Who we are


OCHU was founded in 1982 following a very difficult hospital strike and forced arbitration decisions that were unfair to CUPE members.

The seven CUPE regions and CUPE staff worked on a plan to improve the bargaining process, communications with members and locals, and the coordination between regions. They also recognized the need for the existence of a permanent decision-making authority between collective agreements.

The plan developed was received favourably by all locals and led to the founding of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.

Learn more in the video and documents below.

The History of OCHU

The Genesis of Central Bargaining and OCHU (EN)

Presentation to OCHU Leader Educational, November 25-29, 2019 – by Margaret Evans

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