Category: Announcement

On International Women’s Day, hospital staff call out Ontario’s government for failing and devaluing them and cutting their real wages through Bill 124

Today (March 8, International Women’s Day) we collectively acknowledge the contribution women make to better Ontarians’ lives. “While we celebrate women’s efforts from all walks of life, it’s imperative that we call out our provincial government for pushing wage and workplace policies that hurt economic equality and the health – both physical and mental for hundreds of thousands of front-line health care and public sector workers,” says Sharon Richer, secretary-treasurer of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE).

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International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day (March 8, 2022), OCHU-CUPE is celebrating women’s leadership on our health system’s front-lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Letter to Premier Ford re: nursing retention bonus

Dear Premier Ford, 
We write on behalf of unions that represent over 150,000 dedicated Ontario health care workers, to address the announcement of a one-time $5,000 retention bonus for front-line nurses. Together our unions represent 25,000 Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and we write to ensure that these nurses are explicitly covered by any retention bonus. Furthermore, we are calling on your government to ensure workers who deliver critical services in Ontario’s retirement homes also receive this retention bonus.

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Karen Robertson

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Karen Robertson. Karen was a dedicated union activist as local 2875’s Treasurer and previous Vice President. Karen worked as a RPN at the Queensway Carleton Hospital since 1980. Karen will be deeply missed by her many friends.

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Joint letter to government re: vaccination of hospital workers

As the representatives of health care workers and the association of hospital employers in which they work, we recognize the historic importance of the COVID-19 vaccination effort. We are writing to offer our assistance and to provide initial joint recommendations to support this critical public health initiative.

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Stop violence against hospital workers

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