CUPE files unfair labour practice complaint against Canadian Hearing Society

Lawyers for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073, representing 227 striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), have filed an unfair labour practice complaint at the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). The workers have been on strike since March 6. In its submissions to the OLRB, the union contends the employer has violated the Ontario Labour Relations Act in multiple ways. The Act (legislation governing the rules of engagement in […]

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CUPE files unfair labour practice complaint against Canadian Hearing Society

CUPE files unfair labour practice complaint against Canadian Hearing Society

TORONTO – Lawyers for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073, representing 227 striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), have filed an unfair labour practice complaint at the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). The workers have been on strike since March 6th.   In its submissions to the OLRB, the union contends the employer has violated the Ontario Labour Relations Act […]

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Ottawa PSWs, RPNs rally for a 4 hour resident care standard; Friday, April 21 – 12:30 p.m.

Ottawa PSWs, RPNs rally for a 4 hour resident care standard;  Friday, April 21 – 12:30 p.m.

OTTAWA, ON — The care needs of Ontario long-term care residents have increased significantly in the last decade, yet the provincial Liberal government funds long-term care at the lowest level in the country. Data shows that Ottawa area long-term care residents at 17 area homes are shortchanged 1,460 hours of health care each day and 532,642 hours a year compared to the rest of Canada. […]

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Continuing job action is ‘only possible move’ in face of disarray and dishonesty at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

After the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound broke its word about agreeing to resolve the current labour dispute through binding arbitration, workers locked out of their jobs since December have no option but to hold their own job action against the CAS. Today the leaders of Local 2049 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) consulted the workers they represent […]

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Continuing job action is ‘only possible move’ in face of disarray and dishonesty at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS: CUPE

Continuing job action is ‘only possible move’ in face of disarray and dishonesty at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS: CUPE

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – After the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound broke its word about agreeing to resolve the current labour dispute through binding arbitration, workers locked out of their jobs since December have no option but to hold their own job action against the CAS.   Today the leaders of Local 2049 of the […]

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What is Minister Coteau waiting for? Latest move by Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS means Ministry must take charge of agency immediately

Negotiators for the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound have reneged on their pledge to the government and to the union to take outstanding contract issues in the current labour dispute to binding arbitration, once again leaving northern communities without the child protection services that have been denied them ever since the agency locked out its workers last December. At […]

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What is Minister Coteau waiting for? Latest move by Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS means Ministry must take charge of agency immediately, says CUPE

Negotiators for the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound have reneged on their pledge to the government and to the union to take outstanding contract issues in the current labour dispute to binding arbitration, once again leaving northern communities without the child protection services that have been denied them ever since the agency locked out its workers last December. At […]

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What is Minister Coteau waiting for? – Latest move by Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS means Ministry must take charge of agency immediately, says CUPE

What is Minister Coteau waiting for? – Latest move by Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS means Ministry must take charge of agency immediately, says CUPE

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON –  Negotiators for the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound have reneged on their pledge to the government and to the union to take outstanding contract issues in the current labour dispute to binding arbitration, leaving northern communities without the child protection services denied them since the agency locked out its workers last […]

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CUPE celebrates big wins in Quebec health care and social services

CUPE Quebec finished its recent union affiliation campaign “CUPE, the healthy choice” on a high note. In the wake of sweeping reforms legislated by the provincial government, the number of local health care and social services centres in the province was reduced from 182 to 34. This upheaval in the network had an enormous impact on workers and the unions that represent them: merged institutions required […]

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Low provincial funding shortchanges Ottawa long-term care residents by 1,460 hours of care daily

Low provincial funding shortchanges Ottawa long-term care residents by 1,460 hours of care daily

OTTAWA, ON — While staffing falls short in other provinces, Ontario provides less care than reported by any other province. No other province reports fewer long-term care health care staff per resident (or per bed) than Ontario. A research report – Long-Term Care Understaffing Fewer Hands in Ottawa – prepared by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reviews the brewing crisis in care and estimates […]

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Low provincial funding shortchanges Ottawa long-term care residents by 1,460 hours of care daily

While staffing falls short in other provinces, Ontario provides less care than reported by any other province. No other province reports fewer long-term care health care staff per resident (or per bed) than Ontario. A research report – Long-Term Care Understaffing Fewer Hands in Ottawa – prepared by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reviews the brewing crisis in care and estimates the level of […]

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Budget 2017 in depth: infrastructure

As in 2016, infrastructure spending featured prominently in the 2017 federal budget. To demonstrate the government’s commitment, the word “infrastructure” appears nearly 200 times in the budget document. However, repeating the word “infrastructure” many times masks the fact that the government does not commit to any new spending in this year’s budget. Instead, the budget provides more detail about nearly $96 billion in infrastructure spending previously announced in […]

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Less care for Ottawa long-term care residents because Ontario is among lowest funders, new research released tomorrow

Less care for Ottawa long-term care residents because Ontario is among lowest funders, new research released tomorrow

OTTAWA, ON — Like in other Ontario communities, Ottawa area long-term care residents receive less care from less staff than just about anywhere elsewhere in Canada, a report being released tomorrow (Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11 a.m.) in Ottawa has found. The new research by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) indicates that not only is long-term care underfunded in Ontario, it is […]

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Pacific Blue Cross workers vote in favour of job action

CUPE Local 1816, representing more than 600 employees of the benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross (PBC), have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action after a strike vote held yesterday. The strike vote came after several rounds of bargaining failed to result in a tentative agreement. The latest PBC proposal includes concessions to retiree benefits and the extended health care plan, including drug coverage, paramedical services, and […]

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Manitoba budget leaves doors wide open for privatization

CUPE Manitoba is concerned that the provincial budget announced on Tuesday, April 11th leaves the door open for the unchecked privatization of public services and programs, while eroding existing public services. The government recently announced that current P3 Accountability and Transparency legislation will be eliminated, and echoed this move in this budget. “This government insists that public transparency and accountability is a ‘regulatory burden’”, said Kelly Moist, President of […]

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Profiting from children: a child care social impact bond in Chicago

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a new form of social program privatization that are being promoted in many areas of Canada. This case study explores some of the drawbacks of SIBs, using the example of Chicago Child-Parent Centres, the largest municipal SIB worldwide. Quality public services The City of Chicago has funded Chicago Public Schools, the city’s school district, to operate Child-Parent Centres since 1967. These centres provide […]

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Dwight Ball’s Crossroads – A game of budgets and cuts for Newfoundland and Labrador

A new ad campaign by public service workers in Newfoundland and Labrador will be shown on TV screens across the province beginning today. CUPE’s public services workers launched the ad to voice their concerns about the Ball Government’s strategy for job growth (or lack thereof) and threats the Province is making to freeze wages and slash benefits. Watch the television ad during NTV Evening News, NTV […]

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Wear pink to stop bullying

You might notice more people wearing pink on April 12 than usual. That’s because people around the world wear pink to mark the second Wednesday in April as The International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia. In communities across Canada and around the world, people are wearing pink to call for an end to bullying in all its forms, especially bullying targeting members of the LGBTTI community […]

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Ministry of Education’s wage mandate unfair

CUPE represents the majority of education support workers in Saskatchewan and it is ready to fight the Ministry of Education’s mandate to roll back wages for education workers by 3.5 per cent with a three-year freeze. “The government is punishing the poorest workers while ignoring the basic principles of labour relations, which is that we reach a negotiated collective agreement at the bargaining table,” said Tom Graham, president […]

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Manitoba health care workers concerned with Pallister's health care cuts

Health care workers in Manitoba are deeply concerned with the Progressive Conservatives’ approach to the province’s health care system. The April 7th announcement outlining the closure of emergency rooms at Concordia, Seven Oaks, and Victoria hospitals, and closing the urgent care centre at Misericordia, could potentially put public safety at risk, and is sending a shock-wave of uncertainty amongst the province’s health care workers. “Closing ERs […]

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