March 7, 2022
Dear Premier Ford,
On behalf of 220,000 union members in the health care system, and more than 18,000 nursing students, we are once again cautioning you against further demoralizing the workforce by providing one-time payments to some, but not all, health care workers. While retaining nurses is vitally important, there are shortages in many health care occupations and professions, and it is appropriate to extend any retention bonus to all health care workers.
We have put forward…
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…
CUPE has joined with the CFNU, NUPGE and SEIU Canada to call on the federal government to increase the Canada Health Transfer, while also demanding stronger national standards for how provinces spend the money.
More than 26,000 health-care workers in Ontario have contracted COVID-19 at work and 24 are believed to have died, a workers’ union claims.
Dr. Kieran Moore
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TORONTO, ON – Increasing violence directed at hospital staff is among factors driving the worsening staffing shortage in Ontario’s health sector, say two unions representing nearly 70,000 hospital workers province-wide.
Responding to a recent letter from Premier Doug Ford asking for input, two of Ontario’s largest health care unions are urging him to move beyond the excuse of vaccination mandates and acknowledge the real reasons why there is a growing and critical shortage of nurses, personal support workers and other hospital staff province-wide.
Health care workers represented by CUPE and SEIU are protesting real wage cuts and concessions prior to their upcoming collective bargaining negotiations with the Ontario Health Association this fall. This is no way to thank front line health care workers for all they have done during the pandemic.
After all of your courage, hard work and sacrifice during the pandemic, your union believes that you deserve to see an increase in your real income.