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    Ontario education workers vote 93 per cent in favour of job action

    Ontario education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have voted 93 per cent in favour of job action amid negotiations with the province. The vote, which has been taking place since late August across Ontario, will leave 55,000 CUPE employees in a legal strike position as of Sept. 30. Negotiations between […]

    Teacher unions should bargain for lower class sizes

      By Sachin MaharajSpecial to the Star Mon., Sept. 9, 2019timer3 min. read Across Ontario, high school students have returned to schools offering fewer course options, reduced supports and larger class sizes. In the Toronto District School Board, for example, over 100 full-time teaching positions have been cut and many classes are approaching 40 students. As Ontario Secondary […]

    Province working ‘around the clock’ on negotiations with education workers: Lecce

    Negotiations with educational employees are underway and Ontario’s education minister says they’re doing everything they can to prevent a strike. Last week, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced it will request a “no-board” notice, which starts a 17-day countdown to possible job action across Ontario for public, Catholic, French and English school boards. CUPE […]

    Strike vote could spell job action at local schools week of Sept. 23

    Two local unions that represent York Region’s public education support workers, and caretaking and maintenance staff, are poised for a strike vote that could spell job action at local schools the week of Sept. 23. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 1734 and 1196, which together represent about 4,300 members in the third largest school […]

    CUPE Ontario launches province wide campaign Communities, Not Cuts campaign

    CUPE Ontario announced today their Communities not Cuts campaign. This province-wide initiative brings together public sector workers and communities in a fightback against the Ford Conservative government’s all out attack on Ontario’s public services and the workers who provide them. “Every community, every type of work we do, every service Ontarians rely on is threatened.  Today we […]

    Education workers’ union takes step toward legal strike position

    TORONTO — Ontario education workers will be in a legal strike position as of the week of Sept. 23, as their union took the first step Thursday toward job action. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is still in the midst of conducting a strike vote with its members, but on Thursday requested a […]

    Union representing 55,000 Ontario school board workers triggers move to allow strike action by end of September

    The union representing the majority of workers in Ontario schools has triggered a move that would allow them to stage a work-to-rule or strike by the end of September. Laura Walton, the president of the education council of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, said she hopes the move will “kickstart some meaningful conversations” because […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    RSS news – OSBCU

    • OSBCU Leadership Meeting June 18, 2019
      Cliquez ici pour le français. Read the first call for the OSBCU leadership meeting taking place on August 11, 2019. The meeting is being held as per our bylaws. We will be providing a bargaining update, reviewing proposed strike action, and holding a roll call vote for strike action. Read the first call Cliquez ici pour
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    • Over 1000 delegates gather in Toronto to build a resistance to the Ford agenda May 29, 2019
      Under the cloud of unprecedented cuts and restructuring and a sustained attack on communities and workers’ rights from the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives, more than 1000 CUPE Ontario members from across the province are at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre this week to build the resistance plan against a series of misguided policies that will hurt Ontario’s working people. Key segments of CUPE Ontario’s 56th annual
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    • Ford government’s education cuts will silence music in TDSB schools, say instructors May 29, 2019
      TORONTO, May 27, 2019 /CNW/ – A music instructor who has worked 24 years with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is seeing history repeat itself as the board once again proposes cuts to itinerant music programs in elementary schools – this time as a result of cuts to education funding by the Ford government.
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    • What TDSB cuts means for teachers and students May 14, 2019
      
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    • CUPE becomes second education union to request early start to bargaining May 6, 2019
      The union representing 55,000 school board support staff across Ontario has filed notice to start contract bargaining early, becoming the province’s second education union to do so. The Canadian Union of Public Employees sent a formal request on Friday, after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation did so on Monday. Read full article >
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    • Kingston education advocates, demonstrators rally against Ontario education cuts May 1, 2019
      Protesters took to one of Kingston’s busiest intersections on Saturday, trying to shut down what they say the Ford government is trying to sell. The protesters aren’t happy with the province’s planned cuts to education. Between 30 and 40 people gathered near Bath Road and Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard. Many union members, including those
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    • Ontario government decreases per-student funding for school boards May 1, 2019
      TORONTO — Ontario is cutting the amount of money school boards receive per student, which advocates say will mean fewer services and supports for kids. The Progressive Conservative government announced 2019-20 school board funding Friday, details that came as some boards have been issuing surplus notices to teachers, prompting worries about layoffs due to increasing
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    • Podcast for Education April 24, 2019
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    RSS CUPE Ontario

    • Our Statement on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty October 17, 2019
      JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1saWtlJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1ocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZmYWNlYm9vay5jb20lMkZjdXBlb250YXJpbyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGF5b3V0JTNEJTIyc3RhbmRhcmQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWFjdGlvbiUzRCUyMmxpa2UlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNpemUlM0QlMjJsYXJnZSUyMiUyMGRhdGEtc2hvdy1mYWNlcyUzRCUyMnRydWUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNoYXJlJTNEJTIyZmFsc2UlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=October 17th, 2019 marks the 27th anniversary of the declaration by the UN as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We are living in a time of unprecedented economic development and growth, technological advances and abundant financial gains, yet the number of people living in poverty keeps growing. It is a moral outrage […]
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    • CUPE school board leaders endorse tentative deal that secures services for students October 15, 2019
      JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1saWtlJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1ocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZmYWNlYm9vay5jb20lMkZjdXBlb250YXJpbyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGF5b3V0JTNEJTIyc3RhbmRhcmQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWFjdGlvbiUzRCUyMmxpa2UlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNpemUlM0QlMjJsYXJnZSUyMiUyMGRhdGEtc2hvdy1mYWNlcyUzRCUyMnRydWUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNoYXJlJTNEJTIyZmFsc2UlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U= - Deal now proceeds to province-wide ratification votes - TORONTO, ON – Within a week of their union securing a tentative central agreement that restores vital services to Ontario’s schools, hundreds of school board leaders gathered near Toronto today and gave their endorsement to the deal. Leaders from the Canadian Union of Public Employees […]
      Jessica Gale
    • CUPE Ontario condemns Turkish government’s invasion of Syria October 15, 2019
      JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1saWtlJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1ocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZmYWNlYm9vay5jb20lMkZjdXBlb250YXJpbyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGF5b3V0JTNEJTIyc3RhbmRhcmQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWFjdGlvbiUzRCUyMmxpa2UlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNpemUlM0QlMjJsYXJnZSUyMiUyMGRhdGEtc2hvdy1mYWNlcyUzRCUyMnRydWUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNoYXJlJTNEJTIyZmFsc2UlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=October 13, 2019: The Canadian union of Public Employees – Ontario strongly condemns invasion of North-Syria by the government of Turkey. Turkish armed forces have been bombarding Kurdish regions in North-Syria since October 9th, which has caused many civilian casualties. We have been informed that a large number of people are fleeing the area. CUPE […]
      Liam Bedard
    • CUPE city workers team up with Windsor-Essex food bank to deliver Thanksgiving dinners October 10, 2019
      WINDSOR, ON – Members of Local 543 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 543) have packed up 600 hampers containing everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner, as part of their sixth annual ‘Operation Giveback,’ in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association. The dinner hampers will be distributed to families in the […]
      Jessica Gale
    • Province-wide strike averted as CUPE education workers reach tentative agreement October 7, 2019
      JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1saWtlJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1ocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZmYWNlYm9vay5jb20lMkZjdXBlb250YXJpbyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGF5b3V0JTNEJTIyc3RhbmRhcmQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWFjdGlvbiUzRCUyMmxpa2UlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNpemUlM0QlMjJsYXJnZSUyMiUyMGRhdGEtc2hvdy1mYWNlcyUzRCUyMnRydWUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNoYXJlJTNEJTIyZmFsc2UlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=TORONTO – After an intensive weekend of negotiations, a tentative deal has been reached for a new central agreement, following talks between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the provincial government and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA). The new deal secures services for Ontario students and improves working life for 55,000 education workers, […]
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    • CUPE Ontario Statement on CUPE Education Workers Negotiating Tentative Collective Agreement October 6, 2019
      JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1saWtlJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1ocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZmYWNlYm9vay5jb20lMkZjdXBlb250YXJpbyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGF5b3V0JTNEJTIyc3RhbmRhcmQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWFjdGlvbiUzRCUyMmxpa2UlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNpemUlM0QlMjJsYXJnZSUyMiUyMGRhdGEtc2hvdy1mYWNlcyUzRCUyMnRydWUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNoYXJlJTNEJTIyZmFsc2UlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=(le français suit) Congratulations to CUPE Ontario’s School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) for negotiating a tentative collective agreement. For a week, 55,000 CUPE education workers have been taking job action to secure a fair agreement that ensures services for students and treats workers with respect. They have been holding firm, demanding an end to […]
      Liam Bedard
    • Talks will resume today for CUPE education workers October 4, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will resume bargaining today with the Council of Trustees’ Association and the Government of Ontario, on behalf of 55,000 education workers. Ongoing talks are aimed at ending the work-to-rule job action that will escalate to full strike on Monday, October 7th, if no deal can […]
      Vinny Paul
    • Northumberland Hills hospital on track for a loss akin to 12 beds and 97 staff under Ford Conservatives October 2, 2019
      COBOURG, ON – A report released today in Cobourg shows that hospitals in Northumberland could lose (in today’s terms) 12 beds and 97 staff under the provincial Conservatives’ fiscal plan. Patients, too, are losing out as across the province, emergency room wait times have increased 13.2 per cent since Doug Ford’s government was elected just […]
      Vinny Paul