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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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    • 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
    • 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.
    • What TDSB cuts means for teachers and students May 14, 2019
    • 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 >
    • 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
    • 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
    • Podcast for Education April 24, 2019
    • Thousands rally against proposed changes to education April 8, 2019
      Over 30,000 educators, students and parents gathered at Queen’s Park in Toronto this weekend to protest against proposed changes being made to Ontario’s education system. The rally was held on Saturday afternoon at the Ontario Legislature. It was organized by members from five different unions and protesters arrived in over 150 buses from across the

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    • Peterborough VON home care staff reach tentative contract June 11, 2019
      PETERBOROUGH, ON – A fruitful day of mediation on Monday, June 10 has resulted in a new tentative collective agreement between home care and other health staff who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4419 and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Peterborough/Victoria/Haliburton. “That the two parties have reached a tentative […]
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    • Peterborough VON home care staff reach tentative contract June 11, 2019
      PETERBOROUGH, ON – A fruitful day of mediation on Monday, June 10 has resulted in a new tentative collective agreement between home care and other health staff who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4419 and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Peterborough/Victoria/Haliburton. “That the two parties have reached a tentative […]
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    • Pride Month 2019 June 11, 2019
      Pride Month this year also marks the 50Th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations in the US against police raids targeting the LGBTQ2S+ community. This event inspired Canadians to rise and join a worldwide resistance through Pride events and activism. On this important anniversary, strong resistance is once again needed to push […]
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    • Hamilton hospital plumber/steamfitter wins province-wide skilled trades award; presentation Tuesday June 10, 2019
      HAMILTON, ON – Jim Johnston a long-time plumber and steam fitter at the General Hospital campus of Hamilton Health Sciences is being feted on Tuesday night for helping to keep mostly hidden piping and equipment systems in top notch form. Johnston is the winner of the Trades Person of the Year, a recognition awarded yearly […]
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    • Ford Government’s attack on workers’ rights a continuation of their assault on the people of Ontario, says CUPE Ontario President June 5, 2019
      TORONTO, June 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Legislation tabled today at Queen's Park that would violate public employees' right to engage in free collective bargaining is a continuation of the Ford Government's assault on the people of Ontario, said the Leader of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Ontario). Fred Hahn made the comments today after […]
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    • Government review of WSIB must consider expanding coverage to all workplaces: union June 5, 2019
      TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Compensation Employees Union (OCEU) is launching its ‘Cover Me’ campaign to expand Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage to nearly 1.7 million excluded workers in Ontario. By expanding coverage to all Ontario workplaces, WSIB would be better resourced to support Injured Workers, while reducing costs for both employers and […]
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    • ‘Be fair to those who care’ community rally Wednesday in support of Peterborough VON home care workers June 4, 2019
      PETERBOROUGH, ON – 120 low-waged personal support workers and other home care staff with the area Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) are drawing the line in the sand and taking a stand against their low pay. Many people in Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton are behind them. A community rally is planned for Wednesday, June 5, […]
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    • Montfort clerical wins province-wide recognition award; presentation at the hospital Wednesday June 4, 2019
      OTTAWA, ON – They are the unsung heroes of the hospital system who are often patients’ first point of contact before stressful surgeries, tests and diagnosis appointments. On Wednesday, one of them, an administrative secretary at the Montfort, will be recognized for her contribution to patient care. Jennifer Carriere, who has since 2011 worked with […]
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