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  • Price for deficit slaying, further tax cuts for the wealthy will be paid with the suffering of the ill and the elderly, union cautions January 18, 2019
    Kingston’s largest health care union, today, called on the Ontario government to shelve its proposed revenue cuts and fund Ontario hospitals at their real costs. The call comes just days before committee hearings on the province’s 2019 budget are slated to begin on Monday. Hearings are taking place in eight communities across Ontario, but Kingston is not […]
  • A bad day for Ontario students January 17, 2019
    Doug Ford’s PC government has announced an unprecedented round of deep cuts to Ontario Universities, the conversion of student grants to loans, and an attack on student democracy on campuses. “These cuts were made without consultation with the University sector, and will have damaging impacts for students for a long time to come”, said CUPE Ontario […]
  • Longshore workers invite themselves to federal Cabinet ministers’ retreat in Sherbrooke January 17, 2019
    CUPE 375 is using the federal Cabinet ministers’ retreat in Sherbrooke, QC, as an opportunity to denounce Nicola Di Iorio, the outgoing MP for Saint-Léonard. The local, which represents workers at the Port of Montreal, are calling attention to the fact that Di Iorio was working for the Maritime Employers’ Association (MEA), the longshore workers’ […]
  • Cut to health planning network cynical optics for Ontario's PCs January 17, 2019
    With reports that Ontario’s PC government is moving to chop the province’s health planning networks (Local Health Integration Networks or LHINs), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) today urged the Premier and health minister to stop and focus instead on proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine. “Rather than a solution, the evidence shows from […]
  • CUPE supports reconciliation in Wet’suwet’en Territory and across Canada January 16, 2019
    The Canadian Union of Public Employees is offering solidarity and support to the people of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia. CUPE is relieved that the police standoff has been averted for the time being, and hopeful that the federal government will recognize that it is long past time for real action when it comes to […]
  • Disappointment that staff to client ratio and working conditions not part of panel’s recommendations January 15, 2019
    CUPE’s response to Nova Scotia Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Long-Term Care Report The Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Long-Term Care missed a golden opportunity to recommend the needed steps to fix the underlying problems in long-term care in Nova Scotia. The panel should have recommended a 4.1 hours of direct care per resident […]
  • Harm reduction services must be available where needed January 15, 2019
    In a recent submission to Health Canada’s public consultation on the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, CUPE recommended that the federal government increase funding to expand public harm reduction services. This will ensure that services are available based on need and not an ability to pay, and that there’s adequate and high-quality services to meet […]
  • Day of Mourning January 15, 2019
    CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a national Day of Mourning in 1984. That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is […]
  • Statement from Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury on the January 11 bus crash in Ottawa January 14, 2019
    The entire CUPE family is sending out its thoughts and sympathies for the victims of Friday’s tragic bus crash in Ottawa which took the lives of three people and injured dozens more. In particular, we are thinking of Bruce Thomlinson, Judy Booth, and Anja Van Beek, the three public service workers who were killed in […]
  • Speak out today for public libraries January 14, 2019
    Late last year, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted a secretive library review. They held a series of meetings with employer groups, but library workers and the public were not included in the process. The Government of Saskatchewan has finally decided to let the public have a say. They are accepting public comments on the future of our […]