CUPE Ontario News
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
Peterborough residents packed town hall meeting on crisis in long-term care
by ddadgari on October 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm
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 […]
Ontario liberals follow Donald Trump’s lead on gutting government regulations
by ddadgari on October 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm
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 […]
‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: Toronto Public Library workers celebrate Library Week
by ddadgari on October 18, 2017 at 4:06 pm
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. […]
Ontario Auditor General’s report reveals fiscal and moral bankruptcy of Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan
by Liam Bedard on October 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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 […]
‘Great people are what make our libraries great’: York Region Library workers celebrate Library Week
by Liam Bedard on October 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm
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 […]
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”
by Liam Bedard on October 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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 […]
“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
by Liam Bedard on October 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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 […]
Join CUPE library workers across Ontario for a celebration of Library Week at a branch near you
by ddadgari on October 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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 […]
CUPE Ontario stands with the members of OPSEU 560
by Liam Bedard on October 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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 […]
CUPE members from across Canada vote to start strike pay on day one
by Liam Bedard on October 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
TORONTO, ON – Thousands of CUPE members from coast to coast to coast voted to strengthen their bargaining power by changing CUPE’s strike pay to begin on the first day of a strike or lockout. “This historic change goes hand in hand with our members’ clear decision to […]