P3 deals and the right to know how our money is spent – NL public town hall May 6

A public town hall meeting will be held on Monday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. to be held at the Greenwood Inn & Suites in Corner Brook, NL. The topic of discussion will be the Ball Government’s controversial use of public-private partnerships (P3s) to build public infrastructure. Special guest speakers will include Angella MacEwen, CUPE national economist.

Unions deliver mixed verdict on health sector tentative agreement

Saskatchewan’s three health sector provider unions – SEIU West, CUPE 5430 and SGEU – held ratification votes on the contract offer from the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), representing health-sector employers. The unions shared the results with their members on April 18.

Members of SEIU West voted to reject the contract offer.

Members of CUPE 5430 voted to accept the contract offer.

Members of SGEU Health Providers voted to accept the contract offer.

The offer included a five year contract with pay increases of 0%, 0%, 1%, 2% and 2%.

Town of Placentia municipal workers vote 100% in favour of strike action

On April 17, the members of CUPE 1761, municipal workers employed by the Town of Placentia, voted 100 per cent in favour of a strike. Fourteen of the fifteen members were in attendance.

“Now that the membership has voted in favour of going on strike the workers could go out at any time, if necessary, or be locked out by their employer,” says CUPE National Representative Ed White.

Still way short on beds, Ford announces a 10% cut to real hospital capacity

With Ontario’s population growing and aging, today’s announcement by the PC government of 3000 more hospital beds over ten years means patients can unfortunately expect hallway medicine to continue. The PCs have come up way short on the bed investment needed to deal with aging boomers, says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.

Cuts to overdose prevention fuel worst health emergency in a generation

Today, CUPE Ontario is standing in solidarity with hundreds of concerned Torontonians in mourning the thousands of deaths due to overdose caused by government inaction, and sounding the alarm that overdose deaths will increase after the Ford Conservatives cancelled funding for three currently-operating, and two proposed Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) across the province. 

72% polled in Nipissing and Sault don’t support PC health system overhaul

 Although just ten months ago voters in North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie elected Progressive Conservative (PC) MPPs, recent polling shows that 72% of respondents don’t support the massive changes the PCs are planning to make to the province’s health system. 

Commissioned by CUPE Ontario and the CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) the poll was conducted at the end of February. 552 people participated in North Bay (and surrounding areas) and Sault Ste. Marie – both PC held ridings.