CUPE Ontario News
Major victory for Ontario seniors: All party support for Bill 33 makes minimum care standards for seniors in long-term care closer to reality
Bill 33, the Time to Care Act, passed second reading thanks to all party support for NDP Health Critic France Gélinas’ private members bill that would legislate a minimum care standard of four hours a day in Ontario’s long-term care homes.
“The care and wellbeing of our seniors should never be a partisan issue and we are so pleased that members of all three parties came together to pass this critical legislation at second reading,” said Candace Rennick, Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and a former long-term care worker who has been working with Gélinas to bring the Time to Care Act forward.
Currently, the only legal guarantees for seniors living in long-term care are an on-call nurse 24 hours-a-day, and two baths a week. Canada has the lowest care levels among countries with equivalent economies, and Ontario has the lowest in Canada.
On Monday, September 4, CUPE Ontario members will take part in Labour Day events in communities across the province.
The annual celebration has its roots in the labour movement’s fight for an eight-hour day and celebrates the many gains unions have struggled for on behalf of all workers, including health and safety regulations, parental leave, better wages, pay equity laws and same-sex spousal benefits.
This year we will be putting our focus on Bill 148 and the need for real changes to the Labour Relations Act, including union card check certification for all, anti-scab provisions, and first contract arbitration. Along with these issues we will be highlighting the fight for $15 and fairness.
Come out and join your fellow unionists at the Labour Day event in your area.
Listen to the people on Bill 148, urges CUPE Ontario
- Union supports NDP amendments to Bill 138 -
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 10, 2017) - CUPE Ontario has thrown its wholehearted support behind Ontario New Democrats' amendments to Bill 148, the proposed legislation that would raise the province's minimum wage and make substantial changes to both its Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act.
At a news conference at Queen's Park today (Thursday), Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath outlined the key amendments her party will put forward on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017. The legislature's Standing Committee will consider the NDP amendments beginning the week of August 21 as part of its clause-by-clause analysis of the Bill.
The NDP amendments, as backed by CUPE Ontario, would make it easier for all workers - not just some - to join a union; protect all workers - not just some - from contract flipping; and make clear the direction of these changes: to reverse the dangerous and increasingly precarious nature of work in Ontario.
Have Your Say on Bill 148
Who: CUPE Ontario Members
What: Fact Sheet & Public Consultations on Bill 148
Where: Locations across Ontario
When: July 10 - July 21
Bill 148 - Changes to Ontario's
Employment and Labour Laws
On June 1, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017.
These changes are the culmination of years of mobilizing and lobbying among union members, worker advocates, anti-poverty activists, faith leaders and many more.
CUPE Ontario Building a Better Ontario
Time for government to truthfully address their revenue problems to fix long-term care and other public services, Hahn tells finance committee.
by Liam on January 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm
WINDSOR, ON – “It’s time we had an honest conversation about what’s not working in this province and what it’s going to cost to fix it,” said CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn speaking to the provincial finance committee that is in Windsor today for pre-budget […]
Facing Violence and Assault in Health Care
by Liam on January 18, 2018 at 4:17 pm
Health care workers across the province regularly face situations that put their personal health and safety at risk. That's according to a recent study, "Assaulted and Unheard: Violence Against Healthcare Staff." It was co-authored by Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith, two occupational and […]
Ontario government must step in to protect hospital staff and the public in Carillion bankruptcy
by Liam on January 16, 2018 at 8:24 pm
TORONTO, ON – The provincial government is being urged to “seize the moment” and protect patients and hospital staff by ending privatization of contracted out hospital services following the complete collapse of private contractor Carillion. The united call comes from Unifor and […]
The fight of Martin Luther King Jr. – as important today as it was when he died
by ddadgari on January 12, 2018 at 6:09 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and work of one of the most well-known leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States, whose work has resonance and importance around the world. This year on January 15, CUPE Ontario commemorates the timeless social justice values we gained […]
CUPE Ontario mourns heart-breaking losses
by Liam on January 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm
The CUPE family has faced some tragic losses over the past few weeks. Five of our members have died in tragic accidents that took them from us far, far too soon. All of CUPE Ontario mourns the heart-breaking loss of: James Baragar, a 39-year-old helicopter pilot from Orillia and member of CUPE […]
CUPE 5167’s statement on Dundas Tim Hortons rolling back workers’ benefits and paid-breaks
by Liam on January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Hamilton, Ont. – CUPE 5167, representing workers in the Hamilton region, is issuing the following statement in response to reports of a local Tim Hortons franchise in Dundas rolling back worker’s benefits and paid breaks, following the introduction of the province’s new minimum […]
CUPE Ontario is shocked and appalled that OMERS pension plan is investing in tax havens
by ddadgari on December 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm
TORONTO, ON – The revelation that the public sector pension plan, OMERS has been using tax havens to avoid their tax obligation has come as a shock to CUPE Ontario that represents the largest group of the pension plans membership. Tax avoidance is no way to fund a pension plan, says Fred […]
CUPE members at Fairmont Homes and Marine Services to rally before Frontenac County Council meeting Wednesday morning
by Liam on December 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm
KINGSTON, ON – Members of CUPE Locals 109 (Marine Services) and 2290 (Fairmont Homes) will rally outside Frontenac County Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Members of both locals have been in bargaining with the County for some time, and they are gathering before the Council meeting to […]
St. Michael’s urged to live up to its Catholic values, stop treating clerical staff badly; Tuesday afternoon rally planned
by Liam on December 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm
TORONTO, ON – Publicly, St. Michael’s Hospital (St. Mike’s) says it values and respects its staff. But inside the hospital, that’s not what’s happening. Long-time staff are being fired without cause or being offered employment at another area of the hospital. A 20-year […]
Thank you, Cheri Di Novo, for your commitment to equality and social justice, and your tireless representation of all working people.
by Liam on December 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm
December 14, 2017, marks Parkdale High Park NDP MPP Cheri Di Novo’s last day in the Ontario Legislature. The activist MPP is set to resign her seat and return to her first calling as a United Church Minister. Cheri has been a good friend to CUPE Ontario members and leaves […]