3% INCREASE FOR THOSE LIVING IN DEEP POVERTY ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

TORONTO, ON – It is no secret that the Ontario Liberals are not in robust shape as an election looms and that their Budget was designed to shore up their credentials as the progressive alternative to Doug Ford’s Tories. This being so, a wretched 3% increase for those living in deep poverty on social assistance is quite appalling. Had they increased the rates by ten […]

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Eleventh hour promises won’t rebuild voters’ trust in Ontario

While today’s budget was definitely a good sales pitch it won’t heal the broken bond of trust between the Liberals and the people of Ontario, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “After decades of cuts and ignoring people’s needs, eleventh hour promises only feed voter cynicism and that is really sad,” says Hahn. “There is no question there is some much needed investment for public services […]

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Eleventh hour promises won’t rebuild voters’ trust

Eleventh hour promises won’t rebuild voters’ trust

  TORONTO, ON – While today’s budget was definitely a good sales pitch it won’t heal the broken bond of trust between the Liberals and the people of Ontario, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “After decades of cuts and ignoring people’s needs, eleventh hour promises only feed voter cynicism and that is really sad,” says Hahn. “There is no question there is some much […]

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They pushed, they protested, they won: NL public libraries saved

CUPE Newfoundland Labrador is very pleased to hear Minister Kirby announce that all the province’s libraries will remain open and suggest that new libraries may be coming. Since government’s announcement in 2016, CUPE has been fighting to ensure that the libraries remain open, providing necessary library services to the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dawn Lahey, president of CUPE 2329, which represents workers in the provincial library system, […]

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Hard working child care advocates deserve our thanks for today’s announcement

Hard working child care advocates deserve our thanks for today’s announcement

  TORONTO, ON – A big thank you goes to child care advocates for today’s child care government announcement that promises free child care for up to a little more than a year prior to the start of junior kindergarten. “There is no question that parents in Ontario desperately need access to more affordable child care. Parents and child care advocates have been working hard […]

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Committed to the communities they call home, CUPE 255 members donate $10,000 to various neighbourhood causes

Committed to the communities they call home, CUPE 255 members donate $10,000 to various neighbourhood causes

  Hanover, ON – Demonstrating their commitment to the communities they call home, members of Local 255 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees recently donated $10,000 to various worthwhile causes across the County of Bruce, as well as Grey, Huron and Wellington Counties. “Our members are extremely proud to live and work in and around the communities we serve. Many of us are involved […]

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Zika Virus Disease

Recently, a new disease known as Zika virus disease (Zika) has gained world-wide attention. First diagnosed in the 1950’s in Central Africa, it has recently made headlines with significant outbreaks in South American, Central America, and Caribbean Nations. Having been completely unseen in the western hemisphere, there has been little to no exposure to the virus by the general population, leading to low immunity and […]

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Committed to the communities they call home, CUPE 255 members donate $10,000 to various neighbourhood causes

Demonstrating their commitment to the communities they call home, members of Local 255 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees recently donated $10,000 to various worthwhile causes across Southwestern Ontario. “Our members are extremely proud to live and work in and around the communities we serve. Many of us are involved and engaged in making our communities better when we aren’t on the job,” said Mark O’Leary, […]

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Hard working child care advocates deserve our thanks for today’s announcement

A big thank you goes to child care advocates for today’s announcement by the government of Ontario that promises free child care for up to a little more than a year prior to the start of junior kindergarten. “There is no question that parents in Ontario desperately need access to more affordable child care. Parents and child care advocates have been working hard for years to try […]

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Unique alliance of 75,000 hospital workers formed in Ontario

Unique alliance of 75,000 hospital workers formed in Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Three of Canada’s largest unions today announced an alliance that kicks off an escalating campaign of membership mobilization to push Ontario hospitals to return to bargaining and treat their staff with respect. This is the first time the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), SEIU Healthcare and Unifor have come together to seek a negotiated […]

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Unique alliance of 75,000 hospital workers formed in Ontario

Three of Canada’s largest unions today announced an alliance that kicks off an escalating campaign of membership mobilization to push Ontario hospitals to return to bargaining and treat their staff with respect. This is the first time the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), SEIU Healthcare and Unifor have come together to seek a negotiated agreement on behalf of […]

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Ontario unions to form alliance for respect for 75,000 Ontario hospital workers

Ontario unions to form alliance for respect for 75,000 Ontario hospital workers

TORONTO, ON – Leaders from three of Ontario’s largest unions are meeting Monday and Tuesday (March 26 and March 27, 2018) in Toronto to work together to move stalled provincial negotiations with Ontario’s hospitals. Collectively, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), SEIU Healthcare and Unifor are trying to negotiate a provincial contract on behalf of 75,000 nurses, personal support workers, porters, administrative staff and […]

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Citing ‘dishonest communications,’ CUPE 3903 files three unfair labour practices complaints against York University

Citing ‘dishonest communications,’ CUPE 3903 files three unfair labour practices complaints against York University

  TORONTO, ON – The Union representing striking academic workers at York University has filed an unfair labour practices complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against their employer. The complaint, filed late yesterday afternoon by Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903), alleges that York University violated three sections (Sections 17, 70 and 73) of Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, by […]

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Citing ‘dishonest communications,’ CUPE 3903 files three unfair labour practices complaints against York University

The Union representing striking academic workers at York University has filed an unfair labour practices complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against their employer. The complaint, filed late yesterday afternoon by CUPE 3903, alleges that York University violated three sections (Sections 17, 70 and 73) of Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, by misrepresenting their own and the Union’s bargaining positions in both their communications to CUPE […]

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World Water Day Statement 2018

World Water Day Statement 2018

  Today, March 22, is World Water Day. Public drinking water and wastewater services are fundamental human rights. Yet these rights are currently denied to many Ontarians. That’s why CUPE Ontario is working with labour and community allies to secure clean and safe public water services for all. Contaminated water and a lack of adequate sanitation on Ontario’s northern First Nations communities jeopardize the health […]

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Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions announce strike vote

The following joint news release was issued by the Nova Scotia Health Care Council of Unions this morning. After more than a year of bargaining, the Nova Scotia Health Care Council of Unions is announcing that it will soon hold Nova Scotia’s first ever province-wide Health Care Bargaining Unit strike vote. The Council of Unions says the employer’s representing the NSHA and IWK have slowed the pace […]

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A call for solidarity as political turmoil in Honduras rises

Tens of thousands of people have been protesting fraudulent elections in Honduras over the past few months.  The majority of the people in the country believe the right-wing candidate stole the elections.  The response by the government has been violent and repressive.  Despite the public conclusion by the Organization of American States (OAS) that the November 26 elections were fraudulent and required new elections, the Canadian […]

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CUPE leaders from across Canada support striking members at Carleton University

Hundreds of striking CUPE 2424 members got a boost on Wednesday, as members of CUPE’s National Executive Board (NEB) joined them for a solidarity picket outside Carleton University. Over 800 administrative, technical, and library workers at the university have been striking since March 4 to defend their pensions. Carleton management has been trying to water down pension language during bargaining, but CUPE members have been holding […]

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European audit finds P3s have “widespread shortcomings and limited benefits”

An audit has found European P3s “suffer from widespread shortcomings and limited benefits.” The European Court of Auditors report concludes P3s “cannot be regarded as an economically viable option for delivering public infrastructure.” The European Union’s financial watchdog looked at 12 projects involving road and information technology in France, Greece, Ireland and Spain. The review found P3s wasted money, underwent “inadequate analysis,” did not speed up […]

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Strike by 3,000 CUPE 3903 academic workers to continue after York University refuses to continue bargaining

Strike by 3,000 CUPE 3903 academic workers to continue  after York University refuses to continue bargaining

TORONTO, ON – A strike at York University by 3,000 academic workers will continue after the University’s bargaining team today issued an ultimatum and refused requests by Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903) to continue bargaining. “We had hoped that York University was serious about finishing the job and kept negotiating, but it became clear that our hopes were misplaced,” […]

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