Bill C-27 is in the news – but what does it actually do?

Bill C-27 has been front and centre in the media this week, due to the controversy around Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s personal assets. But lost in the fray is much information about what this dangerous legislation would actually do. Bill C-27 would permit federally-regulated employers (like airlines, telecoms, banks, and Crown Corporations) to establish a “Target Benefit” pension plan. These pension plans are essentially the opposite of […]

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NAFTA talks not tackling deal’s fundamental flaws

When talks resume in November, the Canadian government must push harder to fix the many problems with the North American Free Trade Agreement. This includes eliminating Chapter 11, NAFTA’s “investor-state dispute settlement” rules. Chapter 11 lets US and Mexican corporations sue the Canadian government for decisions that interfere with investments – and profits. The American government had proposed changes that would let US corporations sue Mexico and […]

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Now more than ever, it’s time for Bill C 27 to go

One year ago today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled Bill C‑27 in the House of Commons, and today, amidst a stunning wave of revelations about the minister’s conflicts of interest, CUPE is reiterating its call for this bad legislation to be revoked. “Not only would Bill C‑27 allow employers to break promises made to workers and retirees about their pensions,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Cornwall library workers celebrate Library Week

‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Cornwall library workers celebrate Library Week

CORNWALL, ON – Public library workers in Cornwall, members of Local 3251-01 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3251-01), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community,” said CUPE President Monique […]

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Peterborough residents packed town hall meeting on crisis in long-term care

Peterborough residents packed town hall meeting on crisis in long-term care

Toronto, ON – Over a hundred concerned Peterborough residents packed a room at the Holiday Inn, Tuesday night, for a town hall meeting that addressed the growing crisis in long-term care. “We’re here this evening because we have a serious crisis in long-term care in Ontario and our seniors are suffering,” said Candace Rennick, Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and a former long-term care worker […]

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Ontario liberals follow Donald Trump’s lead on gutting government regulations

Ontario liberals follow Donald Trump’s lead on gutting government regulations

TORONTO, ON – Part of Ontario’s new omnibus legislation, Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017, appears to be modelled on an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump – an order that forces the gutting of government regulations, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “It’s hard to believe, but the Wynne government has put forward a Bill that is very similar to […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Toronto Public Library workers celebrate Library Week

‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Toronto Public Library workers celebrate Library Week

TORONTO, ON – Public library workers in Toronto, members of Local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4948), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community. Toronto loves their libraries […]

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Two-tier pension benefits the wrong direction for health care workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is speaking out against changes to the Healthcare Employees’ Pension Plan (HEPP) announced on October 17, 2017. “The changes to the plan announced today may force some health care workers to delay or change their retirement plans, and creates an unnecessary division between existing plan members and the future generation of health care workers,” says Shannon McAteer CUPE’s Health Care Coordinator. “Two-tier […]

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Public transit workers to strike in Trois-Rivières on October 27

The union representing workers at the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR) has filed notice of its intention to take strike action on October 27. Workers voted in favour of striking at a general meeting in June. In the spring of this year, the union had criticized a lack of information and consistency concerning trip times when the city overhauled its transit plan. “Realistic trip times are […]

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Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals fiscal and moral bankruptcy of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan

Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals fiscal and moral bankruptcy of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan

TORONTO, ON – The Auditor General’s report, tabled today in the Ontario legislature, paints a picture of a Liberal government that has consistently placed the needs and rights of Ontarians behind those of its corporate funders, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. By creating a system of accounting that deliberately obfuscates and hides the true cost of its “Fair Hydro Plan,” the Wynne government has […]

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Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals “fiscal and moral bankruptcy” of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan

The Auditor General’s report, tabled today in the Ontario legislature, paints a picture of a Liberal government that has consistently placed the needs and rights of Ontarians behind those of its corporate funders, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. By creating a system of accounting that deliberately obfuscates and hides the true cost of its “Fair Hydro Plan,” the Wynne government has shown that it won’t […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: York Region Library workers celebrate Library Week

‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: York Region Library workers celebrate Library Week

  AURORA, ON – Public library workers in York Region, members of Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community,” said CUPE […]

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‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: York Region Library workers celebrate Library Week

Public library workers in York Region, members of Local 905 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 905), and their supporters, are celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with a message that, in addition to having great patrons, great libraries depend on great workers. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have developed with our patrons in the community,” said CUPE 905 spokesperson Hamid Osman. Earlier in […]

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As Bill 33 nears Second Reading milestone, Peterborough residents mobilize to make sure elderly residents in long-term care will benefit from “Time to Care”

As Bill 33 nears Second Reading milestone, Peterborough residents mobilize to make sure elderly residents in  long-term care will benefit from “Time to Care”

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Bill 33, the Time to Care Act, would give Ontario residents in long-term care a minimum of four hours’ hands-on care each day. In advance of the Bill’s Second Reading on November 2, Peterborough’s citizens have been invited to attend a community town hall to learn how they can help ensure the Bill’s passage into law, which would establish in law a […]

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“Ontario hospitals don’t want you to know that violence against hospital staff is real and rampant,” says union taking public awareness campaign to radio today

“Ontario hospitals don’t want you to know that violence against hospital staff is real and rampant,” says union taking public awareness campaign to radio today

TORONTO, ON – A small investment in a Plexiglass barrier would have prevented a patient from stabbing a Perth/Smiths Falls hospital admitting clerk in the neck. Better alarms would have enabled nurses at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre to summon help when a patient, asked to take his medication, became violent. A nurse at a Royal Ottawa site was stabbed repeatedly by a previously violent […]

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OCHU goes public with campaign to stop violence in the workplace

A small investment in a Plexiglass barrier would have prevented a patient from stabbing a Perth/Smiths Falls hospital admitting clerk in the neck. Better alarms would have enabled nurses at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre to summon help when a patient, asked to take his medication, became violent. A nurse at a Royal Ottawa site was stabbed repeatedly by a previously violent patient and the […]

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“Ontario hospitals don’t want you to know that violence against hospital staff is real and rampant,” says union taking public awareness campaign to radio today

A small investment in a Plexiglass barrier would have prevented a patient from stabbing a Perth/Smiths Falls hospital admitting clerk in the neck. Better alarms would have enabled nurses at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre to summon help when a patient, asked to take his medication, became violent. A nurse at a Royal Ottawa site was stabbed repeatedly by a previously violent patient and the […]

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Join CUPE library workers across Ontario for a celebration of Library Week at a branch near you

Join CUPE library workers across Ontario for a celebration of Library Week at a branch near you

TORONTO, ON – Across Ontario, library workers are extending a cordial invitation to the public to join them this week for a celebration of Ontario Public Library Week. Library workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will hold Library Week celebrations in communities across Ontario, highlighting the important role libraries play in enhancing the quality of life for all residents, as well […]

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CUPE Ontario stands with the members of OPSEU 560

CUPE Ontario stands with the members of OPSEU 560

CUPE Ontario stands strongly in solidarity with the contract faculty at Ontario’s colleges who are represented by OPSEU. These workers are teaching the skills our young people need to succeed in the world. Their work matters to the future of this province. Currently, 81 percent of courses in Ontario’s colleges are taught by contract faculty. This isn’t good for the instructors and it certainly isn’t […]

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Convention 2017: Moving forward together

Last week at our National Convention in Toronto, 2,200 delegates engaged in debates around our union’s priorities, policies and structure. Working together, much was accomplished. Here are some of the key decisions that were made. Strike Pay Delegates approved a resolution to begin pay for eligible members of striking locals on the first day of a strike, instead of the fifth, as is currently the case. This […]

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