Category: Members

OCHU calls on Government to Pay PSW Wage Enhancement

Many of our affiliated hospital local unions have reported that their PSWs are not receiving the latest extension of the PSW wage enhancement of $2. an hour.
We made several outreaches to the Ministry of Health, without response and today we have written to the Premier and the Minister of Health.

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Union members must grieve vaccination policies, court rules, declining to intervene in UHN vaccination policy

The Superior Court of Justice for Ontario, in a decision issued today, refused to accept the request from employees of the University Health Network to strike down the hospital’s mandatory vaccination policy.
CUPE intervened in this hearing and specifically asked that the part of the policy that allows the hospital to fire employees be struck down. This was also denied.
Employees must rely on the grievance procedure and not the courts in order to resolve these matters, the court ruled.

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OCHU Leader Educational

Photos and more from OCHU’s week-long leader educational in Kingston, November 25-29, 2019.
Shown here: Susan Thornton from St. Joseph’s hospital in Hamilton talks about her experience as a leader in the 10 day illegal strike by CUPE hospital staff in 1981. Susan was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to obey a court order to send her members back to work.

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The 1981 Strike

Fighting Back! In the aftermath of the Ontario Hospital Workers’ Strike, 1981.

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