE marks World Water Day 2018

    Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protecting water and wastewater services from privatization and strengthening these services for future generations. CUPE works in […]

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    Diverse workplaces bring many benefits

    New research demonstrates that having a more ethnically diverse workforce isn’t just important for social justice – it’s also good for the economy. The report, published jointly by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, found that a diverse workforce is directly connected to increased productivity and revenues. Diversity Dividend: […]

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    Women at work: still a long way to go

    CUPE’s work for gender justice has a clear goal: not one step back. We push governments at all levels to apply a gender lens to budgets and update policies to recognize the impact of intersecting forms of discrimination. A review of the latest statistics about women and work reminds us that our collective work for […]

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    • Parents and educators call on Ford government not to cut Early Childhood Educators’ wages February 21, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – Parents and educators from across Ontario are asking Education Minister Lisa Thompson and the Ford government to confirm that they will continue a $2 per hour wage grant for Early Childhood Educators and child care staff beyond the end of March. A petition calling on the government to continue the grant has […]
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    • Merging school boards will fail to help students or find savings for the province: CUPE February 17, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – The reasoning behind the Ford government’s rumoured plans to reduce the number of school boards across Ontario is based on a set of false assumptions and the move won’t save money, but will weaken the province’s education system, says Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), a […]
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    • CUPE Ontario calls recent ‘Kryptonite’ comments by Premier Ford an insult to parents and children living with Autism February 14, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – Doug Ford is No superhero, and Ontario families who have been struggling for years to get appropriate treatment for their children living with autism are certainly not some imaginary rock. Today’s comments by Premier Doug Ford, comparing children with autism to the fictional, strength-sapping kryptonite in the Superman comics, shows Ontario’s PC […]
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    • Pink Triangle Day 2019 February 13, 2019
      Today, we embrace love’s diversity in celebrating LGBTQI2S+ people, families, and communities. We recognize their resilience in the face of murderous acts of violence perpetrated by Bruce McArthur. We reaffirm our solidarity in their struggle against the oppression of the Ford PC government and wider societal homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. In Nazi Germany, thousands of […]
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    • Redirect February 13, 2019
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    • Government “reforms” will leave families affected by autism on their own and struggling for support February 8, 2019
      - CUPE joined by Ontario Autism Coalition in condemning decision that divides children with autism into “haves” and “have nots” –   TORONTO, ON - The Ford government’s reckless changes to the way it supports children with autism put desperately needed services at risk and make it clear to their families that they’re on their […]
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    • Latest leaks show creeping privatization, further signs of chaos for Ontario’s public services February 5, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – Leaked documents revealing a plan by the Ford PC government to further privatize our health care system are a harbinger of chaos for public services that should disturb all Ontarians, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. “This is another huge piece of the Conservative plan to privatize our public services and […]
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    • Black History Month February 5, 2019
      Poster credit: Amber Williams-KingBlack History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions and legacy of Black people in our workplaces and communities and to tell those stories which too often go untold.  Celebrating Black History is also a time to recognize the importance of resistance and struggle and to reaffirm our commitment to […]
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    • Concern for Labour Activists and Union Leaders in Iran February 4, 2019
      February 1, 2019 BY E-MAIL info_leader@leader.ir contact@leader.ir media@rouhani.ir Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani Re: Concern for Labour Activists and the Union Leaders in Iran Dear Sirs: On behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and CUPE Ontario, we want to […]
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    • Community rally this Friday for low-waged Hamilton care home staff asking for Amica to stop exploiting them January 31, 2019
      HAMILTON, ON – Support for 100 Hamilton care home front-line staff at Amica Dundas, who earn low wages and are negotiating a first contract, is building.   A community rally is planned for tomorrow, Friday, February 1, 2019 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., outside Amica Dundas at 50 Hatt Street.   The Amica chain […]
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