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Ontario’s nursing homes continue to face critical staffing challenges

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By Zaid Noorsumar Robin Nelson’s 79-year old mother has endured more than four months of isolation during the pandemic in a long-term care home in Lakefield, Ontario.  Ann Nelson, who has suffered three strokes, has intensive care needs. Even before the pandemic, Robin says the resident-to-staff ratio wasn’t sufficient to provide the level of care Continue readingOntario’s nursing homes continue to face critical staffing challenges

Long-term care workers’ unions launch public push to end for-profit care

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July 22, 2020

TORONTO – Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Unifor, unions that represent healthcare workers across the long-term care sector, will unveil the next stage of their joint advocacy, calling for profound change to improve the conditions of work and care through an end to for-profit care.

Media are invited to RSVP to ask questions of the union leaders. A powerful new advertisement will be premiered during the media conference. The complete, high-resolution broadcast and the ad will be available for download following the event.

WHO:

Sharleen Stewart                            Candace Rennick                            Jerry Dias

President                                           Secretary-Treasurer                         National President

SEIU Healthcare                               CUPE Ontario                                   Unifor

WHAT:

SEIU Healthcare, CUPE, and Unifor, unions that represent healthcare workers across the long-term care sector, will hold a press conference to unveil the next stage of their joint advocacy to improve the conditions of work and care, and where priorities and investments must be focused going forward.

WHERE:

Virtual press conference event will be streamed live on the Unifor, SEIU Healthcare, CUPE Ontario, and Ontario Coalition of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/UniforCanada

https://www.facebook.com/SEIUHealthcareCanada

https://www.facebook.com/CUPEOntario

https://www.facebook.com/ochucupe/

WHEN:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

10:00 A.M. ET

MEDIA PARTICIPATION/REGISTRATON:

Media are invited to RSVP to participate and send questions in advance or during the broadcast to the labour leaders by emailing communications@unifor.org.

CLC Webinar: The growing threat of privatization

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TC group reaches tentative agreement

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UFCW Statement on Black Lives Matter National Day of Action

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest food and retail union, stood with the 1.3 million workers it represents in grocery stores, meatpacking plants, and many other essential industries for a Black Lives Matter national day of action to demand racial and economic justice in the workplace and the communities we serve.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“As America’s largest food and retail union, representing workers of color across the country on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, UFCW is proud to stand with its members and millions more in a national day of action to say with one united voice that Black Lives Matter.”

“Our country’s elected leaders and giant corporations have stood by for too long as racial injustice has plagued our communities and hurt so many hardworking families who are the backbone of our economy. UFCW members work at some of the biggest companies in the country and live in every Congressional district. Nationwide our members will be making their voices heard as we stand with SEIU and all labor unions to say the time for action is now.”

Background:

UFCW is joined in the Black Lives Matter national day of action by a wide range of labor and advocacy organizations. Participants in today’s action include the Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, American Federation of Teachers, Jobs with Justice, Working Families Party, Greenpeace USA, Sunrise Movement, Indivisible, MoveOn, Sierra Club, MomsRising, and Demand Justice . Click here to view the full list.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org

CAUT welcomes federal “restart” plan for recovery, but education left out

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(Ottawa – July 20, 2020) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) says the recent federal announcement of $19 billion for provinces and territories for a “safe economic restart” is a welcome beginning. The priority areas identified in the agreement, such as paid sick leave, child care and long-term care, are insufficiently funded, and it leaves other vital public services out all together.   

“The new agreement is a promising start but it leaves out the post-secondary education sector,” says CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson. “Universities and colleges are key partners through research and education in solving the current health and economic crisis, but are facing tremendous financial pressures as a result of the pandemic.”

“Our universities and colleges have been working hard to protect the health and safety, livelihoods and educations of millions of Canadians, but without assistance they will be forced to make more difficult choices. Already we have seen institutions forced to cut programs or raise tuition fees, just when Canadians can least afford it. Without greater federal investment in post-secondary education, we will see less educational opportunities and less research, compromising Canada’s recovery.”

CAUT represents 72,000 academic staff working at universities and colleges across the country. CAUT called in April for emergency operating funding to continue to deliver the high-quality, affordable and accessible education that underpins Canada’s prosperity.

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