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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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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: […]

    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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    • Office and Clerical workers at Markham Stouffville Hospital vote to unionize January 23, 2019
      MARKHAM, ON – Office and Clerical workers at Markham Stouffville Hospital have joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) after a certification vote held Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The 257-person unit consists of hospital Receptionists, Secretaries, Clerks, Transcriptionists, Coders and various Clerical positions. Organizer Deb Oldfield was happy to welcome the group into CUPE. “Our health care […]
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    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 21, 2019
      Today we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the work of the civil rights movement which he helped to lead and honouring his legacy by continuing the fight for racial and economic justice. Throughout his life, Dr. King worked closely with organized labour. His last days were spent standing in solidarity with black sanitation […]
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    • Price for deficit slaying, further tax cuts for the wealthy will be paid with the suffering of the ill and the elderly, union cautions January 18, 2019
      KINGSTON, ON – Kingston’s largest health care union, today, called on the Ontario government to shelve its proposed revenue cuts and fund Ontario hospitals at their real costs. The call comes just days before committee hearings on the province’s 2019 budget are slated to begin on Monday.   Hearings are taking place in eight communities across […]
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    • A bad day for students: funding cut disguised as tuition cut, will cost students more and hurt Universities January 17, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – Doug Ford’s PC government has announced an unprecedented round of deep cuts to Ontario Universities, the conversion of student grants to loans, and an attack on student democracy on campuses. “These cuts were made without consultation with the University sector, and will have damaging impacts for students for a long time to […]
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    • Cut to LHINs cynical optics for PCs, when focus should be proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine January 17, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – With reports that Ontario’s PC government is moving to chop the province’s health planning networks (Local Health Integration Networks or LHINs), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), today urged the Premier and health minister to stop and focus instead on proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine.   “Rather than […]
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    • Kingston shut out of budget hearings, but hospital union holds media conference Friday to kick-start local discussion January 16, 2019
      KINGSTON, ON – On Monday, provincial budget hearings begin in eight communities across Ontario. However, Kingston isn’t one of them. That’s why the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1974, which represents 1,600 hospital staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), is holding a media conference on Friday, January 18 (2019) at 11:00 a.m., at […]
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    • Royal Ottawa staff recognized on Wednesday for continued commitment to public health care January 15, 2019
      OTTAWA, ON – Over the last few years, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 942 at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, have often boarded buses at the crack of dawn to join thousands of like-minded defenders of public health care at several large ‘Stop the Cuts’ rallies across the province.   […]
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    • Pembroke hospital staff recognized on Tuesday for continued commitment to public health care January 14, 2019
      PEMBROKE, ON – Over the last few years, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1502 at the Pembroke Regional Hospital, have often boarded buses at the crack of dawn to join thousands of like-minded defenders of public health care at several large ‘Stop the Cuts’ rallies across the province.   On Tuesday […]
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    • Sudbury laundry workers recognized Friday for continued commitment to public health care January 10, 2019
      SUDBURY, ON – Despite significant job losses to a hospital laundry in southern Ontario and the near closure of their workplace, Giselle Dawson and the remaining Sudbury Hospital Laundry workers continue to advocate for an end to cuts to hospital care. Consistently, the remaining members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 2841 have taken […]
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    • CUPE Ontario stands with General Motors workers in Oshawa January 10, 2019
      CUPE Ontario stands strongly with the more than 2,500 General Motors (GM) workers in their fight to save their jobs in Oshawa, says the union’s president, Fred Hahn. “GM’s decision to close their Oshawa plant is an example of corporate greed at it’s worst. Despite raking in $6 billion in profits from the work done […]
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